Nikon announces that the Coolpix S8100 will shortly go on sale across Europe and South Africa. One of the latest additions to the Nikon Coolpix line up, the Coolpix S8100 has a 12.1-megapixel back illumination CMOS sensor and an incredible 10x zoom to provide outstanding performance and exceptional image quality for high-speed shooting and low-light conditions. Fast, responsive and versatile, the Nikon Coolpix S8100 captures even fast-moving subjects in still images and Full HD (1080p) movies.
For moments that should not be missed, the Coolpix S8100 keeps you ahead of the action with its ultra-fast start-up time, high-speed AF operation, and quick continuous shooting. The new CMOS sensor also lends itself to enhanced shooting functions in dark situations. When used in the advanced Night Portrait mode, it reproduces night scenes and indoor portraits as the user sees them, while reducing image blur. The Night Portrait mode takes consecutive shots which expose the portrait subject and background separately, then immediately combines the exposures to produce bright and beautiful, blur-free night portraits exhibiting very little noise, even with hand-held shooting.
“The Coolpix S8100 blends superior high-speed and low-light performance, to offer sure shooting, even in challenging conditions” says Sander van Velzen, Product Manager for Consumer Products at Nikon Europe. “With a sleek and stylish design, it is a camera that is not only ready to go when you are, but one you are proud to show off.”
High performance, high quality images
Staying true to the legacy of the Coolpix Style series, the S8100 empowers users with serious performance and image quality, while remaining stylish and compact. Equipped with a 10x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass the Coolpix S8100 allows the user to get close to the action, even when recording a movie in Full HD (1080p). For the family film producer, the S8100 features Full HD movie with stereo sound, a dedicated movie record button, and optical zoom with autofocus during recording. Additionally, users can perfect their movies in-camera with a new editing function or take still images while recording.
Capture the action
To help capture moments that are gone in an instant, the Coolpix S8100 not only features high-speed shooting at five full resolution frames at up to 10 frames-per-second (fps), but a pre-shooting cache that records up to two shots before the shutter-release is fully pressed. For extremely fast action shots, the Sports Continuous mode records up to approximately 120 fps. With Subject Tracking, the S8100 automatically tracks a designated subject by activating autofocus (AF), enabling the user to capture the best moment confidently.
Advanced Technologies for Beautiful Nighttime Shots
The COOLPIX S8100 features four technologies for capturing blur-free images of night landscapes and portraits in dimly lit indoor situations:
- The new image-processing engine, EXPEED C2, offers superior noise reduction even at high sensitivities. With support for a maximum sensitivity of ISO 3200 at the largest image size (12M 4000 × 3000), users can enjoy worry free shooting even in dark or dimly lit situations.
- Two high-performance vibration reduction (VR) functions—lens-shift and electronic—can be enabled simultaneously. This eliminates the need for a tripod in dark places or at the maximum telephoto zoom position with effective vibration reduction equal to an increase in shutter speed up to four stops.
- A Motion Detection function senses camera shake and subject movement, and automatically compensates by controlling shutter speed and ISO sensitivity to reduce blurring. This function is also convenient for freezing a moving subject.
- The camera provides optimal flash control according to shooting conditions. In dark surroundings, the camera automatically adjusts shutter speed to suppress blur caused by camera shake, and increases ISO sensitivity for beautiful exposure of background portions that the flash does not reach. When shooting backlit portraits, the camera automatically recognizes the human face and controls flash and focus for beautiful portraits every time.
Other functions benefiting from the lower noise and exceptional image quality of the new CMOS image sensor include an advanced Backlight shooting function with an in-camera high dynamic range (HDR) function, which merges images of the same scene to achieve a single image with a broad range of tonal detail for a frame-worthy shot. Additionally, the S8100’s advanced Night Landscape mode combines a series of five consecutive shots taken at a fast shutter speed into a single image with reduced noise for when taking handheld shots. From romantic candlelit dinners to capturing bright city lights at night, the Coolpix S8100 ensures that no low-light moment will be left in the dark.
The Coolpix S8100 helps unleash the user’s photographic potential with enhanced shooting and editing functions, including a new Mode Dial conveniently placed next to the shutter-release button for quick and easy access to shooting modes. The Coolpix S8100 also features the Creative Slider, which simplifies adjusting brightness, saturation and color tone in-camera. Other in-camera editing functions include Quick Retouch and D-Lighting, giving users the ability to adjust their images during playback.
Additional must-have features in the S8100 include 17 scene modes, including the Scene Auto Selector, which automatically recognizes the shooting situation and adjusts camera settings accordingly for great photos in any environment. For outstanding portraits, the S8100 features Nikon’s Smart Portrait System, which incorporates a series of automatic functions including In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, improved Face-Priority AF, Blink Warning, Smile Timer and Skin Softening to flatter even the most camera-shy subject.
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