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Photo samples: Nikon Coolpix P80

Photo samples plus a discussion of the photo quality of the Nikon Coolpix P80.

CNET Reviews staff
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1 of 6 Lori Grunin
This distortion looks about what we'd expect given the P80's lens' 27mm widest angle.
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2 of 6 Lori Grunin
The P80 renders attractive, saturated colors colors, with accurate greens and blues.
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3 of 6 CNET Labs
The P80's noise profile is a bit disappointing. Detail loss begins at ISO 200, and there's a distinct worsening between ISO 200 and ISO 400. (Nikon aggressively blurs the blue and red channels beginning at ISO 400.) By ISO 800, the photos are relatively unusable.
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4 of 6 Lori Grunin
On the whole, the P80 doesn't display much fringing. It occasionally appears on severely blown-out, high-contrast edges, like this one, but most cameras will exhibit the same problem. (Shot at the maximum 486mm-equivalent focal length, 1/500, f4.5)
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5 of 6 Lori Grunin
With the P80's VR (Vibration Reduction) optical image stabilization, this 486mm-equivalent shot came out pretty sharp at 1/60 sec.
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6 of 6 Lori Grunin
Although the P80 renders accurate greens and blues, reds tend to shift to magenta and oranges desaturate. (The arrows indicate correct colors; the bottom inset is from another camera.)

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