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Nikon Coolpix 8800 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
The Coolpix 8800 is equipped with a memory slot that supports two kinds of storage media. The standard, and mostly used CompactFlash type I memory card, also the type II as well as the Microdrive fit into the memory slot. Although the Microdrive might be attractive because of the price/quality ratio, (4GB), I can't recommend this storage medium because of its unreliability. It's extremely vulnerable as far as bumping and falling is concerned, which is in strong contrast with the reliability of a flash memory card. The camera was used in combination with the fast Ultra II 1GB SanDisk CompactFlash memory card. The fast read (10MB/sec) and write (9MB/sec) speeds are the great advantage of this card.
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The camera is standard delivered without a memory card. It might look stingy but personally I find it a good choice. The standard delivered 32MB is peanuts for such a camera so the card will probably stay behind in the box without ever being used. The high resolution which involves large files asks for a large storage capacity. Prices have gone down a lot for these high capacity storage memory cards and a capacity of 1GB is not an exotic luxury article anymore. Our preference is to use a card with a capacity of at least 512MB or 1 GB. The JPEG images can be stored in different compression factors and beside that in the uncompressed TIFF and NEF (RAW) formats. TIFF as well as RAW formats are only available in the highest resolution (8 Megapixels).

Considering a 512MB CompactFlash memory card:

Resolution TV (EXTRA) - approx. 1420 images
Resolution TV (FINE) - approx. 2610 images
Resolution TV (NORMAL) - approx. 3910 images
Resolution TV (BASIC) - approx. 5220 images

Resolution PC (EXTRA) - approx. 620 images
Resolution PC (FINE) - approx. 1200 images
Resolution PC (NORMAL) - approx. 1950 images
Resolution PC (BASIC) - approx. 3130 images

Resolution 1M (EXTRA) - approx. 400 images
Resolution 1M (FINE) - approx. 780 images
Resolution 1M (NORMAL) - approx. 1420 images
Resolution 1M (BASIC) - approx. 2610 images

Resolution 2M (EXTRA) - approx. 260 images
Resolution 2M (FINE) - approx. 500 images
Resolution 2M (NORMAL) - approx. 970 images
Resolution 2M (BASIC) - approx. 1740 images

Resolution 3M (EXTRA) - approx. 160 images
Resolution 3M (FINE) - approx. 310 images
Resolution 3M (NORMAL) - approx. 620 images
Resolution 3M (BASIC) - approx. 1200 images

Resolution 5M (EXTRA) - approx. 100 images
Resolution 5M (FINE) - approx. 200 images
Resolution 5M (NORMAL) - approx. 390 images
Resolution 5M (BASIC) - approx. 740 images

Resolution 8M (RAW) - approx. 40 images
Resolution 8M (HI) - approx. 20 images
Resolution 8M (EXTRA) - approx. 60 images
Resolution 8M (FINE) - approx. 120 images
Resolution 8M (NORMAL) - approx. 250 images
Resolution 8M (BASIC) - approx. 480 images
The memory table shows that the possible choices on the Coolpix 8800 are incredibly comprehensive. If one chooses to equip the camera with a high capacity memory card, he/she will find no troubles getting through a holiday.

The Coolpix 8800 formats a memory card in FAT32 format, just like its predecessor the Coolpix 8700. As a result of this the camera supports 2GB and higher capacity memory cards. At this moment storage capacities of 4GB and higher are still rare, but as proved in the past, also 4GB and higher will once become completely normal. The 2GB is already accepted by the retailer and available in many places. The USB 1.1 interface transfers the images onto a computer. It might be more useful to use a USB 2.0 card reader or a PCMCIA adapter for the notebook. The transfer is fast and among the fastest of USB 1.1 interfaces. Proof of it being done even faster is shown by digital cameras equipped with a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface.

The EN-EL7 Lithium-Ion battery is new. This rechargeable battery is housed inside the handgrip of the Coolpix 8800 camera and can be recharged through an external battery charger. The optional MC-CP10 battery grip enables the camera to work on six standard AA batteries. Our last review of the Coolpix 8700 already mentioned it being worthwhile to apply a different battery and enhance the total energy capacity that the camera offers. The new EN-EL7 battery has an enhanced capacity of 1100mAh, compared to the EN-EL1 battery with a capacity of 680mAh. Total time of the predecessor in use was 100 minutes when fully charged, but the new Coolpix 8800 is capable of doubling the amount of time, an exceptional performance! If you are going to use the camera during a long period of time without being able to recharge the battery we recommend purchasing a second battery. Nothing is more annoying than standing in the field, camera ready to shoot that one moment and then missing it because there is no energy left.
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