Nikon CoolPix S8000 digital camera
With automated controls and simple operation, the Nikon CoolPix S8000 is an ideal high-zoom camera for beginners
- Excellent macro mode, slim and lightweight, good backlight and underexposure correction, very sharp LCD screen, extremely easy to use
- No manual shutter or aperture settings, no hand grip, flimsy doors and compartment covers, video mode allows only digital zoom
With automated controls and simple operation, the Nikon CoolPix S8000 is an ideal high-zoom camera for beginners. It's hard to take a bad photo with this model, but you get no manual controls.
Price$ 499.00 (AUD)
There's a lot to be said for simplicity, and the almost fully automated Nikon CoolPix S8000 is the ideal high-zoom option for anyone who doesn't want to fuss with in-camera settings. More-advanced photographers and learn-as-you-go shooters won't like the lack of manual controls, but people looking for a dead-simple pocket megazoom will appreciate this Nikon camera.
The 10X-optical-zoom CoolPix S8000 offers a wide-angle-to-telephoto reach of 30mm to 300mm, 720p high-definition video capture at 30 frames per second, and one of the sharpest 3-inch-diagonal LCDs we've seen on a point-and-shoot camera. This camera pretty much drives itself: Shooting modes include full auto (which also lets you tweak white balance, metering options, autofocus mode, and ISO), 15 scene modes, and an automatic scene selector that chooses the right scene mode for the shooting environment.
Also in the mix are a Smart Portrait mode optimised for single or group portraits--it lets you tweak skin-softening filters, a smile-triggered shutter, and a blink detector--as well as a motion-tracking mode that locks in on a moving object and keeps it in focus. That's it for the shooting modes; you don't get any manual aperture or shutter controls. The automation tends to do a very good job, though.
In PCWorld Labs imaging tests, the CoolPix S8000 led our latest pocket megazoom test group in lack of distortion, and it was among the leaders for exposure quality and sharpness. Color accuracy and video quality were only mediocre, however, and as a result the CoolPix S8000 posted an overall imaging score of Good.
Here are sample clips that we shot in bright indoor lighting and in low light with the CoolPix S8000. For the highest-quality clips, select 720p from the drop-down menu in the lower-right corner of each player.
Battery life is on the low side. The CoolPix S8000 has a CIPA battery life rating of 210 shots per charge of its lithium ion battery, well short of the 300-plus-shot performance of your average point-and-shoot camera.
In my hands-on tests, the CoolPix S8000 had the best macro mode of any of the cameras in our latest roundup. I was just about able to touch the lens to a subject and still get a crisp, well-focused photo without the autofocus searching in and out.
You can correct exposure problems easily within the camera itself thanks to Nikon's D-Lighting feature, which you employ during image playback. Rather than attempting to correct backlit or underexposed images while you're capturing them, you reprocess images with D-Lighting after you shoot, creating a modified copy of your photo while retaining the original shot.
The CoolPix S8000 captures decent video, but audio pickup is weak from its top-mounted stereo microphones. What's more, you're limited to digital zoom while filming rather than being able to use the full power of its 10X-optical-zoom lens.
This is a slim and lightweight camera, due to the lack of a protruding hand grip. It's a bit boxy, and despite its lack of bulk, you'll need both hands to secure it for shooting. Unfortunately, the doors that cover the HDMI port and the USB connector on the camera are also lightweight, made of rubbery plastic and prime candidates to tear off after about a dozen uses.
Build quality and manual shortcomings aside, the Nikon CoolPix S8000 is the easiest-to-use pocket megazoom to past through our test labs recently. It takes almost no effort from the user to capture great images, which casual snapshooters will love.
Join the newsletter!
Ballistix Sport AT
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB 3000
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Watch
Samsung QLED 8K TV
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A9 Speaker
Toys for Boys
Nix Pro Colour Sensor
Tivoli PAL BT
ESET Smart Security Premium
ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac
Oregon Pro WMR500 Weather Station
ESET Internet Security
Little Bits DROID Inventor Kit
Osmo Coding Awbie Game
Ikea RIGGAD work lamp with wireless charging
SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3
TimeFlip Magnet Simple Time Tracking Device
Naztech Xtra Drive Mini + 256GB microSD Card
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker
This Holiday Season, protect yourself and your loved ones with the best. Buy now for Holiday Savings!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy Watch review: Brilliant but not quite a breakthrough
- 2 HP Omen 15 (2018): Full, in-depth review
- 3 HP Envy x360 13 (Ryzen): Full, in-depth review
- 4 Dell G5 review: Easy to live with
- 5 Nokia 6 (2018) review: Simple. Solid. Supreme.
Latest News Articles
- DJI launches Osmo Pocket stabilised camera
- Fujifilm launches Cashback promotion of up to $1,000
- Fujifilm unveils latest Rangefinder style GFX 50R
- Panasonic develops its first full frame mirrorless cameras
- Canon announces new PowerShot SX70HS
PCW Evaluation Team
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
- Razer Phone 2 review: One for the fans
- Oppo R17 Pro review: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Google Pixel 3 XL review: Ghost in the machine
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies