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Old May 4, 2008, 11:46 PM   #1
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I was at the Henry's Photographic Show in Toronto Ontario Canada this weekend and guess what Nikon showed up with!

The P80 is a real Nikon Superzoom entry and I had a 100% hands-on look.
The Nikon reps (3 of them) said they didn't even have a brochure on them yet!
And, that literally, it arrived the day before the show, none are for sale, demos only.
Also said that, the P80's should hit the market next month.
(You know I'm still not sure if that meant I can buy them next month or not)

Anywho the fact that it powers up in 1 second (or less) compared to Fuji's S8_00fd series (which takes 4 seconds or more +), makes the P80 a real-world contender.

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MORE SIDE by SIDE comparisions
My (7 month old) Fujifilm FinepPix F8000fd versus the Nikon CoolPix P80.

NOTE: It is (without a doubt) visibly physically smaller than the S8000
BUT...: the Menu Button seems marginally bigger, and the Menu Ring is much-much bigger on the P80, (Finally!) and that is a real good thing!

Power up to shoot: P80=1sec, S8000=4+sec
Comes with Lens Adapter: P80=NO, S8000=NO
Comes with Remote: P80=NO, S8000=NO
Memory Cards: P80=SD, S8000=SD/xD
Image Formats: P80=Jpeg, S8000=Jpeg
ISO: Same (64 to 64000)
Lens mm: Same (4.7 - 84.2mm)
Lens F: ~Same P80=1:2.8-4.6, S8000=1:2.8-4.5
Zoom x1 to x18: Same amount of time (must push P80 toggle a fraction harder/further on DEMO & it gives a fealing of lag)
Batteries: P80=Lithium, S8000=AA
Batteries: P80=comes with recharger

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Yes I know that the P80 was announced in April:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/pr/ni...08_p80_pr.html
http://www.nikon.com/about/news/2008/0410_01.htm
But I just never got me ol' hands onna Demo model before...:G:blah::lol::-):G !?...!

Anyways, here's the scoop on the P80:
- Comes with 1 rechargable battery & recharger
- Doesn't come with any Remote (no one know if it will even be offered as an accessory for a Super Zoom 18x!!!!!)
- Not sure if AC adapter comes with, and the consensus was that it does not.
- No one know what the 2 new menu options do:
+ (Noise Reduction, and Distortion Control)
The demo had them but even the reps didn't know what these did exactly...

- Out next month, and Canadians should expect to cross the border to buy one because I was told repeatedly that it will be $480 Canadian Doll-hairs...

http://imaging.nikon.com/products/im...a/coolpix/p80/

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The thing that would really kill the P80 (and really boost the Olympus equiv. sales) is no Lens Adapter and no Remote on just such a freakin' Super Zoom!!!
(And I'm really tired of seeing dust on my Fujifilm lens as I take say, a meager 8x zoom picture...)
Basically if Nikon offers them both as accesories then I can tell you now, who willl get my cash when I buy my next camera....
All I can tell you now is that it isn't planned to come with them (unlike other companies).

And should Nikon drop the ball on this one, I'll never consider Nikon (just as I personally boycott Sony)...
But to be fair Nikon has not gotten any indication that they will provide either Lens Adapter, nor a Remote on their website.
But wouldn't that be like selling a RollsRoyce with a lawnmower engine in it, and I doubt that Nikon marketing could be that 110% incompetent.

I wasn't able to take any pictures and bring them home but otherswise the Demo Models seemed impressive...

Well it's late, you heard all my thoughts on the P80 here at Steves Digicams first!
Hope you enjoy the 2 candid (front and back) pictures.


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Here's that second picture of the back.

I nearly forgot to mention that the second dial at the back (above the menu buttons).
It often acts like the up and down Menu Ring and it saved tons of time and makes it much more flexible system than then Fujifilm (at first glance).
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So I emailed Nikon and asked if a remote or lens adapter would be in the works.
Here's Nikon's response:
The Coolpix P80 doesn't have any lens attachment or remote cord at all. Here is the specification of Coolpix P80:

Coolpix P80 Specification:

http://www.nikon.ca/en/Product.aspx?...amp;disp=Specs
So for those of us wanting a remote on a DSLR-Like Superzoom, it appears that the P80 is DOA (Dead on Arrival).

Sadly it still looks like only Olympus understands that at 18x optical zoom even with a tripod, sometimes you need a remote trigger.



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There is always the self timer. I use the two second delay with my tripod all the time for landscapes and macro photography. I realize it wouldn't be very useful for action photography, but it works wonderfully for a lot of my work.
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It's in the stores in the US. I played with one at my local Best Buy. It's small and light, very quick to start up, the lens operation seemed smooth, the LCD and EVF were very good and the overall feel of the camera was excellent. I think it will sell well if 1. the picture quality is very good, 2. it focuses reliably in low light (which Nikon P&S's generally have trouble with, and 3. the price is lowered.

At the list price of the Nikon P80, you could buy a Fuji S1000fd and an S700fd.

At this point, I'm more interested in the Fuji S1000fd and am looking forward to its arrival at my local Best Buy.
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Hi AndyfromVA, are you serious it's in the stores!!!
The reps said it would not be available (in Canada) until next month and for $480.
Did you happen to notice how much it's going for currently in the USA???

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Hi AndyfromVA, are you serious it's in the stores!!!
The reps said it would not be available (in Canada) until next month and for $480.
Did you happen to notice how much it's going for currently in the USA???
It's not at my local Best Buy as of yesterday and the Best Buy website doesn't show it. The Amazon.com site has it available for purchase at a price of $235.31. However, I need to handle a camera before I buy it so I'm waiting until it actually arrives at one of the stores in my neighborhood.
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Oh I see, the Fujifilm S1000fd is going for $235.05
http://www.amazon.com/Fujifilm-Finep...dp/B0011ZK6ZM/

And the Nikon P80 is selling for $395.32
http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Coolpix-...dp/B00176BDD4/
The P80 is $100 dollars cheaper in the US...


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Sorry, man. I thought you were talking about the Fuji S1000fd. Now I know you were actually talking about the Nikon P80.

By the way, I read my first professional review of the P80 - not so hot.
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Nikon-Coolpix-P80

I'm far more excited about the Fuji S1000fd.
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I read the review and it pretty much sounds like the S8100fd.
Since the EVF on my S8000fd doesn't c#@p-out when I zoom, and because Nikon is selling it without a Remote or Lens Adapter, to me the P80 is now officially DOA.

Well, I hope you all enjoyed the 2 candid pics I took of it at our lil' Canadian photographic show.


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