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Nikon Coolpix P80 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
The Nikon Coolpix P80 is a compact camera and thus almost inevitably SD format memory cards are used. As every current compact, the Nikon P80 is able to handle SDHC memory cards too. These cards are available with a minimum storage capacity of 4GB up to and including 32GB. In addition, the camera features 50MB of internal memory. This could come in handy as an emergency storage, however no more than that.
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2GB SD of SDHC memory card
There are quite a few pixels on the small sensor of the Nikon Coolpix P80. This is noticeable in the file size, among other things. All files are stored in JPEG which makes a difference to the size. In the highest quality it is still approximately 5MB. If you are a large-scale photographer, you have to purchase some more memory. I would recommend purchasing at least a 2GB card. And in this case it makes a difference if you put a cheaper slower card or a faster one in the Coolpix P80. The table below shows how many pictures fit on a 2GB card.

Considering 2GB of storage capacity:
JPEG - 3648x2736 pixels - Fine - 200 pictures
JPEG - 3648x2736 pixels - Normal - 400 pictures
JPEG - 3648x2736 pixels - Standard - 600 pictures

JPEG - 3648x2432 pixels - 3:2 - Fine - 110 pictures
JPEG - 3648x2432 pixels - 3:2 - Normal - 440 pictures
JPEG - 3648x2432 pixels - 3:2 - Standard - 880 pictures

JPEG - 3584x2016 pixels - 16:9 - Fine - 280 pictures
JPEG - 3584x2016 pixels - 16:9 - Normal - 540 pictures
JPEG - 3584x2016 pixels - 16:9 - Standard - 1080 pictures

JPEG - 3264x2448 pixels - Fine - 240 pictures
JPEG - 3264x2448 pixels - Normal - 500 pictures
JPEG - 3264x2448 pixels - Standard - 980 pictures

JPEG - 2736x2736 pixels - 1:1 - Fine - 260 pictures
JPEG - 2736x2736 pixels - 1:1 - Normal - 520 pictures
JPEG - 2736x2736 pixels - 1:1 - Standard - 1040 pictures

JPEG - 2592x1944 pixels - Fine - 400 pictures
JPEG - 2592x1944 pixels - Normal - 780 pictures
JPEG - 2592x1944 pixels - Standard - 1520 pictures

JPEG - 2048x1536 pixels - Fine - 620 pictures
JPEG - 2048x1536 pixels - Normal - 1220 pictures
JPEG - 2048x1536 pixels - Standard - 2320 pictures

JPEG - 1600x1200 pixels - Fine - 1020 pictures
JPEG - 1600x1200 pixels - Normal - 1960 pictures
JPEG - 1600x1200 pixels - Standard - 3480 pictures

JPEG - 1280x960 pixels - Fine - 1560 pictures
JPEG - 1280x960 pixels - Normal - 2860 pictures
JPEG - 1280x960 pixels - Standard - 5240 pictures

JPEG - 1024x768 pixels - Fine - 2320 pictures
JPEG - 1024x768 pixels - Normal - 4180 pictures
JPEG - 1024x768 pixels - Standard - 6980 pictures

JPEG - 640x480 pixels - Fine - 5240 pictures
JPEG - 640x480 pixels - Normal - 7860 pictures
JPEG - 640x480 pixels - Standard - 12580 pictures

Buffer & Shooting speed of the Nikon P80
The buffer takes standard 9 pictures. That is quite a bit and you will not meet the limits. This is only emphasized by the fact that the camera takes only 1.1 frame per second at full resolution. This can be faster, even up to 13 frames per second but then at a lower resolution and only at a higher sensitivity which would not be my first choice because of the image quality. All of this doesn't make the Nikon Coolpix P80 an ideal camera to use for action photography. And if you want the highest quality you have to settle for 1.1 fps.
SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD memory card
The Secure Digital memory card is slowly surpassed by the SDHC card. It is the same format in fact, but technically upgraded which made it possible to break through the 2GB limit. 4GB is the least of storage capacity which for me is the reason to use the SDHC memory card more often as standard storage medium. If you don't need a capacity this big, you can use the SD card. A handy one is the SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD memory card with the size of an SD card. However, it has a unique feature: removing the card from the camera and bending it into two, a USB interface is freed. This way you can insert the card directly into a free USB port and get access to the stored pictures and videos.

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Nikon Coolpix P80 works on Lithium Ion battery
A Lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1100mAh provides the energy. A battery charger is included and the battery can be charged outside the camera. It takes approximately two hours to fully charge the battery. According to CIPA standard, some 250 pictures can be made with a fully charged battery. However, circumstances in practice are usually far from ideal and you have to count with 150-200 pictures that can be taken with a full load. If you expect to take more pictures and are unable to recharge the battery in between, you should purchase a second (costly) Li-Ion battery.

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