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post #11 of 17 Old 02-10-2010, 09:52 PM
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On the Nikon P80 "Auto" mode is like a point and shoot camera. With "Manual" mode you can change the shutter speed, ISO and aperture.

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post #12 of 17 Old 02-10-2010, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Ah, I see! Sounds good to me. I have a lot to learn about cameras, only ever had point and shoots, so I'm really excited to get one that has settings you can mess with.

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post #13 of 17 Old 02-11-2010, 05:48 AM
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Those are good pictures but my experience with that camera...the p80 is a horrible camera!!! I bought one and had to take it back because no matter what I did I got bright purple lines all over the pictures. Nikon gave me a 4 week waiting period to check it out and they found absolutely nothing wrong. I took it back to the store and traded for another p80 and got the exact same results. I tried shooting in the shade, the light, away from the sun towards the sun, not zoomed, zoomed all the way. I always got purple lines all over the place no matter what I did, even my cousin who's a professional photographer got the same result when he tried it and he knows some pretty neat tricks that's supposed to avoid that stuff. After digging around for a while I found that this has been complained about before with this camera. Now I keep it around if I want quick crappy videos but I bought a d40 which was in my price range at that time and so far have no complaints about the d40 however I have bought numerous lenses and a new off camera flash instead of sticking with the little kit it comes with. If you don't plan on doing anything serious then it might be a great camera but unless you're a pro in photo shop I'd suggest looking at something other than the p80.

If they have somehow upgraded the p80 to something better then great but I bought mine 2 years ago and it was absolutely awful, both the one I bought and the new one I traded it for. Neither worked without giving me bright purple lines all over the images. Just my personal opinion. I hope you find a camera you like.

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post #14 of 17 Old 02-11-2010, 04:30 PM
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I have it and absolutely LOVE IT!
It sounds like you are in the exact same boat that I was a year ago - wanting to finally get a nice camera but not knowing what to get. I asked my uncle, who is the self assigned family photographer, and he suggested this camera. I have had it about a year - i probably got it a year ago this week. I have yet to find something I dislike about it. About a week after I got it, I went to Rome and used the point and shoot setting - it took amazing photos! I also brought it to China during the summer. There were some camera wizards on the trip, so they showed me even more awesome things that i didn't even know about. I will attach some photos that I have taken with it - both with the point and shoot and other settings. One setting in particular, the "sports mode," is awesome for catching horses jumping. It takes like a photo every .3 seconds or something.
Anyways, mine was about $350. I have two batteries, only because when I went to China I wanted to make sure I never ran out of power
Anyways, if you have any questions at all feel free to ask me! Do you have a FB? I can friend you so you can see more?
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drafts4ever- Hmm, that is peculiar. Thanks for the advice!

juju- I'll PM you my FB account, definitely add me! Love the pictures! I was also looking at a P90, which is just a step up from the P80, but I can only afford that if my parents decide to chip in, which is unlikely. Glad to see the quality of photos it takes! Was it very hard to figure out what settings were best for what situation? I don't mind having to learn how to get the best out of the camera, but I don't know much, ha ha.

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post #16 of 17 Old 02-15-2010, 02:32 PM
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I've been looking around for a new camera also.
I'm stuck between a Nikon p80 and a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28. Both have optical zoom

I currently am leaning toward the Lumix. I have a Lumix TZ5 and I love it. I've been told that the Lumix is cheaper and slightly better than the Nikon. I'm still making up my mind though.

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post #17 of 17 Old 02-15-2010, 02:46 PM
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I have no experince/information about the Lumix but I would suggest the a little biased :)
My uncle who takes amazing photographs, travels to take photos, etc. suggested it to me.
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