April 11 2008 - Photo Jottings

April 11 2008


Nikon enters the compact super zoom arena with the Coolpix P80.  I guess it’s better late than never, like my posting here.  This camera looks familiar, pretty much the same as the Panasonic FZ18, Olympus SP-550/560 or Fuji 8100fd, but much smaller than the fixed lens Fujifilm S100fs.  If it’s going to be a copy of the others, you might as well go out and get the excellent Panasonic FZ18 for about $100 less, at $299, this camera reviewed here.  I won’t be doing a review of the P80, or the following, but if you think you might like to buy one, make sure you check out the Olympus SP-570 with the manual rings, I’d like to know if it’ll be any easier to manually focus.

  • Nikon Coolpix P80
  • 10.1mp CCD sensor.
  • 2.7″ LCD with 230,000 pixels.
  • 13fps
    up to 30 frames at 3mp or lower.
  • ISO 64-6400, 3200 and 6400 at 3mp or lower.
  • A claim of worlds most compact super
  • Image stabilization, or Vibration reduction as Nikon calls it.
  • Face detection for up
    to 12 faces.
  • 1/2.33 CCD.
  • Continuous shooting at 1.1fps at full resolution.
  • Full manual controls.
  • USB
    2.0 high-speed support.
  • D-lighting, same as Shadow adjustment technology on other cameras.
  • Zoom
    range 27mm-486mm F/2.8-4.5.
  • 50mb internal memory.
  • 365g or 12.9oz without lens or battery.
  • Lithium-ion
    battery good for a measly 250 shots.
  • Body 4.3″ X 3.1 X 3.1 or 110mm X 78mm X 79mm.
  • Priced at $399.
  • Available (US) in April ’08.
  • Nikon P80 homepage.
  • Spec sheet.
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