Sony HX9V vs Nikon Coolpix S8100

Since the Coolpix S8100 was introduced in September 2010 I think it is unlikely that Nikon will replace the just 4 months young camera within the next few months.As Panasonic did and then Sony now Nikon takes the same camera, changes some things and has now another camera in the same segment.

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Nikon COOLPIX S8100, which offers a 12.1-megapixel backside illumination CMOS sensor to provide consumers with enhanced performance and outstanding image quality for high-speed shooting and low-light conditions. Fast, responsive and versatile, the Nikon COOLPIX S8100 with an incredible 10X zoom will capture fast-moving subjects in still images and HD (1080p) movies.

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 S8100’s 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. The S8100 also adopts Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED C2™ image processing engine, which is customized to each COOLPIX model to further drive enhanced performance, outstanding image quality and HD video.

Staying true to the legacy of the 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 lens (30-300mm, 35mm equivalent), the COOLPIX S8100 allows the user to get close to the action, even when recording a movie in Full HD (1080p). For that family film producer, the S8100 features one-touch recording, optical zoom and stereo sound recording while filming for an enhanced user experience. Additionally, users can perfect their movies in-camera with a new editing function or snap still images while recording.

“Our portfolio of compact digital cameras is designed to equip photographers of any level with the features and functions they will need for various shooting situations in a portable, compact body,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. “The COOLPIX S8100 blends superior high-speed and low-light performance with a sleek and stylish design for a camera that is not only ready to go when you are, but one you are proud to show off.”

Advanced Technologies for Beautiful Nighttime Shots
The COOLPIX S8100 features a 12.1-megapixel backside illumination CMOS sensor, which enables exceptional image quality even when shooting in low-light settings. This CMOS sensor lends itself to enhanced shooting functions in dark situations, including the advanced Night Portrait mode, which reproduces night scenes and indoor portraits as the user sees them while reducing image blur. The Night Portrait mode combines consecutive shots of the background while the subject is taken using the flash, allowing challenging night scenes to be easily captured during handheld shooting and eliminating any subject movement. To further help deliver crisp, sharp photos, the S8100 features a 4-Way Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization System with ISO settings up to 3200.

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 the bright lights of New York City at night, the COOLPIX S8100 ensures that no low-light moment will be left in the dark.

Creative Versatility
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.

To further help the process of composing and sharing photos and movies, the COOLPIX S8100 boasts a 3.0-inch ultra high resolution (921,000-dot) Clear Color Display with a wide viewing angle and anti-glare coating. 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.

Availability and Pricing
The COOLPIX S8100 will be available late September 2010 for $299.95 MSRP* in a choice of attractive colors including black, red and gold.

Compact Digital Camera

Effective Pixels
12.1 million

Image Sensor

Sensor Size
1/2.3 in.

Total Pixels
12.75 million (approx.)

10× optical zoom, NIKKOR ED glass lens

Lens Focal Length
5.4-54.0mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 30-300mm lens in 35mm[135] format)

Lens f/-number

Lens Construction
10 elements in 8 groups

Lens Zoom

Digital Zoom
Up to 4× (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 1200mm lens in 35mm[135] format)

Vibration Reduction
Combination of
Lens-shift and Electronic VR (still pictures)
Lens-shift VR (movies)

Autofocus (AF)
Contrast-detect AF

Autofocus (AF) Focus range (from lens)
[W]: 50cm (1 ft. 8 in.) to ∞ (approx.)
[T]: 1m (3 ft. 4 in.) to ∞ (approx.)
Macro mode: 1cm (0.4 in.) to ∞ [W] (approx.)

Autofocus (AF) Focus-area selection
Face priority
Auto (9-area automatic selection)
Manual with 99 focus areas
Subject tracking

Focus Range
[W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity
[T]: Approx. 3 ft. 4 in. (1 m.) to infinity
Macro close-up mode: Approx. 0.4 in. (1 cm.) to infinity

Monitor Size
3.0 in. diagonal

Monitor Type
Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
5-level brightness adjustment

Monitor Resolution

Monitor Frame coverage (shooting mode)
97% horizontal (Approx.)
97% vertical (Approx.)

Monitor Frame coverage (playback mode)
100% horizontal (Approx.)
100% vertical (Approx.)

Storage Media
SD memory card
SDHC memory card
SDXC memory card
102MB internal memory (approx.)
Not compatible with Multi Media Cards (MMC).

Storage File System
EXIF 2.2
DPOF compliant

Storage File formats
Still pictures: JPEG
Sound files (Voice Memo): WAV
Movies: MOV (Video:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC stereo)

Movie file format: MPEG-4 AVC H.264
Audio file format: AAC stereo
Full HD: 1920x1080p / 30fps
Standard TV: 640x480 / 30fps
Small Size: 320x240 / 30fps
HDMI cable not included.

Image Size (pixels)
4000 x 3000 (12M)
3264 x 2448 (8M)
2592 x 1944 (5M)
2048 x 1536 (3M)
1024 x 768 (PC)
640 x 480 (VGA)
3968 x 2232 (16:9)
Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a camera with a fully-charged Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 operated at an ambient temperature of 25°C (77 °F).

ISO Sensitivity
ISO 160-3200
Auto (auto gain ISO 160-800)
Fixed range auto (ISO 160-400)
Sport continuous (ISO 160-3200)

Exposure Metering
256-segment matrix
Spot (digital zoom 2X or more)

Exposure Control
Programmed auto exposure with motion detection
Exposure compensation (-2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)

Exposure Range (auto mode)
[W]: 0.7 to 15.9 EV
[T]:2 to 17.3 EV
(exposure values achieved with automatic ISO sensitivity adjustment converted to ISO 100 values)

Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter

Shutter Speed
1/4000-1/120s (sport continuous mode)
4 sec. (when scene mode is set to Fireworks show)
Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a camera with a fully-charged Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 operated at an ambient temperature of 25°C (77°F).

Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution
Up to 5 shots at approx. 1.8 frames per second

Electronically-controlled ND filter (-2 AV) selection

Aperture Range
2 steps (f/3.5 and f/7 [W])

Can be selected from 10 and 2 seconds duration
Smile Timer

Built-in flash Range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto)
[W]: 0.5 to 4.0m (1 ft. 8 in. to 13ft.)
[T]: 0.5 to 2.5m (1ft. 8in. to 8ft. 2in.)

Built-in Flash Control
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes

Hi-speed USB

Interface Data transfer protocol

Video Output

HDMI Output
Can be selected from:

I/O terminal
Audio/video (A/V) output
Digital I/O (USB)
HDMI mini connector (Type C) (HDMI output)

Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)

Power Sources
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (supplied)
AC Adapter EH-62F (available separately)

Charging Time
3 hours and 50 minutes (when using Charging AC Adapter EH-68P and when no charge remains)(Approx.)


Battery / Batteries
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12

Battery Life (shots per charge)
Still pictures*: Approx. 210 shots
Movies: Approx. 1 h 20 min (HD 1080p)
*Based on Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards for measuring the life of camera batteries. Measured at 23(±2)°C (73(±4)°F); zoom adjusted with each shot, flash fired with every other shot, image mode set to 4000 × 3000.
*Battery life may vary depending on shooting interval and length of time menus and images are displayed.

Tripod Socket
¼ (ISO 1222)

Approx. Dimensions
Height: 2.4 in. (59.2mm)
Width: 4.1 in. (104.0mm)
Depth: 1.2 in. (29.9mm)
Excluding projections. Method of noting dimensions and weight is in accordance with CIPA DCG-005-2009 guideline.

Approx. Weight
7.4 oz. (209.0g)
with battery and SD memory card. Method of noting dimensions and weight is in accordance with CIPA DCG-005-2009 guideline.

Operating environment
Temperature: 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
Humidity: Less than 85% (no condensation)

Supplied Accessories
AN-CP19 Strap
EN-EL12 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
EH-68P Charging AC Adapter
UC-E6 USB Cable
EG-CP16 Audio Video Cable
COOLPIX Software Suite CD

*MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

**Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.
***Refer to the product manual or the Compatible Lenses Specification for additional details.

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