Excerpt: I recently bought myself a Nikon Coolpix 8800 8MP digital camera. This is called a “prosumer” or “bridge” camera, because it looks like a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, but is in fact a large fixed-lens camera, although about the same size as the average SLR+lens, with an SLR-style 1.8-inch …
Summary: I finally found the solution to the problems created by pocket-size cameras I can't use because they look the same on the front, back, top and bottom. The Nikon Coolpix brings the feel of a real camera back in my hands. Now, with the Coolpix, I can grab it and know which end to point at my sub just.
Excerpt: I own the Coolpix 8800 digital camera and like it very much overall. The downside as I see it is - manual focus not real sharp and max. ISO is 400 - not great for indoor sports pics that require fast shutter speed & the lens is also a problem - somewhat slow. For most other applications it is a great camera!
Summary: We don't have much money but when my husband and I got married we wanted to be able to have a nice camera to take with us on our honeymoon because we had saved up a long time to be able to go. We couldn't afford an SLR so got what the reviews seemed to indicate was the next best thing: Coolpix 8800. We spent nearly $900 on the camera and believed it was worth the cost because it was Nikon and would last a lifetime.
Summary: This camera has a built in zoom lens. If the lens breaks, you don't have a camera anymore. My lens is failing to zoom and now I have to buy a new camera although the rest of the camera works fine. It's money down the drain. Before the zoom malfunction, the camera took great pictures on a perfect day, but night time, indoor, and action pictures were almost always blurry even if you put it on the night time, indoor, or action settings.
Summary: I have sent this camera in to Nikon three times in as many years. Takes six weeks or more for repair and has cost from $50 - $110. Now I get a system "error 2" message and they tell me to send it in and they THINK they can fix it, but are not sure. You pay shipping both ways. I am told by other people with the same problem they have sent theirs in and shortly after it started again. Will NEVER buy another Nikon.
Summary: I love this camera! It takes amazing clear pictures and is great for begining photographers! It's so complex, if you want to take even better pictures and use all the options that this camera comes equiped with you'll need to have the manual. For a point-and-shoot camera, leave it on auto, or for a pro you can also have it on full manual mode. If you're in between there's modes for that.
Pros: 10X zoom, VR (vibration reduction), Solid construction, Easy to use, Excellent photo quality, Variety of picture quality settings, Auto mode works well.
Cons: Slow card write time, Auto focus is a bit slow, especially in low light conditions, Will take some time to master all the options and settings, Adapter ring is needed for aftermarket lenses and filters.