Overview of the Nikon Coolpix S80 Camera
If the large size and sharpness of the camera is what you’re interested in, you will be easily happy with the offerings of the Nikon Coolpix S80. Especially, this camera includes an OLED screen (as abbreviated for “organic light emitting diode”) which is one of the greatest that you have found.
While the OLED display is very great, the shooting features as well as the controls are not that impressive. For instance, you just can use the zoom lens by using the touch screen. In fact, this is not efficient.
Before buying the S80 for the expectation of a large screen, you should try it first. Please make sure that all of the below problems can be acceptable for you. It would deserve your consideration if the price was lowered, too.
Brief Review of the Nikon Coolpix S80 Camera
- You will be glad to see the nice large OLED touch screen with its sharpness and brightness
- Thin and stylish camera, which is available in some color combining options
- The focusing sharpness and accuracy are nice for photos over short distances
- Menu organization is not difficult to understand and use
- There is an inclusion of HDMI slot when you want to upload 720p HD movies
- You can easily shoot inadvertent images due to the shutter button arrangement
- There is not any zoom dial; you have to use the touch screen to control the zoom lens
- For the 8MP option, there is only 16:9 ratio resolution
- You may accidentally block the lens with your finger
- The high price lowers the attractiveness of the camera.
- The resolution is 14.1 megapixels
- The optical zoom is 5X (35-175mm)
- The 3.5-inch touch screen display uses the OLED technology and has the resolution of 819,000 pixels
- The image size is 4352 x 3264 pixels at maximum
- The camera uses a Li-ion battery which can be rechargeable
- The dimensions are 3.9 x 2.5 x 0.7 inches
- The camera weighs 4.7 ounces (with the inclusion of the battery and memory card)
- The camera has a 1/2.3 in CCD image sensor
- A 720p HD ovie mode is supported
Detailed Review of the Nikon Coolpix S80 Camera
Overall, the image quality with the Nikon Coolpix S80 is not as good as I’d expected for such a camera with the price under $400, but it is nice enough for daily images.
The image quality with the S80 is slightly above the average level, although you may encounter several issues with the exposing difficulty when shooting under the sunlight with excessive brightness. To deal with this, you can make certain adjustments on the white balance setting. In addition, a few occasional issues also happen with photos using the flash, for example, washed out photos, but the performance of the camera flash is still as nice as that of a fill flash.
The camera has a nice focus performance for most of the time, which is especially good for photos of extremely short distances.
The Coolpix S80 does not have large optical zoom lens and it is limited to 5X only. The moving of this zoom lens within its range is jerky, which causes some certain frustration for users. In addition, you just can control over the zoom lens by using the touch screen, which takes you much more time to perform the zooming action, compared to a common dial. Lacking a zoom dial is a slight disappointment with this camera.
There are up to 17 scene modes with the Nikon S80 and one additional “help” mode which is very useful when you need the clear explanations for other modes. Besides, there is a slider bar, through which you can have manual control over one certain setting when you are using scene mode. This feature is very nice.
You can select one among four different resolutions with the Coolpix S80, including: 3MP, 5MP, 8MP and 14MP and the 16:9 ratio is available for the 8MP resolution. But unfortunately, you will find no more resolution when you select the 16:9 widescreen ratio, especially while the large OLED screen is great for shooting photos at wide screens.
The Nikon Coolpix S80 is a very thin model with the thickness of 0.7 inches only and this nice-looking camera is available in six color options for the body.
But, obviously, the very large OLED touch screen measured 3.5 inches is the most high-lighted feature of this camera. You’ll be very satisfied with the sharpness and brightness of this screen and it is not difficult to use this screen at all. There is no glare on the OLED screen that you may see in photos shot outdoors. The screen display takes over the whole back panel of the S80, so there is no space for any dials or buttons.
One disappointment with the Nikon S80 regarding the design is a variety of “oops” images that I accidentally shot while testing the model. You use a large sliding panel (which uncovers the lens as well) to start up the Coolpix S80. However, when moving the slider panel, you may easily have the shuttering button pressed unintendedly. It is pretty common to capturing an inadvertent image when making the touching commands for shooting photos. In addition, due to the position of the small lens on the upper right corner of the Coolpix S80 (you see it from the front), you might block the lens easily with your left fingers. All of the above aspects cause some “oops” images with this camera
Finally, there is not any button for controlling the menus on the screen, which takes you a certain amount of time to get used to this at the beginning. If there were the buttons, working with the menus or selecting a scene mode would be more convenient at times.
The large size together with the brightness of the touch screen is so nice that it makes up for some of the above mentioned problems. This option is viable for beginning photographers