Nikon Coolpix P80 Review

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Nikon Coolpix P80

Review posted 5/27/2008

Introduction & Physical Views

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The latest super-zoom from Nikon, the Coolpix P80 is a high-performance compact camera built to satisfy the needs of camera enthusiasts and family photographers alike. The P80 integrates a 10.1 megapixel CCD image sensor with Nikon's innovative EXPEED™ digital image processing concept and an 18x optical Zoom-NIKKOR lens designed with the compact and comfortable styling of the Nikon Coolpix brand.

Packing the power of 10.1 megapixels, the P80 captures fine detail with the creative freedom to crop and edit. The P80 features Nikon's legendary NIKKOR optics, ensuring quality images even while at a distance to subjects. The P80's 18x Zoom-NIKKOR lens covers focal lengths from 27-486mm (35mm format equivalent). To ensure steady shots while utilizing the camera's versatile zoom capabilities, the Coolpix P80 is equipped with Optical Vibration Reduction (VR).

In line with other Coolpix P-Series cameras, the P80 includes intuitive controls via dedicated command and mode dials, providing easy access to shooting controls and exposure mode settings. The P80 offers Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-priority Auto [S], Aperture-priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] modes granting users the ability to tap into the creativity of D-SLR functions while maintaining the simplicity of Coolpix functionality. What's more, the P80 has the benefit of an all-new Sport Continuous Mode, allowing users to shoot as many as 30 consecutive pictures at four, six, or a quick 13 frames per second (at 3MP).

Nikon has incorporated its user-friendly Imaging Innovations into the P80, designed to make the photo-taking process easier and more intuitive. These technologies, referred to as "Nikon In-Camera Innovations" include In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™, D-Lighting, and Face- Priority AF. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™ automatically detects and corrects red eye, a common condition that occurs in flash photography. In playback mode, D-Lighting compensates for excessive back-light or insufficient flash in images. Nikon's enhanced Face-Priority AF automatically finds and focuses on one person's face or up to 12 people's faces within one frame. Face-Priority AF provides faster and sharper focus to produce clear, crisp portraits wherever the subjects are positioned in the frame.

Coolpix P80 Features:

  • 10-megapixel effective CCD
  • Nikkor 18x optical zoom lens (27-486mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Compact, durable and lightweight body
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) for sharp, blur-free images and movies
  • High resolution Electronic viewfinder (230K pixels) with diopter adjustment function
  • Macro focus with AF as close as 0.4 inches
  • 9-point TTL Autofocus system with Face Detection technology
  • 256-segment Matrix Metering with Center-weighted, Spot, or Spot AF metering
  • Large 2.7-inch glare-resistant color monitor
  • Program AE, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Manual and 10 pre-programmed Scene modes
  • Single, Continuous, BSS, Multi-shot 16 and Interval Timer burst modes
  • 640x480 @ 30fps movie mode with sound, length limited only by memory card capacity (2GB max.)
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow sync, and red-eye reduction
  • Nikon's D-Lighting automatically brightens dark images in playback mode
  • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™ automatically fixes most instances of red-eye in the camera
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 6 presets, custom set and bracketing
  • 50MB internal memory and SD/SDHC memory card slot
  • USB connectivity, PictBridge direct-print compliant
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery and charger included

Physical Views

Nikon Coolpix P80

Nikon Coolpix P80

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Nikon Coolpix P80

Nikon Coolpix P80

Nikon Coolpix P80

The Coolpix P80 compared to a standard CD disc.

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Coolpix P80 Specifications

Effective pixels: 10.1 million
CCD: 1/2.33-inch CCD (10.7 million total pixels)
Image modes: 3648 x 2736 (10M), 3264x2448 (8M), 2592 x 1944 (5M), 2048 x 1536 (3M), 1600 x 1200 (2M), 1280 x 960 (1M), 1024 x 768 PC, 640 x 480 TV, 3648 x 3432 (3:2), 3584 x 2016 (16:9), 2736x2736 (1:1)
Lens: 18x Zoom-Nikkor; 4.7-84.2mm (35mm format equivalent to approx. 27-486mm); f/2.8-4.5; 14 elements in 5 groups
Focus system: Contrast-detect TTL AF, 9-point area
Focus range (approx.): 1 ft. 4 in. (40cm) to infinity [W], 5 ft. (1.5m) to infinity [T]; Macro close-up mode: 4 in. (10cm) to infinity (zoom position where flower turns green), 0.4 in. (1cm) to infinity (zoom position at ^ mark)
LCD monitor: 2.7-in., 230,000-dot, wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment (97% coverage)
Storage media: Internal memory (approx. 50MB), SD/SDHC memory cards
Shooting modes: Auto, Programmed Auto (P), Shutter-Priority Auto (S), Aperture-Priority Auto (A), Manual (M) Scene (Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Party, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show
Movie: With sound: With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps/15fps, small size (320) at 15fps, sepia (320) at 15fps, B&W (320) at 15fps, time-lapse movie (640) at 30fps
Vibration Reduction (VR): Sensor shift VR
Metering: 256-segment matrix, center weighted, spot, spot AF area (with the support for 99 focus areas)
ISO: ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200, 6400, Auto (auto gain ISO 64-800), High ISO Auto (64 - 1600), Fixed range Auto (100/200/400).
Built-in flash: (W) 0.5 to 8.8m (1 ft. 8 in. to 28 ft.), (T) 0.5 to 5.6m (1 ft. 8 in. to 18)
Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction, Flash Cancel, Anytime Flash and Slow sync, Red-eye reduction with slow sync.
Interface: USB (MTP/PTP), Audio/Video output (NTSC/PAL)
Supported languages: Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Power requirements: One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-62A (optional)
Battery life (approx.): 250 shots with EN-EL5 (based on CIPA standard)
Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx. 110 x 79 x 78 mm (4.3 x 3.1 x 3.1 in.) excluding projections
Weight (approx.): Approx. 365 g (12.9 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer

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