Excerpt: Quote from the review: “The Nikon Coolpix S80 is a new 14 megapixel camera featuring a very interesting OLED touchscreen . The S80's large 3.5 inch monitor offers a touch-sensitive interface, featuring a Touch Shutter function that allows you to focus on and photograph a subject by simply touching it on the camera’s display .
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix S80 is what you should get if you are looking for an easy to use camera. This 14 megapixel compact camera does not just offer portability, it also offers good quality photos and videos.
Summary: If you like large and sharp touch screen displays on your camera, my Nikon Coolpix S80 review showcases a camera that will fully meet that requirement. The S80's OLED (organic light emitting diode) display is one of the best you'll find.
Unfortunately, some of the S80's photographic features and camera controls aren't as impressive as the OLED. For example, the camera's zoom only works through the touch screen, which isn't efficient.
Pros: Large OLED touch screen is very sharp and very bright, Sharp looking and thin camera, with several color combinations available, Focus is sharp and accurate on close-up photos, Menu structure makes sense and is easy to use, HDMI slot included for uploading 720p HD video
Cons: It's easy to shoot inadvertent photos because of shutter button placement, No zoom dial; all control of zoom lens occurs through touch screen, Only 16:9 ratio resolution is 8MP, Lens is easy to block with your finger, Price seems a little high
Summary: The Nikon COOLPIX S80 is a 14 megapixel slim compact with a 5x stabilised optical zoom lens and a 3.5 inch OLED touch-screen.
Lauched in Sepetember 2010 it replaces the COOLPIX S70, adding 2 megapixels to the sensor resolution and substituting a 5x zoom with a 35mm equivalent wide angle in a slimmer redesigned body with no physical controls other than the shutter release and horizontally sliding front cover.
Pros: Big, bright, contrasty OLED screen., Compact, stylish and functional design., No physical controls., Simple on-screen controls.
Conclusion: I like the idea of the Nikon Coolpix S80. It is an extremely slim and stylish digital camera. The fact that the LCD screen can control every single function also sets this camera apart from the majority of touch controlled compact digital cameras. Overall picture quality is very mid division though. The problems of the dark corners and the unresponsive LCD screen means that there are other touch controlled digital cameras I would suggest buying ahead of this one.
Pros: Ease of Use - Clarity of LCD screen - Small size - Very stylish looks
Cons: Dark corners to photos - LCD screen unresponsive
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix S80 is a very well built ultra-compact camera. The elegantly simple front plate features a sliding lens cover, with the camera powered up by sliding the lens cover sideways, a move that exposes the lens, flash and AF assist lamp, and readies the camera for action in less than two seconds. There is no dedicated on/off button - a sensible design solution, as it would be redundant anyway.