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I can't believe I haven't reviewed this camera already!! I have so many of them as this is now my latest one, even thought I did buy it a while ago, maybe last last xmas??
This review is going to be straight forward with pros and cons as my overall view - which is positive!
I've used this front row and about 5th to back row at the O2 - The extreme close up to extreme wide and zoom. I believe you don't really know what your camera can do until you do this (not that i wanted to be 5th row from the back!)
First of - WOW. This is my first, and only Nikon I have ever used and boy was I surprised at how amazing it was. One feature I love is that the flash pops up, and I get a little addicted to putting it up and closing it again! The picture quality was amazing, and although I found it hard at first to find the right setting, once I did I was soon taking Crystal clear images of Beyonce!!! I wish I would share you links to my images but I think I wouldn't be allowed to do that here..
Another Pro? - It's super easy to use! Nikon is quite alien to me and although I know how cameras work, well you can never be too sure.
It does look a little ugly and bulky. Because of this you really do need a wrist strap for it and i nearly dropped it a few times at the concert!!
Short but sweet - I was right eh? This camera is really great! I used to depend on my sony cybershot when taking images at concerts but alas I threw out the battery for it... At first i was devastated, but Nikon really did pull through and overall this really is a great camera!!
There are so many compact camera's out there at the moment, which begs the question - which one should you buy?! Well let me help you a little there. There is a beauty about waiting for a year or so with compact cameras, for the sole reason that the price comes down so dramatically, that for under a year old technology comes at a third or even half the price.
Nikon's Coolpix S8000 is one of the many compacts that can deliver 14 Megapixel's. But what stands it above the rest?:
SIZE AND SHAPE:
So many cameras are trying to be smooth, and artistically shaped. But the beauty of the s8000 is that it just looks cool. The Matt Black tone, and square sharp edges almost tell the rest of the compacts out there, to "get out of the way, Im the daddy here". And it really is small as well, it is just over 4 inches wide, which is nothing! And despite the high zoom, it can hide the lens away with just a tiny amount of a raise out of the bodywork on the front.
BUTTONS AND HANDLING:
If you're like me, you won't like plasticky flimsy feeling buttons that may fall off at any point, not the case here with the Nikon. It feels like it's built to survive a nuclear blast. Decent sized, and punchy. The jog wheel at the back is useful for scrolling through images and menu options. The only button that takes a bit of getting used to, is the zoom. Which appears as a ring around the shutter button. After a few practice goes, it's something you get used to.
I'll level with you hear, the reason we bought the Nikon is after a traumatic experience with a Canon. This was meant to be a "lesser" quality camera than the Canon, but it surpassed every level of image quality than we could hope for. The 14 Megapixel lens, is exceptional Only losing quality when you go over the 10x zoom. I am into my wildlife photography and bought this to do fast moving birds, as well as everyday stuff. You could be on the bumpiest roller coaster in the world and this camera would still take an absolutely perfect still shot. With no blur. That is why I was so impressed with the camera. It really does cope with every situation well, low level light, fast movement, portrait, landscape, and perhaps the coolest function of all - the macro. I've never felt so at ease taking mega close ups of caterpillars, and flowers than with this camera. The image results are crystal clear, and so full of colour, it will give you a headache! And yes before you ask, it will record in 720p HD Video, which is also just as impressive.
The camera has a very simple, easy to use menu system, for both viewing your shots, videos. With 14 megapixels, you really couldn't ask for more detail in a compact. A Macro focus range of 1 cm - which is very impressive. 10x Optical Zoom which is fine for most scenarios. The camera however, can be a little slow to boot up, and be ready to take photos.
An affordable hidden gem of the compact camera world. Does what you want it to, without overcomplicating the process. Fantastic results.
Not as sophisticated or as up-to-date as a lot of the new compacts, Zoom is not as high as a few of the newer models. Turning it on can sometimes take a few seconds.
I won't recite the specifications which as it isn't particularly helpful as a review when they are stated in every website/shop that sells it. All I will say is that if you want a reliable, well made and good quality camera then this is perfect for you.
There are a few features that I haven't come across in other digital cameras, my family and I have had many an amusing time with the smile capture one! It recognises when the person in the shot is smiling or not meaning to can automatically capture the perfect photograph without delay. Often I have missed a great photo for the time it takes to press the shutter, the camera to focus, the flash to go off...this feature does it without you having to touch anything at all, just tracks the subject's mouth and will take the photograph when the smile is detected. I think it's a great feature for natural photos when the subject isn't intentionally posing for the camera.
The picture quality is great with 14.2 megapixels and large optical zoom. Its not too heavy that it feels bulky but its heavy enough to feel like its made with quality and feels steady in the hand when the shutter is pressed.
The only feature I am slightly concerned about is the pop up flash. Instead of being on the top corner on the front of the camera, it pops up from the top of the camera as the photo is taken not a problem it seems but its exactly where 99% of people seems to hold it when taking a picture! It's unusual to have a pop up flash, I like it but not sure it should come at the expense of holding the camera oddly and having a blurry photo because it's wobbling around!
Nikon is known for its amazing DSLR camera, and this coolpix s8000 is nikons first travel-zoom compact camera with 10x optical zoom that slim enough to get in your pocket, here is the pros and cons of this great camera:
- superior Images Quality from other brand in a good light though
- The 30-300mm range is brilliant, the colors & the focus are great.
- Great Build Quality
- 3 second wait after Startup to optically zoom
- old 1/2.33inches sensor
- can't zoom optically during video recording
- inaudible volume when recording a video
- poor paint quality around the lens
this is a great point and shoot compact camera from nikon ,it's perform great when capturing images, there is a little flaw on video recording though, but this is a compact camera, if you want a good video recording, get a comcorder instead.
The nikon coolpix S3000 is on of their mid range coolpix camera's, which is partly indicated by the price of roughly £190 and of course it's abilties which are discussed below.
- 10x optical zoom
- 3" LCD
- HD movie
- small internal memory and SD/SDHC compatability
- lithium ion battery
The camera feels very solidly made with a pop up flash on the top which feels durable and not at all flimsy - no need to worry about it snapping off if you're a tad heavy handed. The design itself may not appeal to some as it's quite unusual - the body sort of curves out towards the lens, rather than the normal blunt edge between body and lens. Colour wise it's available in black (as shown in the photo) and a sort of silvery gold colour which looked a bit tacky to me.
There are no manual options for adjusting shutter speed or apeture, however you can adjust the ISO up to 3200 and there are a range of preset white balance options (for which the LCD adjusts itself to show you the effects prior to taking the photo). There are also a standard set of scene selection modes, and a smile detection function (which does work). The multishot option is a bit slower than desired with roughly 1 second between each shot.
The buttons on the back are well set out with their functions clearly indicated, for example: record, playback/review, exposure compensation, flash, timer, macro, delete, menu and scene. On the top of the camera is the power button, shutter and zoom. All adjustments made through the menu are easy to follow.
If you want to see the settings of a given shot then you simply press playback/review and then 'ok' which will then display the shutter speed, apeture, ISO and histogram which may be handy for someone who wants to learn more about photography.
Image deletion is done one at a time, which may be a pain if you've got lots of images on your card that you want to delete, but it does mean that you won't end up accidentally deleting alot of photos.
Image and movie quality:
The macro option is capable of focusing from an impressive distance of 1cm and gives brilliant depth of field. As far as the ISO settings are concerned the results are very good up to 400 and still useable at 800, furthermore the automatic white balance is very impressive (something which is usually poor in the lower end coolpix models).
As for the movie function the quality is fair, but the camera occassionally struggles to focus and the sound is unfortunately high pitched and whiny. For something that is billed as HD, this doesn't seem to be good enough quality to me. That said I don't buy my camera's based on the quality of the video - if I planned on filming alot then I'd buy a camcorder, although video quality on a camera may have importance to some.
Overall this is a very good camera for the price - it doesn't have the most extensive of settings and adjustments available, but it's simple to use and the resulting photos are of excellent quality. The macro function in particular is very impressive - in fact it's the best I've come across on a compact camera so far. For the price this is definately a very decent camera and while it may not be the best looking coolpix model, the results easily surpass that of the lower models in the range.