Nikon COOLPIX S8200 Brief Review


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  • 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 14x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle
  • 1080p HD video with stereo sound
  • 3-inch LCD
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-08-24
  • Final Grade: 88 4.4 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon COOLPIX S8200
16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor; 14x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle; 1080p HD video with stereo sound; 3-inch LCD; Optical image stabilization; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

With a fast 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, 14x optical zoom, and 1080p video recording, the 8200 is a great buy. Reviews have been positive thus far, and customers like the large high-resolution LCD and snappy autofocus. Although a replacement has been announced in the GPS-enabled S9300, the S8200 should perform just as well as its newer counterpart.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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