Nikon Coolpix S80 review

Is beauty more than skin deep with the Nikon Coolpix S80?

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Nikon coolpix s80

The first thing you notice when taking the Coolpix S80 out of its box is how slim it is, it's a svelte 16.5mm thick. Soft touch, sturdy, brushed-metal surfaces it give the Coolpix S80 a positive feel your hand, while the black chrome end plates add a extra style.

The 819k-dot Organic LED intuitive touch-screen is not overly sensitive to the touch and requires deliberate actions to get what you need from the camera. Fortunately, there is a shutter release button (the only button) and I prefer to use this as there is a tendency to jog the camera when using the touch-screen shutter release. Also, shutter lag is more noticeable when using the touch-screen and there were occasional missed shots. The shutter button is quicker and gives more reliable results.

The Camera (or shooting) and Review mode menus are both logical and have easy to understand icons which slide into view at the touch of a tab. Switching back and forth between shooting and review mode is straightforward as their symbols are constantly displayed in the upper left corner of the screen.

Images are reviewed by swiping fingers across the screen and can be zoomed in and out using a pinch technique with your fingers. This too needs a deliberate action to get the camera to respond to your commands.

Other than on a camera phone, handling doesn't come much simpler in photography.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyCoolpix S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)116 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeOLED
Height62.6 mm
Width98.8 mm
Depth16.5 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length6.30 mm to 31.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS80
Product NameCoolpix S80 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control

Programmed Auto

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA651E1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

High style meets high tech with the debut of the ultra- slim, Touch Control Nikon COOLPIX S80. A large, bright 3.5-inch Ultra-High Resolution (819,000-dot) Organic LED (OLED) Clear Color Display provides touch control of camera functions, and the display's wide viewing angle and anti-glare coating make for bright, brilliant image composition, viewing and sharing. The 14.1-megapixel S80 features a 5x Wide Zoom-NIKKOR ED lens, HD (720p) stereo sound movie recording and creative image editing functions, including the ability to write or draw on the image. The S80 also offers VR Image Stabilization and high sensitivity up to ISO 6400. In a variety of colors, the stylish COOLPIX S80 is as beautiful as the pictures it takes.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix S80 Compact Camera
  • Audio Video EG-CP16
  • AC Adapter EH-68P
  • Battery EN-EL10
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year