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: 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: My Coolpix 8800 lapsed into "system error 2" mode within weeks of getting it. After taking 3 or 4 shots the error message comes up and I have to shut it down and start it back up to take a few more shots before the error 2 message recurrs. Nikon says to try a fresh battery and different storage card...no help. Now Nikon says says send it in and we'll fix it- but don't say what it will cost...
Summary: I was down in Antarctica when I turned on the camera and it said "lens error". After a day of missing some of the best pictures of Emperor Penguins with my 8800, I twisted the lens and got it to work. The same thing happened to me in Bolivia, just after the warranty expired. I called Nikon and they insist there is no problem with the camera. Do a Google search of "lens error" and Nikon 8800 and you will find lots of unhappy people with the same experience.
Summary: Abysmal bit of engineering. I returned the first one because I thought it must be defective. No camera at this price could have bad focusing and snail-like write times and lag, right? Wrong! This camera has a sharp lens, but do your homework. It's a VERY slow chunk of glass and the contrast based AF module ruins shot after shot. Lag and write times mean you can't catch a special moment unless everyone agrees on a time and place for it.
Summary: These are my updated comments on the 8800. After a disappointing experience with the coolpix 8800 from Nikon I decided to return the 8800 in favor of the D70 DSLR from Nikon with the Nikkor 18-70mm lens kit. Like some people, I was under the (okay, silly!) impression that the 8800 could deliver near DSLR like shooting in a more compact camera. Not even close, especially if you shoot with challenging lighting conditions (low contrast).
Summary: La cámara tenía muy buena pinta, pero me duró 3 dias. Al 4º dia salió el mensaje "System error 2" y no hubo manera de hacerla funcionar...Así que espero que tengais mas suerte que yo con la cámara y que no os de el error que parece empieza a ser frecuente en los modelos Coolpix.
Summary: Sinceramente compré esta cámara por el "prestigio" que tiene esta marca. No tengo ni 15 días con ella y ya me apareció el famoso error system 2. ¿ Cómo se atreve Nikon a vender cámaras defectuosas ?. Lo peor de todo es que la compré en Estados Unidos y vivo en México. Intentaré regresarla a la tienda aunque pierda por lo menos 300 dólares. ( impuestos y envíos que tendré que pagar ) Por favor !! No la compren !!