Overall a GREAT camera with just a couple minor misses
Overall, I really love this camera. A great set of features and usability. The price point is a bit steep, but if you are the type of user that is very hard on your camera or you like to dig into the different features and modes and actually use them, then this is a perfect camera for you. I have a dedicated video camera, so I have not used that feature more than twice. But the times I did, it was easy to use and the HD quality was impressive.
Waterproofing and shock-proofing
If you're into your extreme sports and also enjoy cataloguing all your activities, then the Nikon Coolpix AW110 deals with everything from where you are to how high or low you are by adding a new dimension with the altimeter. With the aforementioned improvement in image quality and the added durability, this is a serious contender. You should take a look at the new Nikon Coolpix AW110.
Good photo quality for its class, Responsive performance in most respects
The Coolpix AW110 is a capable rugged camera with good photo quality for its class, an elaborate GPS feature, Wi-Fi for remote camera control, and a nice movie mode - all without breaking the bank. It can also go further underwater than any of its peers. Downsides include smudged details, blue color casts underwater, poor outdoor display visibility, and below average battery life.
Good picture quality, Decent macros
The AW100 was Nikon's first all-weather camera and the AW110 proves to be a steady upgrade, adding Wi-Fi to its wide set of features and almost doubling its waterproofness to 18m. Image quality is good and the images are less noisy than the AW100's at lower ISOs. Images are softer in the corners, but this is generally the case with cameras that have internal zoom lens. Overall, we are happy to recommend the Nikon Coolpix AW110.
Good performance, Great OLED screen, Wi-Fi remote control from smartphones
The Nikon COOLPIX AW110 is a great camera for adventure-seekers. Its rugged build, GPS, electronic compass, hydro-barometer, altimeter and water/dust/shock-proof features combined with the small size and weight make it an ideal camera for road warriors. The camera is able to capture fairly accurate colours and details even underwater. If there is one problem with it, then that would be the chromatic aberrations that adversely affect an otherwise excellent photo quality.
Camera will also create panoramas and 3D photos
Overall Nikon have created a very capable camera. The photo quality is very good and it is easy to use requiring only a minimal look at the manual - and even then that was more for confirming what a feature did rather than how to use it. The GPS tagging works brilliantly and is very accurate and the added bonus of recording track logs is a useful feature too. The bundled software is equally capable and is well thought out, although at times the display can sometimes feel a bit cluttered.
I wanted a simple point and shoot with great zoom better than my smart phone for when I'm in the back at school functions, concerts and want a nice zoom length, and have the ability for great outdoor shots in the woods and this camera delivers. Love the size, fits great in my hands as well. I love the zoom being on the top as well as on the size, plus the 1080p hd video is awesome.
8fps burst and lots of other continuous modes, 180 and 360 degree panoramas
Like its predecessor, the Nikon COOLPIX L820 is a no-frills budget point-and-shoot superzoom. It's uncomplicated, easy to use and provides a zoom range that's more than long enough for most subjects. But just because you're not interested in manual control doesn't mean you don't want other things, like the ability to share your photos over Wifi. On a budget model aimed at casual snappers this is a serious shortcoming.
Good value, Big zoom option, Sharp results usually
Though you won't be able to fit the Nikon L820 into the pocket of your jeans without a rather uncomfortable and unsightly squeeze, the body is sized to fit into a roomier jacket pocket. You could wear it on a strap around your neck, perhaps, but then it may just appear to casual passers-by that someone has shrunk your DSLR in the wash. Either that or you're a giant by comparison.
Good image quality
The Nikon Coolpix L820 packs plenty of zoom and image quality is good. If you like shooting wide landscapes, you'll appreciate the wide 22.5mm lens, you can also zoom in to isolate your subject. It is quite heavy, but the screen has a decent resolution and the hand grip is rubberised. We also like the full 1080p HD video recording, battery life, 8 fps continuous shooting and the range of colours available.
So far I'm loving it!
I love the nikon feature of taking a video of my two little ones and being able to also take still photos. One of the features that most appealed to me and it works great! With big moments like their first steps, you can have a video and stills. Genius! The s1 is my favorite so far bc of that feature, as well as it being smaller and lighter.
Small size, attractive appearance
The Nikon 1 S1 is an attractive camera that I enjoyed using for the most part. It's conveniently small and lightweight. It has very good performance and excellent image quality, even at high ISOs. However its video was disappointing due to a consistent jittering effect. Also, it lacks several features present in the 1 J3, which is not that much more expensive.
Good image quality
Despite the fact that it's small, the Nikon 1 S1's image quality is excellent and certainly worthy of consideration for first time CSC owners. If you're an existing Nikon user, you might want to think about this either as a backup for a DSLR or a companion to a smaller compact camera.
Reliable image quality
There's an awful lot to like about the Nikon 1 S1 - it's fast, takes good photos and is easy to use. It's also reasonably priced, which assuming it comes down in price as time goes by, will make it absolutely bargain in future. Its Achilles heel, and why it doesn't walk away with a Recommended Award, is the loss of detail and so-so low-light performance in comparison with rivals.
Extend lens to switch on, close to switch off
While the Nikon 1 S1 may be the smallest mirrorless camera from Nikon, it also comes with a rather limited 2.5x optical zoom kit lens, that isn't very wide (30mm equivalent) nor does it give much telephoto reach (74mm equivalent), it also lacks image stabilisation, and for roughly £70 more you can purchase the higher specification Nikon 1 J3 with 10-30mm VR lens, or the J2 with twin lens kit for £429 (while still available).
Compact body, Decent image quality
If you can't afford a J3, look this way. It may sport a lower-resolution sensor, coarser LCD and plastic body, but the S1 matches its more expensive siblings in many respects. Think with your head rather than your heart and you'll see it's a good deal with much to offer.
Fast AF, Stable and clear screen
With its speedy AF system, prompt shot-to-shot times and respectable overall image quality the Nikon 1 S1 is a welcome addition to the CSC sector, even if it doesn't really stand out from its J-series siblings for any particular reason. Having only recently been launched it's a little on the pricey side, but its price is slowly dropping - once it falls below the £400 it'll be a steal.
Good camera, could use some updates
Overall this camera takes awesome photos. The in camera features are great as well. My only problem is that in order to review your photos you have to turn on the camera you just can't press the review button. When you do take a photo it takes forever for the preview to disappear. You can either have it on or off. With canon it gave you the option of 1,2 or 3 second preview.
Good zoom range, Compact, easy to grip body
When shopping around you can find the S9200 for £245, but retailers such as Curry's are charging £270. This makes it more expensive than the S9300 which you can get from Warehouse Express for £260, which has GPS. Thankfully, the S9200 takes pictures with good detail and colour reproduction and can shoot full resolution images at a fast rate, although noise is a problem from ISO 400 upwards.
Fast burst mode shooting
The travel-zoom category has seen increasingly tough competition in the last two years. What was once the province of kind-of-compact 10x zoom cameras is increasingly featuring ridiculous zoom ranges, and the 18x optical zoom S9300 may just be king of them all. With a body that could almost hide behind a deck of cards, the 9300 crams an incredible amount of hardware into what is essentially a pocketable camera.
Good value for the money
The Nikon Coolpix S9300 isn't a whole lot different than its predecessor. Aside from a new sensor and GPS, it's basically the same camera, with a very similar list of pros and cons. The body hasn't changed much, and that's generally a good thing. It's very compact and well put-together, save for the flimsy door over the memory card/battery compartment.
Easy to use
The S series of Nikon's Coolpix digital compact cameras are the Stylish options for the fashion conscious. They're still easy to use but have all sorts of extra modes and features to justify the upgrade from a cheaper model, which explains why GPS and Full HD video are included on the S9300. The part(s) of the Nikon Coolpix S9300 that we've been most impressed with throughout the entire test is the focusing system.
Pricy, Poor battery life
These problems, allied with the hefty price of Â£300/$350, make it hard to recommend the Nikon Coolpix S9300, despite its many strengths.
It's especially hard considering the fact that the Panasonic TZ30 costs just a little more in the UK, and the same in the US. The Panasonic TZ30 is smaller and lighter, has a better battery life, an even wider and longer zoom and more sophisticated video functions.
Stylish, well-built and easy to use
Overall construction is pretty good with the outer shell of the S9300 constructed from a mix of metal and tough plastic. In the hand the camera feels pretty solid, with a reassuring weightiness to it as well. In terms of size, the 18x zoom does mean that its overall dimensions are a little larger than a regular short-zoomed compact, however it still remains small enough overall to easily slip inside a coat pocket, or even a larger trouser pocket.
Good colour reproduction, Fast continuous shooting
The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is one of the cheapest travel zooms with GPS and lots of zoom making it good value for money. It's available in a number of colours, with the red looking particularly stylish. The camera produces reasonably good image quality when using the camera at its lowest ISO settings with better results at the wider end of the zoom. It has a number of useful features including HDR, high speed shooting, scene modes and auto-scene detection.
Big zoom range
The S9300 isn't a bad camera. But then it's not a great one either, simply because the strength of the competition leaves it in the dust. No manual modes, a shorter zoom than the competition, limited battery life and poorer image quality than its predecessor are all points to consider. It just doesn't quite come together. Fine in isolation, but hard to recommend above what else is out there.
Compact, stylish, generally solid body
Overall, the Nikon 1 J1 ($650) is a pretty good interchangeable lens camera, though it's definitely more for those who lean toward the beginner end of the spectrum. I figure that most of those folks will just put it into Scene Auto Selector mode and let the camera do the rest. The camera's fast autofocus system (in good light), Full HD video recording, and minimalist interface should keep Nikon's target audience pretty happy. Enthusiasts are another story.
Good camera for beginners
The J1 may only be the junior member of the Nikon 1 family, but its significantly cheaper price and more targeted approach make it a better choice than the V1 for compact camera users looking to upgrade to a more advanced system. It is still expensive though compared to rivals like the Sony NEX-C3, Olympus E-PM1 PEN Mini and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3, so you'll need to decide if the out-and-out speed and beginner-friendly approach are really worth the price of admission.
Very good, print-ready JPEGs - nice color reproduction, and a good balance of NR/detail
Many photographers within Nikon's sizeable user base had been eagerly anticipating the camera giant's move into mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and a lot of them reacted with disappointment when the curtain parted on the 1 System in late 2011. Despite containing some very interesting technology, the 1 J1/V1 are clearly intended to appeal to upgraders from lower-level compact cameras.
Delivers class-leading shooting speeds
The Nikon J1 is a stylish looking compact system camera that delivers class-leading shooting speeds, super-efficient AF performance and vibrant, punchy images. However, given the highly competitive nature of the CSC market this isnâ?? t really enough to elevate it above its peers and many rival CSCs simply offer richer feature sets and better value for money. Itâ?? s good to finally see Nikon in the CSC market, and the J1 certainly shows some promise, but itâ??
High speed shooting at 60fps
The Nikon 1 J1 is the more compact, and more stylish looking camera from the Nikon 1 series available in five different colours, with matching lens colours. With a smaller sensor than the Micro Four thirds system, it allows smaller lenses, and the 10 megapixel sensor achieves an amazing 60fps shooting, high speed video and full HD recording.
Easy to use
The Nikon 1 J1 is a great point and shoot system camera providing ease of use, image quality in a compact body and as with the V1, it represents a bold and brave step by Nikon into the compact, mirrorless system camera market. But while the J1 is significantly less expensive than the V1 it's still not cheap at Â£549 for the 10-30mm zoom single lens outfit or Â£699 for the dual lens kit tested here.
Has good rugged specifications
As a first effort, the Nikon Coolpix AW100 is a decent rugged compact if you're doing most of your shooting on land. The dark lens and average low-light photo quality are a better match for hiking or snow sports or shooting in shallow waters in full sun, but not diving, regardless of its waterproof rating. The GPS performance in my review camera was solid and turning it on and off is easier than in most competing rugged compacts.
High quality 1080p video
Depending on your needs, there may be reason to purchase a more stylish toughcam like the Sony TX10, or something more suited to macro shooting like the Pentax WG-1, but for most users seeking an adventure-proof upgrade, it's hard to go wrong with the Nikon Coolpix AW100, our overall best rugged camera of 2011.
Innovative Action Control feature
Looking much like a regular digital camera, the new Nikon Coolpix AW100 can withstand almost everything that life can throw at it, underwater, in the cold, from a moderate height, although it's not dust- or crush-proof like some rivals. The inclusion of a suite of sophisticated GPS features, which doesn't affect battery-life too adversely, and the innovative Action Control feature makes the AW100 a great travel companion.
The Coolpix AW100 is remarkably good for Nikon's first venture into the rugged camera market. Its main strength is its range of features. Not only is is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof, it comes with built-in GPS, full 1080p HD video recording and much more. Although one of the more expensive rugged cameras available, the camera produces good images and videos and therefore takes its place in our Top 7 Cameras For Active Photographers.
It struggles with bright conditions
The Nikon AW100 offers a tough build that will keep shooting in all conditions. It will survive water down to a depth 10m, drops from 1.5m and temperatures down to -10 degrees celcius, meaning you're well protected whether on the beach or from that pint glass of wine that always gets knocked over.
But the image quality and the results we've achieved don't really speak volumes for the Coolpix AW100.
Fun to use
Consider the Nikon AW100 if you're an outdoors type that can make use of the camera's rugged design. It's waterproof and shockproof, yet it doesn't really compromise when it comes to usability. It's picture quality is also clear and vibrant for the most part, although it did sometimes struggle to get the exposure right when in easy mode.
Lot of fun shooting options to experiment with
I'm slightly less enthusiastic about the Nikon Coolpix S8200 than I was about its predecessor, the S8100. It's still a nice camera for its price, features, and performance compared with other compact megazooms with BSI CMOS sensors. But because of little things like the pop-up flash and more important things like the slow autofocus with the lens extended, it's not as easy a recommendation.
Painless use and excellent handling
There's a fine line between 'point-and-shoot' and 'high-end ultracompact. Nikon, with the Coolpix S8200, is doing their best to raise the ceiling for point-and-shoot cameras, without actually venturing into true high-end territory. What design and specification changes have been made since the S8100 seem to have been for the best. We were impressed by the camera during our short time with it, thanks mostly to painless use and excellent handling.
6fps continuous shooting at full resolution
In summary the Nikon Coolpix S8200 improves a couple of major features and adds a few new functions to further improve on a camera that we already liked a lot. Unfortunately it still has some key deficiencies, most notably the so-so image quality especially at the higher ISO speeds, the frustrating need to access the main menu for commonly used options like ISO speed, and the lack of any manual controls for more advanced users.
Great build quality
There's plenty to like about this camera - the only thing that's really missing is any advanced manual functionality, which would increase its appeal as a long-term investment for an aspiring photographer who's keen to develop their skills. If however all you want is a robust, stylish, highly flexible camera that's simple to operate and produces beautiful images, then the Nikon Coolpix S8200 could be the one for you.
Excellent colour reproduction
The Coolpix S8200 is a premium Nikon compact camera with a premium price but offers a substantial set of features with excellent handling and image quality to match. Nikon have made the camera small and easy to grip while offering a large 14x optical zoom lens. There are some minor negatives such as occasional purple fringing and the amount of noise at the higher end of the ISO range.
14X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom
The Nikon Coolpix S8200 packs a long 14X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom, equivalent to 25-350mm, along with a 16 megapixels CMOS sensor in a compact body. Both the lens and sensor perform exceptionally well for their size. There is good sharpness across the frame with virtually no distortion or fringing and only a slight gradual softness towards edges. The crowning achievement of the S8200 however is its 16 megapixels sensor which delivers a class-leading performance.
The Coolpix S8100 includes lens-based optical image stabilization, useful for fighting blur from camera shake.
Overall, we liked the Nikon Coolpix 8100, and had a lot of fun shooting with it. Outdoors, the Nikon S8100 takes very good photographs with excellent color. Indoors, the camera does reasonably well considering the 12-megapixel resolution and long zoom; and the Nikon S8100 even has HDR modes to deal with difficult lighting situations. The most important feature of the Nikon S8100 is its 10x zoom in a compact frame which is a real bonus for street photographers and vacationers.
The photos are crystal clear and true to color. The new night shooting capabilities are the absolute best I've seen in a compact camera. It has 10x optical zoom plus around 4x digital. And it records full 1080p HD video. AND it's all in a cute little compact package. How can you beat that?
Oh, and the color of the red camera is the most gorgeous shade of red I've ever seen.
An appealingly simple-to-use yet powerful travel zoom camera
The Nikon Coolpix S8100 is an appealingly simple-to-use yet powerful travel zoom camera that is a marked improvement on the original S8000 in many ways, but its 30mm lens and average image quality prevent us from recommending it more highly.
Good quality images
Nikon's Coolpix S8100 is a great little camera that's perfect for slipping into a pocket ready for taking any snapshots that present themselves. In good light outdoors it can also be relied upon to take images that can be turned in to very decent A3 prints, so you won't regret not taking your DSLR on a long hike or bike ride.
The S8100 takes all the best bits from the previous 10x optical zoom camera and looks to improve on them. The S8100 takes all the best bits from the previous 10x optical zoom camera and looks to improve on them.The S8100 takes all the best bits from the previous 10x optical zoom camera and looks to improve on them.
ideal high-zoom camera
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. 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. Don’t call Sony’s GPS-enabled, feature-loaded DSC-HX5V a gimmick camera.
Image quality in general is, after all, the most important factor behind a camera purchase, and the image quality of the S8000 isn't all bad.
Our reviewer spent a week with the S8000, the world's slimmest 10x zoom camera. As a gadget, it's an impressive feat of engineering. As a camera, it suffers from poor low-light shots and an overpowering flash. By Brenda Paro
In summary, if you're in the market for a camera, and not looking in particular for a large zoom lens on a pocket body, then don't buy the S8000.
clear and sharp view
The Coolpix S8000 has a simple compact design despite its 10x optical zoom and it captures above average quality images. Its nice set of features at mid-range prices make it a good option for travel zoom camera but its rather slow shot-to-shot performance is a bit disappointing.
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