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Nikon Coolpix P80 10.1MP Digital Camera with 18x Wide Angle Optical Vibration Reduction Zoom (Black)

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  • 10.1-megapixels for stunning prints as large as 20 x 30 inches
  • 18x optical wide-angle Zoom-Nikkor glass lens; Optical VR image stabilization
  • 2.7-inch high-resolution LCD display
  • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, Face Priority AF, and Nikon's D-Lighting feature
  • Capture images to SD memory cards (not included)
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Nikon Coolpix P80 10.1MP Digital Camera with 18x Wide Angle Optical Vibration Reduction Zoom - Black

From the Manufacturer

The new Coolpix P80 combines 10.1 megapixels and an incredible 18x (27mm-486mm) optical Zoom-Nikkor lens for exceptional image quality and stunning prints as large as 20 x 30 inches. Optical VR Image Stabilization minimizes the effect of camera shake, for sharper images. The incredible, bright 2.7-inch high-resolution LCD and electronic viewfinder make composing and sharing pictures easier than ever. Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual Exposure Modes give you personal control over camera operation. A new Sports Continuous Mode lets you capture up to 30 frames at up to an amazing 13 FPS!

Coolpix P80 Highlights

10.1 Megapixels for stunning prints as large as 20 x 30 inches Plenty of sharp resolution to capture the finest details, crop creatively and produce incredible enlargements.

Amazing 18x Optical Wide-Angle Zoom-Nikkor Lens This lens is built on Nikon's proud heritage of producing precision camera optics that deliver superb color and razor-sharp results. This amazing lens offers unbeatable compositional freedom with it's wide-angle (27mm) to super-telephoto coverage (486mm). You can photograph sweeping landscapes and zoom in to capture the action on the baseball or soccer field!

New EXPEED image processor Ensures high-quality pictures with stunning color and sharpness. Nikon's comprehensive digital imaging processing concept incorporates the know-how and the technologies acquired throughout our long history of photographic and digital imaging development. EXPEED is customer-tuned for Coolpix and renders natual-looking pictures of incredible quality and quick response so you won't miss that special moment.

Bright 2.7-inch LCD and electronic viewfinder Makes it easy to compose and share your pictures with friends and family. The incorporation of the high-resolution electronic viewfinder enables you to see through the lens in any type of lighting condition.

Optical Vibration Reduction image stabilization Compensates for camera shake to prevent blur and produce clearer, sharper results in lower light or unsteady conditions. In addition, the benefits of Nikon's VR system extends to faster framing on the monitor as well as smoother action when using the movie mode.

Program, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority and Manual Exposure modes Gain ultimate control over your pictures. The D-SLR-type mode dial on the top of the camera provides quick access to this greater personal and creative control. Now, you can adjust the camera's settings for any type of lighting conditions and get as creative as you want.

Auto Adjusts up to ISO 6400 and lets you keep shooting, even in lower light With a light sensitivity range of up to ISO 6400 in manual control, this creates new opportunities to take sharper, more natural-looking photos in lower light conditions. ISO 3200 and ISO 6400 settings are available at 3MP or lower resolution.

New Sports Continuous Scene Mode For shooting up to 13fps, up to 30 frames, when you set the resolution to 3MP or lower. These high-speed capture settings help you stay ahead of the action, whether it's a swift golf or baseball swing, or the speed of the soccer field. At 13fps, you'll capture all the action.

Nikon Image Innovations Include: In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, that automatically looks for and fixes most instances of red-eye; Face Priority AF, Nikon's face-finding technology that can quickly find and focus on up to 12 faces in a group portrait; and D-Lighting which rescues pictures that are too dark for printing by enhancing the underexposed areas of the picture while not touching the properly exposed areas.

High-quality TV movies with sound Now just a press of a button away with your Coolpix P80. Record TV-quality movies with sound whose duration is only limited by the space available on your SD/SDHC card. Connect your camera to your TV, and you have instant home movies.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.3 x 3.1 x 3.1 inches
Item Weight 14.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.6 pounds
Item model number 26114
National Stock Number 6720-01-576-8277
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
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3.6 out of 5 stars 191 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #14,703 in Camera & Photo
#1,550 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com November 24, 2003

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By A. D. Lum VINE VOICE on May 25, 2008
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If you don't care to know about the art of photography and you don't like to read manuals, don't buy this camera and you can stop reading right here. Otherwise, read on.

I can take any camera and take bad shots with it. But if I use most modern cameras to their full potential, I tend to end up with great shots. By that I mean using correct focus, exposure compensation when necessary, and selecting the proper ISO, shutter speed, and aperture for the situation. Those are just the basics. There are also other adjustments and tweaks like Face Detection, D-Lighting (Nikon's term for bringing out more detail from dark areas of the photo), white balance, etc..

Essentially, if you know how to use all those things (and your camera lets you adjust them yourself), you can end up with some pretty great shots from any camera. You can get creative in ways that auto-only cameras will not allow. Some people end up with blurry shots because they don't know how to take sharper shots. Better shooters can take sharp shots - or they can make them blurry on purpose for an artistic effect. I personally can't stand blurry shots - except for the occasional shots where only the subjects are a bit blurry (to accentuate motion).

This camera has 6 settings that affect the sharpness of the photo - and that doesn't include aperture. One of them is the macro focus setting. Although normally used for close-ups, you can keep it in "macro focus" in most of the different shooting modes (Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program, etc.). The other setting is the Sharpness setting. By default, the camera is in the middle of the scale. Some might consider the middle of the scale to be too soft. Simply click it up to the "sharp" level, or one more for the sharpest level.
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I tried this camera this week, and found myself returning it within a couple days. In all honesty, I had read good things and I had hoped perhaps this would serve me as a bridge camera between my Canon G9 and my dSLR camera.

First, it is nicely made, and feels good in the hand. It works smoothly, and is relatively quiet during operation. The lens is high quality, and it has the standard Nikon layout on the selection dial. Curiously, it maintains the separate setting on the dial for SETTINGS which should be standard for all creative zone options. This is similar to all other recent Nikon cameras.

In use, the camera feels more like a point and shoot than a true tool of the trade -- and therein my average review. If you are working your way up from a point and shoot and not quite ready for a dSLR, this might be the camera for you.

But based on my observations: the camera had a difficult time focusing in low-light conditions, and then defaults to grainy high ISO defaults -- sure you can set that, or use Manual mode, but it won't work right out of the box in auto or Programmed Auto or Aperture or Shutter mode.

The image quality is fair -- many photos needed saturation boosts -- they just seemed bland out of the box. Again, this is programmable, for those who venture into the menu, or those who like playing with photoshop.

In general, all photos looked soft, and they all need sharpening in photoshop. This is something I would clearly not want to waste my time on with every photo taken that I might want to use for print purposes. The image quality just us NOT what you would expect with a camera of this price. That being said -- the image quality is consistent from closeup to faraway landscape.
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This is what practitioners of Kyudo, the Japanese martial archery, seek: "correct hitting is in correct shooting". And this is how this camera makes you feel after mastering and getting used to its controls and abilities.

After months of research I decided and bought this ultrazoom. SLRs take better pictures but I refuse to carry all the extra equipment when on vacation. NIKON P5100 was the choice on the other end but it lacked both the x18 tele and the wide end zoom.

The (close) second contender was OLYMPUS SP-570UZ but here is why I found the NIKON a better choice and did not regret it: although the OLYMPUS comes with a larger zoom (x20) it is controlled solely by an awkward (motorized) ring that requires both hands and has an uneven feeling. Moreover, both cameras sport 10MP but, contrary to the OLYMPUS which just had more mega-pixels crammed onto the old (550 & 560) sensor, the NIKON comes with a newly developed sensor. On top of that, I avoided the slow and limited XD-cards OLYMPUS seems stuck on. On the other hand, I missed on 2mm of wideness and x2 on tele zoom.

I have been using the camera with undiminished enthusiasm for over a week and I have only good things to tell you about it. It took me a while to familiarize myself with the settings - full auto will not get the best results under any conditions. Once that harmonious point is reached though, this is the camera you would want to be using in most situations.
Where it looses the 5th star: the flash does not pop up automatically when needed. Forget to do so and a high (and noisy) ISO creeps in. So yes, this piece of equipment is not without its caprices...

Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle (and Zen masters) warn about the observer altering the event being observed. With NIKON P80 one can obtain the shot visualized either from very close or from afar. And it does so with simplicity and style.
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