Nikon S80

Nikon Coolpix S80 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-175mm (F3.6-4.8) lens
  • 133g - 99 x 63 x 17mm
  • Announced September 2010
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon S80 summary

Nikon S80 is Nikon's Ultracompact camera first introduced on September of 2010. The camera houses a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The S80 is placed #33 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & over-all #858 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should use our Smart camera filter to get camera listings based on your personal factors.

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The following is a diagram of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Nikon S80 family

The Nikon S80 has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can find all earlier and new models alongside main specifications.

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Nikon S80 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of positives and negatives of the Nikon S80 based on things which are generally considered useful in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (80)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
flash built-in
good zoom range (35-175mm 5.0 x zoom)
has HDMI socket
has touch to focus
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
OLED technology
provides face detect focusing
provides tracking focus
screen larger than average (3.5 inches)
touchscreen capability
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have phase detect AF
does not have RAW files
focusing manually not possible
low battery pack (150 per charge)
no aperture priority mode
no headphone socket
no manual control
no mic socket
no moving screen
no shutter priority mode
no Time Lapse recording
screen has low resolution (819 k dots)
slow at tele end (f4.8)
slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
very slow continuous shooting (1.3 frames/s)
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
wide angle not good (35mm)
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Nikon S80 Sensor specifications

The Nikon S80 houses the Expeed C2 processor chip. The size of the sensor in the Nikon S80 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4320 x 3240 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 80 - 1600. This ISO can be extended digitally to a high of 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not saved therefore you have less margin for error.

The picture underneath illustrates the S80's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The S80 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon S80 dimensions

Nikon S80 weighs around 0.29 lb (133 grams or 4.69 oz) & has external dimensions of 99mm x 63mm x 17mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.7"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121 grams so the Nikon S80 is very much the same in comparison with its rivals.

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Down below is a shot of the Nikon S80 with a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its scale.

Nikon Coolpix S80 dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button design on the S80.

Nikon Coolpix S80 topview buttons dials

Nikon S80 Lens specifications

The S80 houses a built in lens featuring a focal range of 35-175mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be ideal however it will surely be very helpful in a few cases.

At the widest 35mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.6 making it very slow and not ideal for low light conditions and you will likely struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You could also need to up the ISO resulting in noisy files. With the tele end, 175mm comes to f4.8 making it quite sluggish and you might need to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon S80 Connectivity

The S80 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can transfer pictures and at times alter settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Several applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Nikon S80 Video specifications

The max video quality in the Nikon S80 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in H.264 format. 720p is low for today's requirements. You really should strive for at least 1080p quality for video recording. The camera does not have a microphone and headphone port which means that you have got little control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to purchase an alternative model should you need decent audio for your video clips.

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Nikon S80 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing on the Nikon S80 so you need to be careful in wet or dusty conditions.

Nikon S80 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon S80 is equipped with a 3.5" fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 819k dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means you can change focus points as well as adjust settings by using your fingertips.

Nikon Coolpix S80 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The ViewFinder specifications for Nikon S80 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders can be rather useful.

Nikon S80 Shutter specifications

Nikon S80 continuous shooting rate is 1.3 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

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Nikon S80 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Nikon S80 features only integrated flash with no external flash support.

Nikon S80 Autofocus specifications

Nikon S80 features just Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera supports Face detect which can be helpful for people photography.

Nikon S80 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers in order to adjust focus. It also includes Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Nikon S80 has no manual focus. Manual focus is useful during low light scenarios or you need to have more precise control on focus.

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Nikon S80 Battery life

The battery pack (EN-EL10) on the Nikon S80 is fashioned to last for 150 clicks based on the CIPA standards which is lower when compared to it's competition. The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 features the maximum (320) battery life within this group of cameras.

Here is a listing of Ultracompact cameras that have the highest battery life:

Nikon S80 for specific kinds of photography

The following chart gives a rundown of the Nikon S80 for specific kinds of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Nikon S80 Portrait photography factors

The Nikon S80 receives a points total of 33 which is horrible, meaning that it is just not suitable for portraits. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW photos in addition to the potential to work with off-camera flash.

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megapixel count good (14MP)
comes with face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

Nikon S80 Street photography advice

Getting a very good score of 63, the Nikon S80 is a fine choice to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch focus
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

Sports photography with Nikon S80

A horrible sports photography score of 40 indicates the Nikon S80 is just not suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (1.3 frames per second)
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (150 CIPA)
no phase detect auto focus

Nikon S80 Travel photography features

Weight is really critical in selecting a travel camera. Overall, the Nikon S80 gets a decent 60 for a travelling camera which makes it fairly appropriate to take with you on your holidays.

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has touch focus
decent MP (14MP)
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse function
terrible battery pack (150 per charge)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.6)

Landscape photography with Nikon S80

In case you're looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most essential factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon S80 at it's horrible score of 36 as a landscape camera is just not suitable compared to its competitors.

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screen larger than average (3.5 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.6)
no manual mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
bad battery life (150 shots)
lack of Timelapse recording

Nikon S80 Vlogging info

A vlogging camera ought to posses a articulating display, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Considering everything, the Nikon S80 is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a horrible score of 30.

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built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.6)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external mic support

Nikon S80 Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the S80, below is a list of the top scored cameras which fall within the family of Ultracompact.

The line graph followed below shows you a summary of the S80 vs it's highest scoring competitors shown above.

Following are additional cameras you might see as alternatives. To read through a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon Coolpix S80
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Expeed C2
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Peak resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW support
Highest native ISO
Highest enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
35-175mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3.5 inches
Resolution of display
819k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display technology
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
30 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
1.3 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
133 gr (0.29 lb)
99 x 63 x 17mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.7")
Battery life
150 shots
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery model
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Retail price