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Nikon Coolpix S8000 review




Our Score:


User Score:


  • Very good image quality
  • Well designed
  • Easy to use


  • Basic controls
  • Brief menus
  • Average stereo separation

Key Features

  • 14.2-megapixel CCD sensor
  • 3" high resolution monitor
  • HD video recording with stereo audio
  • 10x optical zoom
  • 7.5cm (3.0 inch) screen
  • Manufacturer: Nikon
  • Review Price: £497.98

Long-zoom compact cameras, also often called travel cameras, are a big growth area of the digital camera market. Nearly all of the main manufacturers now produce compact cameras with zoom lenses of 10x magnification or greater, models such as Panasonic's TZ8 (£210) and TZ10 (£270), Samsung's WB650 (£240), the Canon SX210 IS (£240), Olympus mju 9000 (£240) and Ricoh CX3 (£300) and Fujifilm's new F300 EXR (£329, review coming soon) are all big sellers. Increasingly these cameras are being equipped with other advanced features such as manual exposure options, high-speed shooting, HD video recording, built-in GPS or travel guides being added as the brands vie for a bigger share of the market. As a result these travel cameras are becoming ever more complicated and ever more expensive, factors which may discourage many potential buyers.

Nikon has been something of a late entrant into this particular sector, but has recently introduced a long-zoom compact of its own that should go some way towards redressing the balance. The Coolpix S8000 features an optically stabilised flush-folding 10x zoom lens equivalent to 30-300mm, a 14.2-megapixel CCD sensor, a three-inch high resolution monitor and HD video recording with stereo audio, but with an easy-to-use fully automatic operation and in a body which Nikon claims is the thinnest 10x zoom camera in the world, all for a wallet-friendly price of less than £190.

The S8000 is a nice looking camera too. It has a mostly plastic body with a metal facia, and is available in three colours; brown, black and the light bronze colour shown here. The build quality is up to Nikon's usual high standard, and the camera feels solid and substantial in the hand, despite its relatively low weight of 183g including battery and memory card. It measures 103 x 57 x 27.3mm at its thickest section, not much bigger than some ultra-compacts, and the unusual rounded ridge around the lens gives it a distinctive appearance. It has few protruding parts and slips easily into a pocket.


August 27, 2010, 2:32 pm

On screen images look processed.


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.


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....


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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