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Nikon COOLPIX 8800

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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
30 November 2006
  • Excerpt: The CoolPix 8800 may look like a pretty similar successor to the 8MP 8700 model, but the styling similarities are deceptive because this is quite a different camera.
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Overall 7
7.0

Nikon Coolpix 8800

PC Magazine
2 September 2006
  • Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix 8800 superzoom is actually an enthusiast camera. If you need (and are willing to pay for) sharper images than the other more consumer-oriented superzooms can deliver, this is the camera for you. But be warned, it's no speed demon.
  • Pros: Longest optical zoom (10X) of any 8MP camera. Image stabilization lets you do handheld shots more easily at extreme telephoto. Super-sharp images. Articulated LCD. Hot shoe. Shoots in RAW and TIFF modes.
  • Cons: Bulky, heavy and slow. Flash images underexposed. Small LCD.
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 7
7.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Picture quality 9
8.5

Expert Review

DP Review
16 August 2006
  • Conclusion: The Coolpix 8800 is out to prove that it's a credible alternative to the new cheaper digital SLR's and a set of lenses. From a practicality stand point it certainly delivers, in a package not much bigger than the smallest D-SLR you get eight megapixels and a 35 - 350 mm equiv. lens with Vibration Reduction. Next you consider the price, which may seem high but when you take into account how much a D-SLR and matching set of lenses would cost it does start to make sense.
  • Pros: Biggest zoom of any eight megapixel, with Vibration Reduction, Sharp lens, at both ends of zoom range, respectable resolution, Excellent automatic white balance, Good macro coverage, although perhaps soft corners & distortion, Good ergonomics, sticky rubber on hand grip, Excellent build quality, full metal body, Timed night exposures of up to 10 minutes, Timelapse feature, Wide range of accessories available, Programmable FUNC button and initial menu, Some unique feat...
  • Cons: Slower than expected startup time, Some minor purple fringing (in the order of a pixel at worse), Slow CF write times, Limited latitude of image parameter adjustment, No record review histogram, No CF card included, AF Assist lamp not effective, can not be disabled manually, Visible noise from ISO 100 upwards, 7mp CCD cleaner, Zoom lever not proportional, motorized not mechanical, Lens slow at telephoto (F5.2), PictureProject RAW conversion crashes, Slightly clunky me...
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Overall 10
10
Design 10
10
Value for money 9
9.0
Ease of use 9
9.0
Picture quality 9
9.0
Durability 10
10

Expert Review

LetsGoDigital
5 January 2006
  • Conclusion: Last year Nikon introduced the first digital camera equipped with an 8 Megapixel CCD. Its successor, the Coolpix 8800 also contains this high resolution and to start this written conclusion right here we can say it's definitely a worthy one. The focal range is enhanced from 8x to a 10x optical zoom lens, and beside that the very welcoming Vibration Reduction function is added.
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Dc Resource
7 December 2004
  • Excerpt: At first glance, the Nikon Coolpix 8800 ($999) looks like the Coolpix 8700 from earlier this year but with a 10X zoom instead of 8X. That's true, but there's more to the story than that. The CP8800 is the first Nikon digital camera with VR (vibration reduction) technology -- the same image stabilization technology used on Nikon's 35mm lenses. Now you can take those telephoto shots without worrying about camera shake!
  • Pros: Very good photo quality, 10X optical zoom with very effective image stabilization, Superb build quality, save for the memory card slot cover, Full manual controls (and then some), Flip-out, rotating LCD display, Excellent macro mode, LCD/EVF usable in low light, AF-assist lamp, No redeye, Customizable menus and buttons, Supports external flash and numerous conversion lenses/filters, RAW image format supported, Useful D-lighting feature
  • Cons: Sluggish performance for a $1000 camera; average startup and focusing times, above-average shot-to-shot delay, unimpressive continuous shooting mode, slow image playback, Above-average noise and barrel distortion, Included RAW conversion software doesn't take full advantage of the format, Manual focus feature not great; no distance shown or center-frame enlargement, VGA movie mode is time-limited to 60 seconds, Tough competition from digital SLRs
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Nikon Coolpix 8800

Steve's Digicams
16 September 2004
  • Excerpt: Continue on to Features & Controls Coolpix 8800 Specifications CCD 2/3-in. high-density CCD; total pixels: 8.31 million 8.0 million effective pixels Image sizes 8M (3264 x 2448) 3:2 (3264 x 2176) 5M (2592 x 1944) 3M (2048 x 1536) 2M (1600 x 1200) 1M (1280 x 960) PC (1024 x 768) TV (640 x 480) Lens 10x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens f = 8.9-89mm (equivalent to 35-350mm) F2.8-5.2 with macro; 16 elements in 10 groups; all glass, Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied; two...
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[ REVIEW — NIKON COOLPIX 8800 ]

DPexpert
7 July 2011
  • Excerpt: : $1899 : 3 stars : The Nikon Coolpix 8800 is the latest incarnation of the all-in-one pseudo digital SLR that began with the Coolpix 5700 in 2002. That camera caused a sensation at the time with its attractive design and appealing concept — one fixed long range zoom attached to a compact body with a 5 megapixel sensor. Demand exceeded supply, even though it cost over $2000. These days its 7mp successor, the 8700, can be bought for $1000.
  • Pros: Now the new 8800 has all the features that made the 5700 and 8700 desirable, plus an 8 mp sensor and a zoom range of 10x compared with 8 and the camera is fitted with Nikon’s vibration reduction mechanism to reduce effects of camera shake. dpexpert found the 5700 to be a disappointment in a few areas — soft focus, poor white balance and slow operation. The 8800 is an improvement, with pin-sharp focus and outstanding auto white balance but it is still painfully slow in...
  • Cons: Now the new 8800 has all the features that made the 5700 and 8700 desirable, plus an 8 mp sensor and a zoom range of 10x compared with 8 and the camera is fitted with Nikon’s vibration reduction mechanism to reduce effects of camera shake. dpexpert found the 5700 to be a disappointment in a few areas — soft focus, poor white balance and slow operation. The 8800 is an improvement, with pin-sharp focus and outstanding auto white balance but it is still painfully slow in...
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Overall 9
9.0

Nikon CoolPix 8800

Trusted Reviews
5 February 2011
  • Summary: With superb image quality and a 10x optical zoom, Nikon's CoolPix 8800 will make you think twice about buying that entry-level SLR.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Good Gear Guide.au
12 August 2006
  • Summary: If you want a camera with a powerful zoom, a long focal length, and extensive controls, but an SLR is too big or too expensive for you, the Coolpix 8800 makes an excellent choice. Be prepared to invest some time in mastering the controls, however.
  • Pros: Image quality, vibration reduction feature
  • Cons: Menu system
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Overall 8
7.5
Value for money 10
10
Features 10
10
Ease of use 5
5.0
Performance 8
7.5
Picture quality 10
10

Expert Review

Digital Camera Magazine
9 March 2006
  • Summary: The 8800 offers fantastic value for money and, although less flexible than a digital SLR, packs in an impressive array of features. Images are crisp and sharp throughout the focal range and the reliable Matrix metering ensures consistently accurate exposures, although there’s sometimes evidence of fringing. I bought this camera, it was ok, until about 15 months after prchase, it then packed up.... £150 to be repaired! but 13months later it has gone again.
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