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Nikon Coolpix P80 - Nikon Coolpix P80
Other digital operations include a range of colour options ranging from natural to vivid and portrait, as well as a black and white mode with digital colour filters to simulate traditional optical filters such as red or yellow for example.
Aware of the limitations of the long lens, Nikon has added distortion correction to the line-up, which is designed to correct for any barrel and pincushion effect thrown up by the lens. Barrel distortion is usually especially visible at the wide end of the lens, and the distortion correction works efficiently. It can be turned off if so desired. The noise reduction however cannot be turned off; the only two settings are auto and on.
The built-in flash offers coverage over 8.8m in auto ISO mode, and includes flash compensation. There's also automatic red eye removal, which along with D-Lighting and face recognition, Nikon claims as ‘unique Nikon image innovations'.
The camera also offers a reduced resolution continuous shooting mode of 13fps, slowing down to 4fps at the largest setting for up to 30 shots, available in sports mode. A movie mode is also included as we'd expect.
Along with a decent 2.7 inch LCD, the camera also has an electronic viewfinder, both of which offer 230k resolution. Switching between them is a little awkward - the button is not too responsive and requires a good push. The EVF is reasonably good, though small, but images are clear and colourful. The information displayed on the screen is also very easy to read, with all relevant settings superimposed around the edges of the scene.
Start up time is relatively slow compared to some other cameras, while the zoom control can be a little too eager, I sometimes needed to pull in and out to hit the right focal length when composing. Other handling traits are pleasing though. I particularly like the rear command dial, which allows simple single step changing of aperture and shutter in their respective AE modes. In manual mode the EV compensation button needs to be pressed to switch between shutter and aperture.
Shooting on a bright day I occasionally experienced some lens flare, so a decent lens hood would have been a welcome accessory. The camera has a solid lens cap which needs to be removed before turning the camera on, as the lens extends slightly from the body at start up.
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