Nikon S8200

 
Nikon Coolpix S8200 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-350mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 213g - 104 x 59 x 33mm
  • Revealed August 2011
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
47
Overall
43

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 #101 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & overall #582 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your personal criteria.

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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.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-S9900 front thumbnailNikon S9900
S8200 vs S9900
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-S810c front thumbnailNikon S810c
S8200 vs S810c
25-300mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Nikon-Coolpix-S9700 front thumbnailNikon S9700
S8200 vs S9700
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S5300 front thumbnailNikon S5300
S8200 vs S5300
26-208mm
F3.7-6.6
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3600 front thumbnailNikon S3600
S8200 vs S3600
25-200mm
F3.7-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3500 front thumbnailNikon S3500
S8200 vs S3500
26-182mm
F3.4-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2013
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Nikon-Coolpix-S800c front thumbnailNikon S800c
S8200 vs S800c
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9500 front thumbnailNikon S9500
S8200 vs S9500
25-550mm
F
18MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S5200 front thumbnailNikon S5200
S8200 vs S5200
26-156mm
F
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S6500 front thumbnailNikon S6500
S8200 vs S6500
25-300mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9300 front thumbnailNikon S9300
S8200 vs S9300
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Nikon-Coolpix-S3300 front thumbnailNikon S3300
S8200 vs S3300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S4300 front thumbnailNikon S4300
S8200 vs S4300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S6300 front thumbnailNikon S6300
S8200 vs S6300
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S8200 front thumbnailNikon S820025-350mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6200 front thumbnailNikon S6200
S8200 vs S6200
25-250mm
F3.2-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S100 front thumbnailNikon S100
S8200 vs S100
28-140mm
F3.9-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S9100 front thumbnailNikon S9100
S8200 vs S9100
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6100 front thumbnailNikon S6100
S8200 vs S6100
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Nikon-Coolpix-S8100 front thumbnailNikon S8100
S8200 vs S8100
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S5100 front thumbnailNikon S5100
S8200 vs S5100
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S8000 front thumbnailNikon S8000
S8200 vs S8000
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S6000 front thumbnailNikon S6000
S8200 vs S6000
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S640 front thumbnailNikon S640
S8200 vs S640
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S570 front thumbnailNikon S570
S8200 vs S570
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S1000pj front thumbnailNikon S1000pj
S8200 vs S1000pj
28-140mm
F3.9-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S630 front thumbnailNikon S630
S8200 vs S630
37-260mm
F3.5-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S620 front thumbnailNikon S620
S8200 vs S620
28-112mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009

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.

built-in flash
good minimum ISO (100)
great zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
has face detection focusing
has HDMI support
has image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
includes focus via touch
lighter than others in class (213 grams)
MP count good (16MP)
nice screen size (3")
quite wide (25mm)
very good screen resolution (961 k dot)
very long reach (350mm)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
you can focus manually
cannot use external flash
continuous shooting slow (6.0 frames/s)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone jack
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have Timelapse function
does not have phase detect AF
does not have RAW support
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of aperture priority mode
low battery pack (250 per charge)
manual exposure not possible
no shutter priority
screen is fixed
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sluggish at long end (f5.9)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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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.

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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.

Nikon Coolpix S8200 sensor size Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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The following is a pic of the Nikon S8200 with a soft drink so you can get a sense of its size.

Nikon Coolpix S8200 dimensions scale

The top view below will illustrate the button design on the S8200.

Nikon Coolpix S8200 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Here is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the highest battery life:

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.

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you can focus manually
good megapixels (16MP)
supports face detection autofocus
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

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.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch focus
lighter than average (213 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

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.

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great zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
low fps (6.0 fps)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (250 shots)
has no phase detect AF

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.

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lighter than competitors (213g)
includes touch focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
very long reach (350mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
bad battery power (250 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)

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 moderate score of 46 for a landscape camera is reasonably acceptable compared to it's rivals.

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has manual focus
rather wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
terrible battery life (250 per charge)
lack of Time Lapse function

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.

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decently wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others (213g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
doesn't have mic support

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.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Nikon
Model type
Nikon Coolpix S8200
Type
Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed
2011-08-24
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Chip
Expeed C2
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross type focus points
0
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-350mm (14.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3"
Resolution of display
961k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech
TFT LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
8s
Max shutter speed
1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed
6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
213 gr (0.47 lbs)
Dimensions
104 x 59 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
Other
Battery life
250 shots
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery ID
EN-EL12
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
Single
Cost at release
$329