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Nikon's Coolpix S80 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Nikon S80: Stylish fourteen megapixel ultracompact
(Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 00:01 EDT)

For its second Coolpix camera announcement of the day, Nikon Inc. has taken the wraps off the new Nikon Coolpix S80.

The Nikon S80 has a sleek, ultracompact body whose rear panel is dominated by a high-res 3.5-inch Organic LED display with electrostatic capacitive touch-panel. This serves as the main input device, with the only external controls being the sliding lens barrier (which doubles as a power switch), and the shutter button.

The Coolpix S80 couples a Nikkor-branded 5x optical zoom lens with a rather tight 35mm equivalent wide angle to a fourteen megapixel CCD image sensor As well as still images, the S80 also offers a high-definition 720p (1,280 x 720 pixel) movie mode, with stereo audio.

Connectivity includes a high-definition HDMI video output, for viewing images and movies on high definition displays. Power comes from a rechargeable EN-EL10 Lithium Ion battery pack, which should yield 150 shots on a charge. Secure Digital memory cards, including the latest SDHC and SDXC types, can be used to store images and movies.

The Nikon Coolpix S80 will be available in red, black, blue, pink, gold and two-tone silver / brown. It is due to ship in the USA this fall, with pricing of about $330. For more details, read our Nikon S80 preview.

Nikon Coolpix S80
Nikon's Coolpix S80 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeUltra Compact
Model NumberNorth America: S80
Dimensions3.9 x 2.5 x 0.6 in.
(99 x 63 x 17 mm)
Weight4.7 oz (133 g)
Planned Price$330
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCCD
1/2.3 (approx. 0.43 in. diagonal)
14.48 megapixels (total)
14.10 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions4320 x 3240 (14.0 megapixels)
3968 x 2232 (8.9 megapixels)
3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1024 x 768 (0.8 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
LCD3.5 in. diagonal
819,000 dots (approx. 273,000 pixels)
Lens TypeZoom-Nikkor ED VR
5x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length6.3 - 31.5mm (actual)
35 - 175mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/3.6 (wide) / f/4.8 (Tele) - ??
Focusing SystemContrast Detection with Face-Priority AF, Subject Tracking AF
Focusing RangeMacro: 2.9"
ISO SensitivityAuto, Fix Range Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400* (*3-megapixels and smaller)
Exposure ModesProgram
Metering Modes256-segment matrix, center-weighted (digital zoom less than 2X), Spot (digital zoom 2X or more)
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor
Scene Modes17 Scene Modes
Self TimerYes, 10 or 2 seconds
Movie Format.MOV (H.264 + AAC stereo) with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC including SDHC, Built-in
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG
VideoHigh definition: Yes (HDMI)
Standard definition: Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherHMDI output
Battery TypeLithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary EN-EL10
Product Bundle
SoftwareNikon Software Suite CD-ROM
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary EN-EL10 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Notes5-way VR Image Stabilization, 3.5" 819K-dot Touchscreen OLED, 720p HD Movies, Subject Tracking AF, Best Shot Selector, Smart Portrait System. Available in red, black, blue, pink, gold and silver/brown.

Original Source Press Release:

Nikon's New Coolpix S80 Touch Screen Digital Camera Delivers Fun And Function In A Fashion-Forward Design

MELVILLE, NY (September 8, 2010) – Integrating stylish design with intuitive operation, Nikon Inc. introduces the new COOLPIX S80, equipped with a beautifully bright 3.5‐inch ultra high resolution organic LED (OLED) touch screen with an enhanced interface for a more enjoyable user experience.

With a user‐friendly interface, the COOLPIX S80 gives the photographer easy touch control over the camera's key functions for smooth operation, including touch shutter shooting, zoom and playback. To help users better compose their photos, the S80 employs tab‐type graphics to maximize screen space without cluttering it with icons. When the camera is rotated for vertical shooting, display tabs and controls also automatically rotate for smoother shooting.

The large 3.5‐inch ultra high resolution (819,000‐dot) OLED touch screen display delivers clear, rich image reproductions, bright vivid colors and excellent contrast. With a wide viewing angle (approximately 180 degrees), brightness control and an anti‐reflection coating, the S80's touch screen display makes it easy to compose, view and share photos and HD (720p) movies.

"Our consumers not only rely on our compact digital cameras for beautiful photos and brilliant technology, but also as a reflection of their personal style," said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. "The COOLPIX S80's slim, sophisitcated design, touch screen technology and excellent features make it fun for consumers to capture high quality images and share their memorable moments."

Measuring 0.7‐inches, the surprisingly thin COOLPIX S80 can be slipped in any pocket or bag for unbeatable portability. Sliding the lens cover turns the camera on and off, while creating a sleek, modern look. Available in six colors as bright as the OLED touch screen display, the S80 is not only a compact digital camera, but it's also a fashion statement.

With the COOLPIX S80's intuitive touch screen, creativity is at the user's fingertips. The S80 lets users add their personal touch to photos with the Paint function, giving them the ability to write or draw on images during playback. The Retouch Menu lets users easily adjust images in‐camera with the touch of a finger by choosing from a wide range of functions, including Color Options, Soft Focus, Selective Color, Cross Screen, Miniature Effect and Fish‐eye Effect. In playback mode, the user can even add moving stamps for an animated effect. In addition, the S80 features a new rating function that allows users to rate their photos with up to five stars and sort images according to their rating.

The S80 is equipped with a built‐in slide show function, allowing the user to playback photos to pre‐set music for an enjoyable sharing experience. The COOLPIX S80 also features HD (720p) Movie with optical zoom and stereo sound available during recording. An HDMI output enables easy playback on an HDTV for big‐screen viewing of photos from a recent vacation or HD video from the latest family gathering.

Packed into the super slim COOLPIX S80 are must‐have features like a 14.1‐megapixel CCD sensor and 5x Wide‐Angle Optical Zoom‐NIKKOR ED glass lens (35‐175mm, 35mm equivalent) to help the user capture beautiful landscapes and allow them to get close to the action. The S80 helps reduce camera shake with a 5‐Way vibration reduction (VR) Image Stabilization System that includes Optical and Hybrid VR, Motion Detection, ISO settings up to 6400 and Best Shot Selector, which automatically takes up to ten shots while the shutter‐release button is pressed, and then selects and saves the sharpest image. The S80 employs Nikon's EXPEED C2™ image processing engine to ensure outstanding image quality.

To further help users take better photos, the COOLPIX S80 includes 17 scene modes and the Easy Auto Mode, which automatically recognizes the shooting situation and adjusts camera settings accordingly for great photos in any environment. For outstanding portraits, the S80 features Nikon's Smart Portrait System, which incorporates a series of automatic functions including In‐Camera Red‐Eye Fix™, improved Face‐Priority AF, Smile Timer, Blink Warning, Blink Proof and Skin Softening to flatter even the most camera‐shy subject.

Availability and Pricing
The COOLPIX S80 will be available in fall 2010 for $329.95* MSRP in a choice of stylish colors including red, black, blue, pink, gold and silver/brown.

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. For more information, dial (800) NIKON‐UX or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.
*MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time


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