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Nikon Coolpix S8100 (Red)

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The Nikon Coolpix S1800 is a solid mega zoom that has a speedy performance, good photo quality and an amazing feature-to-price ratio. The Nikon Coolpix provides with an extraordinary shooting performance, a great LCD, a 10 x zoom and a stereo mic. However, there are some disappointing facts about this mega zoom as well including a little off white balance, soft photos on all both sides of ISO 200 and no option for manual or semi manual shooting modes.

Key Speculations

The key speculations of the Nikon Coolpix S1800 include a price of $299.99, weight of 7.4 ounces and dimensions (WHD) measuring 4.1 x 2.4 x 1.2 inches. Other than that the shooter is 12 megapixels with an image sensor size of 1/2.3 inch and type BSI CMOS. The size of the LCD is 3 inches and the resolution is 921 K. The lens of the camera is capable of 10x zoom, an aperture of f3.5 – 5.6 and focal length of 30 – 300 mm. The file format that it produces in still mode is JPEG while H.264 AAC in video mode. The highest resolution in still mode is 4,000 x 3,000 pixels and 1,920 x 1,080 p at 30 fps in video mode. It is capable of optical and digital image stabilization; its battery is the Li-ion rechargeable one with a CIPA rated life of 210 shots. Talking about the storage media, the Nikon Coolpix S8100 has SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

Review

The Nikon Coolpix S1800 is capable of producing good photo quality through its sensitivity setting running at ISO 200. The camera also has the option of restricting you to ISO 160 to ISO 400 through the Fixed Range Auto option and this is where it works the best. It is recommendable to use the camera at ISO 1,600 and ISO 3,200 only when there is a need of emergency as the colors drain down and appear to be very smudgy.

Most cameras have the BSI CMOS sensors and the S1800 has multi shot modes that enable you to improve low light images of either landscape or portrait. The camera takes a number of photos at one press and then improvises on them by combining and editing the vague from hand shake to exposure. The Night Landscape mode shows to be most successful in this camera generally but it will also have a chroma noise if viewed or taken at full screen. With the Night Mode you can take shots with both flash and non-flash which the camera then emerges into correctly exposed shots later. One thing to be noted here is that the nature of production of these images makes the mode useless to function with moving bodies.

The camera consists of two Auto modes, the Nikon Scene Auto Selector and Auto AE mode. The modes help adjust the setting depending on the six common scene types. The Nikon Coolpix S1800 when looked with its overall features and performance is a good looking and easy to use camera. It is available in red, gold and black colors and is pretty slim in its size. It is more impressive than its previous models, which makes it viable in features, price and performance.

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