A&P Whats the deal with the nikon p80?

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  1. pmoney

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    So my mom managed to drop our old coolpix 4800 and its pretty messed up and we need to get a new camera.

    Personally if I was getting a new camera, Id probably get some sort of little canon sd or something so I could toss it in my pocket. That said, it seems to me the picture quality and lens on those pocket cameras is garbage compared to the old 4800 we had, which was more of a mid size? camera that you could actually hold steady instead of a little thing the size of a box of cards.

    My parents have about $200 in BB gift cards/store credit to use. We went and looked and liked the Nikon p80. the 18x optical zoom was ridiculous and I was impressed byt the ability of the focus to actually work reasonably well at the full distance. The worst part was the size (of the lens) which is unaviodable for something like that and the lens cap that comes off and dangles, but all the cameras in that advanced point and shoot seem like that.


    We seemed to find 4 options of cameras at BB, we did not get to handle the Sony. I guess there are some fuji cameras in that range but didn't see anything really besides 3 of the 4 below.
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=pcat17080&type=page&qp=crootcategoryid%23%23-1%23%23-1~~q70726f63657373696e6774696d653a3e313930302d30312d3031~~cabcat0400000%23%230%23%23dh~~cabcat0401000%23%230%23%233e~~cabcat0401001%23%230%23%232u~~f26||392b204d656761706978656c73~~f332||313078206f72206d6f7265~~nf520||24323530202d20243439392e3939&list=y&nrp=15&sc=abCameraCamcorderSP&ks=960&usc=abcat0400000&sp=-bestsellingsort+skuid&list=y&iht=n&st=processingtime%3A%3E1900-01-01



    I liked that panasonic in that it was nice and small, but at the full 10x optical zoom the focus was shitty and I wasn't impressed at all by the picture quality. no viewfinder either.

    The canon was heavy (because of the 4aa - which i cant decide is a good thing or bad - we've always just managed with 2 batteries on the old coolpix) and the screen seemed meh.




    Is the p80 a good camera? opinions? It will mainly be a point and shoot.


     
  2. Girth

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    looks like a tiny D80.
     
  3. xconverge

    xconverge OT Supporter

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    It has .1 more Megapixel than the canon. This is what most of OTAP will tell you.
     
  4. pmoney

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    i thought these folks on here were supposed to know all about cameras and shit? or is anything but a dslr too low for them :hsugh:

    to tell you the truth i felt the old 4800 with 4 megapixels was quite adequate for our purposes.
     
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    i said i before and il say it now the Fuji f30 and f31FaceDetection have earned a highly desired status as THE low light point and shoot cameras. The F30 is more reknowned in this area, but the F31 is right in there with it. I believe Fuji spent more time on developing other characteristics of their sensor technology, while others were cramming on pixels.
     
  6. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    i'm with bloke on the low light (high iso) performance of the fuji fxx series cameras. my point and shoot is a fuji f10, about 3 years old now, and i can get usable 4x6's out of it at iso 800.
     
  7. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    F30 ftw i had one, bought it for 175 sold that fucker for 375. And it was 3 years old. Wish i never sold it though :( It was a fantastic cam, if it had a Hotshoe it would be the ultimate camera.
     
  8. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    :werd: if fuji made a version with a hot shoe and shot raw, i think it could challenge the canon g series. :x: here's to hoping someone at fuji is listening
     
  9. Pants

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    Fuji lost their way after the F31fd when they folded to "teh more megapixals" pressure. That's why F30 and F31fds go for more than their original MSRP on eBay and whatnot. I wish I had picked one up instead of the Panasonic TZ1 that I bought for my wife a couple of years ago, but I was seduced by the zoom and the optical image stabilization. Unfortunately even 4x6s look bad at ISO 100 or higher with the Tizzy.

    To pmoney - www.imaging-resource.com wasn't too impressed with the P80. When I compared sample images from the P80 vs. the SX10, the Canon seemed to do a little better. Neither were great in my opinion.

    If it were me, I'd go for the Canon A590IS and save my money. But if you really want the zoom range, the Panasonic TZ5 would get my vote.
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    Nikon P&S have always had horrible and i mean horrible shutter lag.
     

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