Nikon's CoolPix S8000 Actually is Rather Cool
I'm always on the lookout for digicams that stand out from the crowd, and considering how crowded the marketplace is, most digicams tend to blend into the masses rather than stand out. An exception to this sad situation is Nikon's CoolPix S8000, a little hottie I've had an opportunity to tool around with for the past week or so. Clad in a brushed - but not brash-looking - red aluminum housing, the S8000 passes muster on several counts. First off, the camera features a 5.4 - 54mm/3.5-5.6 ED VR zoom lens that takes in the equivalent field-of-view of a 30-300mm lens. Anybody looking for a good pocket-sized travel camera?
The second item that stands out for me is the 921,000-dot LCD, which in my book is big medicine. As with most compact digicams, the LCD is the sole viewing/editing mechanism, and after years of peering at pedestrian-res 230,000-dot screens, composing pictures off a screen containing just under a million dots is impressive, especially if you're into eyeballing the details in playback mode.
To compliment the camera's 10x zoom the S8000 features a 14.2Mp, 1/2.3" CCD to record the action, ISO sensitivities up to 3200, a 4-Way VR image stabilization to reduce camera shake at slower shutter speeds, and 3 fps continuous burst-rates for up to 45 frames (@3Mp). Stills aside, the CoolPix S8000 also captures 720p video @ 30 fps with stereo sound.
Like most cameras of this genre, the buttons and menu icons are kind of tiny, but after a brief tour with my reading glasses they were easy enough to maneuver on the fly.
And for the fashion-conscious among you, the Nikon CoolPix S8000 is available Black, Red, Champagne Silver (as opposed to plain vanilla Silver), and Bronze.