Summary Nikon S8100

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Specifications Key specs
Help 10x
Screen size
Help 3"
Help f/3.5
Screen resolution
Help 921k dots
Wide angle
Help 30 mm
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 30fps
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Nikon Coolpix S8100Nikon Coolpix S8100


Nikon has replaced the Coolpix S8100 with the S8200 and S9100.

Nikon Coolpix S8200
Nikon Coolpix S8200 announced July 2011
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Slightly wider aperture

Compare the new Nikon S8200 vs the S8100

Nikon Coolpix S9100
Nikon Coolpix S9100 announced February 2011
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Zoom More zoom
Lowest price Cheaper

Compare the new Nikon S9100 vs the S8100

reviewsWhat are people saying about the S8100

"metal body finished in a glossy black coating" | talking about the camera's build-quality
"the metal body finished in a glossy black coating that's now helpfully rubberised on the front half." | talking about the camera's feel
"Full 1080p" | talking about the camera's video-quality


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The Nikon S8100 vs other recent compacts

Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
921k dots
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
  2. Sensor shift
Sensor type CMOS Sensor Help
Better in low light
Screen size Above average sized screen Help
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
10 fps
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
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The Nikon S8100 vs other recent travel zooms

Size Quite small Help
Compact (104×60×30 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
240 fps


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The Nikon S8100 vs other recent compacts

Aperture Slightly narrow aperture Help
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
4 seconds
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Weight Heavy Help
209 g
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The Nikon S8100 vs other recent travel zooms

Wide angle Very poor wide angle lens Help
30 mm
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Zoom Poor zoom Help
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
10 fps
Announced Old Help
September 2010
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users


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Nikon Coolpix S8100
Coolpix S8100

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Tuananh291189 (7:09 AM, October 05, 2011)
Excellent quality picture from point and shoot camera. Some of my friends thought those picture taken by S8100 was from DSLR camera.
Diego :D (3:19 PM, August 16, 2011)
It shoot 5 pictures, but at the speed of 10fps :)
Imps (2:45 PM, August 05, 2011)
I bought my Coolpix s8100 in April, 2011at BestBuy - the flash is no longer working, stopped about a month ago. I bought the separate battery charger thinking that the battery wasn't getting enough charge through the ac cord plugged into the camera. Any suggestions?
Bobbylou (2:10 AM, July 24, 2011)
Bought this camera a few days ago.  It's an amazing camera. excellent pictures. I did a manual white balance indoors and turned the flash off. Took some pictures  in the evening in my livingroom and they came out just fantastic.
Danofindia (9:24 AM, April 01, 2011)
All those people having a problem with the S8100 Flash Position please look at the most stable way to hold a Point and shoot camera
Guest (7:59 PM, March 28, 2011)
I actually am trying both this camera vs the canon sx210 is. While I would love true hd video in the Canon, I find that it out performs the nikon on almost every front. I love the Nikon form factor. Zoom button, flash etc, but at the end of the day it is what truly gives the best product. I love shooting video and the canon captures low light better but with noise. I cannot get the Nikon to even come close. Even using the limited night shot settings for the Nikon, no luck. To date as stated the Canon is in the lead regarding photo and video quality.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:22 AM, February 28, 2011)
Sorry for the delay, we've now got the Nikon S9100 added.
Santi-xj (3:40 AM, February 22, 2011)
Do that camera or the s9100 have manual controls??
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:07 PM, February 21, 2011)
Hi Mohammed, just noticed your comment now. We read this on Nikon's site:

"Users can enjoy high-speed continuous shooting of up to five 12 megapixel photos with superior image quality at approximately 10 fps (at a continuous setting of "Continuous H")
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:05 PM, February 21, 2011)
Yes, we'll get that added this week!
Ctown (2:27 AM, February 20, 2011)
Are you guys going to add the new nikon s9100 with the 18x zoom? Be great to compare thanks
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (11:03 PM, February 14, 2011)
Hi cameragurl, that sucks, sorry to hear you're not impressed with the S8100. Maybe check the settings, see if there is a way to dial down the flash? My old Canon S1 IS takes horrible shots with the flash, but if you go into the menu you can decrease the flash power and get a nicer shot.

Indoor shots (low light) are always challenging for cameras. You should check out the Panasonic ZS7, its similar to the S8100 (in size and zoom), but I think you'd be a lot happier with its indoor image quality.

If you do want to take indoor shots without a flash, its really tough. The best you can do in a compact camera is the Canon S95 or Panasonic LX5, both have larger sensors (more light) and wider apertures (more light). They're the best you can get in a small package, but to do really well in low light you need a DSLR and wide aperture lens (f/1.8 say).
cameragurl (10:42 PM, February 14, 2011)
I bought this camera after reaseaching LOTS of cameras. Im very disappointed. Design is nice and screen is brilliant. But the indoor pictures are horrible. The pictures come out blurry if theres any movement what so ever, and the flash just washes all the pictures out like a bad cell phone. Outdoor pics in broad daylight are beautiful, tempting me to keep it, but I usually take pictures at night and low light situations and of my baby who is constantly moving, so unfortunately Im taking it back it just doesnt meet my needs and for the price its not worth it.
Mohammed_s57 (1:03 PM, January 11, 2011)
Mohammed_s57 (1:02 PM, January 11, 2011)
in my opinion its the best camera i have ever seen and its are unbelievable .
but nikon company said its 5 fps not 10
Chillin2k1 (4:39 PM, December 03, 2010)
don't buy! did everything I could to get a decent pic while zoomed in... nadda blurry every time perfect lighting scenarios too. just no luck not user friendly doesn't tell you how much battery is left and all the on screen menus are like a-whole-nother language... flash is in extremely inconvenient place! I took it back and even ate the restocking fee at best buy... bought the samsung hz30w... and glad I did!!!! crystal clear pics at every zoom level and all lighting... super user friendly and intuitive!! don't even need a users manual! convenient flash location, shows battery life, on screen displays, menus, and settings are very quick and easy to access and change!!!