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Nikon Coolpix S8100 review

The 12.1Mp S8100 is a good looking compact camera with a back-lit CMOS sensor that should keep image noise down

Our Verdict

For

  • Good quality images
  • Small and light
  • Good build quality
  • Fast start-up time

Against

  • Lack of manual controls
  • Lack of speed with moving subjects

Nikon coolpix s8100

As part of our tests of the Nikon Coolpix S8100, we shot our resolution chart across the camera's sensitivty range

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 160 the S8100 is capable of resolving up to 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files. Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

full chart

ISO 160

ISO 160: 20 (Click here for full-res image)

ISO 200

ISO 200: 20 (Click here for full-res image)

ISO 400

ISO 400: 20 (Click here for full-res image)

ISO 800

ISO 800: 18 (Click here for full-res image)

ISO 1600

ISO 1600: 18 (Click here for full-res image)

ISO 3200

ISO 3200: 16 (Click here for full-res image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyCoolpix S
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
ColourRed
Optical Zoom10x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)209 g
Flash Memory Capacity102 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height59.2 mm
Width104 mm
Depth29.9 mm
Autofocus Points9
Product SeriesS
Focal Length5.40 mm to 54 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS8100
Product NameCoolpix S8100 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA681E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The COOLPIX S8100 enables you to capture beautiful handheld portraits at night. In Night Portrait mode, the camera first shoots a rapid sequence of exposures at shutter speeds fast enough to capture the background cleanly followed by an additional exposure using the flash to capture your subject. The exposures are then merged into a single composite image, producing a beautiful image of both your subject and the background. It achieves this by combining the image-stabilizing advantages of lens shift VR with the ability of its new backside Illumination CMOS image sensor to rapidly expose and merge a series of shots.

Battery Life210 Shot
Package Contents
  • Coolpix S8100 Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-68P/EH-68P(AR)
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Strap
  • CD-ROM
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone