Nikon Coolpix P80 Samples

10 Megapixels10 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Indoor Crops

Below are sample crops from an indoor photograph of a book-spine at each of the Nikon P80's ISO settings. A crop from the Fuji Finepix S100FS at the same ISO setting is shown next to each crop from the P80. Images below are all unmodified 100% crops from their respective cameras taken at the highest quality setting. ISO and white-balance were set on camera, everything else was left on automatic. The last few crops are of lower resolution because of camera limits.

These crops help determine which ISO settings can be acceptably used on these cameras. As noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The result is that, while you can partly reduce noise at the expense of details, the maximum acceptable print size gets smaller as ISO is increased. The point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Apologies for the over-exposed Fuji crops. It was meant to have the shots taken at the exact same exposure but I forgot that the P80 started at a lower ISO than the Fuji. In computer science we call this an off-by-one error.

Nikon Coolpix P80 Fuji Finepix S100FS
Nikon P80 - ISO 64 Crop
ISO 64 - 2s F5.6
Nikon P80 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100 - 1s F5.6
Fuji S100FS - ISO 100 Crops
ISO 100 - 2s F5.6
Nikon P80 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 200 - 1/2s F5.6
Fuji S100FS - ISO 200 Crops
ISO 200 - 1s F5.6
Nikon P80 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400 - 1/4s F5.6
Fuji S100FS - ISO 400 Crops
ISO 400 - 1/2s F5.6
Nikon P80 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800 - 1/8s F5.6
Fuji S100FS - ISO 800 Crops
ISO 800 - 1/4s F5.6
Nikon P80 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600 - 1/15s F5.6
Fuji S100FS - ISO 1600 Crops
ISO 1600 - 1/8s F5.6
Nikon P80 - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200 - 1/30s F5.6
Fuji S100FS - ISO 3200 Crops
ISO 3200 - 1/15s F5.6
Nikon P80 - ISO 6400 Crop
ISO 6400 - 1/60s F5.6
Fuji S100FS - ISO 6400 Crops
ISO 6400 - 1/30s F3.5

The Nikon Coolpix P80 produces very usable ISO 64 to 200 shots. The ISO 400 also remains quite usable with a moderate amount of noise but also a slight color shift. ISO 800 can be used for a smaller print but is not too bad. From ISO 1600 onwards, the P80's results are just about useless. Next to the Nikon, the Fuji produces fine images at least 1 1/2 stops above. Even ISO 3200 can be used for a small print on the Fuji Finepix S100FS, something that the Nikon only manages at ISO 800.

Fuji S100FS - ISO 1--00 Crops
ISO 10000 - 1/50s F3.5
Nikon Coolpix P80
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By Neocamera on 2008-10-26

Nikon P80 Highlights


Large digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2.3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

10 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 64-2000
18X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-8s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls
0.24" Built-in EVF 230K PixelsCustom white-balance
0.8 FPS Drive, 4 ImagesSpot-Metering
640x480 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
2.7" LCD 230K PixelsSecure Digital High Capacity
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