Nikon Coolpix S80
14.1 megapixels; 5.1x optical zoom; 35mm wide-angle; Optical image stabilization; 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen; 720p HD video; HDMI output; Captures to SD/SDHC media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
The S80 is Nikon's fancy-pants touchscreen point-and-shoot for the 2010 holiday season, a snapper with standard photo capabilities but a flashy, stylish design and interface. It's the replacement for last year's S70, which was a solid camera and certainly had an attractive design, though overpriced from a photo-quality perspective. The S80 is more a rehash than an upgrade, but highlights include an even-higher-resolution OLED touchscreen (819k dots this time around), 5.1x optical zoom, and 720p HD video. We're not too keen on the extra megapixels (which should increase image noise) and the narrower lens (35mm equivalent), nor are we fond of touchscreens in general, though if it's anything like the S4000, it should be pretty slick compared to most touch-based interfaces out there. This should please the style-conscious casual shooters out there. Bear in mind that the hefty price tag is because of the high-end screen, not a particularly strong photographic capability. We've heard feedback from some frustrated users already, too.