Smaller can be better, going by Nikon’s Coolpix S8200 compact camera. Small it may be in size but it comes with a 14x optical zoom. Combine that with the 25-350 mm lens, and you get some serious photographic power.
The 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor delivers good image clarity. Given the wide focal range of this camera, you may encounter some fuzzy shots when operating at the extremes of the range. Some of this becomes obvious when you view the images at 100 per cent size on a computer screen; however, given that this is a point-and-shoot camera, that’s a minor trade-off.
Once you take your picture, you can review it on a 3” 921K-dot LCD screen placed at the rear of the camera. But unlike some competitors, this camera does not offer too many manual settings. This makes it ideal as a point-and-shoot camera for casual photographers who can’t be bothered with saturation and aperture settings.
A selector dial at the top allows you to choose the scene and effect mode- such as sepia, high contrast black and white and so on. If you’re on a hill and want to take a panoramic shot of the valley, just use the Easy panorama mode and move the camera across the subject area. This genius of a camera automatically stitches the images.
The S8200 also records HD video (1080p). It can record at 30-120 fps, but as always, high resolution comes with lower frames per second. The stereo microphone that sits on top is adequate for picking up sounds for video recording. Overall, at a price point of £279, it’s a decent buy.