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Great Camera ... When it works!

Customer review by HopefulinOhio

1.0 stars 1/12/2015 by HopefulinOhio
by HopefulinOhio

I loved this camera and took lots of great pictures with it for just under a year... then it broke. Over the next three months I battled to get it repaired under warranty. I finally received my repaired camera, and within a month it was back at the repair shop for a warranty re-repair. Then just under six months later, it was back at the shop for a warranty re-repair. Then just under six months later it was back at the shop for a warranty re-repair. There seems to be a trend here. Whenever I have had my camera, I have really liked it and it takes great pictures. I just wish I could have my camera at home to use more often! The persistent problem is that the screen goes black. The camera seems to turn on, but the LCD screen never illuminates. Each time the repair shop has said they replaced the lens? Either they are fixing the wrong thing, or they keep putting faulty parts in it. I am still hoping to get my camera back from the re-repair and have it really fixed this time....

Would recommend to a friend? No
Amazing Images

Customer review by Paulm_777

5.0 stars 12/30/2011 by Paulm_777
by Paulm_777

I bought this camera as a gift for my wife. As a serious amateur DSLR user (D80, D7000) I'd come to dismiss compact cameras for the image excellence that is synonymous with DSLR's. The S8200 has totally blown me away. It is easy to use, has excellent zoom and produces amazing quality images. The colour, sharpness, contrast, low light capabilities, back light handling etc are all very impressive. I find myself grabbing the S8200 instead of my DSLR for simple quick photos without hesitation. The video capability is also very impressive. Its smooth, fluid video with 1080 30fps or 720 60fps is a pleasure to use. When zooming in video mode, the camera automatically slows the zoom to give a more "video" feel rather than quick, jerky zoom. In short i am very impressed by the image quality, ease of use and value for money that the Nikon S8200 provides. And, yes, my wife loves using this "point and shoot" camera.

St Joseph, Barbados
Would recommend to a friend? Yes

Customer review by suenamee

5.0 stars 3/3/2012 by suenamee
by suenamee

My co-worker wasn't too impressed with this camera after she bought it. It's quite sad. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! The 14x digital zoom has DEFINITELY helped me improve my pictures! My old camera, which was a low-end brand, and only 8 mp and 8x digital zoom didn't do the trick for the photos I wanted. So I KNEW I wanted to use Nikon and go from there. Oh am I glad I did! I went out to the Platte River yesterday to photograph the Sandhill Cranes. The 14x zoom helped TREMENDOUSLY, as I was able to get some REALLY AWESOME pictures of the cranes. They looked like they were so close to me in the photos! I have been messing with my features and I LOVE the pet portrait mode! It is MUCH clearer and better than my old camera. Plus, my cats don't get blinded now! I have done the portrait setting which is ABSOLUTELY awesome also! You will NOT be disappointed like my co-worker if you buy this camera! it's a GREAT one to have and this DEFINITELY will give the DSLR models a run for their $$$. Light, compact and easy to carry around cameras are what I recommend. I also just LOVE how GREAT my photos look!

Hastings, NE, USA
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Good Overall Camera

Customer review by sharpshooter163

5.0 stars 6/1/2012 by sharpshooter163
by sharpshooter163

I bought this camera looking for a nice compact camera that was a little better than a point and shoot. While it has no manual mode like i would have hoped for it did have a lot of cool features. The camera is lightweight and comfortable to hold. I enjoyed that the "click wheel" could also be spun around, making it easy to go through large amounts of photos and change features easily. PROS: -Nice screen resolution and easy to navigate -High detail in macro mode -Average zoom -Lightweight -Fast start-up -"Artsy" effects such as color selector(choose one color and have the rest of the picture appear in black & white) and soft during shooting : effects like miniature and fisheye after shooting -Great camera for the price CONS: -No manual mode -Flash is in an awkward location and can't be put down without being turned off and on again

Colorado, USA
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Great little camera

Customer review by arcdude

5.0 stars 5/15/2012 by arcdude
by arcdude

I bought this camera mainly for it's low-light ability and it's big zoom lens. I was not disappointed. Compact cameras I have had in the past drove me crazy with redeye issues. With this camera, most of the time you don't even need to use the flash. And when you do, there is a redeye reduction mode that gets rid of the redeye electronically instead of flashing an annoying red light to close the subject's pupils. And even in full flash mode I have not taken a single redeye picture yet. I am amazed by those who complain about where the flash is located and someone even suggested they put the flash on the front of the body. You have to realize that the farther the flash is from the lens, the less likely you are to get redeye pictures. And in this camera, the flash is located about as far from the lens as possible.

Would recommend to a friend? Yes
nice camera

Customer review by Deb1245

5.0 stars 1/2/2012 by Deb1245
by Deb1245

Great picture clarity, color and zoom!

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Parleys Island,SC
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Ownership:1 week or less
Usage:Every few days
Flash use is a huge inconvenience for the photographer.

Customer review by Not a pleased Nikon customer

1.0 stars 7/8/2012 by Not a pleased Nikon customer
by Not a pleased Nikon customer

I have owned several Nikon cameras, both point and shoots and DSLRs, but this has been the biggest mistake in a Nikon purchase for me. The flash is in an awkward place, but that is normal for the Nikon point and shoots; the fact that it cannot be closed manually after a picture is taken, is ridiculous. You have to actually turn the camera off and then back on to take another picture, unless you are still wanting to use the flash. This defect should never have passed Nikon's quality testing. If there were to be a recall for this product, I'd be the first to send it back! Just this fact alone has made me just put the camera in the box and put it away. The 8100 is far superior to the 8200.

Not a pleased Nikon customer
Rockwall, TX
Would recommend to a friend? No
Great Camera at a affordable price

Customer review by fontzy

5.0 stars 1/29/2012 by fontzy
by fontzy

Owned camera for little over a week now (Jan 2012) and cannot stop playing with the 120fps and unreal video it takes. My only complaint...the location of the flash. The way I've held camera's in the past, my left index finger rests on the top of the body. On the S8200 the flash is there. It leaves little room for me to have a solid comfortable grip. And once the flash pops up, you cannot push it down. Just something to get used big deal. Maybe next years model can have it installed in the face of the body. EXTREMELY HAPPY with the image/video quality and ease of use! This is my first Nikon and i plan on being a repeat customer.

Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Battery life=dead

Customer review by greengardener

1.0 stars 4/18/2013 by greengardener
by greengardener

I received this camera for Christmas. I used it during the holidays; tried to charge it and the battery would not take a charge. So I ordered a new battery, not wanting to be put off. Put the new battery in, charged it, and it works....but only for a short time. Tried to charge the new battery and it won't turn on or do anything after charging for several days. I tried to turn on the camera each day. I am very disappointed, as my husband read lots of reviews and felt this would be the best camera for what I wanted. I wanted a camera that was rechargeable and would work every time. I am very disappointed.

Would recommend to a friend? No

Customer review by photoshoot

5.0 stars 3/21/2012 by photoshoot
by photoshoot

since i started photography, i've been using canon.and a friend just came and told me that he had a better camera than mine, at first i was skeptical. he was so persistent that i gave in, i tried it for a week and i cant help notice the big difference. i realized that i've been paying a lot for a canon dslr when i can take the same kind of pictures with nikon s8200. what matters to me, is the clarity of every pictures i felt like taking pictures with my own eyes.. i would definitely recommend this camera

Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Great all around camera....EVEN INDOOR SPORTS

Customer review by Volleyball Mom

5.0 stars 4/8/2012 by Volleyball Mom
by Volleyball Mom

I searched high and low before purchasing a new camera. I did not want to spend the money for a huge slr camera, but I wanted to take indoor volleyball pictures of my teenage daughters. I can put this camera on ISO 3200 and get great action shots. This works better than the sports setting on the camera. All the regular photos are just a bonus to this camera. I love it, and do not regreat my purchase one bit. And others are slightly jelous of my pictures, and the fact my camera fits in my pocket!

Volleyball Mom
Tennessee, USA
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Great camera with one FATAL flaw

Customer review by Ex-landscape photographer

2.0 stars 4/17/2012 by Ex-landscape photographer
by Ex-landscape photographer

The S8200 has great features and excellent photo quality, BUT, it has one fatal flaw: it lacks a viewfinder! This makes it almost unusable in bright sunlight, since you cannot see your subject on the screen. With the sun behind you, you are basically shooting "blind", often missing the subject and always out of focus. With the addition of a viewfinder, this camera would be a sure winner; without a viewfinder, it is close to useless for an outdoor photographer.

Ex-landscape photographer
Bethesda, MD
Would recommend to a friend? No
Superb image quality and impressive video in high HD

Customer review by Nikon pro user for years

5.0 stars 4/17/2012 by Nikon pro user for years
by Nikon pro user for years

Bought this point and shoot camera as a back-up camera on days when I don't carry my DSLR camera and also on vacation. Great images from the start but when my wife got hold of it, she wouldn't let me have it anymore. She's using it to record high definition video of our trips. Great images on the screen. The only drawback is the lack of an external charger to charge the battery when carrying two or more batteries. Charger needed asap Nikon!!! Hear this?

Nikon pro user for years
Quebec, Canada
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Love this camera

Customer review by Nikon User

5.0 stars 1/15/2012 by Nikon User
by Nikon User

I have bought Nikons since 1969 (nikkormat.) I bought this camera without knowing much about it other than the Nikon name. The pictures are amazing for it's size. I carry this camera on belt case now and it goes everywhere, it is so light to carry compared to my Nikon D300. Low light photography is great I just turn off the flash and have fun. I love the panorama mode and have used it often even in low light situations. It's a great Grandpa camera>

Nikon User
Would recommend to a friend? Yes

Customer review by pat

5.0 stars 12/28/2011 by pat
by pat

I just got this camera for Christmas from my husband and I've never seen pictures come out this great. I'm a novice but now my pictures look like a pro took them. So awesome! Even pictures of my beautiful cat now come out cool with no glass eyes. I love it and can't wait till I can take more pictures of our grandkids this week when we visit. Thanks Nikon for a wonderful Christmas. I can capture all the special moments without worry. Pat in KC.

Kansas City, MO, USA
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
nice photos, but some issues

Customer review by repo80

3.0 stars 11/12/2012 by repo80
by repo80

This camera was a gift so we could take photos of our newborn son. About a year later, I am ready to report. There is great picture clarity, it is easy to use. I appreciate the powerful flash, but it irreparably washes out people from even a fair distance. Also, i have had to send it back to repair a lense error 2 times in less than 1 year. I have had many digital cameras with a telescoping lens, I have never had issues with this before.

Would recommend to a friend? No
Nice camera

Customer review by Jigs patel

5.0 stars 11/16/2011 by Jigs patel
by Jigs patel

I was using Sony till now, i thought of trying something different this time and it is Nikon. it proved to be a good camera with all good and latest features. so far no complains only the thing i am not habituated to is popping up of flash ;) also you have to press start button 2 times in order to start the camera, i hope/believe that this is Nikon's unique feature ;)

Jigs patel
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
CoolPix S8200

Customer review by RHC

5.0 stars 10/9/2012 by RHC
by RHC

After some extensive research I purchased this camera as a back-up to my D80 after I wore out my CoolPix S550. I ordered a red one so it wouldn't get lost in a sea of black in my camera case. I love this camera! The colors scream and I really like the ability to adjust color vividness/saturation and hue in a sliding scale, instead of just on or off. The fact that it has an HDR setting hidden in the menu was a real surprise. I haven't tried it yet, but I will as soon as an opportunity arises. I also like the different pre-sets that this model has over the S550. Its ability to focus in low light is super; far and away better than my old S550. I shot all weekend [200+ photos] and the battery still indicates a full charge. The range of the zoom is phenomenal for a pocket camera and the anti-shake works VERY well, even in low light. The flash popping up under your left index finger is a bit disconcerting, but it's nothing more than retraining your left hand to hold the camera differently in low light; I'm already getting better at it. I wish you could put the flash back down without turning the camera off, but that really isn't a 'put off' for me. I also wish the matrix metering would work in 'scenes' mode, but that's probably asking too much for this type of camera. I like the fact that the lowest ISO is 100; the S550 was 64 but this is close enough. I shoot more low ISO shots than high because of the finer grain, so that was a serious consideration. The plethora of white balance settings was another major consideration that lifted this camera above the Panasonic model I was also considering at the time of purchase.

Scottsdale, AZ
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Good camera...but

Customer review by Patty54

4.0 stars 8/10/2012 by Patty54
by Patty54

This is my 4th Nikon Coolpix but this model works great takes great pic,and is compact but the flash is not in the right pops up and my fingers need to be in that place to hold the camera.. Try to bring the camera back but I was pass my 14 days...It looks like the coolpix 9200 has the flash in the middle...guess I was out of luck on this one!!

Montreal, Quebec
Would recommend to a friend? No
Great Creative Camera

Customer review by flying Frog

4.0 stars 7/30/2012 by flying Frog
by flying Frog

Just got this and super fun exploring the all the functions this camera has to offer. I pretty new at being creative. I find that this camera is easy to use even with out going to the manual. I would highly recommend this camera for anyone wishing to take more than just snapping photo's of family and friends.

flying Frog
Lynden WA
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
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