I bought a Nikon S8100 recently to because I had my wonderful little Panasonic Lumix DZ10 stolen in Chile.
To be honest the Lumix was on it’s way out anyhow. Mechanically it was perfect, but it had started to collect so much dust behind the lens that photo-shopping every picture for large splodges was becoming the order of the day. This was partly due to me as I had not carried it in a case for the first part of my trip and therefore it had picked up dust from my pockets.
So. The lovely Mary (my ladies mum) bought me a Nikon S8100 for my birthday and so can now compare the two. And here’s my conclusion:
The Nikon s8100 seized up within a few days of use with a ‘lens error’ command presenting itself on the screen. The camera had not been mistreated at all, but simply got confused and stopped working. I packed it away with the lens extended and no battery as per the makers instructions (it seems like this is a serial problem for the Nikon) but no joy, it’s buggered.
I’ll give it more of a chance and report back if there is any improvement, but right now I am missing my old Lumix DZ10.