Yes, I have found true love in a camera. Being a faithful Nikon user since 2002, I just purchased the Nikon Coolpix P80 and it’s everything I could have hoped for.
For the last five years, I have used the Coolpix 8700 and it held up amazingly well through 7 New York visits, a cross country tour, an accidental drop in the aisle of a grocery store and getting thrown into my purse nearly every day without a camera case. Recently, it began to literally fall apart and have focus issues, so I knew that it was finally time to upgrade.
Since I was twelve, I’ve carried a camera everywhere with me. I’ve never taken any photography-related classes and I’m very much a point-and-shoot girl. Camera-wise, I needed something that was nearly as powerful as an SLR but compact and light enough to throw into my purse for everyday use.
I finally decided on this model because of its 10.1 megapixels, huge LCD screen (2.7 inches) and the fact that it’s the world’s most compact telephoto camera among models with an 18x zoom!
Needless to say, the zoom is amazing and the clarity for close-up shots is unparalleled. The biggest improvement I’ve noticed in comparison to my older Nikon is the image stabilization. Before, if I didn’t use a tripod when I had my flash turned off, the pictures would turn out slightly blurry. With my new camera, I just point and shoot, no tripod necessary and everything turns out crisp and in focus!
Another small tweak in the newer design is also notable: The lens cover keeps the lens from fully opening until you remove it, even when you turn the camera on. My old camera didn’t have this feature and if the on switch accidentally got bumped in my bag, the lens would expand completely and risk getting damaged.
Finally, I love having the ability to record TV-quality movies with sound with no time limit! The duration is only limited by the space available on your memory card. This will definitely come in handy during my Summer jaunts to NYC and Arizona!
Enough gushing. All I can say is that I’m really happy with the quality and efficiency of this model.