Kodak P880 Review
Features & Controls
The autofocus range is:
The "Flower" close-up mode has a range of 3.9-19.7 in. (10-50 cm) at wide angle and 10-19.7 in. (25-50 cm) in telephoto. The Super Close-up mode is effective in wide angle only and covers from 2-13.8 in. (5-35 cm).
Selectable AF Zone lets you select any one of 25 different AF areas
Manual focus is accomplished via the
focus ring on the lens barrel.
During manual focus the center of the frame is enlarged to aid in critical
focusing and a distance gauge is displayed.
P880 camera owners can also take advantage of a range of accessories for additional
creativity, including a 0.7x wide-angle and 1.4x tele lens, lens adapter for 55mm
filters. Included in the camera kit is this petal-shaped lens shade.
The built-in flash has modes for auto, slow-sync fill, fill, red-eye and forced off.
The flash is manually "popped up" when needed and can be used with an external
flash on the hot shoe or a bracket-mounted flash via the external PC sync connector.
Enhance your picture taking experience with the KODAK P20 Zoom Flash. The bounce head
allows images to have a more natural light affect; the automated zoom gives greater
flash coverage; the intelligent flash system can read camera setting information
through the hot shoe and react accordingly.
The eyelevel finder is really an electronic viewfinder (EVF) which is a small 237,000 pixel electronic color viewfinder with a magnified eyepiece and dioptric adjustment. It can display anything on that can be displayed on the color LCD - just press the EVF/LCD button to swap the displays.
The EVF automatically turns off after 1 minute of inactivity.
To turn it back on just press any button. Both the EVF and LCD will
"gain up," intensifying the live image to be useable in very dim light conditions.
Controls on the back: Upper left corner is the EVF/LCD button to toggle the active
display. The "i" button controls the amount of information that is overlayed on the
EVF/LCD image. The SET button works with the Command Dial to select and change camera
settings that are displayed on-screen. Down the left side of LCD are the Flash,
Metering, ISO and White Balance buttons. On the right of the LCD is the Review button
that puts the camera into playback mode. The AE/AF button locks exposure and focus
for re-framing. The 4-way joystick lets you navigate
menus and images, accept selections by pressing it inward.
The Delete button erases images during review. The Menu
button calls up and dismisses the menus.
The Share button lets you select images for printing, e-mailing, or to mark as a
Controls on the grip: Shutter release with the Power/Favorites switch built around
it. The Program button is user-programmed to quickly access a capture or review
submenu. The Drive mode button (normal, selftimer, burst, AE bracketing, time-lapse
modes). The Mode Dial: Auto, Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter-speed priority, Manual, Custom, Movie, SCN (sports, sunset, backlight, candlelight,
text/document, manner/museum, snow, beach), Close-up (super close-up), Landscape
(standard and night landscape), Portrait (standard, night portrait, anti-shake night
P880 Burst Rate Depth
Controls on the top/left: The Digital Zoom button selects 1.4X or 2X magnification
beyond optical zoom, cannot be used in video recording mode. The Focus button
selects macro, infinity or manual modes.
I/O ports on the side:
External PC flash sync port
USB port works with the Kodak EasyShare Sofware to make image downloading fast and easy even without the use of the optional Easy Share Camera Dock or Printer Dock. The USB port is Pictbridge compatible for direct, computer-less printing. This port also facilitates the A-V output cable with selectable NTSC or PAL format and monoraul audio for connection to a TV set.
On the bottom is a 5V DC IN jack for an optional AC power adapter. Not shown is
the docking connector on the bottom of the camera.
The P880 Zoom comes with 32MB of internal memory and is equipped with a SD/MMC
card slot that accepts any capacity SD or MMC flash card.
Shown here with the spacious and speedy Lexar 32x 1GB SD card.
Power is supplied by a proprietary KLIC-5001 3.7v 1800mAh Li-ion battery pack that Kodak claims will capture 260-320 shots per charge based on CIPA standards. You can also use the KLIC-5000 1050mAh battery but expect about 30% less capacity. Included is a small AC rapid charger.
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