Nikon S8200 summary
Nikon S8200 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom camera initially announced on August of 2011. It has a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The S8200 places at #117 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & overall #625 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your personal criteria.
The following is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.
Nikon S8200 family
The Nikon S8200 has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can see all previous and brand new models along with important specs.
Nikon S8200 Gallery
You can view the S8200 from different angles in the gallery below.
Nikon S8200 Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Nikon S8200 based on aspects that are often considered necessary in a camera.
Nikon S8200 Sensor features
The Nikon S8200 is run by the Expeed C2 processor chip. The dimension of the sensor in the Nikon S8200 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16MP and has a native ISO range of 100 - 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not supported which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic below illustrates the S8200's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The S8200 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Nikon S8200 dimensions
Nikon S8200 is 0.47 lbs (213 grams or 7.51 oz) & the overall size of the camera is 104mm x 59mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Nikon S8200 is less heavy than various competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The following is a pic of the Nikon S8200 with a soft drink so you can get a sense of its size.
The top view below will illustrate the button design on the S8200.
Nikon S8200 Lens features
The S8200 features a built-in lens with a focal range of 25-350mm making it a 14.0 x zoom which is ideal and will let you zoom right in.
At it's widest 25mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.3 and that's kind of sluggish and not great for low light occasions and you may struggle to get good bokeh. You will likely also need to boost your ISO giving you noisy pictures. On the long end, 350mm is outstanding zoom and comes at f5.9 which is very slow and you might have to choose slow shutter speeds.
Nikon S8200 Connectivity
The S8200 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and sometimes change camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.
Many apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Nikon S8200 Video features
The max video resolution in the Nikon S8200 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG format. 1080p resolution is an excellent balance between quality vs file size but 1080p isn't going to leave you with any room to downsample. The body does not have a microphone and / or headphone port which means you have zero control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to get a different camera if you need good sound for your video clips.
Nikon S8200 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing in the Nikon S8200 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.
Nikon S8200 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon S8200 has a 3" fixed display screen with a resolution of 961k dots.
Please be aware that the display has no touch support.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The View Finder specs for Nikon S8200 are below:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders can be very useful.
Nikon S8200 Shutter features
Nikon S8200 continuous shooting speed is 6.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Nikon S8200 Flash and Hot shoe features
Nikon S8200 features just in-built flash without external flash support.
Nikon S8200 Autofocusing features
Nikon S8200 features only Contrast Based Autofocus & doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and precise than Contrast Based focusing. The camera has Face detect which is handy for portrait photography.
Nikon S8200 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers in order to adjust where you focus. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for objects that move. Nikon S8200 has got manual focusing if required during low light or you require more accurate control on focusing.
Nikon S8200 Battery life
The battery pack (EN-EL12) in the Nikon S8200 is made to last for 250 pictures based on the CIPA standards making it lower than it's competitors. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the maximum (600) battery life within this category of cameras.
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Nikon S8200 for various kinds of photography
The following diagram indicates a summary of the Nikon S8200 for various kinds of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Nikon S8200 Portrait photography factors
The Nikon S8200 gets a points total of 41 which is bad, and means the camera is just not very good to use for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW photos together with the potential to utilize off-camera lighting.
Nikon S8200 Street photography highlights
Having a very good points total of 65, the Nikon S8200 is a fine pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Nikon S8200 Sports photography information
A bad sports photography rating of 42 means the Nikon S8200 is just not very good for photographing sports. A camera should have fantastic tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Nikon S8200 as a Travel photography camera
Size is pretty important in getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Nikon S8200 gets a above average 68 for a travel camera which makes it a good fit to take with you on your holidays.
Nikon S8200 Landscape photography features
For anyone looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Nikon S8200 at it's bad score of 45 for a landscape camera is just not very good compared to it's rivals.
Nikon S8200 Vlogging info
A camera for vlogging really should posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Considering everything, the Nikon S8200 is just not very good for vlogging as it delivers a bad score of 34.
Nikon S8200 Alternatives
If you are searching for alternatives to the S8200, below is a range of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line graph underneath provides you a bird's eye view of the S8200 versus it's top rated rivals mentioned above.
Following are several cameras you may look at as alternate options. To read a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.