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help finalising a camera to buy.

by karnsumans / October 17, 2011 6:32 PM PDT

I have narrowed down my options to:

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Actual Performance
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / October 18, 2011 6:15 AM PDT

An interesting selection.
All three are about the same size and weight.

Just enough differences between the cameras to give you some choices.

If you are wanting to get more involved with photography, the P300 gives you the advantage of having the important manual controls (shutter priority, aperture priority, full manual).
The other two cameras do not offer these manual controls.

If you need a camera with a lot of zoom, then look at the S9100.

The S8200 has 16 megapixels, which I would avoid.
That is too many megapixels on such a small sensor assembly.
Generally a 16 megapixel sensor tends to be noisy.
That results in needing to use noise reduction firmware in the camera and that reduces detail.

The other two camera use 12 megapixels sensors which should give you acceptable ISO up to (and including 400).

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thanks, bt need one more suggestion...
by karnsumans / October 18, 2011 5:09 PM PDT
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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / October 18, 2011 11:24 PM PDT

The shutter speed on all cameras is fast enough for any normal photography.
Shutter lag can be a problem.
Shutter lag is the time after pushing the shutter button and when the image is actually captured.
The Nikon S9100 shutter lag is 0.3 second, which is very good for any long zoom camera.

Low light photography will be a problem with any of the cameras you mentioned.
That is the weak point on almost all small cameras.
There are only about 5 or 6 cameras that have improved in low light performance.
None of those cameras have long zoom. The average zoom is about 3X/4X optical zoom.

The S8100 has 12 megapixels which is a better choice than the S8200 with 16 megapixels.
It has 10X optical zoom which is a good choice because any zooming over 10X usually requires a tripod to steady the camera.

Video performance is usually good enough on all digital cameras.
Audio performance on video can be a problem on any digital camera.

If you want the best video and audio you should be shopping for a camcorder.


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by karnsumans / October 19, 2011 3:53 PM PDT
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Thanks a lot.
You provided me lots of information.
Now one final ques.....
Is it that buying s8100 is better than buying S9100 considering the usability since i wont be using a tripod.?
or should i invest some more bucks and get a s9100.?

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Nikon S8100 - S9100
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / October 20, 2011 12:07 AM PDT
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