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NikonCoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.4

(based on 219 reviews)

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    (124)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (132)
  • Good image quality (129)
  • Large clear LCD (114)
  • Zoom range/performance (111)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (96)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (25)
  • Poor flash (17)
  • Short battery life (16)
  • Lag / shutter delay (12)
  • No image stabilization (5)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (106)
  • Travel (106)
  • Landscape/scenery (87)
  • Low light (79)
  • Video (56)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (72), Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (25), Pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (123), Yes (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Powerful features for an all-in-one

first impression of the S8100 camera is that it is well built and has a great finished quality to it. The camera operating system is fast and loads menus and pictures quickly, I purchased...Read complete review

first impression of the S8100 camera is that it is well built and has a great finished quality to it. The camera operating system is fast and loads menus and pictures quickly, I purchased it for the high megapixes picture quality and the ability to shoot high definition video with a realtime auto focus and zoom while filming. It performs these functions great! the HDMI connection is a plus.

perhaps the biggest draw back is that the flash pops up right where you tend to hold the camera with your left hand, this will take getting used to.

Have been shopping around for over a month and settled on this camera, for the price and features it seemed to be the best avail, I am very impressed and look forward to a few years of use.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good low light performance

I bought the S8100 cause i wanted a lightweight travel zoom camera for all my holiday snapshots - a "don't think just shoot" camera who fits in my pocket, and...Read complete review

I bought the S8100 cause i wanted a lightweight travel zoom camera for all my holiday snapshots - a "don't think just shoot" camera who fits in my pocket, and cause i do not want to carry my canon SLRs around in my vacation time. So I use the S8100 side by side with my Olympus E-p2. The Nikon is for tourist stuff and the Olympus i use if i find something more interesting when Im traveling which could be worth a reportage or other i can sell.

Nikon S8100 - The good things.
First of all the camera performs well in low light situations (night scene mode).

The camera handles noise in high ISO areas impressive for a small sensor, and the stabilizer works great in low light to - even handheld.

overall the camera is fun to shoot with (specially if you are used to a heavy SLR where you have total control).

There are no geo tagging which I think is a big plus that Nikon do not follow all the other companies (panasonic, Leica, Sony and so on...) who seem more interested in stupid features as the geo tagging than the actual picture and video quality (Well done Nikon!)

The Camera is well build (besides a couple of flip floppy plastic covers).
And the ergonomics is great, so the camera is easy to hold and you do not accidently hit buttons while you are shooting.

Nikon S8100 - The bad things.
No RAW shooting.

The camera has very limited user control and it is a bit frustrating that you do not have the shutter priority or the aperture priority.

The flash - can not be controlled, it is not possible to turn it down or up and that is not good when the flash automatics often is to strong.

The automatic scene mode (who decides what kind of scene you are shooting) is not very intelligent and 8 out of 10 times it doesn't get the scene right.

in low light with or without flash, the camera has a very hard time photographing moving objects - even if they are moving slow.

Overall the camera is a fine point and shoot camera it does the job snapshooting family, parties, vacations. The 10X zoom is a bit slow compared to sony or canon point and shoot cams and that can be a bit irritating.
I have not noticed any distortion when zooming or shooting at the widest (30 mm).
I probably wont look for nikons small cameras next time Im buying a point and shoot, because it is offering that much value for money. It seems that Sony or Canon cameras is slightly better in build quality has a faster zoom, offers more manual like controls, shoots and focuses faster (specially the Sony hx5v which is a lot faster).
The Nikon S8100 photo quality looks fine but its not a revolution, and I really miss the RAW files when i edit.

My girlfriend now use the camera, she is new to photography so i thought the camera would be perfect for her, but it seems that it is not, because of the cameras complete auto modes which often makes the wrong decisions.
In short terms - you have to know to much about what the different auto modes does to avoid getting to many ruined photos.
So if the camera (as i think it is) is made for people who just wanna shoot and not think then it is in my opinion a failure.

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5.0

Last year's model - a very good value

By Moody Blues Keys

from Eastern North Carolina

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Both video and stills
  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • No external flash socket
  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Gold):

The camera is used in my business and will be used on a mission trip to Armenia. It replaces both an older Nikon canera and a Sony camcorder.

Very compact, lightweight, and versatile. I would like a bit more control manually, but a model with that would have cost several hundred more. With a 32G memory card, I should have plenty of room for both stills and video.
The LCD can be seen in direct sunlight, although not brightly. I haven't yet tried it in low light.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 10
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Good, but not great

By Cervelo

from Bozeman, MT

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Short Lag Time

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Red):

    I bought this camera as an alternitive to my DSLR. Although nothing takes pictures like the DSLR, its big...and expensive, so I only use it for delibrate photo taking ventures. I wanted something that would take good pictures, that would be modestly durable and small enough to put in a pocket. Well, it does those things.

    One of the main reasons I bought this camera was because it has a CMOS sensor, just like the DSLR. It also has a fairly good aperture range as well as a moderatly wide ISO range. All that being said, it still does not knock my socks off.
    Maybe I have become spoiled by the amazing auto shoot mode of my DSLR; it takes all of the guess work out of taking pictures when you dont have time to use manual mode. But, I find the auto shoot mode of this camera to be...well, frankly...poor. It wants desperatly to use its built in flash, and if you turn the flash off, the camera seems to give up on taking quality pictures. When in low light situations a camera needs to revert to a low Fstop/slower shutter speeds/and high ISO. This cameras auto mode will gladly give you slow shutter speeds...but will not go into as low of stop as it can and it will max out on 800 ISO. In a lot of cases this is not enough. In the same room where I was frustrated with the auto mode, when I took the helm with manual mode I was able to create much better photos than the software program would alow on its own. That bothers me...
    Other than that, its great. Its quick enough and when the conditions are favorable it takes fantastic pictures. And, if you know how a digital camera works, you can force it to be better than it wants to be.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 7
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Super Camera

    By Bigriver444

    from Arlington, VA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Black):

      Excellent camera - as others have said, the 10x zoom and 12 MP are a great combination with the CMOS sensor. If you move up to 16mp and greater zoom with the same sensor (e.g., Nikon 9100), your photos will suffer. Quirky flash placement is the only downside. No space for big fingers!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Perfect Balance

      By Goombug

      from Bellingham, Wa

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder
      • Poor Flash

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Black):

      I use this product when I don't feel like lugging around a DSLR either because I want to be inconspicuous (such as at family gatherings) or I simply don't have time or the means to grab all my DSLR gear/charge batteries, etc. Its great for quality snapshots, as well as can easily handle large quality prints. I do find multiple situations where I would not prefer it over a DSLR, of course, but I know when this camera is appropriate and use it, I would most definitely recommend it, as I found alot of other point and shoot models were not nearly sufficient, and this one exceeds.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Good Product, Good Price

      By Kettel

      from Warrenton, VA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Black):

      Good point & shoot camera

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      This is beyond good, it is excellent.

      By MA-M

      from Woodbury, CT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Gold):

      Unbelievable pics and films

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great camera

      By bermudagirl

      from Baltimore, MD

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Can use in sunlight
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video

      Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Gold):

      I purchased two of thse cameras. One for myself and one for my adult daughter. We are both very happy with it. The camera takes great picture, has a good zoom, lightweight and most important the screen which is a good size allows you to see your subject even in the bright sunlight!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      great camera

      By unc

      from chapel hill, nc

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Black):

        Easy to use. Great pictures. Finally a small camera that takes good photos in available light.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        This camera will meet the needs of most.

        By Bob

        from Tennessee

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Gold):

          This camera is wonderful in many ways. Among these are the size, it's 12 pixels, picture quality and ease of use.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Outstanding camera!

          By Camera Buff

          from San Antonio, TX

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

          Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Black):

          Great to carry in my bag without having to bring all my gear.
          Love the size and the picture quality.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          I would buy this product again and again

          By Davidciacco

          from Sao joao da boa vista, sao paulo, brazil

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Black):

            good product,

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 7
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Awesom Quality

            By Poggi

            from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Poor flash position

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Gold):

            If you're looking for a small but excellent camera, you will find it in this CoolPix S8100 by Nikon. Besides taking awesom pictures with great quality (try it's zooom!), this camera records videos in 1080p High Definition.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Fit in your pocket

            By sktncat

            from saskatoon

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Video button location

            Best Uses

            • Casual walking around
            • Family Photos
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Black):

            The only thing I am uncomfortable with is the location of the video button. It is located where you normaly put your thumb and I am constantly turning on the video mode.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Great product

            By Eyal

            from Israel

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Great Zoom

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video

              Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Black):

              Great product

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Solid Shooter with some fun options

              By Adie

              from Springfield, MO

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel

                Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Black):

                I wanted this camera to be our all-purpose go-to camera, easy for travel. I also wanted it to take photos of products I make and sell on etsy. It's working out great for both uses. I had to learn a bit how to adjust and get my lighting right for the product photos- but they're turning out great.
                The detail is amazing. The clarity is great. Now that I've figured out how to adjust white balance (called hue on this camera) It's really going well. Oh- and it's so fast! I compared and researched until my head was spinning- and my general love of Nikons plus the fast speed of this camera (I checked it out in a local store) won me over. It doesn't feel flimsy either.
                I love the night portrait feature. I've taken pics at night on a camping trip (the day after we got the camera!) and they turned out great. Compared the night portrait with just regular flash- no contest. The night features flash but don't wash out the subject. And, you can tell it's night still.
                Used the macro function on the trip as well to snap pics of some flora- got great results. Was easily able to focus in on a flower and blur the background- with the camera just an inch in front of the flower- it's clear and crisp and the color is outstanding.

                The screen on the camera is so clear- it's easy to see what you're getting and to view/review shots.

                I love the smile feature as well- that's a lot of fun.
                I thought the pop up flash would be hard to get used to, but so far it's not. Although I haven't had need of the flash too much. Once the flash is up it's not a big deal. It's just remembering on that first flash pic that it will pop up. There is a tiny bit of space to the left of it so that I can have my finger on the corner (I notice in the newer model that the flash is almost flush with the outside edge- I like this design better)

                It's small but feels sturdy in your hands. Great big lens-

                all in all I love it.

                negatives- I knew this purchasing, but no there aren't that many manual controls here. But the ones I really need to have are there (exposure, white balance, etc) I wouldn't say that's a negative, just wouldnt be for everyone. I wanted a point and shoot- this is a great one.

                pop up flash- I worried about it and still hope that I don't do something to break it (forget it's up and put it in the case, for example) but I don't foresee this to really be an issue. I think that I've gotten used to it enough to be mindful.

                Last potential negative: I went ahead and purchased an external battery charger- I just don't want to have to have the camera plugged in. I think an external battery charger is pretty essential- especially as I purchased an extra battery and plan to always have a charged one ready to go.

                I haven't noticed extremely short battery life- I suppose it depends on shooting conditions, flash, video usage, etc. But I played around with the camera for a full day, then used it a lot on a camping trip, and when I got back just a bit. Only then did battery say low. I wasn't using video much/at all during this time. I was pleased. I took around 200+ pics (minimum) during this time playing around with all the settings and such, reviewing lots as well.

                I'm happy. I love it. I'd recommend it. I think it's a solid little camera with just enough bells and whistles.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 7

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                4.0

                Very good product

                By Patty Correa

                from São Paulo, Brazil

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Quality
                • Great Zoom
                • Nice Body Color

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel

                  Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Black):

                  I use to travel and family pictures.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 7
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Cool Cam

                  By Kel

                  from Mobile, AL

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Black):

                    Enjoy the easy use of this very portable camera. It has all the features one would want for everyday photography and/or video. Pictures are clear and shake does not seem to be an issue. This camera was recommended to me by a family member and I am very happy with my purchase so far. Looking forward to many years of good use.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent!!!

                    By FG

                    from Argentina

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Black):

                      The best relation product-price in photo entusiast use with semi-professional specifications.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      "I would buy this product again and agai

                      By gorfor

                      from Zagreb ,Croatia

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Black):

                        I am using it very often, and try camera to be with me especialy when I am traveling

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        A better quality point and shoot camera

                        By scrowe

                        from Detroit, MI

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • No Viewfinder
                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel

                        Comments about CoolPix S8100 Digital Camera (Black):

                        I use the camera for general use. The zoom is good and picture quality is good. I just wished it had a viewfinder.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 9
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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