Last year Nikon introduced the first digital camera equipped with an 8 Megapixel CCD. Its successor, the Coolpix 8800 also contains this high resolution and to start this written conclusion right here we can say it's definitely a worthy one. The focal range is enhanced from 8x to a 10x optical zoom lens, and beside that the very welcoming Vibration Reduction function is added. The power of this function is clearly present and anyone who ever worked with a camera equipped with such an anti-shake system wouldn't want to do without it anymore. It's a very convincing feature, and immediately visible in front of the eye during photographing. This function of the camera is a key feature and Nikon has distinguished itself from the majority of digital cameras by adding it to the Coolpix 8800.
In general the image quality is perfect, visible is the rich detail rendition due to the high resolution. The quality of the 10x optical zoom lens is undisputable and is in spite of its minor beauty spots like chromatic aberration at wide angle, a valuable tool on this camera. Working with an electronic viewfinder can differ from camera to camera and ones experiences with it can differ completely. Sometimes it is utterly annoying, in fact diminishing the ease of use, and sometimes it's incredibly satisfying, like we experienced when working with the Coolpix 8800.
It should be possible to improve the camera on some minor items. The write speed from the camera to a computer can be improved. The buffer of the camera allows shooting a rather fast series of images of more than 2 images per second, but then one has to wait until the camera finishes emptying the buffer. The often mentioned interval of release has disappeared from this Coolpix 8800. The camera reacts very fast and is well equipped to be used for the shooting of fast images.
That brings us to the final conclusion that the owner of a Nikon Coolpix 8800 digital camera can call himself lucky to be in possession of a high quality versatile digital camera. A camera that makes it possible to shoot images just like you had them in mind. The user's skills will finally determine the level of the Coolpix 8800. The starter and advanced user have a perfect tool at their disposal at which features like the VR (Vibration Reduction), the high quality zoom lens and the vary-angle monitor are at the base of it. There are no marginal notes to mention of a camera with so many possibilities. The Coolpix 8800 is a true power monster and in that respect also a competitor for cameras like the Nikon D70, Nikon's entry-level digital reflex camera. In short, a high resolution digital camera which is worth every penny, a real winner!
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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