Nikon S8000

 
Nikon Coolpix S8000 front
 
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 30-300mm (F3.5-5.6) lens
  • 183g - 103 x 57 x 27mm
  • Revealed June 2010
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
93
Imaging
38
Features
31
Overall
35

Nikon S8000 overview

Nikon S8000 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact camera originally announced on June of 2010. The camera has a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The S8000 is ranked #115 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #931 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. Remember to look at our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your custom factors.

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Below is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon S8000 family

The Nikon S8000 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-S9900 front thumbnailNikon S9900
S8000 vs S9900
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-S810c front thumbnailNikon S810c
S8000 vs S810c
25-300mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Nikon-Coolpix-S9700 front thumbnailNikon S9700
S8000 vs S9700
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S5300 front thumbnailNikon S5300
S8000 vs S5300
26-208mm
F3.7-6.6
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3600 front thumbnailNikon S3600
S8000 vs S3600
25-200mm
F3.7-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3500 front thumbnailNikon S3500
S8000 vs S3500
26-182mm
F3.4-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2013
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Nikon-Coolpix-S800c front thumbnailNikon S800c
S8000 vs S800c
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9500 front thumbnailNikon S9500
S8000 vs S9500
25-550mm
F
18MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S5200 front thumbnailNikon S5200
S8000 vs S5200
26-156mm
F
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S6500 front thumbnailNikon S6500
S8000 vs S6500
25-300mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9300 front thumbnailNikon S9300
S8000 vs S9300
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Nikon-Coolpix-S3300 front thumbnailNikon S3300
S8000 vs S3300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S4300 front thumbnailNikon S4300
S8000 vs S4300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S6300 front thumbnailNikon S6300
S8000 vs S6300
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S8200 front thumbnailNikon S8200
S8000 vs S8200
25-350mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6200 front thumbnailNikon S6200
S8000 vs S6200
25-250mm
F3.2-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S100 front thumbnailNikon S100
S8000 vs S100
28-140mm
F3.9-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S9100 front thumbnailNikon S9100
S8000 vs S9100
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6100 front thumbnailNikon S6100
S8000 vs S6100
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Nikon-Coolpix-S8100 front thumbnailNikon S8100
S8000 vs S8100
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S5100 front thumbnailNikon S5100
S8000 vs S5100
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S8000 front thumbnailNikon S800030-300mm
F3.5-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S6000 front thumbnailNikon S6000
S8000 vs S6000
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S640 front thumbnailNikon S640
S8000 vs S640
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S570 front thumbnailNikon S570
S8000 vs S570
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S1000pj front thumbnailNikon S1000pj
S8000 vs S1000pj
28-140mm
F3.9-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S630 front thumbnailNikon S630
S8000 vs S630
37-260mm
F3.5-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S620 front thumbnailNikon S620
S8000 vs S620
28-112mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009

Nikon S8000 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of good and bad points of the Nikon S8000 based on criterias which are generally viewed as essential in a camera.

flash built-in
good resolution screen (921 thousand dots)
great min ISO (100)
great zoom (300mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
in built zoom lens (30-300mm 10.0 x zoom)
includes HDMI out
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
nice screen size (3 inches)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have headphone support
does not have mic support
does not have phase detect autofocus
does not have RAW support
does not have Time Lapse function
external flash not possible
focusing manually not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no articulating screen
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
slow at tele end (f5.6)
slow frames per second (3.0 frames/s)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
wide angle not great (30mm)
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Nikon S8000 Sensor details

The Nikon S8000 features the Expeed C2 processor chip. The sensor spec in the Nikon S8000 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 100 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the S8000's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The S8000 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

Nikon Coolpix S8000 sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon S8000 dimensions

Nikon S8000 weighs around 0.40 lbs (183 grams / 6.46 oz) and the over all size of the camera is 103mm x 57mm x 27mm (4.1" x 2.2" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Nikon S8000 is on par compared to other rivals.

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Underneath is a image of the Nikon S8000 besides a soda to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Nikon Coolpix S8000 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button arrangement on the S8000.

Nikon Coolpix S8000 topview buttons dials

Nikon S8000 Lens specs

The S8000 offers an inbuilt lens and a focal range of 30-300mm making it a 10.0 x zoom which won't be amazing but it can be handy in some scenarios.

At the widest 30mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.5 which is really slow and not the best in low light conditions and you will likely find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also have to up the ISO setting which results in noisy pictures. For the tele end, 300mm is great zoom and comes at f5.6 making it very sluggish and you will need to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon S8000 Connectivity

The S8000 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to transfer photos and usually change camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Many applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB socket.

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Nikon S8000 Video specs

The maximum video quality in the Nikon S8000 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in H.264 format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should really target at least 1080p quality for decent video. The camera doesn't feature a mic and headphone jack which means that you have got no control over your audio. It is probably best to purchase an alternative model in case you want decent audio in your video clips.

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Nikon S8000 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing for the Nikon S8000 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.

Nikon S8000 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon S8000 has a 3 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.

Nikon Coolpix S8000 screen and viewfinder Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos

The ViewFinder details regarding Nikon S8000 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very useful during sunny outdoor conditions which can make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Nikon S8000 Shutter specs

Nikon S8000 continuous shooting rate is 3.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Nikon S8000 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Nikon S8000 boasts only inbuilt flash without external flash ability.

Nikon S8000 Autofocus specs

Nikon S8000 boasts just Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & precise compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Nikon S8000 has not got manual focus. Manual focus option is useful during low light scenarios or you need more exact control on focus.

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Nikon S8000 Battery life

The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the highest possible (470) battery life within this class of cameras.

Here is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the best battery life:

Nikon S8000 for specific categories of photography

The following illustration presents a overview of the Nikon S8000 for specific categories of photography. To read more, check out the specific section underneath.

Nikon S8000 Portrait photography advice

The Nikon S8000 receives a points tally of 29 which is subpar, meaning that it is not suitable for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, RAW support along with the capability to work with off-camera flash.

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megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Nikon S8000 Street photography features

With a decent points total of 56, the Nikon S8000 is somewhat suited to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

Sports photography with Nikon S8000

A subpar sports photography rating of 35 indicates the Nikon S8000 is not suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs very good tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
slow fps (3.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus

Travel photography with Nikon S8000

Portability is really critical in selecting a camera for travel. Overall, the Nikon S8000 gets a above average 61 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable choice to buy for your trips.

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sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
has built in flash
great zoom (300mm)
lack of Timelapse function
does not contain selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (30mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)

Nikon S8000 Landscape photography info

If you are planning to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Nikon S8000 at it's subpar grade of 38 as a landscape camera is not suitable within the current marketplace.

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decent sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (30mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
no Time Lapse recording

Nikon S8000 Vlogging factors

A vlogging camera preferably should have a moving display screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Nikon S8000 is not suitable for vlogging as it receives a subpar rating of 25.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (30mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have mic port

Nikon S8000 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the S8000, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall into the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The chart down below offers you a summary of the S8000 compared to it's top ranked rivals mentioned earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you might take a look at as alternatives. To browse through a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Nikon
Model
Nikon Coolpix S8000
Class
Small Sensor Compact
Revealed
2010-06-16
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Processor Chip
Expeed C2
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW format
Highest native ISO
3200
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
30-300mm (10.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.5-5.6
Macro focus range
2cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inches
Display resolution
921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
8 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
1280x720
Video data format
H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
183 gr (0.40 lbs)
Dimensions
103 x 57 x 27mm (4.1" x 2.2" x 1.1")
Other
Battery model
EN-EL12
Self timer
Yes (3 sec or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots
One
Price at launch
$300