Summary: The bottom line For beginner photographers looking for a long-zoom camera in a super-compact package, the Nikon Coolpix S8200 fills the bill. More advanced users may be disappointed, since the Nikon Coolpix S8200 has no manual shooting modes; the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS (*Est. $330) is a better choice.
Pros: Compact and portable, Fast autofocus, Full HD video, Easy to use
Excerpt: ]This camera seems to tick quite a few boxes: the CMOS sensor captures an effective 16.1 million pixels; the Nikkor lens has a 14x range, equating to 25-350mm in a 35 SLR lens; it’s very compact and pocketable, at only 33mm depth with lens withdrawn. The maximum image size is 4608×3456 pixels or, 39x29cm as a print. Movies can be shot at Full HD res of 1920×1080.
Pros: you want it in black or red; you’ve fallen in love with its high speed continuous specs.
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S8200 is a fully automatic point-and-shoot travel-zoom with a stabilized 14X ultra-wide optical zoom lens and 16 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor. This model is rather compact considering the reach of its lens and particularly well-suited as an inconspicuous travel camera. The zoom range is extremely versatile and its excellent ISO performance for its class lets it shoot in a variety of lighting conditions.
Pros: Great control over image noise, Very usable ISO range, Generally accurate metering system, Very low distortion, No visible aberrations, Respectable sharpness across frame, Good Multi-Frame NR and HDR built-in, Effective built-in image stabilization, Excellent LCD visibility, Simple user-interface
Cons: Poor color accuracy and no global setting, AWB not so reliable, Slow autofocus towards telephoto end, Slow shot-to-shot speed, Video recording delay, Impossible to setup video framing, Flash cannot be locked down after it pops, Incorrect coverage in, Poor tripod mount placement
Conclusion: With an equivalent focal range of 25-350mm (on a 35mm camera), the Nikon Coolpix S8200 is ideally suited to photographers who like to shoot anything and everything, with its relatively compact dimensions making it a tempting option for avid globetrotters in need of a lightweight travel-friendly alternative to a bulkier camera system.
Summary: The Coolpix S8200 is a successful compact with a rangey zoom, though the lack of manual controls and Raw shooting make it a proposition for the more point-and-shoot minded shooter. We're fond of the Vibration Reduction optical image stabilisation system and the back-lit sensor makes for good images quality.
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix S8200 is almost identical to the S8100 model that it replaces, so a lot of the comments that we made about that camera apply equally to this latest release. The Nikon Coolpix S8200 has a rather conservative yet still appealing design, with the metal body finished in a glossy black coating that's helpfully rubberised on the front half, aiding your grip on the camera.
Excerpt: Nikon’s Coolpix S8200 is small and compact, yet packs a punch with its 14x optical zoom lens. Able to deliver a 25mm wide-angle through to 350mm telephoto there’s plenty of scope to capture groups of people, landscapes, or zoom right in to pick out far away action.
Pros: Compact size, decent zoom range, 1080p HD movie
Cons: No manual modes, some focus issues at telephoto focal lengths
Excerpt: The Coolpix S8200 is a compact super-zoom digital camera, released by Nikon in August 2011, following the
Pros: Excellent colour reproduction, Rubber front makes camera easy to grip, 14x optical zoom packed into a compact body, 2 year warranty, Bright, clear LCD screen, Full HD video recording with stereo sound and optical zoom, Minimum focusing distance of just 1cm
Cons: No manual controls, Occasional purple fringing, Lots of noise at higher ISO settings