Nikon Coolpix S8000 specs

By Cliff Smith


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
Quick Glance
Camera type Digital Compact, Digital SLR
Optical Zoom 10
Megapixels 14.2
Physical Specifications
Dimensions Width 103
Depth 57
Weight (body only) 183g including battery and memory card
Camera type Digital Compact, Digital SLR
Optical Zoom 10
Megapixels 14.2
Image Sensor 1/2.3-inch CCD
Optical focal length 5.4 to 54mm in 35mm film terms
Viewfinder N/A
Shutter speed 8 secs to 1/2000
Auto focus Face priority, auto, centre, manual
Manual focus Yes
Video (max res/format) 1280x720 at 30fps
Max output resolution 4320x3240
Other resolutions 4320x3240, 3264x2448, 2592x1944, 2048x1536, 1024x768, 640x480, 4224x2376
Exposure control Program auto, 16 scene modes, smart portrait, subject tracking
Exposure metering 224-segment matrix, centre-weighted
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 steps
Image Stabilisation Optical VR
ISO settings Auto, 100-3200
LCD Monitor 7.5cm (3.0 inch) 921k dots
Flash range 0.5 to 5.5m (wide), 0.9 to 3.7m (tele)
Flash modes Auto, Red-eye reduction, Night Portrait, Off
White balance modes Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Tungsten, Custom
Drive modes Single shot, continuous, best shot selector, multi shot
Image formats JPEG, EXIF 2.2, AVI, WAV
Picture adjustments D-lighting, Skin softening in playback mode
Movie length 29 mins
Self timer 10/2 secs
Memory card slot SD,SDHC
Supplied memory 32MB internal
Batteries supplied 1050mAh Li-ion rechargeable
Charger supplied Yes
A/V output PAL and NTSC
Charging/Computer Connection Yes
AV Out Yes


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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