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Sporting a look familiar to Nikon's other P-series advanced amateur offerings and using much of the technology already seen in other P models, the 10.1 megapixel P80's impressive Nikkor zoom covers an equivalent range of 27-486mm. For a lens of this focal length, Nikon's Vibration Reduction optical image stabilization system isn't just a nicety, but indeed a necessity.
Like most ultrazooms, the P80 is designed to offer DSLR-like performance in a compact package, offering up the standard PASM manual control modes in addition to a full list of scene presets. With sensitivity up to ISO 6400 and an impressive burst shooting rate of up to 13 frames per second (albeit at a lower resolution), the P80 has some promise for low-light and action shooting.
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In addition to an electronic viewfinder, the P80 comes equipped with a 2.7-inch, 230K-dot wide-view LCD. D-Lighting dynamic range correction, Face Priority AF that can detect up to 12 faces, and in-camera red-eye correction have all come to be expected for cameras in this class.
In spite of falling DSLR prices, ultrazooms continue to be a market that generates a lot of consumer interest, and we're not surprised to see Nikon getting into this game.
The new Coolpix should be available this month, with a suggested retail price of $399.95.
|Sensor||10.1 megapixel, 1/2.33" CCD|
|Lens/Zoom||18x (27-486mm) zoom, f/2.8-4.5|
|LCD/Viewfinder||2.7", 230K-dot TFT LCD|
|Shutter Speed||Not Specified|
|Shooting Modes||Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Auto, Scene, Movie|
|Scene Presets||Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Party, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show|
|White Balance Settings||Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash, White Balance Preset, Auto, Daylight, Cloudy|
|Metering Modes||Not Specified|
|Focus Modes||Face-Priority AF, Multi-Area AF, Contrast AF|
|Drive Modes||Normal, Burst|
|Flash Modes||Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Redeye reduction with slow sync, Flash cancel/ flash off, Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Anytime flash|
| Self Timer Settings||10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off |
|Memory Formats||SD, SDHC|
| Internal Memory|| 50 MB|
|File Formats||JPEG, AVI|
|Max. Image Size||3648x2736|
| Max. Video Size|| 640x480, 30 fps|
|Zoom During Video|| Not Specified|
|Battery||Rechargeable lithium-ion, 250 shots|
|Connections||USB 2.0, AV output, DC input|
|Additional Features||Vibration Reduction optical image stabilization, D-Lighting, Time Lapse Movie, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix|
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