Fast focus and performance, Excellent viewfinder.
The full-frame Nikon D800 manages to deliver 36 megapixels of resolution, without sacrificing image quality at high ISOs. It only shoots 4 frames per second, but that should be sufficient for event photographers, landscape shooters, and well-heeled enthusiasts.
Solid handling and ergonomics while shooting
The Nikon D800 is a beast of a camera, an extraordinarily high-resolution anachronism dropped into a supposedly post-megapixel world. The 36.3-megapixel sensor of the D800 defines it; it is the camera's greatest asset, making it one of the most flexible, enjoyable cameras we've ever shot with.
In actual use, the Nikon D800 is a fantastic tool that seldom disappoints
The Nikon D700 has been a hot seller ever since it was introduced back in the summer of 2008. It had a great sensor, a robust but relatively lightweight body and a comprehensive feature set, and was sold at a price that many thought was reasonable for all the goodness it offered.
The D800 combines swift operation and well-designed controls with outstanding image quality
The D800 combines swift operation and well-designed controls with outstanding image quality that is particularly impressive at high ISO settings. Expanded video capabilities hold appeal those who need to produce both stills and video while on assignment. The camera's 36MP sensor allows for class-leading resolution in a 35mm format camera...if you're prepared to hold your technique and equipment to the highest standards.
Extensive dynamic range, Large images, Superb AF system
Many see the Canon EOS 5D Mark III as the D800's natural competitor. While the average serious enthusiast is likely to think long and hard about switching manufacturer, professional photographers are less loyal and will go with whichever option works best for them.
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The D800 will be very attractive to photographers who need a comparatively light camera that is capable of capturing a lot of detail and producing large prints.
Delivers phenomenal image quality at around half the price of Nikon's flagship D4 model
The Nikon D800 is a professional-grade 36.3MP DSLR that delivers phenomenal image quality at around half the price of Nikon's flagship D4 model. Overall, it's a fantastic addition to the Nikon range that easily justifies its £2,600 price tag. Build quality is superb, handling is excellent and despite the huge range of customisation on offer the D800 remains relatively intuitive and easy to use.
Excellent image quality, Extremely high resolution images
To me, this camera is essentially the one I'd been hoping Canon would release for over a year now! Good image size, decent ISO performance, nice video capabilities and at a very reasonable price for the specs, it just happens to be a different manufacturer. What's interesting is that now I own one, I've found that I'm not shooting with the Nikon all the time...
Camera layout is practical and simple to use
A week was all the time it took for us to fall in love with the D800. And we were starting to get butterflies when we first took it out of the box. This is the camera we'd get if money were no object. While the D4 has a lot to offer in terms of speed, the resolution of the D800 is its main selling point, and it really is a game-changer in our view.
Considerably higher resolution than peers
The Nikon D800 has impressive specifications but that is just the beginning. Its 36 MP sensor with ISO 50-25600 sensitivity is capable of shooting at 4 FPS and capturing full 1080p HD. It includes a 51-point autofocus system and all features expected from a professional DSLR, including a large 100% coverage viewfinder and sturdy weatherproof body with dual control-dials.
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.
Small, lightweight pocket camera
The Nikon Coolpix S6300 is certainly an improvement over the model it replaces. Just the sensor change to BSI CMOS is enough to make it recommending over CCD-sensor-based competition. It's an easy-to-use camera, too, so if you're just looking for something inexpensive to toss in your bag that's better than your phone, it's a decent choice. However, both the similarly priced Panasonic Lumix SZ7 and slightly more expensive Sony Cyber-shot WX150 are better.
Compact design makes it truly pocketable
The Nikon S6300 is an exercise in just how quickly the industry has embraced the long zoom compact movement, featuring a 10x optical zoom body and 16-megapixel image sensor in a body that, a few years ago, might have only features a 3 or 4x zoom range. The crushing ubiquity of smartphone cameras has made point-and-shoot manufacturers certainly sweat, with reports that the compact camera industry saw nearly quarter of their sales drop off in just 2011.
Response times are pretty good when not using a flash
For a low-cost camera, the Coolpix S6300 seems to perform pretty well overall. Its color accuracy and brightness in images are impressive. The 10x zoom lens is a nice feature, and its response times and various burst modes are pretty good. It does have a few drawbacks, including some soft focus problems and sluggish performance at start-up. Still, if your needs as a photographer match this little point-n-shoot camera's strengths, the S6300 will give you good performance levels for the price.
Produces sharp enough images
The Nikon Coolpix S6300 is a thoroughly pleasant camera to use. It's geared for the happy snappers who want something easy and cheerful to take pictures with. This is the camera for such a task. It's not going to change the world; there's no new technology built in. The controls are laid out in a logical fashion, the features will appeal to the market it's aimed at and it looks good.
Slim, Good macro mode
Pushing aside a few minor niggles, mainly to do with options such as the panorama mode, the Nikon Coolpix S6300 is a solid performing compact camera that will please consumers. Images are generally well exposed, have natural colours straight from the camera and there's little sign of noise.
Good amount of zoom
The Nikon Coolpix S6300 produced a mixed bag of results, with good colour reproduction and fast high-speed shooting at full resolution. On the downside images start to show significant noise even at ISO 200, the minimum focusing distance of 10cm makes it really hard to take a decent macro shot and on occasion 360Â° panoramas had clear stitching issues. But for your money, you are getting a camera with a good solid metal build and decent zoom range packed into a perfectly pocketable body.
Battery life is very good versus comparably priced models
The Nikon Coolpix S6300 offers a mixed bag of pluses and minuses.
The minuses include a slight softness in some images, a built-in flash unit that's oddly placed, a small LCD that suffers from glare problems, and a lack of manual control options.
Full HD Movies, Stereo sound
The Nikon Coolpix S6300 is a good choice if you are looking for a straightforward digital camera with a bit of zoom power at a reasonable price. Picture quality is about standard for this type of digital camera. It should be good enough unless you are really picky about the quality of your photos. This camera is one of the best at this price if you are looking for some advanced movie features.
Amazing zoom ratio
With an extremely aggressive price point and some big numbers on the spec sheet, we imagine the Coolpix L810 could sell pretty well. 26x is an amazing zoom ratio for a sub-$300 camera, and as long as image quality is better than, say, the Kodak Easyshare Max, that low investment could go a long way. Plus, whether we approve or not, customers seem to be drawn to big megapixel sensors, even if this one is a CCD.
Build quality isn't the best
Of course it's easy to look at Nikon - one of the most respected and best selling camera companies in the world - and think that they should be churning out mini D4s. That's not the case though and it's important to keep the price in mind when looking at the Nikon Coolpix L810's specification. If you're a budding amateur that wants to use a long tele-zoom camera without the hassle to begin with then the L810 certainly will do the trick.
Excellent Battery life, Inexpensive
The Nikon COOLPIX L810 is a no-frills superzoom with a long range, point-and-shoot functionality and a budget price tag. For those looking for a longer range than is currently available from compact super-zooms, and who aren't interested in manual exposure control or fancy filters and effects, it's an attractive proposition.
It's not without its faults though.
One touch video recording
In terms of finding a fit with an audience, the Nikon Coolpix L810 is most aptly suited to holidaying families wanting a 'one lens does it all' option, with the bonus of being able to zoom back and forth, if a little sluggishly, to catch young tearaways careering around. Or the casual snapper on a budget who can appreciate the benefit of a point-and-shoot camera with a bit of poke in the lens department.
Lots of zoom in a compact body
There's no doubting the L810 has a handy amount of optical zoom and is capable of taking a decent picture, but it isn't great if you are looking for a camera capable of shooting fast moving pictures, such as sports. Focusing just isn't quick enough and it is sluggish between shots, not even continuous shooting mode is going to help. But if you are looking to take pictures of landscapes and other static objects and are looking for some extra zoom, the L810 is one to consider.
Not a camera we would easily recommend
A cheap camera with a wide, long lens and AA batteries, the Nikon Coolpix L810 has little else going for it.
The Nikon Coolpix L810 is not a camera we would easily recommend. If you simply must have a 26x zoom lens and AA batteries for power, it's OK, especially for its price.
Advanced functions such as a Nikkor lens with 26x zoom.
The Nikon Coolpix L810 is a surprising camera with advanced functions such as a Nikkor lens with 26x zoom. Nevertheless, the Coolpix L810 is part of Nikon's budget L-series, which is mostly noticeable in the use of AA-batteries, the camera's speed and edge blur that shows up in photos. The Nikon Coolpix L810 is especially easy to use and has a string of automatic functions. The Nikon Coolpix L810 is an interesting digital camera when you have a limited budget.
Good value for the money.
Overall we found the Nikon Coolpix L810 quite capable of producing good results. The 16 megapixel sensor provides good image quality from 80 to 400 ISO, with digital noise (grain like effect) becoming more noticeable from there on.
If you are looking for a reasonably priced long-range zoom camera, the Nikon Coolpix L810 is one of the more affordable offerings on the market. With its 26x wide-angle zoom lens the L810 provides plenty of flexibility for capturing your shot.
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