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Nikon Coolpix P80 | Digital Camera Review | Control
In order to shoot with the Nikon P80 you don’t need to go through extensive studying of manuals and/or camera. Most functions are easily found and are very logical. And if you can't get the meaning of a certain menu function, you can call up the built-in manual to find out. That is, if you know how to call up the help function. It is found in the zoom button around the shutter release and it is not too enhanced, just enough to get you going. Therefore it's a convenient function.
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Focussing on the Nikon P80 camera
After activating the camera it takes a few seconds before it is ready to take the first shot. The lens has to extend which takes one or two seconds; not so bad seeing as it will give you a considerable zoom range. If you press the shutter release half-way down, focussing is carried out quite fast. Naturally, not as fast as with a DSLR and there are even compact cameras that do it faster, but the Nikon Coolpix P80 still belongs to the better ones in this respect. If you want to take a portrait, you can activate face detection. It is not the fastest function but workable. One of the plus points is that you don’t have to struggle with the focus point yourself.

Information on the LCD screen and viewfinder
The information reproduced on the LCD is very complete. If however the symbols and things annoy you, you can adjust it in order to get a clear view. The electronic viewfinder offers the same information; however, since this is a lot smaller, it will soon bother your view. That is how it is, and it is certainly not unique to this Nikon. Zooming in and out is carried out in a number of steps and turns out rather inaccurate. Precise framing is out of the question and Nikon have certainly dropped a stitch here.

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Memory in the Nikon Coolpix P80
Once you have taken a picture it is written to the memory swiftly. If you delete a picture, an alert will appear on the LCD telling you: 'ready'. This costs time and after a while it really started to get on my nerves. Especially if you want to go through the pictures quickly and delete a number of them to create more space in the memory. For someone who quickly knows how to work with the camera and is able to work with it fast, there should be a possibility to deactivate these superfluous functionalities.
Nikon Coolpix P80 multi-selector
The multi-selector allows you to adjust the flash exposure, exposure correction, auto focus and the self-timer. The remaining functions require the menu. One thing that applies to most compact cameras and also to the Nikon P80 is the fact that you constantly have to activate the self-timer after every picture you take, which is a real pity. The setting is not stored and kept. Furthermore, I miss a separate button on the Nikon Coolpix P80 to adjust the white balance, sensitivity and light metering. The camera is supposed to be one of the top models of Nikon's compact cameras and should carry this quick access button, as far as I’m concerned.

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Concept of the Nikon Coolpix P80
If you want to change a setting you have to dive into the menu. It is available in many languages and is well-structured. The only thing that is rather maddening is the fact you have to turn the dial mode on top of the camera to Setup for changing certain settings, which means you have to take it off the exposure program you chose. I find this unacceptable. The more so since we are talking about functions you often want to turn on or off quickly, like image stabilization. And also formatting the memory card is found under Setup. It seems that one has not thought this through well enough, or the concept was viewed from the wrong angle. The Pxx stands for the Pro series compact cameras and it's exactly these photographers that need speed, straightforward actions and logical structures.
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