Nikon P80

Nikon Coolpix P80 front
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 27-486mm (F2.8-4.0) lens
  • 405g - 110 x 79 x 78mm
  • Announced January 2009
  • Updated by Nikon P90
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon P80 overview

Nikon P80 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first announced on January of 2009. The camera has a 10MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.

Nikon brought out the more recent Nikon P90 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to upgrade this model.

The P80 is placed #231 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all around #1028 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can check our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your custom criteria.

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The following is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon P80 history

The Nikon P80 has a history of related cameras. Down below, you can identify all previous and more recent models alongside important specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-P950 front thumbnailNikon P950
P80 vs P950
Nikon-Coolpix-P1000 front thumbnailNikon P1000
P80 vs P1000
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Nikon-Coolpix-P900 front thumbnailNikon P900
P80 vs P900
Nikon-Coolpix-P610 front thumbnailNikon P610
P80 vs P610
Nikon-Coolpix-P530 front thumbnailNikon P530
P80 vs P530
Nikon-Coolpix-P600 front thumbnailNikon P600
P80 vs P600
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Nikon-Coolpix-P520 front thumbnailNikon P520
P80 vs P520
Nikon-Coolpix-P510 front thumbnailNikon P510
P80 vs P510
Nikon-Coolpix-P500 front thumbnailNikon P500
P80 vs P500
Nikon-Coolpix-P100 front thumbnailNikon P100
P80 vs P100
Nikon-Coolpix-P90 front thumbnailNikon P90
P80 vs P90
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Nikon-Coolpix-P80 front thumbnailNikon P8027-486mm

Nikon P80 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Nikon P80 based on factors that are typically seen as important in a digital camera.

built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
excellent zoom range (27-486mm 18.0 x zoom)
fast aperture at full zoom (f4.0)
long reach (486mm)
reasonably wide (27mm)
very good min ISO (64)
you can focus manually
can't use external flash
does not have phase detect AF
does not have RAW support
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low quality video (640 x 480 pixels)
megapixel count low (10MP)
no HDMI port
no headphone port
no mic port
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
screen is fixed
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
tiny screen (2.7")
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Nikon P80 Sensor specs

The sensor measurement in the Nikon P80 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 10MP and has a standard ISO range of 64 - 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not saved therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture below illustrates the P80's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The P80 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is pointed out in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon P80 dimensions

Nikon P80 weighs in at 0.89 lbs (405g or 14.29 ounces) & the dimensions of the camera is 110mm x 79mm x 78mm (4.3" x 3.1" x 3.1"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the Nikon P80 is very similar as compared to other competitors.

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The following is a visual of the Nikon P80 beside a soda to help you to get a sense of its size.

Nikon Coolpix P80 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will highlight the button layout on the P80.

Nikon Coolpix P80 topview buttons dials

Nikon P80 Lens details

The P80 has an inbuilt lens offering a focal range of 27-486mm giving it a 18.0 x zoom which is significant and can make it easier to zoom right in.

At it's widest 27mm, the lens has an aperture of f2.8 which will be quite sluggish and not good for low light events and you may struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to boost your ISO setting resulting in noisy shots. For the long end, 486mm is phenomenal zoom and comes to f4.0 which is quite good and lets you maintain higher shutter speeds.

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Nikon P80 Connectivity

The P80 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send files and oftentimes alter camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.

A few apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Nikon P80 Video details

The highest video quality in the Nikon P80 is 640 x 480 and you can record in file format. 480p is terrible for today's standards. You should target at least FUll HD quality for good video. The body doesn't include a microphone and headphone jack which means that you get absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to purchase a different camera in case you need good sound for your videos.

Photography Glossary

Nikon P80 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the Nikon P80 so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty conditions.

Nikon P80 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon P80 has a 2.7" fixed display screen having a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the display has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Nikon P80 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic

For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders are rather helpful.

Nikon P80 Shutter details

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Nikon P80 Flash and Hot shoe details

Nikon P80 has just inbuilt flash without external flash ability.

Nikon P80 Autofocus details

Nikon P80 has only Contrast Based Autofocus & doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and exact as compared to Contrast Based focusing.

Nikon P80 has manual focusing when needed during low light conditions or you need more exact control on focusing.

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Nikon P80 Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the highest (600) battery life within this type of cameras.

Following is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the best battery life:

Nikon P80 for specific kinds of photography

The following chart indicates a summation of the Nikon P80 for specific kinds of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Nikon P80

The Nikon P80 has a points tally of 27 which is horrible, meaning that it is simply not good for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the potential to use off-camera flash.

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manual focus
external flash not possible
MP count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Street photography with Nikon P80

With a decent score of 48, the Nikon P80 is somewhat adequate to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Sports photography with Nikon P80

A horrible sports photography score of 36 suggests the Nikon P80 is simply not good for taking photos of sports. A camera should have good focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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long zoom range (27-486mm 18.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF

Nikon P80 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is pretty crucial when picking a travel camera. On the whole, the Nikon P80 gets a modest 56 as a travelling camera which is relatively acceptable to take on your trips.

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built-in flash
rather wide (27mm)
very long reach (486mm)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Landscape photography with Nikon P80

When you are planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon P80 at it's horrible grade of 37 for a landscape camera is simply not good among its competition.

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you can focus manually
rather wide (27mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
MP count low (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Nikon P80 Vlogging features

A vlogging camera ought to posses a articulating display, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon P80 is simply not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a horrible score of 24.

Photography Glossary
relatively wide (27mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have external mic support

Nikon P80 Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the P80, below is a number of the highest rated cameras which fall within the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The diagram here provides you an overview of the P80 compared to it's highest ranking rivals suggested earlier.

Following are several cameras you might take into account as alternatives. To read a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon Coolpix P80
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
27-486mm (18.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Resolution of screen
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
8 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash modes
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow, Off
External flash
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480, 15/30 fps, 320 x 240, 15 fps, 160 x 120, 15 fps
Max video resolution
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
405g (0.89 lb)
110 x 79 x 78mm (4.3" x 3.1" x 3.1")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (3 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots
Launch pricing