Nikon COOLPIX S8200 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 14x Optical Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and Full HD 1080p Video – Product Description:
Equipped with 1/2.3in CMOS sensor and 16.1MP camera resolution, this digital camera allows you to capture images with vibrancy and sharp details. Manage macro images and wide-angle telephotos using its 14x Optical zoom; capture videos with a 1920 x 1080p Movie HD resolution and view them through its 3.0in TFT LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating. Additionally, this digital camera features the lens-shift VR that reduces vibration for blur-free images. The Autofocus feature and subject tracking maintain focus while distinguishing and centering your subject. Store your captured images to its 89MB internal memory or expand your capacity with an SD, SDHC and SDXC card. You can tranafer files to your computer or other USB devices using a USB 2.0 connection. The Nikon COOLPIX S8200 Compact Digital Camera makes capturing images a breeze.
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Nikon COOLPIX S8200 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera – Review:
GREAT CAMERA, WHAT UP WITH THE FLASH?
I received my Nikon S8200 a few days ago. It is wonderful; easy to use; fast; and did I say, fast. The CMOS screen is better than my Nikon SLR. Downloading the photos to my Nikon Capture NX2 software on my iMac 24″ screen results in photos that are nearly as stunning as my Nikon SLR.
My only gripe is the flash. Whoever decided to put the pop-up flash where it is either never uses a point-and-shoot camera or has little bitty toddler-sized hands. The flash pops up out of the camera right where your left index finger rests. The first time I used it and the flash was required, the flash never came out fully as my left index finger blocked it. The photo was lost.
Warning for critical photo shoots: if you are hoping to get your child’s first step indoors where the flash will be required, be careful, you may loose the shot. You must practice a new way of holding your camera.
Page 12 of the supplied manual shows an artist’s drawing of the left and right hands properly holding the S8200 camera for flash operation. What Nikon has shown is physically impossible with normal sized hands and fingers on the 4″ wide S8200.
My solution modification: I added a small 3/4″ x 1/8″ felt strip to the top of the flash to give me a tactile-feel reminder of the problem. This reminds me to reposition my fingers and thumbs before using flash photography. Now I position my left index finger on the middle of the top of the camera with the left thumb on the middle of the bottom being sure to not block my view of the rear screen with my left hand. Weird, but it can be done.
Someone at Nikon surely thought that the flash on the S8200 was real cool. No, it is not. Do the felt strip mod and you will remember to reposition from the norm.