I was worried about buying a small camera because they always fall short of the mark when I compare them to our Nikon D70 (6.1 MP) which is a digital SLR camera. It's hard not to compare when you get used to the quality and the sharpness of the photos that the D70 takes. My previous small camera was Nikon Coolpix 4200 (4 MP), it was a bit of a disappointment. It would be great at taking panoramic views or something that wasn't moving, but put dog in front of it and you end up with the blur. The biggest disadvantage was that you had to wait several seconds before you could take another shot.
My new toy is Nikon Coolpix S8100 (12.1 MP), so far I'm amazed what this little camera can do. I took a HD video of our dogs playing in the garden.
Photos of the dogs inside of the house at night, surprisingly the quality of the photos is astonishing. You can see every detail and it's very sharp considering the low light condition. My favorite thing is that you can see Abbey in the photos! It's hard to photograph Abbey because she's black and absorbs the light, she usually ends up looking like a black blob.
|Abbey catching the spider in our living room...|
|Two nylabones in one room, yet Abbey is waiting for her turn to chew on Jake's Galileo bone.|