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.
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...
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.
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
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...
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...
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.
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.