by James Smith
Almost everyone enjoys looking at photographs that remind them of special times in their lives. Some think it is impossible to get quality prints unless they invest in complicated equipment that costs a small fortune. Luckily, there is the Nikon Coolpix S8000 which delivers perfect images at a very affordable price.
There are a wide range of automatic adjustment and preference settings on this device. With a simple flip of a switch, lighting and movement issues are under control. It is amazing how many useful and creative features are integrated into this camera that is so small and so slim that it sits comfortably in the palm of a hand.
Though one of them slimmest cameras available, it delivers in true Nikon fashion. Weighing in at just 6.5 ounces and measuring less than five inches, it is easily carried in a pocket for quick access. It is truly unbelievable that something so tiny can produce such high quality photographs.
Photos are taken at an incredible 14.2 megapixels and can be printed in large sizes up to 16×20 without losing their quality. This amazing device even has macro shooting capabilities that allow clear images to be produced from as close as a single centimeter away from the subject. Consistently great pictures will be captured using the auto-focus and other specialized settings available.
There are four different anti-blur settings on this device that make it easy to get perfect shots of moving objects. The ISO 3200 Light Sensitivity works with the vibration reduction function to reduce the smudging of subjects in motion when in low lighting conditions. The Advanced Motion Detection is great for snapping action pictures of sporting events because it compensates for jiggling of the camera to stabilize the image.
Another function that ensures the user will always get the absolute best photo possible is the Best Shot Selector (BSS) feature. What this does is sets the camera to take up to ten pictures in quick succession. With this many split-second images, the one with the highest quality is saved and there is no worry of missing a great opportunity due to bad settings.
This device also comes with a 10x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens. This amazing feature goes from the standard 30mm range to an incredible 300mm telephoto for extreme close-ups. The most impressive thing about this particular type of lens is that while it concentrates on zeroing in on the subject, it keeps the wide angle on the area around it. Images are sharp and rich with detail and high quality color.
Video with stereo sound is taken up to 30fps at 720p for outstanding resolution. The camera is equipped with HDMI playback so that is may be hooked to a PC or HD television for large screen review. Previews may be done on the device using the 3″ VGA LCD which has an anti-glare coating so that images are easily seen even when the light is bright.
The most innovative feature on the Nikon Coolpix S8000 just may be the Creative Slider. This function permits the user to review their images and edit them right from the LCD screen with a simple touch. Results are displayed right away so it is easy to see when the quality has reached the level desired by the operator.