Nikon Coolpix P80 Review

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Nikon Coolpix P80



Record Modes & Screens


Nikon Coolpix P80


AUTO record mode offers very few menu options, just image resolution and quality. The "10M" icon indicates the image resolution is 10-megapixels at Fine quality and there's 697 pictures remaining at the current image resolution. The zoom lens gauge is shown for a few moments whenever the focal length is changed (not shown above). The "VR" indicates the vibration reduction system is enabled. You can also see the shutter speed and aperture values at the bottom.



Nikon Coolpix P80


When you half-press the shutter release the autofocus is locked and the exposure is calculated and set. If autofocus was successful the AF marks will turn green, if it fails they turn red and blink. You will also see the selected shutter speed and aperture values across the bottom.



Nikon Coolpix P80

Program AE mode is also automatic but it allows the user full access to all the menu options (see below.) You can also use the "Flexible Program" option, where you can choose different combinations of shutter speed and aperture by rotating the command dial.



Nikon Coolpix P80

Shutter priority mode allows you to specify the shutter speed and the camera selects the correct aperture. Select a fast shutter speed to freeze fast-moving subjects or use a slower shutter speed to capture flowing water. Rotating the command dial changes the shutter speed values.



Nikon Coolpix P80

Aperture priority mode allows you to specify the aperture value for depth of field (focus) control. A larger number is more depth of focus, a smaller number is less. Rotating the command dial changes the shutter speed values.



Nikon Coolpix P80

Manual is for more experienced users, here you select both the shutter speed and aperture value. While you are adjusting the values, an exposure meter is displayed to help you dial in the settings for optimum exposure (not shown.)



Nikon Coolpix P80


P/S/A/M mode menu:

    Image Quality - Fine, Normal, Basic
    Image Size - 10M, 8M, 5M, 3M, 2M, 1M, PC, TV, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
    Optimize Image - Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, Custom, Black-and-white
    White Balance - Auto, Custom WB, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash
    ISO Sensitivity - 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200, 6400 (3M only)
    Metering - Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot or Spot AF area
    Continuous - Single, Continuous, BSS, Multi-shot 16, Interval timer
    Auto Bracketing - Off, ±0.3, ±0.7, ±1.0
    AF area mode - Face Priority, Auto, Manual, Center
    AF Mode - Single AF or Full-time AF
    Flash exp. comp. - ±2EV in 1/3EV steps
    Flash control - Auto, Built-in off
    Fixed aperture - The aperture remains constant as you zoom (On or Off)
    Noise reduction - Auto or On
    Distortion control - Off or On


Nikon Coolpix P80


The Menu option lets you display menu screens in icon or text format. You can call up HELP for any menu function by pressing the "T"elephoto zoom button.


Nikon Coolpix P80


The help function allows you to quickly understand a specific menu item or option, without having to refer to the user's manual. You simply press the telephoto zoom control while the menu item is highlighted, then you will see a screen like the above Distortion control example.



Nikon Coolpix P80


Pressing the 4-way selector "up" changes flash modes, "left" enables the self-timer, down" changes the focus mode, and "right" adjusts exposure compensation in Program mode or the aperture/shutter speed values in S/A/M modes. You set these options via onscreen popups as shown above.



Nikon Coolpix P80

Scene mode options include: Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Party, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show.



Nikon Coolpix P80


Macro focus mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 0.4 inches. Without leaving macro mode the camera can focus all the way out to infinity.



Nikon Coolpix P80


Here is the Movie mode screen display. You can record QuickTime Movie clips limited in length only by the amount of remaining available memory (up to a max. file size of 2GB). Sound is recorded with the moving image, and the optical zoom can not be used during movie recording - it can be preset before recording begins.

There's an eVR option in the movie menu (default settings if off), which can help compensate for hand and camera movement.



Nikon Coolpix P80


Movie mode options:

    Movie options - TV* (640/30fps), TV (640/15fps), 320, Time-lapse, Sepia 320, B&W 320
    AF Mode - Single AF or Full-time AF
    Electronic VR - On or Off




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