Summary: Everything simple to use and very good quality pictures. If only...the flash is in a awkward position, where you would put you left index finger, and when it pops out, doesn't return until you turn the camera off...
Summary: I bought this camera in February 2012 for a trip to India. The photos were absolutely fantastic. This camera was especially amazing because if you've ever been to India, the air is very, very dusty. This camera did a great job getting past focusing on the dust and grabbing a beautiful picture. A major downside is the flash though. It pops up right where your finger would naturally lay on top of the camera.
Summary: the S8200 is a classic "camel"---a horse designed by a committee. It is brilliantly engineered, and loaded with terrific features. The overall ergonomic design and layout of the controls is marvelous---but the assignment of functions to those controls, and the organization of the features, was VERY poorly thought-out and poorly implemented. Many features have misleading names and some are redundant.
Summary: camera is easy to use and takes great pictures. There are just a few things I do not like about it. The main dislike is the very small, tiny on/off button. Way to small. The flash is small and if you don;t pay attention your finger holds it down. The camera itself is great as an x-tra camera to carry in your purse or take as as an extra camera. Overall the camera is easy to use and takes great pictures, But I would not have it as my main camera.
Conclusion: I recently bought the S8200 and wanted to share some first impressions. So far, I only took pictures on dim winter days and indoor, thus I cannot give a substantiated assessment of image quality. What I can tell from my images so far, the S8200 is not better or worse in image quality compared to the samples of HX9, SX230, or TZ-10 provided on dpreview.
Pros: I recently bought the S8200 and wanted to share some first impressions. So far, I only took pictures on dim winter days and indoor, thus I cannot give a substantiated assessment of image quality. What I can tell from my images so far, the S8200 is not better or worse in image quality compared to the samples of HX9, SX230, or TZ-10 provided on dpreview.
Summary: I was going back and forth between canon 510hs and nikon 8200 and eventually got this camera to replace my old panasonic lumix. The image quality is amazing!!! the zoom is also great. It has been only a few days though; I will update my review after I use this camera for a month. There are a few problems with the design. 1- flash pops out from the upper left corner. However, It does not come out the moment the camera is turned on.
Summary: i liked the specs on paper for the S8200, while the images look good viewed on screen, inspecting them at 100% view reveals noise and heavy processing specially in dim/dark areas of the image. The AF in bright light is very fast, but struggles in dimmer lighting, even with the AF assist. Many times, it just refused to lock.
Summary: I like the camera, what I find a pain is having to charge battery in the camera, have ordered seperate charger but battery didn't fit. Miss viewfinder and sometimes doesnLt focus as well as I would like.
Excerpt: "I own two other Nikons, a D300 and a D40 and the point of this purchase was to replace our now dead casio pocket camera. I wanted a good zoom, it had to be small, with reasonable video and good picture quality. Ideally good in poor light too. The size is good, not the smallest pocket camera but still small enough to take anywhere and not notice. The zoom is great and I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality on max zoom in, it's stabilised ...
Pros: Small, great stabilized zoom, solid
Cons: Grainy pictures, video docus, on button difficult, no photo orientation data