Nikon Coolpix S80 review

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

Nikon Coolpix S80
A stylish compact camera that offers decent shots and all ISOs

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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.