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September 07, 2010

Nikon Coolpix S8100 brings in 12mp 1/2.3" backlit CMOS sensor with 10x slim zoom and 1080p video

Superzooms are continuing to expand in the fixed-lens digital camera segment, and Nikon today has announced its second "blade zoom", a slim compact zoom with a ratio of 10X, following up on its first model, the S8000 which was announced about six months ago - in February 2010.

While the 1/1.7' sensors remain at 10mp, there is clearly not as much "pressure" on the manufacturers at the 1/2.3" level which is geared towards more mass market cameras. So the new Coolpix S8100 brings with it a 12mp 1/2.3" backlit CMOS sensor, along with its trademark features, 10fps burst mode and 1080p video mode, features that can lure in the Engadget buyers and win over potential buyers over the "traditional" slow and non-1080p compact zooms.

The lens has a 10X zoom ratio with easy math (30-300mm eq), along with lens-shift image stabilization. It has a 3-inch (921k) display, just like the Coolpix P7000, and the usual array of scene modes, face detection and things like that. The LiIon battery is CIPA-rated at 220 with the EN-EL12. Obviously there is the size trade-off, but that also trade-offs its potential as a travel camera.

From what I can see so far, the S8100 has not been announced in Europe...

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