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Two Industry Awards

The reviewers at PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs both endorse this digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Good Size

Some Nikon Coolpix S80 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product was compact. Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote in their review on expert review site What Digital Camera six years ago “The Nikon COOLPIX S80 differentiates itself in the ever-increasing compact market by offering some impressive extras, including a 3.5" touchscreen” and gave the Nikon Coolpix S80 a score of 4 stars. Cameralabs.com mentioned on Camera Labs “The Nikon COOLPIX S80 is a 14 Megapixel compact with a 3.5 inch OLED touch-screen” in their review and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Expert review site Cnet.co.uk wrote “Its minimalist exterior makes the S80 Nikon's slickest Coolpix compact camera yet, even though its touchscreen can make for fiddly operation at times” .

A number of Nikon Coolpix S80 owners agreed that this digital camera was thin. Six years ago Cameralabs.com mentioned on expert website Camera Labs “A slim tablet-style design with a sliding front panel” in their Nikon Coolpix S80 review. Five years ago Cameras.co.uk gave this digital camera a score of 78 out of 100 and wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S80 “A very slim design that means the Coolpix S80 can fit into just about any pocket”. Cameras.co.uk also said “It is an extremely slim and stylish digital camera”.

Some people who bought the product thought it was a good body shape. Expert review site Whatdigitalcamera.com gave the product a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “With a sliding front panel and sleek, stylish body there's plenty to admire aesthetically” in their Nikon Coolpix S80 review. Cameras.co.uk rated it 4 stars and said “Thin and stylish body” in their review.

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Nice Design

Some people wrote that it was good looking. Ephotozine.com rated it 4 stars and said “Our modern lifestyle demands trendy, stylish products that have functionality as well as looks” in their Nikon Coolpix S80 review. Ephotozine.com also wrote “We have here a very slick and stylish camera”. Photographyblog.com said in their review on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The Nikon Coolpix S80 is an undeniably stylish point and shoot camera that features a love or hate it touchscreen interface, with only one physical button on the entire camera”.

Some Nikon Coolpix S80 owners agreed that the product was a good design. Cameras.co.uk wrote “Cool design” in their Nikon Coolpix S80 review and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

One customer wrote in their reviews that the product was smooth. Expert review site Cnet.co.uk gave it a score of 70 out of 100 and said six years ago “Metal body, this compact camera feels smooth, solid and elegant” in their review.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Six Nikon Coolpix S80 reviewers concluded that this digital camera had a good screen. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote “Has an excellent OLED screen” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site About.com mentioned in their review “If you like large and sharp touch screen displays on your camera, my Nikon Coolpix S80 review showcases a camera that will fully meet that requirement” . Cameras.co.uk said in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S80 “Large OLED touch screen is very sharp”.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of Nikon Coolpix S80 reviewers said in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Cameras.co.uk mentioned in their review “It's easy to shoot inadvertent photos because of shutter button placement”. Cameras.co.uk also said “Simple to use, takes decent photos, bright screen”.

A few Nikon Coolpix S80 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix S80 had a good picture resolution. Cameras.co.uk wrote five years ago “Poor continuous shooting performance” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good image sensor.

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Good Quality Lens

Two people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good lens. Cameras.co.uk said five years ago “Lens is easy to block with your finger” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

Several Nikon Coolpix S80 owners who purchased it wrote that it had a good zoom. Five years ago Techradar.com wrote on Techradar “The Coolpix S80 comes with a useful 5x optical zoom (equivalent to 35mm” but even so they rated the product 3 stars.

One customer who bought this digital camera considered that it had a good autofocus. Cameras.co.uk wrote five years ago “Focus is sharp and accurate on closeup photos” and gave the product a rating of 78 out of 100.

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Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Compact cameras manufactured by Nikon have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just compact cameras) and found that Nikon also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Good Technical Features

Three customers who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it had good features. Techradar.com said five years ago “The new Coolpix S80 brings improved features to the mid-range compact camera market with updated styling” in their Nikon Coolpix S80 review. Six years ago Pocket-Lint.com wrote on expert website Pocket Lint “Tweet The Nikon Coolpix S80 is Nikon’s latest touchscreen controlled digital compact that features a 14-megapixel CCD sensor” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S80.

Good Product Quality

A number of Nikon Coolpix S80 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera said that it was good quality. Six years ago expert review site Cnet.co.uk said “With a huge touchscreen, sliding lens cover and metal body, this compact camera feels smooth, solid” in their review and rated it 4 stars. Cameras.co.uk rated the product 4 stars and said in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S80 five years ago “Good image quality”. Cameras.co.uk also mentioned “Image quality, styling, ease of use, high resolution screen”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Nikon Coolpix S80 owner concluded that the Nikon Coolpix S80 was quiet. Cnet.co.uk wrote in their Nikon Coolpix S80 review on CNET.co.uk six years ago “The word 'wow' may well form silently on your lips”.

Robust

One customer who bought it thought it was well made.

CCD Sensor Type

The Coolpix S80 has a CCD sensor type which is better than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. Most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it have a MOS sensor type. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

A CCD sensor type is in fact the best sensor type amongst all cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst sensor type is MOS.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Coolpix S80 supports video recording, unlike most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix S80 which do not support video recording.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The smallest screen size of digital cameras of this spec and age is 2.7", the largest is 4.8", and the average screen size is 3". With a screen size of 3.5 inches, the Coolpix S80 has one of the largest screen sizes amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Nikon Coolpix S80 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix S80 also have an image stabiliser.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-HX50 is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Coolpix S80 has a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix S80 also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Sony DSC-HX50 which has better reviews.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Coolpix S80 is 1/2.3"". That's 1% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/2.33"". 6.17 x 4.55mm. The best optical sensor size of all similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix S80 is 4/3"" and the worst is 1/4"".

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Very Light

With a weight of only 133 grams, the Coolpix S80 is one of the lighter cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix S80 amongst cameras of this age. Across all the compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S80 the weights range from 130g to 630g.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Coolpix S80 is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. This Nikon digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S80. The photo effect "Sepia" is also found on this digital camera.

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Supports Six ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon Coolpix S80 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 80, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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OLED Display

This digital camera has an OLED display, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as it. OLED is a newer technology for displays and has much better colour reproduction, faster response times, wider viewing angles and higher brightness compared to LED displays.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Narrow

The widths of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S80 range from 62mm to 140mm, and the average width is 110mm. The Coolpix S80 is one of the narrower compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S80 (only 98.8 millimeters) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Very Small Minimum ISO Speed

With a minimum ISO speed of only 80, the Coolpix S80 has one of the smaller minimum ISO speed amongst compact cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of this age and spec the minimum ISO speed range from 80 to 160, and the average minimum ISO speed is 100.

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20 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this Nikon digital camera is 69 out of 100 based on nineteen expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Techradar.

Poor Battery Life

One Nikon Coolpix S80 owner concluded that the product did not have a good battery life. Five years ago Cameras.co.uk said “Poor battery performance” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S80 but they gave it a rating of 78 out of 100.

Poor Support

One person mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera did not have good technical guidance. Digicambuyer.co.uk said on expert website Digicam Buyer.co.uk six years ago “The lack of manual settings on this camera might not be an issueOverall Our provides the latest photography news, reviews, previews, features” in their review of this digital camera but even so they scored it 80 out of 100.

Difficult to Use

Three Nikon Coolpix S80 reviewers who reviewed the product mentioned that it did not have a good interface. Cameras.co.uk said in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S80 “Cumbersome user interface”. Cameras.co.uk also said “Slow, outdated interface”.

One Nikon Coolpix S80 owner who reviewed it thought it was not easy to use the menus.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago support Full HD video, however the Coolpix S80 does not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the Sony DSC-HX50, or the Fujifilm X100T ($1,099.00) is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Nikon Coolpix S80 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Coolpix S80 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Sony DSC-HX50, or the Fujifilm X100T ($1,099.00) which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S80, the Coolpix S80 is not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix S80 are not 3D compatible. The Coolpix S80 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S80 do not have a GPS. The Nikon Coolpix S80 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might want to look at including the Sony DSC-HX50 which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Coolpix S80 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix S80. Similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S80 have digital zooms of between 2x and 490x.

If this Nikon camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-HX50 (486x) which also has a higher rating.

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Only 150 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Coolpix S80 is a camera that takes 150 shots shots per battery charge.

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Only 1280 X 720 Still Image Resolution

The Coolpix S80 has a 1280 x 720 still image resolution which is higher than the 2816 x 1880 still image resolution found on most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. Across all similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix S80 the still image resolution ranges from 384 x 480 to 6016 x 4016.

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Only Features Two Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Coolpix S80 is more than most compact cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix S80. The flash mode "Manual" is also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Has One Light Exposure Mode

The number of light exposure modes found on the Coolpix S80 is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. The most frequently found light exposure mode is Manual, but this light exposure mode is not found on this camera. The light exposure modes Auto are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of only 14.48 megapixels, the Nikon Coolpix S80 has a quite few total megapixel count compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S80. Across all the compact cameras that were released more than two years ago the total megapixel counts range from 12MP to 33MP.

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Quite Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The average maximum camera shutter speed of compact cameras that have been available for more than two years is 46s, and the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 4s to 300s. The Coolpix S80 has one of the shortest maximum camera shutter speeds (only 4 seconds) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

Digital cameras of this type and age have battery capacities of between 700mAh and 2,000mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,100mAh. At only 740 milliamperes * hour, the Nikon Coolpix S80 has a quite small battery capacity compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix S80.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

At only 6,400, the Coolpix S80 has a fairly low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. The maximum ISO speeds of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S80 range from 3,200 to 52,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 16,000.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture

Across all the compact cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S80 the minimum apertures range from 1.7 to 4.5. The Coolpix S80 has one of the larger minimum apertures (3.6) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

Cameras that have been available for more than two years have minimum focal lengths of between 18mm and 35mm. With a minimum focal length of 35 millimeters, the Coolpix S80 has one of the longer minimum focal lengths amongst compact cameras of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix S80

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this camera was released.

SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many compact cameras that were released around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this digital camera and we think the X100T ($1,099.00), and the X100T ($1,099.00) both from Fujifilm which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Sigma DP1 Quattro ($999.00) (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC and cheaper); or the Sony DSC-HX50 (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Coolpix S80 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix S80.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Sony DSC-HX50 (30x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Coolpix S80 has a pretty average megapixel count (14.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S80.

Cameras with a higher megapixel count that might also be worth looking at include the Sigma DP1 Quattro ($999.00) (29MP and cheaper); or the Fujifilm X100T ($1,099.00) (16.3MP and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-HX50 (20.4MP and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
System Requirements
Other Features
Weight
Interface
Operating System
Focal Length
USB 3.0 Port
Minimum System Requirement
Digital SLR

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Expert Reviews

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1 April 2011

I like the idea of the Nikon Coolpix S80. It is an extremely slim and stylish digital camera. The fact that the LCD screen can control every single function also sets this camera apart from the...

Thin and stylish body
Large 3.5inch OLED screen
Good image quality
Compact, stylish, wellmade camera body
Multitouch screen
Sluggish and insensitive touchscreen
Cumbersome user interface
No physical zoom dial
Picture quality, particularly in wideangle or above 400 ISO
Slow, outdated interface
22 March 2011

The Nikon S80 scored massive points for having a slim and stylish exterior. The 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen is a great addition, but we found it to be quite a battery drainer (the supplied EN-EL10...

21 March 2011

The Nikon S80 scored massive points for having a slim and stylish exterior. The 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen is a great addition, but we found it to be quite a battery drainer (the supplied EN-EL10...

17 February 2011

On paper, the Coolpix S80 looks like an interesting camera: it's very compact and has a well-defined multitouch OLED screen that can display more colours than you could ever need. In reality,...

17 February 2011

'S' means Style in the Nikon Coolpix range, and following on from the S70, the new Coolpix S80 brings improved features to the mid-range compact camera market with updated styling.The Coolpix S80... Read more…

28 January 2011

?S? means Style in the Nikon Coolpix range, and following on from the S70, the new Coolpix S80 brings improved features to the mid-range compact camera market with updated styling. The Coolpix... Read more…

21 January 2011

We have here a very slick and stylish camera. It is fast to operate and has an excellent OLED screen. As a style statement it will not disgrace the other accessories in the briefcase or purse....

20 January 2011

If you like large and sharp touch screen displays on your camera, my Nikon Coolpix S80 review showcases a camera that will fully meet that requirement. The S80's OLED (organic light emitting... Read more…

21 December 2010

For the tech-savvy shooter who wants the latest gadgets and appreciates a stylish design, the lack of manual settings on this camera might not be an issueOverall Our provides the latest...

1 December 2010

The Nikon COOLPIX S80 marks an interesting move by Nikon to gain an edge in the touch screen market. Rather than pack the S80 with features and options Nikon has opted for style and simplicity....

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Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon s80, nikon s80r, nikon s80rd, nikon coolpixs80, nikon coolpixs80r
Barcodes 00018208920136, 00018208920211, 00182089201360, 00182089202114, 03610170013532

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