11.80
Megapixels
Non-Zoom 1/2.3 inch
size sensor
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Nikon KeyMission 80
Resolution: 11.80 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.3 inch
(6.2mm x 4.6mm)
Lens: Non-Zoom
(25mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Native ISO: 100 - 1600
Extended ISO: 100 - 1600
Shutter: 1/6400 - 1 seconds
Max Aperture: 2.0
Dimensions: 1.8 x 3.4 x 0.6 in.
(45 x 87 x 15 mm)
Weight: 2.6 oz (74 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 10/2016
Manufacturer: Nikon
Full specs: Nikon 80 specifications

Nikon KeyMission 80 Review -- First Impressions

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The most affordable new KeyMission camera, the Nikon KeyMission 80, can't shoot 4K UHD video like its action camera siblings, but it does offer a unique two camera design that has one, higher resolution camera faces outward while a second lower resolution camera faces toward the user. In case you're confused about the design of the camera, the KeyMission 80 is designed to be mounted on the user's body.

Designed to be body-mounted, the KeyMission 80 is compact

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As you can see, the KeyMission 80 is shaped a bit like old handheld tape recorders. Since it is designed to be mounted on the user's body, it is also very thin. Its dimensions are 1.8 x 3.4 x 0.6 inches and it weighs only 2.6 ounces (74 grams). The front of the camera has a compact Nikkor lens and a gripped area in addition to a pair of metal rungs for straps and attachments. The right side of the camera has a dial and menu button. Moving to the rear of the camera, there's a second lens (more on that later), a 1.75-inch touchscreen TFT LCD with 230,000 dots and five-level brightness adjustment, and a button at the bottom. The display offers approximately 100% frame coverage during both recording and playback.

Less waterproof than the 360 and 170, KeyMission 80 still tough

Although not nearly as water resistant as its KeyMission 360 and 170 siblings, the KeyMission 80 is still IPX7 waterproof, meaning it is waterproof to 3.3 feet; think of it as splashproof. It is shockproof to five feet and freezeproof as well.

Front and rear cameras and lenses for recording your adventures

There are two image sensors and lenses on the KeyMission 80, but it is not like the dual-lens, dual-sensor design of the KeyMission 360. The front lens has a 25mm equivalent focal length and f/2.0 fixed aperture with an 80-degree field of view. The front camera sensor is a 12.4-megapixel CMOS sensor with a size of 1/2.3 inches capable of producing 11.8-megapixel images. The fixed focus lens keeps everything from 4 inches (10 centimeters) to infinity in focus. On the back, there's a camera meant for selfies. The sensor is 5.2 megapixels and is a smaller 1/5-inch size, generating 4.8-megapixel images. The camera's rear lens has a 22mm equivalent focal length and an f/2.2 fixed aperture. Close focus distance is 1 foot, 2 inches (35 centimeters), so quite a bit further away than the front camera.

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KeyMission 80 shooting specs

Like the other two KeyMission cameras, the Nikon 80 can shoot JPEG files across an ISO range of 100-1600. Metering is provided solely by a matrix metering mode and there are +/-2 EVs of exposure compensation available. The electronic shutter can shoot from one second to 1/6,400s. Interacting with the camera's settings is done via the touchscreen display.

Vibration reduction depends on the camera and mode, but still images are stabilized with lens-shift VR when using the front lens and are not stabilized when using the rear camera. Movies are stabilized using both lens-shift and electronic vibration reduction when using the front camera and electronic VR only when using the rear camera.

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Full HD video, but no 4K recording for the KeyMission 80

Speaking of video recording, the KeyMission 80 can record Full HD video, but not 4K UHD video. Full HD video is recorded at up to 30 frames per second and is recorded in the MOV file format.

Nikon SnapBridge compatibility

There is not a dedicated SnapBridge app for the KeyMission 80, but the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC-equipped camera uses Nikon's standard SnapBridge mobile app (which is available for Android and iOS).

Interface, battery life and accessories

The KeyMission 80 includes a Micro-USB port and uses MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC media. Unlike the KeyMission 360 and 170, the KeyMission 80 has a built-in lithium-ion battery which is charged via USB. Battery life is approximately 220 shots or 40 minutes of video recording. Of Nikon's new accessories releasing with the KeyMission cameras, the KeyMission is compatible with the tripod (and its specific tripod adapter), extension arm, soft case and hard case.

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Concluding thoughts on the Nikon KeyMission 80

Clearly designed to be worn, the KeyMission 80 doesn't offer the same imaging or video specs and features of its larger siblings, but it does offer a compact form factor and touchscreen display. It is also designed to be used one-handed, offering automatic powering on when it is removed from its included camera holder. For users looking to document their adventures without hassle, the KeyMission 80 might be perfect.

Pricing and availability: An affordable action camera

The Nikon KeyMission 80 will be available in October 2016 with a suggested retail price of around US$280.

 

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