Nikon has added its first superzoom compact to its Coolpix range, the P80. The model sits in Nikon's Performance range of cameras and offers and 18x optical zoom.

Nikon has added its first superzoom compact to its Coolpix range, the P80.

The compact sees a 10.1MP paired with a 27-486mm lens, while a 2.7in LCD screen sits at the rear. Nikon?s sensor-based Vibration Reduction accompanies an ISO range stretching to ISO 6400, while the Expeed processing concept seen in previous models also features.

Manual control is offered, and is joined by 15 scene modes. An ‘Optimise Image’ function, meanwhile, allows a choice of four black and white filters to be applied to photographs post-capture, while saving the original colour image.

The model will be available later this month and will be priced at £299.99. For more information see the press release below or visit www.nikon.co.uk

– – PRESS RELEASE – –

Nikon UK is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX P80, a new high-performance compact camera model designed for photography enthusiasts.

Built on a custom application of Nikon’s innovative EXPEED digital image processing concept and incorporating the precision optics of a NIKKOR lens, the COOLPIX P80 offers advanced features for advanced performance.

The new model offers outstanding imaging quality with 10.1 effective megapixels of sharp resolution and a new digital image processing engine that faithfully reproduces fine details and subtle tones. The COOLPIX P80 also delivers a quick response, as well as maintaining image quality and clarity when taking advantage of extended light sensitivity settings as high as ISO 6400*2. In addition, this model also benefits from the clarity, precision and broad range of an 18x Zoom-NIKKOR lens that covers focal lengths from 27-486mm (35mm format equivalent). Sensor shift VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilisation adds extra reassurance for sharper, clearer images.

The COOLPIX P80 is a versatile photographic tool that is able to handle a wide variety of shooting styles. Features include a well-proportioned and highly functional body design with a rubberised grip and a thumb rest for added stability. The black leather-tone finish pays tribute to the COOLPIX P80?s roots as a quality Nikon camera.

Intuitively placed controls are designed to simplify and streamline camera operation. Dedicated Command and Mode dials can be operated using one hand, providing easy access to shooting controls and exposure mode settings (including four advanced exposure modes) that offer photographers of any skill greater shooting control. And with new Sport Continuous Mode, users can shoot as many as 30 consecutive pictures at 13 fps*3.

A new electronic viewfinder enables accurate composition while providing important information under all lighting conditions.

*1 Among competing models equipped with 18x zoom as of April 10, 2008 (according to research conducted by NIKON CORPORATION).

*2 ISO 3200 and 6400 are available only for image sizes of 3M (2048 x 1536) or smaller.

*3 Feature available only for image sizes of 3M (2048 x 1536) or smaller.

Note: Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.

Nikon COOLPIX P80 Feature Highlights

Exposure modes that offer greater shooting control

Four exposure modes accessed via the Mode dial provide greater control over camera operation. Programmed Auto [P] mode automatically selects shutter speed and aperture for optimal exposure. Shutter-priority Auto [S] lets the user select shutter speed while the camera sets the optimal aperture. Aperture-priority Auto [A] offers 10-step manual control over the aperture setting to let the user decide depth of field. And Manual [M] exposure mode provides full control over both the shutter speed and aperture settings.

VR image stabilisation for sharper results

Compensating for the effects of camera shake to realise sharper results image sensor shift VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilisation allows users to capture special moments without worrying about slight hand movements. This is particularly helpful when taking advantage of the 18x zoom lens’ super-telephoto focal lengths, or when shooting in lower lighting conditions.

ISO 6400 capability provides extended shooting range

Light sensitivity range up to ISO 6400* with manual control, along with auto control (ISO 64-800) and High ISO (ISO 64-1600) settings, creates new opportunities to take sharper, more natural-looking photos in lower light conditions, or to capture fast-moving subjects with outstanding clarity. Fixed range auto is also available, allowing you to limit sensitivity from ISO 64 to 100, 200 or 400.

*ISO 3200 and 6400 are available only for image sizes of 3M (2048 x 1536) or smaller.

Sport Continuous Mode

High-speed continuous shooting settings help keep users capture action scenes, shooting up to 30 consecutive pictures* at 13 fps in Sport Continuous Mode. In addition, you can choose to shoot at 6 fps or at 4 fps.

*Feature available only for image sizes of 3M (2048 x 1536) or smaller.

Large 2.7-inch LCD monitor and electronic viewfinder

In addition to its high quality 2.7-inch LCD monitor with anti-reflection, 230k-dots of high resolution and wide viewing angle, the P80 features the versatility of an electronic viewfinder that offers greater compositional freedom and accuracy under all lighting conditions.

Nikon COOLPIX P80 Other Features

? Three Unique Nikon Image Innovations – Improved Face-priority AF, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, D-Lighting

? 15 handy scene modes for optimized shooting in various settings

? Optimize image (including monochrome filter effect)

? Distortion control corrects for barrel distortion

? Macro shooting from as close as 1 cm (0.4 in.)

? Five movie modes with sound, plus time-lapse movie mode

? Time zone function for easy setting of multiple locations

? SDHC card compatibility

? Approx. 50 MB of internal memory

? USB connectivity