Kodak EasyShare P880 digital camera
With the Kodak EasyShare P880 Kodak successfully launched a camera that reminds us to the SRL camera. The P-series are the cream of the crop of the EasyShare line as is demonstrated by the Kodak P880. Its high level of completeness and its impressive lens are characteristic for this camera. It is true that the design and ergonomics are a bit peculiar, but still it can be classified distinctive.
Kodak EasyShare P880 - Ergonomics
The Kodak P880 is a pleasant camera to work with. The majority of functions is available via buttons on the camera itself which makes searching in the menu unnecessary. The only thing is that you have to get to know the camera before you know how to use which button for which function. Very practical is the zoom ring and Kodak EasyShare P880 is equipped with a good electronic viewfinder. Although the display at the back is al right, still it could be refined a little more, particularly in bright daylight. The 2.5 inch LCD monitor is very pleasant to work with. The housing of the Kodak EasyShare P880 is compact and actually too small for a nice fit. This is noticeable in the handgrip where your hands become entangled because of lack of space. At the other side, the compactness and light weight make sure that the camera is carried along easily: it fits in every pocket and therefore it won’t be a burden to bring it along in any occasion.
Kodak P880 - Image quality & Lens
In particular the image quality of the Kodak EasyShare P880 and the quality of the lens are the things I am very enthusiastic about. The Kodak P880 is a real wide-angle which is ideal for landscape imaging as well as in-house imaging. It is suitable for street photography too. With a 140mm tele there is plenty of room for zooming, which makes it a universally employable lens. The quality is excellent as well. The distortion stays between the standards and the chromatic aberration was negligible. Vignetting is not worth mentioning also. The sharpness is of high level, only directed to the corners some details become unsharp.
Kodak P880 - ISO sensitivity
Also colour reproduction and exposure concerning, the Kodak P880 is not disappointing at all. The share of noise is a little bit too high and it is a pity ISO 800 and 1600 can only be used at the lowest resolution. Unfortunately the Kodak EasyShare P880 isn’t a really fast camera; it would have been a worthy alternative for the SRL camera. But then again it is an advantage that taking images in RAW is possible, even though saving them takes too long, there is no matter of sequence shooting and the files are very big.
Kodak EasyShare P880 - Exceptional camera
The Kodak P880 is an exceptional camera, something in the habit of Kodak. It combines two worlds and the fact that the camera doesn’t win a beauty contest is suddenly not important at all. Do not expect that the Kodak EasyShare P880 can simply replace a digital reflex camera in al its aspects. For this there are just too many differences from both sides and actually we even cannot speak of a real hybrid camera. There are reflex-like characteristics on the Kodak EasyShare P880, but the roots of a compact digital camera are still dominating. If you are looking for a digital camera with an exquisite quality at low sensitivities and a wide angle, the Kodak P880 is a good choice. Taking good pictures, just plain and simple, that is Kodak P880’s specialty.
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Kodak P880 - Secure Digital memory card
Thanks to a reasonable buffer you can continue taking photos in JPEG quickly and you rarely have to wait. A complete different story when it comes to RAW and definitely when it comes to TIFF format. These files need so much space: the buffer is full very fast. With 8 Megapixels the Kodak EasyShare P880 camera produces big files. Therefore a 1GB flash memory card is definitely recommended if you go on the road. The next table states how many images a 1GB Secure Digital can store.
Considering 1GB of storage capacity:
RAW - 3264x2448 pixels - 16MB - 72 images
TIFF - 3264x2448 pixels - 23MB - 44 images
TIFF - 3264x2176 pixels - 20MB - 50 images
TIFF - 2560x1920 pixels - 14MB - 72 images
TIFF - 2048x1536 pixels - 9MB - 112 images
TIFF - 1024x768 pixels - 2MB - 444 images
JPEG - fine - 3264x2448 pixels - 5.5MB - 188 images
JPEG - standard - 3264x2448 pixels - 3.1MB - 330 images
JPEG - basic - 3264x2448 pixels - 2MB - 518 images
JPEG - fine - 3264x2176 pixels - 3.3MB - 310 images
JPEG - standard - 3264x2176 pixels - 2.8MB - 370 images
JPEG - basic - 3264x2176 pixels - 1.8MB - 580 images
JPEG - fine - 2560x1920 pixels - 3.4MB - 304 images
JPEG - standard - 2560x1920 pixels - 1.9MB - 530 images
JPEG - basic - 2560x1920 pixels - 1.2MB - 826 images
JPEG - fine - 2048x1536 pixels - 2.2MB - 470 images
JPEG - standard - 2048x1536 pixels - 1.2MB - 804 images
JPEG - basic - 2048x1536 pixels - 0.8MB - 1260 images
JPEG - fine - 1024x768 pixels - 0.5MB - 1748 images
JPEG - standard - 1024x768 pixels - 0.3MB - 2880 images
JPEG - basic - 1024x768 pixels - 0.2MB - 4180 images
Video - 640x480 - 7 min 20 sec
Video - 320x240 - 28 min 56 sec