Nikon Coolpix S80 Brief Review


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  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 5.1x optical zoom
  • 35mm wide-angle
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen
  • 720p HD video
  • HDMI output
  • Captures to SD/SDHC media cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-10-15
  • Final Grade: 86 4.3 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix S80
14.1 megapixels; 5.1x optical zoom; 35mm wide-angle; Optical image stabilization; 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen; 720p HD video; HDMI output; Captures to SD/SDHC media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The S80 is Nikon's fancy-pants touchscreen point-and-shoot for the 2010 holiday season, a snapper with standard photo capabilities but a flashy, stylish design and interface. It's the replacement for last year's S70, which was a solid camera and certainly had an attractive design, though overpriced from a photo-quality perspective. The S80 is more a rehash than an upgrade, but highlights include an even-higher-resolution OLED touchscreen (819k dots this time around), 5.1x optical zoom, and 720p HD video. We're not too keen on the extra megapixels (which should increase image noise) and the narrower lens (35mm equivalent), nor are we fond of touchscreens in general, though if it's anything like the S4000, it should be pretty slick compared to most touch-based interfaces out there. This should please the style-conscious casual shooters out there. Bear in mind that the hefty price tag is because of the high-end screen, not a particularly strong photographic capability. We've heard feedback from some frustrated users already, too.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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