It became much more apparent that the Nikon Coolpix S8100 had been out to tackle the Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS whenever we snooped around the camera's features stock. There are no advanced shooting modes about the S8100, but rather Scene modes along with a tweakable Auto mode. In fact, the slowest shutter speed we're able to access was only in Fireworks Display mode, which dipped to 4 mere seconds. The Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS a minimum of allowed us to shoot the shutter speed right down to 15 seconds, courtesy of the camera's Lengthy Shutter mode. However, both cameras depend on their high ISO performances rather compared to shooting controls.
ISO could be setup to 3200, White Balance was fully adjustable having a great Manual mode that zoomed in about the scene, snapped a test image, as well as set the Kelvin temperature accordingly. There is a Subject Tracking mode, four different AF modes including the manual setting that allowed us to shift the AF box round the LCD, and a wealth of Flash configurations that exceeded what the Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS needed to offer.
The Nikon Coolpix S8100 comes with a better focal length than the actual Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS, giving us a pleasant 30mm wide-angle NIKKOR lens. Both digital cameras have 10x optical zoom lenses, however the Coolpix S8100's wide-angle capability makes it the option for tight shooting, compared to the actual Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS's 36mm broad lens.
We will say that Canon has got the better interface and controls. Nikon's menus are becoming quicker, but they are far much less intuitive, forcing us to dive right into a large list of options in the Menu while Canon comes with an onscreen Function menu. We liked the actual Nikon Cooolpix S8100's adjustable Vividness, Color, and Brightness sliders, but Canon has plenty of filters like Color Accent, Super Vibrant, and Miniature, some of which could be applied while recording video. Playback using the Nikon Coolpix S8100 was sluggish because anything, especially when we tried trim videos.
So, with an interface refreshing and heightened modes like a longer shutter speed to be able to appease the long exposure shooters, the Nikon Coolpix S8100 will be the camera of choice. But, the Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS edges it out slightly with this department.