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Nikon Coolpix P80 | Digital Camera Review | Camera
The Nikon Coolpix P80 is a nicely compact camera. If you remove the robust lens in your mind, you will only see a very flat housing with a sturdy but still compact handgrip. The lens is huge in comparison to the rest of the camera. It's true that a large zoom range requires some room. Yet the camera is still smaller than the Olympus SP570 UZ that was also recently tested by us. The fact that the Nikon P80 camera is mainly made of plastic doesn't surprise me a bit. It does not make the camera less solid whilst its weight is less.
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Design of the Nikon Coolpix P80
Whether you like the Nikon P80 Megazoom camera's appearance is a matter of taste. I find the camera looks reasonable, although not very special. It is obviously a Nikon brand camera with its typical layout. The Nikon Coolpix P80 does not overwhelm thanks to its few buttons, and on the whole it looks well-organized.

Nikon P80 equipped with 2.7" display
The monitor on the back is quite large with a diameter of 2.7 inch compared to the size of the camera. The quality is excellent. If you prefer not to use the LCD monitor in bright sunlight, you can use the electronic viewfinder instead. This viewfinder still offers a great view. Switching between the two views is possible through the button that is placed to the left of the ocular.




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Nikon P80 with built-in flash
On top of the camera, we find the familiar mode dial for various exposure programs. This dial is needed to adjust several settings on the camera. A built-in flash is available that folds up really high. Unfortunately, there is no hot shoe to connect a separate flash and the built-in flash does not support the wireless i-TTL flash system of Nikon. If Nikon had made this possible they would have given the P80 more 'pro' status, in my opinion. The fact that there might not be sufficient room to place an external hot shoe is something I won't argue about.

Nikon Coolpix P80 handgrip
The Nikon Coolpix P80 has an excellent hand-fit, thanks to its firm handgrip. Personally, I thought the handgrip a tad too thin which I felt made the grip less pleasant. However, this is my personal experience and it will depend strongly on the size of the hand and fingers that hold the camera. Placing the left hand underneath the extending lens will offer more stability.

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