Summary: I think this is an excellent camera, but after only having it only for a few months it broke on the 5th day of our cruise - not good. They sent a replacement, and overall it's an excellent camra, and now after having it for about two years, it's broken again and has a light clicking sound, and can't take video with the zoom feature because it shakes too much.
Pros: Large screen, easy to use, loved the video, and the camera is small.
Cons: After about a year, I kept getting a 'lens error' message. Horrible to have happen in the middle of a trip to Spain. Took out battery and replaced--didn't help. Lens kept going in and out. Couldn't turn off. Lens cover made of cheap plastic.
Summary: I have owned two of these, in black and chrome/platinum colors. I took one to China with me in 2010 for a short Thanksgiving trip. I loved the 12x zoom and image stabilization for taking the corners of buildings like the Forbidden Palace. The short videos were excellent quality and meant I didn't need to lug my video camera along. In 2011, I returned for a 45 day trip. Before leaving, I had some trouble with the lens cover closing, probably because of dirt.
Summary: I purchased this camera 12/10 and now have to send it back to Nikon. While on vacation last month for a family reunion in Cabo San Lucas the darn lens frozen in the "OPEN" position and wouldn't turn off. I'll send it back and hope for the best.
Summary: I don't normally write a review but my experience needs to be stated. After a few months the flash stopped working, it just wouldn't fire. Its odd that the flash would stop working so early int he camera's life. I sent it to them two months ago for repair and I still have not received it back!!!! I have called them a few times and they are rude and don't even care. I spoke to a supervisor to see if there was anything he could do to help and he was obnoxious.
Summary: I write this review with mixed feelings. On one hand, when my S8100 worked it was a nice camera. The photo quality was top notch. It takes really clear pictures with nice color balance and tones. The flash quality is good too. And the HD video (720p) is very good for a camera of this size. I also liked the zoom lens - it works well. I had heard good things about Nikons and I made the switch when my wife lost our little Canon point and shoot.
Summary: I really love the size, feel and capabilities - excellent zoom and functions, but after only about 7 weeks of use, this camera lens locked and I got the "lens error" message - while on the second day of my vacation in Austria. Sent to Nikon and I'm still waiting after a month in their shop. In the meantime, I've missed having the camera for my family vacation - ugh! I suspect they have a backlog on the the part as this appears to be a common problem.