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Nikon Coolpix S8000

A high-quality point-and-shooter for the discerning photog.

by Josh Rubin
on 02 February 2010

Released today as part of Nikon's new Style Series line, the S8000 continues the trend of narrowing the gap between high end, image-focused SLRs and conveniently pocket-sized point-and-shoots. The diminutive camera, at 14.2 megapixels with full 10x optical zoom, ranks thinnest in its class. Barely larger than a pack of cigarettes, it's a handy everyday choice for the discerning photographer. I had a sneak preview of one last month and was really pleased with its feel and performance.


Along with an increased start-up period and shutter-release time over previous models, Nikon added a four-way image stabilization system to compensate for its small, hard-to-steady proportion. An advanced flash feature promises more natural-looking images by boosting ISO settings and shutter speeds in low light.

Other new features include a 30-frame-per-second HD movie capability, high-speed photo shooting, with up to four shots per second, and a three-inch 921,000-dot LCD screen.

The S8000 retails for $300 and comes in red, bronze and champagne silver, in addition to the black model shown above.

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