The Good Excellent shooting performance; great LCD; stereo mic; 10x zoom in an attractive compact body.
The Bad Soft photos on either side of ISO 200; white balance is a little off; no manual or semimanual shooting modes.
The Bottom Line With fast performance, good photos, and an excellent feature-to-price ratio, the Nikon Coolpix S8100 is a compact megazoom worth considering.
Nikon Coolpix S8100
The Coolpix S8100 compact megazoom is Nikon's follow-up to the Coolpix S8000. That camera didn't offer much more than what you could get from other manufacturers--if anything--and produced average photos and had average shooting performance. Its design was really the only thing that made it above average. Nikon quickly moved forward with the S8100, keeping the prior model's design for the most part, but adding a high-speed backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor.
These sensors generally allow for faster shooting performance and better low-light photo quality, and this is the case with the S8100. For the same price as its predecessor you get a lot more camera, better photos, and burst shooting capable of up to 10 frames per second, among other performance gains. There's still room for improvement, but overall the S8100 is one of the better compact megazooms I've tested at its price.
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