|Kodak P880 - RAW, JPEG & TIF format
On the Kodak EasyShare P880, images can be stored in RAW, JPEG and even in TIFF format. I wonder who uses TIFF as a storage format while taking pictures. For users of Mac without Photoshop CS2 TIFF can be a solution, because strangely enough the RAW converter doesn’t run with the Apple Macintosh. Conversely, Adobe Photoshop CS2 is able to deal with the KDC file; a tiny miscalculation of Kodak. On the contrary, the Kodak P880 is equipped with a built-in option to convert RAW to JPEG of TIFF. This is not only practical for Mac users, but can also be convenient if you want to print directly after taking a picture in RAW.
Kodak EasyShare P880 - ISO sensitivity
The Kodak P880's sensitivity range runs from ISO 50 to ISO 400. ISO 800 and ISO 1600 are only possible in 1024 x 768 pixels: out of 8 Megapixels only 10% remains effective. The fact that high sensitivities can only be set by low resolutions is mainly caused by the share of digital noise. By down sampling the image from 8 Megapixels to 0.8 Megapixels, the noise is partly compensated. From ISO 50 to ISO 100 the noise is not noticeable. At ISO 200 it becomes detectable and at ISO 400 it is clearly present, however without too much disturbance. The photographer, who wants to start working with high ISO values, cannot get away with this one. With an 8 Megapixels hybrid digital camera with high ISO one does not expect that only low-resolution images can be taken. What a missed opportunity!
Kodak EasyShare P880 - Color saturation
On the Kodak EasyShare P880, the colour range is fixed, but the saturation is adjustable. All photo shots are taken in sRGB. It would have given Kodak credits if they provided the Kodak P880 with an option for AdobeRGB. For the advanced photographer this would have been just that little extra convenience to edit the images. The colour representation is generally fine. High Colour gives the typical ‘Kodak Gold Colors’, which is super saturated. No complaints about the sharpness and contrast: the standard settings are good. You can have the camera calibrated with the newest firmware (1.02). The sensor is set to the original standard settings: this keeps your colours well preserved.
|Kodak P880 digitale camera - White balance
Like most compact digital cameras the Kodak P880 has some difficulties in the automatic white balance: it still reproduces a warm tone. However, the preset white balance takes natural looking photos. Making a manual white balance is very easy: by pressing a white balance button you can opt for "click white balance", focus on an object and press set. The Kodak P880 automatically switches to manual white balance. If you like to save the measured white balance too use later, then you have to use the menu. It would have been more convenient if there had been a saving-option directly after measuring. However, there is a start and the way Kodak deals with white balance calibration is worth a compliment.
Kodak EasyShare P880 - Exposure measuring
For measuring exposure there are four options. The evaluative metering will be used most frequently. No remarks on that one: the camera offers excellently exposed images. Furthermore, there is a centre weighted metering, a spot meter in the centre and a spot meter that is selectable through the whole composition. The last one enables you to do a spot metering on one out of 25 fields. Simply using the joystick does switching from one to the other field. This can be convenient during working in-studio and compositions with high contrasts. You don’t have to move the camera and you can measure very accurate on one of the fields.
Kodak EasyShare P880 - Sequence of images
The Kodak EasyShare P880 enables you to capture a sequence of images, but it is not applicable in RAW of TIFF. The manual indicates that it is possible to work with RAW in burst, but it cannot be activated on the camera. At First Burst the imaging are shot as long as you press the shutter release button. It actually is the normal motor drive we are used to in other models. At Last Burst the images are also taken as long as the shutter release button is pressed but only the last 7 pictures are saved. Then there is the Time Lapse Burst. The Kodak EasyShare P880 takes several photos (set up between 2 and 99) in an interval of 10 seconds to 24 hours. A practical option if you want to follow a certain process. According to Kodak, the EasyShare P880 is able to capture at a speed of 2.3fps. However, a speed of 1.5fps is more realistic.