Nikon Coolpix 8800
Manufacturer: Nikon Inc. Part number: 25523
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CNET editors' review
price range: $1,375.00
- Reviewed by: David D. Busch
- Edited by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 01/28/2005
- Released on: 10/15/2004
The good: 10X zoom lens; effective vibration reduction; excellent red-eye prevention; ultrahigh-speed 30fps burst mode.
The bad: Spotty image quality; viewfinder freezes and blanks under certain circumstances.
The bottom line: An 8-megapixel megazoom with image stabilization, the 8800 is a solid, though not spectacular, enthusiast option.
Great results but some minor issues
by agimpels on April 27, 2005
Pros: Great feel, pictures and intuitive controls
Cons: Slow writing and focus. Mode control too easily disturbed
Summary: I just spent two weeks with the camera on a Caribbean cruise shooting over 900 pictures. The results were good to great. The FUNC(tion) button is a very handy, ...
Summary: I just spent two weeks with the camera on a Caribbean cruise shooting over 900 pictures. The results were good to great. The FUNC(tion) button is a very handy, programmable tool allowing rapid changes in settings. The downside is that the shot-to-shot speed at highest resolution was slow. I shut off review to speed things up. Low light focus not totally reliable but as the focus control is readily available, it was easy to compensate. Also, the camera strap kept changing the mode selector.
I used it mostly on the Aperature priority mode at ISO 100 only because this is my favorite mode. In automatic ISO and exposure the results were still good. It has a very good, solid feel, especially with the optional battery pack. The battery pack makes portrait pictures easier with the zoom and trigger easily available on it rather than the camera body. Make sure you lock the trigger on the pack when not using it as it is very easy to activate. Did get about 200 pictures with the pack and/or the internal with about 30% of them flash. Tried all of the modes with good to excellent results. The manual is reasonably good also.
Overall, a lot of camera to learn in the two days I had before we left. Having been a serious amateur photographer for many years I am usually overly critical of equipment and my own pictures. Not so in this case. I am well satisfied with the camera, technology and the results.
19 out of 19 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best of my 13 cameras
by canuck589 on June 20, 2005
Pros: Stunning image quality, vibration reduction a joy!
Cons: Swing-away picture window is somewhat awkward
Summary: I bought my 8800 along with a 2gb Scancard and installed the latest software from Nikon's site on my Win2K sytem and was almost stunned by the clarity, sharpness ...
Summary: I bought my 8800 along with a 2gb Scancard and installed the latest software from Nikon's site on my Win2K sytem and was almost stunned by the clarity, sharpness and depth of the first shots. These images rival the quality of my favorite slides scanned with a Nikon LS-2000, and I'm amazed how well the vibration-reduction works at improving sharpness in telephoto shots. When I pulled up my first shots in the Picture Project window, I could only whistle and say "Wow!" several times, then view them all. Each and every one was perfectly sharp, showed no loss in image quality anywhere (from center to edge to corners) and the resolution was simply incredible!
I find the camera easy to use and focus, and tend to use the viewfinder instead of the swing-away picture window. Although I can see the utility of the latter, I'm too old to change my ways after more than 40 years in photography and prefer to focus the old-fashioned way. This is my only criticism of this fine camera, by the way: the viewfinder is not as bright as in my other Nikons.
Besides the excellent lens & VR system, I also appreciate the flash shoe to hold a more powerful flash unit, and the long-life battery. Over 240 8mb shots on the initial charge (but I'm shopping for another battery just to be safe.)
Great price, great lens, excellent value. Nikon has a winner in this model!
14 out of 14 users found this user opinion helpful.
Pros: Good build quality, nice lens
Cons: Poor AF system blows focus, slow write times, weak AF assist light, horrible manual focus and poor performance all around at the price.
8 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
Next best thing to digital SLR
by sjddmd on June 3, 2005
Pros: Incredible images, colors and clarity rival my NikonD100, easy to use, Great pop up flash, Vibration reduction outstanding, excellent value
Cons: difficulty with focusing in very dark lighting
Summary: Have had a passion for photography for over 20 years now. I have owned a few 35mm SLR's and a Nikon D100 Digital SLR. Moved up from the Coolpix ...
Summary: Have had a passion for photography for over 20 years now. I have owned a few 35mm SLR's and a Nikon D100 Digital SLR. Moved up from the Coolpix 5700 to the 8800 this year. What a phenomenal camera ! First of all it takes images that are close but not quite as sharp as the D100, which costs twice as much. EVF allows TTL viewing and is excellent quality image- it brightens in dark lighting and is very clear. This camera will satisfy all camera afficionados- especially those that prefer to set their own F stop/ Shutter speeds, but has plenty of auto setting also. Have used it at a wedding recently and to shoot action shots at a local baseball game (shutter speed 1000-1500 of a second with 10 X Optical zoom and Vibration Reduction). This is like a mini SLR- smaller and lighter than your typical digital SLR, but gives you images that rival many digital SLR's- for about half the cost- could easily be picked up on web for $500-600. You will definitely be pleased. Only drawback is a little slow to write to CF card- but Nikon is supposedly coming out with firmware update to speed this up- afterall- you are writing 8 meg size images so it has to be a little slower than your typical 4-5 meg camera. Takes about 2-3 seconds usually to write 8 meg size Xtra Fine JPG images to CF card. Much improved battery life- Shot over 200 pics at a wedding last weekend - many with flash and battery still had 2 bars. Nothing in this class can match these features and these images.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Prosumer Camera - combines many SLR features in 1 comact unit.
by sizlin on February 28, 2005
Pros: Selection Wheel, 10X Optical Zoom, vibration reduction, improved battery life.
Cons: larger and heavier that previous models
Summary: I love this camera! The addition of the selection wheel for access to the many features this camera has was a definately a plus for me. The wheel eliminates the ...
Summary: I love this camera! The addition of the selection wheel for access to the many features this camera has was a definately a plus for me. The wheel eliminates the buttons that were located in the lens barrels of the 5700 and 8700 coolpix models. The Vibration reduction option really makes it easier to use the digital zoom. The battery life has been greatly improved over the 5700 and 8700 coolpix models. The 10x optical zoom is the icing on the cake. After using the 8800 for a few months I have decided to sell my old heavy SLR and the lenses that go with it. Over all the coolpix 8800 is a great improvement over the Cooolpix 8700 model.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Nikon's 8800 can point-n-shoot or provide fully manual operation.
by theophis on May 17, 2005
Pros: Excellent image stabilization to complement the 10x zoom
Cons: Manual focus would be nice option. Out-of-box software/camera drivers did not work with Windows XP.
Summary: I bought this item in October 2004; immediately after it became available. Since that time I have shot over 1500 images. The overwhelming majority are very good. The 8MP resolution ...
Summary: I bought this item in October 2004; immediately after it became available. Since that time I have shot over 1500 images. The overwhelming majority are very good. The 8MP resolution provides significant photo editing capability. A one gig flash holds about 225 images. I have NOT observed any failures in the view finder, as observed and reported by Cnet. This model fall just short of a professional's dream camera, which means its well beyond my current skill level. I expect many years of satisfaction; unlikely to outgrow these capabilities. I never leave home without my Nikon 8800 camera, despite its size and weight.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Well designed Camera with everything in one package
by atherts on March 14, 2005
Pros: Image Stabilization, live Histogram, excellent images
Cons: Complex camera that takes some getting used to
Summary: This is not a point and shoot. If you don't take the time to learn how to use it, you won't like it. If you do, you'll ...
Summary: This is not a point and shoot. If you don't take the time to learn how to use it, you won't like it. If you do, you'll love it. The image stabilization (called Vibration Reduction or VR) works very well. I took a test shot at 1/4 and it came out well.
Most digital cameras don't focus well in low light. They look for contrast to focus and there isn't much in low light. Learn the workarounds and you won't have a problem (see DPReview).
This is a lot of camera in one package. If you were trying to get the features in a DSLR you'd have a lot of money in the lens and a lot of weight as well.
This camera takes great macros as do most of the Coolpix line. If you are looking for an upgrade from the CP5700 or 8700, this is well worth the money.
Any of the freeze or lockup issues (I've never experienced them) have been resolved with a firmware upgrade.
The only way you can take poor quality pictures is to not focus. The lens glass and camera take clear, balance images. Sharpness is a matter of taste and can be controled in camera or after the fact. I prefer to turn off in camera sharpening and do it myself. This is not a point and shoot where you print off the card although you could set it up that way. There are customizable menus, 2 user settings that can be saved and many preprogrammed scene modes.
Current price is around $612 including rebate. I wouldn't hesitate to get another. Take a look at the 8400 as well for a wider angle.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Worth the upgrade from the 8700
Pros: -Lens -Vibration reduction -Scene modes -Easy to use and understand selection wheel -battery life
Cons: -High ISO grainy -better outdoors than in -somewhat slow save
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
A fun all-around camera for the semi pro user..
by goaline on April 30, 2005
Pros: Takes good to great pics, All kinds of bells and whistles, not that expensive with rebate, records video
Cons: Slow to write to CF at times, has trouble in some low lightening areas
Summary: This $600(with rebate)dynamo is so much fun to take pics with. There are so many different settings for every kind of situation. You must learn and figure out ...
Summary: This $600(with rebate)dynamo is so much fun to take pics with. There are so many different settings for every kind of situation. You must learn and figure out what works best for you, it's fun if you have a little patience. The pictures are usually good to spectacular depending on what you are taking pics of and the setting you chose. I have had this camera for 2 weeks and have taken over 600 pics. I highly recommend buying am extra battery just in case (you don't want to get stuck with out power). If you shoot on vacation or just like playing with all the functions and looking at your pictures afterwards, it's possible you may run out of battery life although the battery lasts a long time. It's only $40 at Abes of Maine. They sell cheap 1GB/CF cards also (Lexor 1GB 80x for $99). If you have an IPOD photo definately get the camera connector device ($30 at IPOD store on-line). You then will have unlimited space to save pics and you will not waste your money on CF cards. My only complaints I have with this camera is that it has some problems focusing in low lighnting and it sometimes becomes a pain in the A-- when you want to take a pic at a very high image quality and the pic writes to CF card slow as to not let you immediately take another pic if you so well desire. If you can wait 3-5 secs between pics then it will not be a problem for you. If you are not a professional photographer and want to take great pics then this camera is definately for you. I checked out high end digital cameras for over 5 months now and my con clusion is that this one is the best semi slr camera there is. If you want to step up a little then I reccomend the Nikon D70 or the Canon 20D SLRs ( both are super great cameras but more expensive especially the canon20D.Good luck
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best camera you can get before buy a dSLR
by theanticrust on April 17, 2005
Pros: 10x zoom, Vibration Reduction, Great Image Quality
Cons: Useless Manual Focus mode
Summary: I bought this camera because I wanted a big zoom with vibration reduction that could do 8megapixels. To emulate this with a dSLR would be far beyond my budget, and ...
Summary: I bought this camera because I wanted a big zoom with vibration reduction that could do 8megapixels. To emulate this with a dSLR would be far beyond my budget, and would be a tank to carry around. With those specs in mind, the Coolpix was my only option.
That said, I'm pretty happy with my purchase, although the gadget freak in me wants to spend the big bucks for the dSLR (but I know I 'm not a pro). My biggest con with the 8800 is the manual focus setting. Most digital point & shoot's magnifies the image so you can see image closer when focusing... the 8800 does not. It would be nice especially when the autofocus doesn't lock on correctly. Speaking of the autofocus, it's not the greatest in dim lighting, and the af assist lamp is quite weak. Plus I don't know why Nikon added a White Balance, ISO, and Image Settings on the mode dial. It's much faster to adjust these settings through the menu then turn the dial to them.
As for Pros, the zoom just keeps going which is exactly what I wanted. The vibration reduction works well and is easily accessible via the switch on the barrel. The scene mode (which I hardly use) has plenty of different settings which is great when do you don't want to think about the settings or are new to photography. The playback mode is also really well done, with oodles of information and deleting multiple specific images is a snap (something only Nikon does i believe).
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Nikon Inc.
- Part number: 25523
- Description: Nikon Coolpix 8800 is designed for the serious photographer who aspires to take the highest quality images. This is possible with the ultra high-definition 8.0 effective megapixels. The 10x optical zoom, 35-350mm focal range (35mm equivalent), targets those who also require high zoom power. Due to its large zoom range, Vibration Reduction (VR) is needed to compensate inevitable camera movements. VR automatically detects and compensates for these small camera movements that causes image blur. Thanks to the VR, you can achieve sharp and clear images when shooting in low light (shutter speeds up to 3 stops slower) or when taking handheld telephoto and macro shots. VR even works with the telephoto converter lens at 600mm (35mm equivalent). This extremely versatile camera offers a range of lens converters (Tele, Wideangle and fisheye), optical filters, speedlights, software and other accessories for even more creative flexibility. With this camera you create the photographic rules.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Point-and-shoot highlights Video capture ability makes this camera ideal for social functions or vacation shots.
- Resolution 8 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Total Pixels 8,310,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 8,000,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 2/3"
- Optical Zoom 10 x
- Digital Zoom 4 x
- Image Stabilizer Optical
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 9
- Digital Video Format QuickTime
Image Recording Format
- AV Interfaces Composite video
Exposure & White Balance
Spot AF area,
- Exposure Metering Zones 256
I-TTL program flash,
Black & White,
White Balance Presets
- Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 8 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Auto Exposure Bracketing 5 steps in 1/3 EV step
- White Balance Bracketing Yes
EV 0-18.5 - Wide lens ( ISO 100 ),
EV 1.8-18.5 - Tele lens ( ISO 100 )
- Type 10 x x Zoom lens - 8.9 mm - 89 mm - F/2.8-5.2
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 35 - 350 mm
- Min Focus Range 19.7 in
- Macro Focus Range 1 in - 19.7 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Lens Construction 10 groups / 16 elements
VR (Vibration Reduction),
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
Flash OFF mode,
- Features AF illuminator
- Effective Flash Range 1.6 ft - 19.7 ft
Continuous Shooting Speed
2.3 frames per second,
1.6 frames per second
Self Timer Delay
- Flash Terminal Hot shoe
- Status LCD Display Illumination Yes
Status LCD Display Information
In-camera red-eye removal,
Auto power save,
Digital noise reduction,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type Electronic
- Viewfinder Color Support Color
- Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.44 in
- Viewfinder Resolution 235,000 pixels
- Dioptric Correction Range -3 to +1
- Type 1.8 in LCD display
- Resolution 134,000
- Display Features Rotating
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
1 x USB,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x DC power input
Drivers & Utilities
System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System Support
MS Windows 98 SE,
MS Windows XP,
MS Windows 2000,
MS Windows ME,
Apple Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later
System Requirements Details
MacOS X 10.1.5 or later - 64 MB - 60 MB,
Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP - 64 MB - 60 MB
IR remote control,
Audio / video cable
- Body Material Magnesium alloy
- Supported Battery Nikon EN-EL7
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot CompactFlash Card
Supported Memory Cards
RAW 3264 x 2448 : 20 VA - With 256MB card,
Hi 3264 x 2448 : 20 VA - With 256MB card,
Fine JPEG 3264 x 2448 : 60 VA - With 256MB card,
Normal JPEG 3264 x 2448 : 125 VA - With 256MB card,
Basic JPEG 3264 x 2448 : 240 VA - With 256MB card,
Hi 3264 x 2176 : 10 VA - With 256MB card,
Fine JPEG 3264 x 2176 : 70 VA - With 256MB card,
Normal JPEG 3264 x 2176 : 140 VA - With 256MB card,
Basic JPEG 3264 x 2176 : 275 VA - With 256MB card,
Fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 100 VA - With 256MB card,
Normal JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 195 VA - With 256MB card,
Basic JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 370 VA - With 256MB card,
Fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 155 VA - With 256MB card,
Normal JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 310 VA - With 256MB card,
Basic JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 600 VA - With 256MB card,
Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 250 VA - With 256MB card,
Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 485 VA - With 256MB card,
Basic JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 870 VA - With 256MB card,
Fine JPEG 1280 x 960 : 390 VA - With 256MB card,
Normal JPEG 1280 x 960 : 710 VA - With 256MB card,
Basic JPEG 1280 x 960 : 1305 VA - With 256MB card,
Fine JPEG 1024 x 768 : 600 VA - With 256MB card,
Normal JPEG 1024 x 768 : 975 VA - With 256MB card,
Basic JPEG 1024 x 768 : 1565 VA - With 256MB card,
Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 1305 VA - With 256MB card,
Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 1955 VA - With 256MB card,
Basic JPEG 640 x 480 : 2610 VA - With 256MB card
QuickTime - 640 x 480 - 60 sec - Max clip duration,
QuickTime - 320 x 240 - 895 sec - Max clip duration
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.6 in
- Depth 4.8 in
- Height 3.3 in
- Weight 1.3 lbs
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom.