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Nikon COOLPIX S8200 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 14x Optical Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and Full HD 1080p Video...
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 299 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 7.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.9   above average
Quality4.7   above average
Photo4.6   above average
Video4.5   above average
Light4.4   above average
Size4.3   average
Color4.2   below average
Image4.2   average
Speed4.2   above average
Control4.1   average
Screen4.1   above average
Zoom4.1   average
Amazon3.8   average
Battery3.8   above average
Setting3.8   average
Focus2.1   below average
Flash1.9   mediocre
Lens1.8   mediocre


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Amazon

Amazon:
"I explained the situation, and how disappointed I was for amazon selling me the camera knowing I would never get service for it; and I was especially disappointed since my wife truly loved the camera while it worked."
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"Finally, resorting to the phone, the tech has me take the camera apart and I find that Amazon has sent me an incompatible SD card."
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"This is a nice little camera, unfortunately Amazon did not include the correct USB cable in the shipment."
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"There is no info on Amazon as to which is the correct one, so I bought what they recommended."
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"This is a nice little camera, unfortunately Amazon did not include the correct USB cable in the shipment."
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"Another great job from Amazon."
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"And it just wouldn't focus on a moving object...So I returned it the next day...Amazon was amazing sending me a new one and I received it the next day."
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"I then purchased (from Amazon) a Lumix ZS20, now I get wonderful pictures, wonderful zoom, wonderful HD video (including zooming while recording)."
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Battery

Battery:
"I bought a different battery and charger thinking maybe that was the problem and it still didn't work."
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"I find it hard to believe it is the 3 separate batteries at fault, and I have become very careful not to use any unnecessary features, such as reviewing photos, or constant focusing."
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"which will cause more problems, eat more battery and more expensive."
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"The first few days the pictures were great, the camera focused very fast and the images were clear, even when zoomed in fully-- my only complaint is that the battery ran out rather fast."
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"The battery door seems flimsy."
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"2- you can not charge the darn battery outside the camera - this is also very annoying."
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"Takes amazing pictures in any light; battery last forever."
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"Took good pictures for a point and shoot, battery life is adequate."
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"The other positive is that it is made to conserve battery life and it works well."
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"It has pretty good battery life, at least for me who seldom uses the flash and who takes 2-300 photos over a week's trip."
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"The battery lasted a long time and was so easy to use."
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Color

Color:
"Over a few weeks the color on the LCD showed incorrect pictures like half purple and half normal picture."
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"In every photo I took with the Sony I never was able to capture the true color of the roses."
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"All of the shots I tried to take in a club or indoors are too blurry or, if the flash is used, too bright with terrible color."
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"Good quality, feeling, acceptable response time and operational functions (for this small size and battery lifetime), excellent quality of pic and color for the zoom lens."
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"I love this camera, it has alot of options on it and takes really crystal clear pictures with great color."
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"He has since emailed us a lot of really nice pictures including selective color photos and wide angle photos."
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"I just got this camera today so I haven't had any real time to take pics other then just playing around to get use to it...........I love the silver color, I can see what everybody is saying about the pop up flash it does take getting use to it but so far I like this camera."
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"The images showed our lovely blue Colorado sky and beautifully rich colors of the balloon."
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Control

Control:
"The lack of manual focus control is a killed though, and the autofocus is terrible on small or zoomed in objects."
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"Bottom line: utter lack of manual controls, some poor automatic choices, mediocre IQ, weak AF, and a lame flash design all amount to make this an over-priced, under-performing travel zoom."
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"It's extraordinarily frustrating not having any control over aperture and even trying to outsmart the camera by boosting ISO won't give you a satisfactorily high shutter speed in many occasions."
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"Great camera that is easy to use with intuitive controls."
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"It feels solid in the hand, and it has easy to use controls."
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"Before film got too expensive and somewhat inconvenient to process I was shooting with a Nikon FM2 and absolutely loved that camera, and though comparing the S8200 to the FM2 is a case of apples and oranges, it's nice to find that the camera offers some control over the metering and focus, as does the FM2, and as a result, produces absolutely beautiful images as did the FM2.My only gripe, and this is probably an issue with all rear displays on digital cameras, is that in bright sunlight the displayed image appears to disappear until you shade the display with your hand or turn away from your subject."
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"The camera takes beautiful photos and has intuitive controls."
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"It's extraordinarily frustrating not having any control over aperture and even trying to outsmart the camera by boosting ISO won't give you a satisfactorily high shutter speed in many occasions."
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Design

Design:
"Bottom line: utter lack of manual controls, some poor automatic choices, mediocre IQ, weak AF, and a lame flash design all amount to make this an over-priced, under-performing travel zoom."
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"I do have some general complaints relating to the DESIGN of the camera."
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"not a well designed product."
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"There are a few problems with the design."
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"It's kind of annoying and makes me wonder why Nikon designed it that way."
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"This is one of the few times that I have had a Nikon camera where so obvious an error in design was made."
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"The 5-star rating is based on compact design, ease of use, portability, and photo quality."
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"Now I said it was designed to be held with one hand, so take a good look at the camera right now, ( front and back )."
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"If you tap the OK button after moving the focusing bracket, the bracket freezes at the location, then you can use the selector wheel and OK button to select the Brightness, Hue, or Vividness functions--a good design."
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"The overall ergonomic design and layout of the controls is marvelous---but the assignment of functions to those controls, and the organization of the features, was VERY poorly thought-out and poorly implemented."
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"I am surprised at the design* While the panoramic shots are easy, the quality is less than the standard pictures."
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Flash

Flash:
"The flash pops up in an inconvenient place."
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"I love my Cool pic....biggest downside is the light flash is right where your left finger holds the camera."
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"Unfortunately the location of the flash is not at all convenient."
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"The flash is hidden and when it is needed it pops out of the top of the camera where I put my finger to hold the camera."
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"The flash pops up in an awkward position, and is UNABLE to be put back down unless the camera is turned off completely."
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"The other disappointment is that the pop-up flash is right where you hold the camera so often times the photo needs to be retaken while holding the camera in an awkward manner."
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"The flash quality is pretty good, but a lot of people (including myself) forget about it and accidentally hold their finger on top of it; be careful of that so you don't damage it."
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"Today, the camera takes very poorly colored, grainy pictures without the flash, whereas it was great to begin with."
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"I am really satisfied except for the fact that the flash jumps up on the left side where your hand is holding the camera."
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"I could have easily given this a five star rating if the flash was not an issue."
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"Takes great picks when flash not needed."
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Focus

Focus:
"The lack of manual focus control is a killed though, and the autofocus is terrible on small or zoomed in objects."
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"This camera is like a muddy jeep not pretty but it works , auto focus is why i would not tell a friend to buy one."
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"And finally the lens would no longer focus or retract, citing a lens error."
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"Great shots, easy to use, quick focus between shots so I can catch a moment I might have missed."
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"There was a young eagle on our telephone line yesterday and I missed it because the camera wouldn't focus."
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"Before film got too expensive and somewhat inconvenient to process I was shooting with a Nikon FM2 and absolutely loved that camera, and though comparing the S8200 to the FM2 is a case of apples and oranges, it's nice to find that the camera offers some control over the metering and focus, as does the FM2, and as a result, produces absolutely beautiful images as did the FM2.My only gripe, and this is probably an issue with all rear displays on digital cameras, is that in bright sunlight the displayed image appears to disappear until you shade the display with your hand or turn away from your subject."
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"Great shots, easy to use, quick focus between shots so I can catch a moment I might have missed."
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"so I don't know if it has glitches or not; but the video is not focusing to distances in some instances."
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"Pictures come out very clear and in focus, even in fast motion related scenarios."
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"This camera did a great job getting past focusing on the dust and grabbing a beautiful picture."
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Image

Image:
"I love my Cool pic....biggest downside is the light flash is right where your left finger holds the camera."
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"That was a terrible error, just with a few pics taken the lens start giving a lens error message, then some noise of the motor of the lens, and then never started again."
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"Had to turn camera off re set the flash to off, missing photo opportunity."
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"The first few days the pictures were great, the camera focused very fast and the images were clear, even when zoomed in fully-- my only complaint is that the battery ran out rather fast."
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"Alot can be done with a proper photo-editing program and a big computer monitor (to see the detail), but on the small camera screen, these functions are more likely to damage an image than improve it."
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"JPEG always degrades the image."
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"small, great pictures, able to change pic with camera before moving it to computer, great pictures, as good as the onesI take with my larger Nikon, love having the video, easy to use"
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"Great camera for travel and tucking in your purse - not by any means a pure digital camera that makes great pics but good for everyday use."
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"I love my Cool pic....biggest downside is the light flash is right where your left finger holds the camera."
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"The camera takes FOREVER to save a night-scape photo as well."
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"good photo effectscons1."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"All of the shots I tried to take in a club or indoors are too blurry or, if the flash is used, too bright with terrible color."
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"I recently attended an indoor graduation ceremony where flash would have been ineffective at the distance I was from the stage."
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"Takes very good indoor photos."
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"I love Nikon's ability to shoot amazing pictures indoors and at night - the pics turn out way better than the same pics shot by my friends with their Cannons and Lumixes."
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"The pixs were so-so without the flash indoors ( a bit blurry) - with the flash under 10 feet were very good, outdoor great!"
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"I did a lot of research to find the best affordable digital camera that would take good indoor pictures."
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"- It shot pictures fairly quick (but sometimes it lagged, because of the auto focus problems)- Pretty good indoor photos- Zoom worked well, and was fairly quick- Photo quality of the pictures overall very goodDON'T LIKE:- Auto Focus constantly did not work, which was very frustrating, because often times I couldn't even take a picture."
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Lens

Lens:
"After that all I would get was lens error and Nikon would not replace it."
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"In February 13, 2015 I sent back to Nikon repair service in Melville NY for same problem, lens error."
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"In June 2013 had to send camera to Nikon repair service in Melville, NY as camera had Lens error."
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"And finally the lens would no longer focus or retract, citing a lens error."
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"That was a terrible error, just with a few pics taken the lens start giving a lens error message, then some noise of the motor of the lens, and then never started again."
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"com that some problems with the lens and zoom have been detected with this model, but having a look to the samples pictures I decided to go and purchase."
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"This camera seemed like a good purchase until the lens cover stopped opening closing and the camera was inoperable."
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"Good quality, feeling, acceptable response time and operational functions (for this small size and battery lifetime), excellent quality of pic and color for the zoom lens."
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"Plus, saving the extra money allows me to more easily purchase more SLR lenses for my other cameras."
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"Nikon COOLPIX S8200 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 14x Optical Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Black)In short an excellent camera with its features except pop-up flash."
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"As one might expect from such a long zoom lens, distortion at the edge of images can be pretty bad, particularly at wide zoom angles."
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Light

Light:
"I love my Cool pic....biggest downside is the light flash is right where your left finger holds the camera."
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"I would just say that sometimes video does not focus if there is no perfect light."
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"I have an S8100 and the S8100's images are much cleaner even when viewed at 100% and the AF locks MUCH better even in low light (although in the S8100, there is an annoying delay after the AF lock which is very prevalent specially in low light)Other weird items:1. annoying pop-up flash that can't be pushed down manually, but can be disabled by turning flash off."
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"Takes amazing pictures in any light; battery last forever."
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"I love my Cool pic....biggest downside is the light flash is right where your left finger holds the camera."
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"It is easy to use and light weight."
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"It has great ability to click photographs under low light."
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"It was more than what I was hoping, I'm really happy with my camera, it might be an older version but it works fantastic, the low light pics I shot, where much better than what I heard they would come out."
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Photo

Photo:
"Missed getting any photos to celebrate birth of new baby."
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"When I turned the camera back on, and took 5 photos, I got the message again and the machine went dead."
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"I'm sure most of the complaints are about the quality of the photos- that's just because you might have to mess around with the settings first."
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"I was not totally pleased and I had some blurred photos that should not have been blurred."
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"I also have a Nikon D90, but I find I use this Coolpix much more often because it is so much more convenient to carry with me and takes great photos for 90% of my purposes."
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"I still use it even though I have an iPad that takes great photos."
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"When it was working it took fantastic photos."
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"I'm very happy with the quality of the photos as well as the quality of the camera."
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"The photos were great."
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Price

Price:
"I was pretty disappointed that I had to spend the extra money on that."
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"Good price it arrived when expected, Great pictures."
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"I had broken my previous camera which was the same model and was happy to replace it for less than full price."
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"The quality of the pictures and videos is amazing, given its low price."
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"PLEASE BE CAREFUL IN THE PRODUCTS YOU PURCHASE BEFORE YOU DO..JUST BECAUSE THE PRICE IS GOOD, DOESN'T MEAN THE PRODUCT IS."
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"Good deal for anyone who wants great photos at a great price."
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Quality

Quality:
"The description didn't quite match the camera itself, poor quality , not easy to navigate through the various settings."
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"I'm sure most of the complaints are about the quality of the photos- that's just because you might have to mess around with the settings first."
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"The JPG quality is horrible."
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"i get this camera after 2 week of online searching and comparing with same pries camera .1st thing .. its disappointing me cuz i think it will take pictures like a professional DSLR but its NOT true .otherwise its really take great pic and have great lens but not great image quality !"
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"Then tried the Sony DHC-H70 and was very disappointed with its low quality."
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"I was very happy with picture quality and all camera features except pop-up flash but was aware of the quirk when I purchased camera."
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"The camera is reasonable quality."
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"quality item takes great pictures"
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"I highly recommend this camera if you are looking for good quality without purchasing expensive Digital SLRs."
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"The flash quality is pretty good, but a lot of people (including myself) forget about it and accidentally hold their finger on top of it; be careful of that so you don't damage it."
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Screen

Screen:
"What about the support in the web page:Why does my camera show lens error on the screen?"
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"Alot can be done with a proper photo-editing program and a big computer monitor (to see the detail), but on the small camera screen, these functions are more likely to damage an image than improve it."
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"ordered the S8200 after reading the reviews about the S8100 hopefully Nikon has made the improvements especially lens error messagezoom was increased screen is clear and bright."
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"It takes wonderful pictures that look good whether on your camera screen or your computer screen."
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"The image screen on the back works well, as it's pretty large compared to the size of the camera."
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"The LCD screen is very sharp and easy to see, even when it's bright outside."
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"I took off the sunglasses and had a perfectly viewable screen."
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Setting

Setting:
"All it ever shows is a blurry mass with a heavy halo, no matter how clear it looks to me, no matter the zoom, the setting used, etc."
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"The description didn't quite match the camera itself, poor quality , not easy to navigate through the various settings."
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"The menu is fairly intuitive and there are a lot of settings, probably will never use them all but nice to have."
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"i tried for days to tweak its settings but still wasn't happy with it."
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"The only thing I don't like is the auto setting doesn't seem to function that well."
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"This camera is very easy to use and has more settings than one needs (that is something I like)."
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"But on the usual settings battery life is fantastic."
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"the pics are high quality, the videos are good, and theres lots of settings you can use for different situations... like landscape, sunset, night landscape, up close for flowers and bugs and leaves, ... you can set the camera on a flat surface and it will take pictures 10-15 seconds later BY ITSELF!"
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"Don't worry, the camera works great in auto mode, if functions and settings scare you."
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Size

Size:
"The lack of manual focus control is a killed though, and the autofocus is terrible on small or zoomed in objects."
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"Alot can be done with a proper photo-editing program and a big computer monitor (to see the detail), but on the small camera screen, these functions are more likely to damage an image than improve it."
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"The main dislike is the very small, tiny on off button."
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"So far battery life is good only problem you have to charge battery in camera so a small separate wall charger is a help, with extra battery."
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"small, great pictures, able to change pic with camera before moving it to computer, great pictures, as good as the onesI take with my larger Nikon, love having the video, easy to use"
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"This camera is a handy size to put in your pocket; it takes good pictures and is easy to use."
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"Size is wonderful, fits into your pocket or purse easily."
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"I love this camera, it is small and easy to carry, takes great pictures that can be zoomed in on to get an even greater picture of some things, like insect faces for instance."
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"Fortunately, the ability to take a picture with one hand while simultaneously shading the display with the other so you can still see what you're shooting is an option with the S8200.So, the camera is small, lightweight, loaded with nice features, and is very easy to use."
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Speed

Speed:
"The first few days the pictures were great, the camera focused very fast and the images were clear, even when zoomed in fully-- my only complaint is that the battery ran out rather fast."
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"Not to mention that once you zoom in, that fast lens slows down considerably, anyway."
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"Took great pictures and was fast."
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"Pictures come out very clear and in focus, even in fast motion related scenarios."
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"Very disappointed and with so many cameras, so many options, I'm beginning to wonder how you find that perfect camera at a great price point that just does what a camera should do, take great pictures fast and efficiently."
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"I am able to take photos at about 1 3rd the shutter speed that I was on the S8100, and have them still come out okay."
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"The first few days the pictures were great, the camera focused very fast and the images were clear, even when zoomed in fully-- my only complaint is that the battery ran out rather fast."
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Video

Video:
"Spot-meteringYou can control ISO and there's exposure compensation, which, technically is what the pros of old used since their cameras had no spot-meteringbought this because it was selling for about U$50 - brand new14x zoom's not bad for this price25mm - 350mm lensI read that the 8200 replaces the 9100, which had 18x zoomLike most replacement models, the makers just pumped up the mega pixels and maybe added touchscreen (not on the 8200)'Lesson'here:a. don't always get the latest model - sometimes, it is not as good (because the makers remove costlier features - on video cameras, this could be external mic jack, A V in out)b. an earlier model may have better featuresc."
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"I would just say that sometimes video does not focus if there is no perfect light."
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"I was disappointed when I replayed my videos that I recorded due to the audio, but the actual video quality was good."
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"The only complain is the sounds of the videos, it has this weird noise."
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"- The video was not so good with auto focus and zooming."
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"I used it for 3 days during Christmas and overall was satisfied with the picture and video results but I did find some problems with the auto focus."
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"All the functions worked well except the video, it was less then effective."
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"If Nikon hadn't added the video function or if it performed better I would have easily given this camera 5 stars."
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"small, great pictures, able to change pic with camera before moving it to computer, great pictures, as good as the onesI take with my larger Nikon, love having the video, easy to use"
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"I took product images and this camera gave me a full view shot at up close angles, and I even took some nice videos which are up on youtube, one has over 500,000 views."
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"The quality of the pictures and videos is amazing, given its low price."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The lack of manual focus control is a killed though, and the autofocus is terrible on small or zoomed in objects."
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"All it ever shows is a blurry mass with a heavy halo, no matter how clear it looks to me, no matter the zoom, the setting used, etc."
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"If you like your nikon DSLR, but don't want to stash a camera bag when you go on vacation or are traveling on your next voyage and you thought I bet Nikon has a great travel zoom you're making the same mistake I did."
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"com that some problems with the lens and zoom have been detected with this model, but having a look to the samples pictures I decided to go and purchase."
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"The first few days the pictures were great, the camera focused very fast and the images were clear, even when zoomed in fully-- my only complaint is that the battery ran out rather fast."
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"Then, it started sounding a little funny when I would zoom in, a sort of grating noise that I hadn't noticed before, and the camera's ability to focus when zoomed in completely failed."
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"pretty good zoom3."
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"Its features are impressive, as the Zoom which is fantastic."
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"It takes great pictures and the zoom is pretty amazing."
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"*PLEASE READ BEFORE BUYING THIS CAMERA*Let me start this off by saying, this camera took great pictures and has AMAZING zoom picture quality."
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"I love this camera, it is small and easy to carry, takes great pictures that can be zoomed in on to get an even greater picture of some things, like insect faces for instance."
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