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Nikon Coolpix S8000 - Test Shots - Zoom, Contrast and Colour

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Here are some general test shots to help evaluate the camera's overall image quality, including dynamic range, colour rendition and the zoom range of the lens. Some pictures may be clicked to download the full size original image.

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The wide angle is equivalent to 30mm.

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The telephoto end is equivalent to 300mm.

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Dynamic range is better than average for a 14MP small-sensor camera, with some shadow and highlight detail.

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Applying D-Lighting in playback mode improves shadow detail without introducing a lot of noise.

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In standard auto mode colour rendition is very natural.

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Applying Quick Retouch in playback enhances contrast and saturation.

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Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Build Quality 8
  • Image Quality 8
  • Value 9

Jazzyboy

August 27, 2010, 2:32 pm

On screen images look processed.

Darren

August 27, 2010, 11:50 pm

Not sure what to make of this review. I had two of this model both of which had very poor image quality. The shots here are no different. I thought the first one I had was a one off maybe. Took it back to the shop and exchanged. The next one was the same if not slightly worse. The overall image quality is possibly the worst I have seen in a compact. I am not even comparing quality to that of a dslr as no compact can match one but to see image quality getting rated 8/10 is almost laughable.





Not only is the image quality poor the video quality is another league altogether. The video quality is by a long shot the worst I have seen. For HD it was comparable to that of a 1mp camera phone type of quality. Also in video mode there is a loud ear piercing noise that's quite similar to the sound that a mosquito repeller gives off...only problem being it's quite noticeable to the human ear. Both cameras had this fault. Contacted Nikon and they are apparently aware of that issue yet have no plans to remedy it.





I own 2 Nikon dslr's and there is no doubt both are excellent quality. I only bought the S8000 as a carry around camera when using a dslr is not needed but I regret that decision. I have found that the overall quality of the dslr's and the compacts are worlds apart. Given the current price of the S8000 I’d highly recommend saving your money and buying another camera. I have seen cameras half the price that are twice as good.





Sorry Nikon but a big step up in quality control of your compact cameras is urgently needed.

cliche

September 2, 2010, 11:37 pm

@Darren - glad you mention the HD video. Makes me feel less guilty about buying a Panasonic SD60 reviewed here earlier in camcorder section

Jerome Nolas

September 12, 2010, 1:35 pm

I can't believe these pictures were taken with Nikon camera!!! They are so bad!!! Are you sure they are from S 8000? My cheap Fuji makes better pictures....

ininichaiye

October 2, 2013, 11:32 am

Inexplicably, my camera does not switch on even after hours of charging, removal and re-insertion of battery. It briefly light up but I have to keep my finger on the on/off switch. Has anyone experienced this and how did they overcome it?

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