13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Small but perfectly formed,
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX S8200 Compact Digital Camera - Red (16.1MP, 14x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)
I bought this to replace a Fuji FinePix F500 which I eventually returned to Fuji because of the awful quality of the images it produced (despite being sent to them twice for investigation.)
The quality of the images is miles better than the Fuji, especially in low light conditions. I was a bit worried that there are no manual modes - everything is either automatic or done via "scenes" - but the Nikon seems to cope with pretty much everything I've thrown at it. There are loads of scene types, such as museum, sunrise, snow, beach, food, fireworks etc which cover everything you'll ever need. The night landscape mode is excellent at brightening up a gloomy image, even without a tripod. In continuous mode you can shoot up to 120 frames per second. You can create a B&W image with just one colour showing. The camera can take a picture when it detects someone smiling, or sees a cat or dog face. If the images aren't quite as bright as you'd hoped, you can easily adjust the exposure levels. Sports mode is ideal for taking pictures through a coach window as you're whizzing past scenery.
The screen is very difficult to see in bright light. All you can see is a reflection of your face. But then I've never seen a screen that's any better. And for reviewing your images, the screen is excellent. Even at the tiniest thumbnail size (72 images on the screen) you can easily identify your pictures. There's a lot of info on the screen when you're taking pictures (not that I ever look at any of it!) and it's all very easy to read.
This is a great little camera, whether you just point and shoot in auto mode, or investigate the myriad scene options. It starts up quickly, focusses well (there are several autofocus options), has vibration reduction, motion detection and a host of clever little features that make taking pictures a very enjoyable experience.
And mine is red - which is important!