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has a 14x range, equating to 25-350mm in a 35 SLR lens; it’s very compact and pocketable, at only 33mm depth with lens withdrawn.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
Summary: Thanks to the camera’s back-lit sensor images are of a fair-to-good quality throughout the Auto ISO 100-800 range, though the camera can shoot up to ISO 3200 at full resolution. Colour noise is held off even in the black and shadow areas of shots, and although detail isn’t always super-sharp the amount of image grain in shots doesn’t disrupt overall detail.
Pros: Compact build, good ISO 100-800 image quality, 1080p movie mode
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.
Conclusion: The S8200 is a solid all round compact that’s an ideal match for the point-and-shoot photographer. Its 14x zoom range is ample for most scenarios and, despite no manual controls like some of its competitors, plenty of scene and effects modes provide an altogether different angle. Both image and movie quality are good, and the only qualm we had to mark the S8200 down on was the occasional focal issue at the telephoto end of the zoom.
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
Excerpt: The S8200's announcement came as a surprise to us, as Nikon already has a superb pocket-sized ultra-zoom camera in the form of the S9100 . The new model's 16-megapixel sensor may be seen as an upgrade to the S9100's 12-megapixel sensor, but in fact the opposite is true – as usual, the higher resolution adds more noise than details. The S8200 also has a shorter zoom range at 14x to the S9100's 18x.