Nikon KeyMission 80 Review

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  • Ultra-compact digital camera
  • 12 megapixel sensor
  • Optical image stabilisation (main camera)
  • Wi-Fi / NFC / Bluetooth
  • Touch-screen
  • Price seems high
  • No tripod socket (adapter is optional extra)
  • Small screen for viewing / taking photos
  • Only two scene modes
  • No high-speed / slow-motion video options
  • Can’t start video recording remotely – Limited control of the camera in SnapBridge

Nikon KeyMission 80 (2)

The Nikon KeyMission 80 is Nikon’s wearable action camera. There are two cameras built-in, a main 12-megapixel camera with image stabilisation, and a 5 megapixel Selfie camera on the rear. There’s a 1.75inch touch-screen, and the camera is waterproof to 1m, as well as being shockproof.


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The Nikon KeyMission 80 is compact and lightweight, weighing only 74g, which makes it easy to put in your pocket and take it with you where-ever you go. The camera has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to make it easy to send images to your smartphone. There aren’t very many controls on the camera, which makes it easy to use, with a switch on the side letting you switch between photo and video modes.

Waterproof to 1m, shockproof from a height of 1.5m, dustproof, and freezeproof, the KeyMission 80 comes with a clip to let you attach the camera onto a strap or belt, so that you can wear the camera.

There’s a 1.75inch touch-screen on the back. An LED light is used as a focus assist LED, and can be switched on or off for use as a flash or video light.

Nikon KeyMission 80 170 360 (1)

The Nikon KeyMission range consists of the (from left to right) KeyMission 80, KeyMission 170 and Nikon KeyMission 360.

You can shoot panoramic images, as well as HDR images, plus switch between the main 12-megapixel camera, or the rear 5mp selfie camera, so you can capture yourself in a scene or video yourself on location. Both cameras record FullHD video, with stereo sound.

The camera is available in black or silver and tan, takes MicroSD memory cards, and has a non-removable rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

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Key Features
  • 12.4 megapixel, 1/2.3inch CMOS sensor
  • 4.5mm, f/2.0 lens, equivalent to 25mm
  • Vibration Reduction (Lens shift) Image Stabilisation
  • 5-megapixel secondary camera, f/2.2, 25mm equivalent, fixed focus
  • 1.75inch touch-screen
  • Waterproof to 1m, Shockproof from 1.5m, Dustproof
  • FullHD Video with stereo sound
  • ISO100 to ISO1600
  • 10cm macro focus (main camera)
  • HDR and panoramic shooting
  • Available in Black or Silver/Tan


Nikon KeyMission 80 (1)

The camera has a mostly plastic camera body with metal strap loops. There’s a textured area, and on the silver/tan camera, this has a leather effect helping with grip. The compact size, and lack of optical zoom reminds me of some of the earlier digital cameras, such as the Casio Exilim S1, S2, and S3, with an ultra slim and compact camera body. The camera feels well-built, but the plastic on the silver version doesn’t feel very premium. The black version of the camera looks and feels a little bit more rugged, with a textured finish on the plastic.

The large shutter release button is on the back and is used to switch the camera on. It is not a two-stage shutter release button, and the camera takes a photo when you press the button. If you want to pre-focus the camera you need to press the touch screen – this will focus the camera on the centre of the frame and also lock exposure, as well as focus.

Despite the looks of the camera, you can’t use the camera as a dictaphone. Depending on how you hold the camera, care needs to be taken to ensure you don’t get your finger(s) in the shot.

The camera doesn’t feature a tripod socket, and an optional adapter is available for £24, which will then make the camera compatible with the Nikon KeyMission attachments and mounts.

Nikon KeyMission 80 Screen Size Nikon KeyMission 80 Menus Nikon KeyMission 80 Shooting Options
Screen Size (Video mode) Menus Shooting Options

There are a number of modes and options that come up when you press the menu button including: Photo, Playback, Route Logging (must be used in mount), Scene (Easy panorama, or HDR), Setup, and Off. Off can only be accessed in photo shooting modes but can’t be accessed in playback.

The menus on the camera are fairly straightforward to use, and as there aren’t very many options, it won’t take long to get used to the camera. Once you’ve switched to HDR mode, you need to go into the menus and press the Photo button to get out of the HDR mode.

The screen size is quite small, at 1.75inches, and the image shown of what the camera sees, is even smaller, at roughly 1.2inches or 3cm (diagonally 16:9 video mode) or 1.3inches / 3.3cm in photo (4:3 mode). Unfortunately, you can’t make this bigger by turning the camera on its side.

Nikon KeyMission 80 Silver

Nikon KeyMission 80 Silver

The Nikon KeyMission 80 uses the Nikon SnapBridge app, available for Android and iOS devices. (The KeyMission 170 and 360 use a special version of SnapBridge called SnapBridge 360/170). If you have an Android phone with NFC you can set up the connection by touching the devices together. Once connected you can sync the date and time with the smartphone, as well as set it to automatically download images (over Bluetooth). You can also shoot remotely with the camera and smartphone, although this will switch the connection over to a Wi-Fi connection. We tested this with an Android smartphone, and this all worked relatively smoothly. In the remote photography part of the app, there is very limited control over the camera, for example, you can’t start recording a video, even with the camera switch in the video position. You also can’t switch between the front and rear cameras.

Care needs to be taken when using the Bluetooth connectivity, as the camera will continue to download images even if you’ve switched it off. This can drain the battery more quickly than expected, as well as drain the battery in your smartphone.

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Battery life – Battery life is rated at 220 shots according to Nikon test results, which is reasonable for a compact camera. Video recording time is approximately 40 minutes. Battery life will be shorter if you’ve connected the camera to your smartphone.

Speed – Focus can seem a little slow at times, but the rest of the time the camera is quick to respond to controls, and the touch-screen works well.


The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Sample Photos

Selfie 5mp | 1/30 sec | f/2.2 | 1.8 mm | ISO 320

Close Up | 1/20 sec | f/2.0 | 4.4 mm | ISO 500

Sheffield | 1/1600 sec | f/2.0 | 4.4 mm | ISO 64

Sheffield HDR | 1/1600 sec | f/2.0 | 4.4 mm | ISO 64

Nikon KeyMission 80 BMW Close Up DSCN0213 | 1/800 sec | f/2.0 | 4.4 mm | ISO 64

Nikon KeyMission 80 Glass DSCN0199 | 1/1250 sec | f/2.0 | 4.4 mm | ISO 64

Nikon KeyMission 80 Outdoors Trees DSCN0214 | 1/800 sec | f/2.0 | 4.4 mm | ISO 64

5mp Camera | 1/1000 sec | f/2.2 | 1.8 mm | ISO 64



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