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5.0 out of 5 stars Unconventional but competant, 29 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX S8200 Compact Digital Camera - Black (16.1MP, 14x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Camera)
I am a DSLR user and owner/past owner of many cameras. My current pocket point and shoot/backup camera is a Canon Powershot SX210 IS. I bought the Nikon Coolpix S8200 mainly because of its backlit CMOS sensor (which is an improvement over the Canon's).
Since using the S8200, I have been very pleasantly surprised. First, the build quality appears to be solid, weighty and has a quality feel to it (although not too sure about the paint on the thumbwheel - bound to be susceptible to wear and tear). Secondly, the handling is pleasant and assured, with a DSLR feel. Thirdly, the image quality is very good for a point and shoot. Noise, the dreaded noise is well controlled when light is good, but noticable in low-light situations.
The biggest surprise to me is the way the camera takes pictures. It works entirely off auto or scenes, there is even an auto-scene setting which works like a dream. It automatically picks the scene settings, and the results are amazing; making taking pictures a breeze (because I no longer have to think about shutter speed, aperture, lighting etc...). There are no manual modes of any sort, and I can't even revert to my sometimes obsessive desires to control every aspect of a camera! What a joy.
I think Nikon has made a very good 'point and shoot' camera, if you just allow the camera to its own devices, it'll reward you with good pictures.
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Initial post: 29 Nov 2011 11:49:19 GMT
alex says:
so you just posted this today!! im looking for i guess like everyone the perfect point and shoot camera and was looking at the cannon ixus and powershot 210/220/230 ranges there were some negative reviews on battery consumption and bad looking photos so put me off ....and then i read a review from someone saying how good the nikon 8100 was so from there ive come here .....any negatives you have found so far with this camera ?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2011 17:30:26 GMT
S. S. Yuen says:
If you know what we DSLR buffs are like, we do tend to look for every imperfection in the photographs. I suppose if you want to print up to A4, you won't be disappointed. In low light shots/modes, you do notice the computer wizardry in that some images (when enlarged to 100%) can be considered as slightly over-processed or over-sharpened. If you give me your email address, I can email you a few original jpegs for you to examine. Overall, I have no moans yet.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2011 18:31:31 GMT
alex says:
thanks....youngalistairyoung@yahoo.co.uk its so confusing trying to find good comments about cameras when i think ive found the perfect choice someone here or photograpersblog.com drops a bombshell by giving some serious negative points against the said camera and ruins it for me

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2011 20:14:45 GMT
S. S. Yuen says:
I'll take some pics and email them for your tomorrow. In the mean time, go here: http://www.ephotozine.com/article/nikon-coolpix-s8200-digital-compact-camera-review-17719

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2011 09:15:45 GMT
alex says:
i tried to get that review on ephotozine.com but when i type in nikon coolpix 8200 it dosnt seem to have a review there ? but looked at Nikon p300 and looks good! just one complaint on amazon that the sensor is too small and the quality of photos is not as good as his old camera

Posted on 3 Apr 2012 21:27:02 BDT
P. Keeton says:
hi, could you help me, does this model have a 'date stamp' function? i really need the option of having the date and time in bottom corner! cheers

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2012 22:07:33 BDT
S. S. Yuen says:
Yes, you can have a date or date and time stamp imprinted on the picture.

Posted on 30 Apr 2012 18:22:12 BDT
Important!! Hello I lost my CANONpowershot SX210 IS last week, and I really need a replacement and fast. I do graphics/photography at college, but want to be able to use my camera everywhere. I loved the Canon, which is why im wondering if you think the Nikon is better? and Why? Please get back to me :)
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