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Nikon's Coolpix P80 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon announces Coolpix P80
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(Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 00:01 EDT)

Nikon Inc. has today announced its new Nikon Coolpix P80 digital camera.

The Nikon P80 is based around an optically image stabilized, Nikkor-branded 18x optical zoom lens with an impressive 27mm wide angle. Other features of the Nikon P80 include a 10.1 effective megapixel CCD image sensor, Nikon's proprietary EXPEED image processor, a range of shooting modes that includes both Shutter- and Aperture-priority as well as a manual mode, among many others.

The Nikon Coolpix P80 will ship in the USA from April 2008, priced at US$399.95. For more detailed information take a look over our Nikon P80 preview. For specifications and the official press release, read on below.

Nikon Coolpix P80
Nikon's Coolpix P80 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type EVF
Manufacturer Nikon
Model Number P80
Dimensions 4.3 x 3.1 x 3.1"
110.0 x 79.0 x 78.0mm
Weight 365.0 g
12.8 oz
Planned Price $399.95
Planned Availability 2008
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.33" CCD
10.70 megapixels (total)
10.10 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions 3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
3648 x 2432 (8.9 megapixels)
3584 x 2016 (7.2 megapixels)
3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
2736 x 2736 (7.5 megapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
1280 x 960 (1.2 megapixels)
1024 x 768 (0.8 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality 2 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, EVF type; 0.24", 230K pixel color LCD
LCD 2.7", 230,000 pixels
Lens
Lens Type Zoom-Nikkor lens, 14 elements in 5 groups
18x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 4.7 - 84.2mm (actual)
27 - 486mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.5 (tele) - ???
Focusing System Contrast Detect with Face-Priority AF (up to 12 faces in one frame)
Focusing Range Normal: 16" - infinity (40 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - infinity (1.0 cm - infinity)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto (64 - 800), 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200*, 6400*; * available at 3MP or smaller; High-Sensitivity mode (64 - 1600); Fixed Range Auto (64-100, 200, 400)
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes Not stated
White Balance Image Sensor - Not stated
Internal Flash Modes: Not stated
Range: Not stated
Creative
Scene Modes 15 different scene-optimized and movie modes
Digital Zoom Up to 4x
Movie Format Not stated with audio
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File System FAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 1.1
Power
Battery Type Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary EN-EL5
Product Bundle
Software Nikon Software Suite CD-ROM
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary EN-EL5 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 50.0MB Internal
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control No
More Photos
Nikon's Coolpix P80 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix P80 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix P80 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix P80 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Original Source Press Release:

NIKON “ZOOMS” IN ON PERFORMANCE WITH THE NEW COOLPIX P80, AN 18X ZOOM COMPACT CAMERA

MELVILLE, NY (April 10, 2008) – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the COOLPIX P80, a high-performance compact camera built to satisfy the needs of camera enthusiasts and family photographers alike. The P80 harmoniously integrates a 10.1 megapixel CCD image sensor with Nikon’s innovative EXPEED TM digital image processing concept and an 18x optical Zoom-NIKKOR lens designed with the compact and comfortable styling of the Nikon COOLPIX brand.

“The COOLPIX P80 addresses a need from consumers for an ultra-zoom compact camera that offers unrivaled Nikon performance and clarity,” said Bill Giordano, General Manager Marketing, COOLPIX for Nikon Inc. “Nikon is proud to continue delivering the highest quality imaging products for photo enthusiasts and aspiring photographers with a broad range of creative control options and superior imaging ability."

Packing the power of 10.1 megapixels, the P80 captures fine detail with the creative freedom to crop and edit. The P80 features Nikon’s legendary NIKKOR optics, ensuring quality images even while at a distance to subjects. The P80’s 18x Zoom-NIKKOR lens covers focal lengths from 27-486mm (35mm format equivalent). To ensure steady shots while utilizing the camera's versatile zoom capabilities, the COOLPIX P80 is equipped with Optical Vibration Reduction (VR).

In line with other COOLPIX P-Series cameras, the P80 includes intuitive controls via dedicated command and mode dials, providing easy access to shooting controls and exposure mode settings. The P80 offers Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-priority Auto [S], Aperture-priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] modes granting users the ability to tap into the creativity of D-SLR functions while maintaining the simplicity of COOLPIX functionality. What’s more, the P80 has the benefit of an all-new Sport Continuous Mode, allowing users to shoot as many as 30 consecutive pictures at four, six, or a quick 13 frames per second.¹

Capturing photos in lower light conditions is no problem for the P80. With a light sensitivity range up to ISO 6400², users can now create new opportunities to capture more natural-looking photos with minimal light, or fast moving subjects with unparalleled clarity.

Composing and reviewing photos is an enjoyable experience on the large, 2.7-inch LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating, wide viewing angle and 230,000 dots of high resolution. An eye level electronic viewfinder is available for quick easy viewing in challenging lighting conditions.

The P80 also offers quick access to a selection of 15 different scene-optimized and movie modes including the ability to shoot pictures in both black and white and color simultaneously. The new graphical user interface has an enhanced pop-up design allowing for more precise menu navigation and interaction.

Nikon has incorporated its user-friendly Imaging Innovations into the P80, designed to make the photo-taking process easier and more intuitive. These technologies, referred to as “Nikon In-Camera Innovations” include In-Camera Red-Eye FixTM, D-Lighting, and Face Priority AF. In-Camera Red-Eye FixTM automatically detects and corrects red eye, a common condition that occurs in flash photography. In playback mode, D-Lighting compensates for excessive back-light or insufficient flash in images. Nikon’s enhanced Face-Priority AF automatically finds and focuses on one person’s face or up to 12 people’s faces within one frame. Face-Priority AF provides faster and sharper focus to produce clear, crisp portraits wherever the subjects are positioned in the frame.

The COOLPIX P80 comes packaged with Nikon's COOLPIX Software Suite for organizing, editing and sharing photos. It also has PictBridge support and is compatible with SD/SDHC cards. The COOLPIX P80 will be available nationwide beginning April 2008 and has an MSRP of $399.95*. For more information about the P80 and other COOLPIX cameras, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

** Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price.Actual prices are determined by Nikon Authorized dealers and are subject to change at any time.
¹ At 3MP and smaller resolution.
² At 5MP or smaller resolution

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; COOLSCAN® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. Nikon D Series digital SLR cameras are recognized as “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Digital SLR cameras,” according to the latest J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Digital Camera Satisfaction Study. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently celebrated its 90th anniversary and announced the production of over 40 million NIKKOR SLR interchangeable lenses. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

For J.D. Power and Associates award information go to jdpower.com

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