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Nikon Coolpix S8200 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16.1MP 14x Dec 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Three industry awards
Reasonably priced
Excellent video quality
132 Reviews + 3 Awards
dgl.ru Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended
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Price

Reasonably Priced

Twenty customers who bought this digital camera agreed that it was good value for money. Five years ago Nuwan wrote in their review of this digital camera “It has considerable amount of weight compared to cheap camera and look professional”. Mr Neil a Cameron mentioned in his review of the Nikon Coolpix S8200 on expert website Amazon “I would recommend this camera to anyone after a decent point and shoot camera at a fair price”. Mike Klein wrote “Superb quality at a great price” .

Two customers agreed that it was expensive. E. A. G mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Sick of delay in taking photos with other expensive digitals this one responds well”.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Thirteen customers who bought the product agreed that it had good features. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “Some impressive features” however despite that they gave this digital camera a rating of 40 out of 100. Five years ago Peetee mentioned “The Nikon does look good and has great features” in their Nikon Coolpix S8200 review. Mrs. Rachel Lowe wrote “I particularly wanted a compact camera with good macro facilities and I am delighted to say that the Nikon Coolpix S8200 meets all my present requirements”.


Reviews

Three Industry Awards

The authors at two expert review sites both decided that this camera was great. Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com both gave this Nikon digital camera a "Highly Recommended" award.

Review sites Dgl.ru endorse this medium megapixel digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on twenty-four expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews this medium megapixel digital camera has an overall expert rating of 79 out of 100.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Owners have rated this camera as terrific on average. 75 reviewers (75% of all reviewers) gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Owners think this Nikon digital camera is one of the better cameras of a comparable type and age.

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 25,424 expert and user reviews (including 1,649 verified purchases), Nikon has good ratings for its cameras. Nikon also has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel cameras compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Design

Easy to Use

Thirty-one owners said in their reviews that it was easy to use. Digital Versus mentioned “Easy to use” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera 4 stars out of 5. Tim Kidner scored it a maximum of 5 stars and he wrote “I used it with against-the-light landscapes through tress and it made enough of a difference to use it and the fact that Nikon place such a prominence” in his review of the Nikon Coolpix S8200. He also said “The video is simple to use, you can also zoom slowly whilst video recording, which helps for smooth recordings, not fast enough for a child charging around” in his review.

Six people who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Five years ago Lois Yorke said “You can, of course, choose from an extensive menu yourself, ranging from landscape to portrait, night settings” in her review of this digital camera. Four years ago Mr a Trapnell mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “Also its very simple to use and the settings are quick to get used to”. Tim Kidner said in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “All the way up through its 14x zoom, at all settings it shows good sharpness” and scored it 5 stars out of 5.

Three people mentioned that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold. Mrs. Rachel Lowe wrote “It is comfortable to hold, feels substantial” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. A. Hewitt mentioned “It's a far more secure way to hold the camera anyway” and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Five years ago Anna Williams wrote “If feels good to hold”.

Two owners who reviewed it agreed that it was easy to handle. S. S. Yuen scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars and said “The handling is pleasant and assured, with a DSLR feel”.

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Excellent Video Quality

Fourty-three customers who bought the product thought it was good quality. Digital Versus mentioned five years ago “Lens quality is consistent corners of the frame are nearly as sharp as the middle” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera 4 stars out of 5. Website Digital-Photography-School.com said in their review of this digital camera “Excellent video quality” . Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert review site Ephotozine “Offers a substantial set of features with excellent handling and image quality to match” in their Nikon Coolpix S8200 review.

Robust

Ten customers who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was well made. Only Me mentioned five years ago “The camera has a really nice, solid feel to it & the screen is really bright” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Mrs Cannon said on expert website Amazon “This camera has a bit of weight to it which makes me feel confident in its build quality and has produced some of the best pictures I have ever taken” in her review of this digital camera and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Tim Kidner mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The built in anti camera shake feature kicks in on long lengths” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Stylish Looks

Seven people mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix S8200 was good looking. Six years ago website Digital-Photography-School.com mentioned “Stylish looks” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Pcworld.co.nz said also six years ago “The CoolPix S8200 sports a square design that’s functional rather than pretty and ergonomic” in their review of this digital camera. Nuwan wrote “Good, Posh looking camera” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers thought the product was neat. Website Crookedmouth said “In the box==========The camera comes neatly packaged in a commendably busy little box with a number of accessories” . D. J. Sienkiewicz gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “All in a very compact and neat package”.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact Size, Decent Zoom Range

Fifty owners who purchased it reckoned that it was compact. Pocket Lint mentioned six years ago “Compact size, decent zoom range”. Expert review site Cnet.com.au said “Not quite ready for the bulk of a camera? Sounds like you're looking for a zoomy compact”. Expert review site Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote “The S8200 is Nikon's latest entry into the medium zoom or ‘travel zoom' compact sector” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Five owners agreed that the product was heavy and bulky. V. G. Bianchi said “The only thing is that is a bit heavy” in their Nikon Coolpix S8200 review. Website Crookedmouth mentioned “Heavy enough to retain a nice heft”. A.bell wrote five years ago “The rechargeable battery lasted a week and a half on fairly heavy usage” in their review of this digital camera.

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Average Weight

The Coolpix S8200 has a pretty average weight (213 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the F660EXR (£181) (217g), or the FinePix F770EXR (£228) (213g) both from Fujifilm.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Nine customers said in their reviews that the product had a good battery life. Lois Yorke said on expert website Amazon “Battery life is good” in her review of this digital camera. Tiff Toff scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned on expert website Amazon four years ago “Battery life is decent, although the bar displaying remaining battery life jumps suddenly from full to half battery which is slightly misleading” in their review of this digital camera. S. Hawthorne wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon five years ago “Easy to set up, battery was fully charged I put it in”.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since December 2013.


Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Coolpix S8200 has one of the larger display diagonals amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age. The smallest display diagonal of cameras of this spec and age is 2" and the largest is 4.8".

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the Canon A3300 IS, or the Nikon Coolpix D7000.

If you are looking for a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Nikon D4S (£3,379.99) (3.2" and higher rated).

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Lens System

Very Small Digital Zoom

The Coolpix S8200 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 2 times zoom factor) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age. The digital zooms of medium megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera range from 1x to 120x, and the average digital zoom is 6.6x.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the DMC-GH3EC-K (4x and higher rated), or the DMC-GX7 + G VARIO 14-42mm (4x and higher rated) both from Panasonic.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 14 times zoom factor, the Coolpix S8200 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Samsung Camera (£22.98) (21x and higher rated), or the Olympus Stylus SH-2 (£273.09) (24x and higher rated).

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Coolpix S8200 supports video capability. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also support video capability.

We compared all the other cameras which support video capability to this camera and we think because of their better review scores, the Canon A3300 IS, and the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm are also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Coolpix S8200 has an HDMI port. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Coolpix S8200 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Good Images At Low Sensitivities

Seventy-one owners who reviewed it concluded that it was able to produce good images. Website Digital-Photography-School.com mentioned “Good images at low sensitivities”. Expert website Cnet.com.au wrote six years ago “Will deliver photos that are worthy of the family album — most times” . Expert review site Cnet.co.uk said in the same month “Its photos are first-class and, although we were slightly disappointed by its video performance, we'd strongly recommend it nevertheless” and scored the product 5 stars out of 5.

Five customers who purchased the product considered that it had a good picture resolution. Expert review site Digital-Photography-School.com mentioned “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” . Jumeirahjane wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “The screen resolution is superior to any others I've seen”.

Two owners wrote in their reviews that it was good in low light. Lemzo1 wrote “The level of detail and its capability in low light simply amazed me” .

Two people who purchased the product thought it was able to produce clear pictures. Rtrois mentioned “Very capable and offers plenty of clarity for spoken words”. A. Williams wrote “Even photos taken zoomed through grubby glass were awesome - it focused past the muck really well! The clarity and colour are amazing” and gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars out of 5.

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Good Video Capture

Sixteen customers who purchased it mentioned that it was good for video recording. Pocket-Lint.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Pocket Lint “Good movie and stills quality, effects modes” and rated this digital camera 4 stars out of 5. Nika gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The HD movies are great, my friends are amazed by quality of short snaps on holidays”. They also said “Nice sound of movies too, although when zooming in or out, you can hear the clatter of the lens motor” in their review.

Good Exposure Control

Two owners who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S8200 agreed that it had good exposure controls. Six years ago expert review site Digital-Photography-School.com mentioned “Program AE is insufficient exposure control for your needs”. Tim Kidner scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and he wrote in his review of this digital camera “For those wanting more exposure control, there's a really useful”.

Good Quality Lens

Twenty-nine owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Expert website Hardwarezone.com.sg mentioned “With a versatile 14x optical zoom lens (equivalent focal length of 325-350mm”. Nick gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he said “Great zoom range too”. Petercolley wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S8200 “The zoom is excellent as is the flash” .

Six owners reckoned that it had a good lens. Six years ago expert website Cnet.co.uk said “Nikon's Coolpix S8200 strikes the perfect balance, thanks to its high resolution, powerful lens and great results”. Tim Kidner wrote five years ago “I have only taken well exposed, sharp photos - it refuses to let me down!The lens is a real cracker -”. He also said “An impressive lens and a number of extra modes (inc good close-up) for the more adventurous photographer, all for a reasonable price make this an inspired choice” in his review.

Four people concluded that this digital camera had a good autofocus. Looby Loo wrote five years ago “It starts up quickly, focusses well (there are several autofocus options), has vibration reduction, motion detection”. Rtrois said “The 1080p video is also great, nice and fluid in daylight, focusing catches up quickly too when zooming or subject is moving” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Eric S '62' wrote on expert website Amazon “I found the Nikon had a better start up time and was very quick to focus, giving bright natural colours”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Twelve people wrote in their reviews that it had a good screen. Expert review site Photographyblog.com scored it a maximum of 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S8200 “The S8200 also offers a high-resolution 3-inch screen, 1080p Full HD movies, 6fps continuous shooting”. Five years ago Looby Loo said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “The screen is excellent”. They also wrote “Even at the tiniest thumbnail size (72 images on the screen) you can easily identify your pictures” in their review.

Two owners who bought it concluded that it had a good viewfinder. Margaret Joy said “Overall I am very pleased with the camera and appreciate that with a view finder it would be a little larger”. Wilfred Swain wrote in his review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon three years ago “The thing I dont like is it does not have an optical view finder” but in spite of that he only scored this digital camera 60 out of 100.

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Picture Quality

1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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16.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.1 megapixels camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 16.1MP digital cameras currently available including the NEX-3NL (£293.90), or the NEX-F3D both from Sony which and both of have better reviews.

If you want a camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Nikon D4S (£3,379.99) (16.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Nikon Coolpix S8200 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have an AC adapter included.

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Memory

Fairly Big Internal Memory

Across all the cameras of this type and age the internal memory range from 8MB to 8GB. With an internal memory of 93 megabytes, the Nikon Coolpix S8200 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Coolpix S8200 supports PictBridge. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also support PictBridge.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Coolpix S8200 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Coolpix S8200 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

Across similar types of camera the worst video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00018208924516, 00018208924547, 00018208924585, 00018208924622, 00018208944040, 00018208944064, 00018208944699, 03610170846635, 08033737554982

Nikon Coolpix S8200 Review Sources

To prepare this Nikon Coolpix S8200 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,698 product attributes, 177,254 digital camera reviews and 3,980,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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