Summary: I recently faced the "System 2 Error" many other users. Luckily, I have a three year warranty and it was fully covered and came back within 3wks of mailing (I sent it just before Christmas so it took longer). The Pros: Excellent features Lightweight (I have small hands and cannot hold much weight) Came with a Remote control Large LCD etc...
Summary: I bought this camera few months after it came out. I like the features that it has. The Remote, the stabilization, the zoom. Why, you ask I give this camera a 3 star? well, first of all, I took many pictures with normal light. The results aren't as great as Nikon advertised. During my first use, I had pictures that for some odd reason gave ppl black lips. No, I know for sure that they weren't wearing any lipstick.
Summary: I have owned this camera since March of '05, so I've had time to use it under a variety of conditions. As of today, I have shot just under 4,000 shots with favorably mixed results. The best photos are great, with good color saturation, sharpness and overall quality. I shoot at low compression JPEG, "Extra Image Quality," 8MB file-size, which translates to a usually selected ASA equivalent of 50. Even with "Vibration Reduction," I use support most of the time.
Summary: I bought the 8800 as a second camera to use when I didn't want to cart the DSLR and it's bag of lenses around. After using it for about two weeks, it's been returned. On the surface, it seems to have a lot of features, but I'd have to characterize the 8800 as a "fair-weather" camera. In sufficient light (e.g. daylight) it takes great pictures. Let the light get dim, however, or use it at it's extended zoom range, or indoors, and it just hunts, trying to find focus.
Summary: I own a Canon "Elf" camera that uses APS film. It takes very nice pictures, but I wanted to upgrade to a camera that would have better zoom capabilities and would make it easier to exchange pictures with family. After looking at a bunch of digital cameras, I chose this one as the best trade-off of zoom, ease of use, picture quality, other features, and price. The point-and-shoot mode takes really terrific pictures if the lighting conditions are perfect.
Excerpt: I purchased a Nikon Coolpix 8800 a few months ago as a spare back up camera to my Nikon D70. I have owned a few digital compacts & found that the 8800 is a far more versitile compact towards my earlier compacts. This camera works brilliant with a Nikon WC-E80 Wide angle lens, this makes the Panaramic feature more usable allowing the shooter to take bigger Panaramic pictures with less shots.
Pros: Compact & very light + Takes images in RAW format + 8m Pixel image quality
Cons: Drains Power quickly when connected to computer & while using rear view panel .
Excerpt: I finally decided to upgrade from my old Nikon Coolpix 995 camera, and plumped for what I saw as the top of Nikon's non-SLR range. This little beauty has an 8MP resolution, coupled with a 10x Optical zoom. The other main draw, for me, was the fact that the camera has Vibration Reduction, which can actually reduce the effects of those inevitable shakes present in images taken with slow shutter speeds.