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4.0 out of 5 stars nifty little gadget, 26 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX S8200 Compact Digital Camera - Red (16.1MP, 14x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Camera)
I bought this little camera for my partner who steadfastly denies that she can take good photos. Well, we'll see about that! I am very impressed with the screen on the back, even in bright sunlight it's clear enough to frame your shot. When it comes to picture quality, I have to remind myself, that it isn't a DSLR. There is no RAW function, but considering that the quality is very good under good lighting conditions, and still ok under more difficult circumstances. Just don't let the ISO go beyond 400, it gets too grainy. There's a bit of fringing going on, but nothing you couldn't fix afterwards if needed. A tiny niggle is the choice of programme settings on the wheel on top of the camera. I would not have chosen those as the most frequently used ones, and instead have to dig into the menu to access the ones I like. However, with Nikon menus being as intuitive as they are, that isn't really a problem.

The reason I have not given 5 stars is the flash. Once it has popped out (and it pops out EXACTLY where the fingers of my left hand hold the camera) it won't go back in. So, if it has popped out for a shot and you want to continue using the camera without flash, you either have to grip it on the tiny ledge next to the pop-out flash.... or switch it off and on again to make it go in. Not a great problem, but I found it somewhat annoying. No other camera I ever owned (and there are a few!) has ever done this!

But now to the function that I would award 6 stars for if possible: the close-up! I own a D7000 with Nikon's 105mm macro lens. This little thingy here has absolutely blown me away! It's so sharp! And the focus gets it right more often than on my D7000! I normally use manual focus on macros - no need here, it's amazing! If used with macro function, the flash can be somewhat strong against reflective surfaces, and you can't turn it down, but hell, what a macro function!

All in all, a very good point-and-shoot, with some room for customisation, but not too complicated to put off novices. And that macro function will put my dedicated lens out of business soon!
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Initial post: 1 Dec 2012 10:40:04 GMT
Just a tip:
I have had the same issue with flash for macro images. My solution was to tape 1, 2 or 3 pieces of white paper over the flash depending on how much you want to tone the flash down. It is trial and error but is a solution.
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