Details on new Nikon ultrazoom, Coolpix P80, released
by David Rasnake -  4/9/2008

For some time now, Nikon has been one of the only major manufacturers to not carry an ultrazoom in their lineup. That all changed today with the announcement of the new 18x zoom Nikon Coolpix P80.

Nikon Coolpix P80
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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.

Nikon Coolpix P80
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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.

Nikon Coolpix P80 Specifications:

Sensor10.1 megapixel, 1/2.33" CCD
Lens/Zoom18x (27-486mm) zoom, f/2.8-4.5
LCD/Viewfinder2.7", 230K-dot TFT LCD
SensitivityISO 64-6400
Shutter SpeedNot Specified
Shooting ModesProgram, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Auto, Scene, Movie
Scene PresetsPortrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Party, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show
White Balance SettingsFluorescent, Incandescent, Flash, White Balance Preset, Auto, Daylight, Cloudy
Metering ModesNot Specified
Focus ModesFace-Priority AF, Multi-Area AF, Contrast AF
Drive ModesNormal, Burst
Flash ModesSlow 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 FormatsSD, SDHC
Internal Memory
50 MB
File FormatsJPEG, AVI
Max. Image Size3648x2736
Max. Video Size
640x480, 30 fps
Zoom During Video Not Specified
BatteryRechargeable lithium-ion, 250 shots
ConnectionsUSB 2.0, AV output, DC input
Additional FeaturesVibration Reduction optical image stabilization, D-Lighting, Time Lapse Movie, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix