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Lee Yuan Sheng
10-25-2010, 07:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/nikon_coolpix_s80_review/' target='_blank'>http://www.photographyblog.com/revi...pix_s80_review/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"The Nikon Coolpix S80 is a new 14 megapixel touchscreen compact camera. Featuring a large 3.5 inch OLED screen with 819k-dots and a 720p HD movie mode with stereo sound and an HDMI port, the Nikon S80 allows you to focus and take a picture or video simply by touching the relevant area on the screen."</em></p><p><em><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1288024921.usr15670.jpg" /></em></p><p>Nikon's never been one to take the compact market that seriously, having subcontracted manufacture (if not design) to other companies, and the S80 feels like such a product, with some odd design decisions, like the 5x optical zoom lens that starts at a 35mm equivalent rather than 28mm equivalent, which is what its predecessor had. The OLED screen might be a good selling point, but ultimately image quality is a bit on a so-so side. If a consumer electronics company like Panasonic can do good compacts, there is no reason for Nikon not to. I suspect its mostly a strategic decision on their part not to divert too many resources to the compact division.</p>