Nikon Coolpix S8100 Review

Overall 44
Imaging 9
Features 32
Size 87
Price 100

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 160 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 104 x 60 x 30 mm
  • Weight: 180 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Nikon Coolpix S8100 Summary

This review is devoted to Coolpix S8100 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Sep 08, 2010. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #215 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #528 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon Coolpix S8100 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon Coolpix S8100 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Nikon Coolpix S8100 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon Coolpix S8100. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon Coolpix S8100

Nikon Coolpix S8100 has the following external dimensions 104 x 104 x 30 mm (40.94 x 23.62 x 11.81″) with the weight of 180 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon Coolpix S8100, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon Coolpix S8100 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 30mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon Coolpix S8100 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon Coolpix S8100 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon Coolpix S8100 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Nikon Coolpix S8100 — 220 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Nikon Coolpix S8100 — 30 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Nikon Coolpix S8100 — 180 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix S8100 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix S8100 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon Coolpix S8100 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon Coolpix S8100 boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Nikon Coolpix S8100 has the following ISO range 160 - 3200 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Nikon Coolpix S8100. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Nikon Coolpix S8100 features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon Coolpix S8100 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Nikon Coolpix S8100 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon Coolpix S8100

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon Coolpix S8100 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon Coolpix S8100 are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Coolpix S8100 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Coolpix S8100 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon Coolpix S8100, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon Coolpix S8100 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Nikon Coolpix S8100 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Nikon Coolpix S8100 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Coolpix S8100 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon Coolpix S8100 provides a shooting life of 220, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Nikon Coolpix S8100 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Nikon Coolpix S8100 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon Coolpix S8100’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon Coolpix S8100’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Coolpix S8100 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon Coolpix S8100 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix S8100 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix S8100 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • You might not like Nikon skintone

Nikon Coolpix S8100 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix S8100 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 38. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix S8100 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (104 x 60 x 30 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Nikon Coolpix S8100 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix S8100 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 55. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix S8100 can be called a 55 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small battery life (220 shots)
  • Small size (104 x 60 x 30 mm)

Nikon Coolpix S8100 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix S8100 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 36. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix S8100 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (180 g)
  • Small size (104 x 60 x 30 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Nikon Coolpix S8100 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix S8100 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 20. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix S8100 can be called a 20 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Nikon Coolpix S8100 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model Coolpix S8100
Announced Sep 08, 2010
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 160
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 180 g
Physical Dimensions 104 x 60 x 30 mm
Battery Life 220 shots
Battery Type 220 shots
Battery Model EN-EL12
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC
Storage Slots 1

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