Kodak P880 Review

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Kodak EasyShare P880




Features & Controls



Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom

The P880 is equipped with a 24-140mm (35mm equiv) wide-angle, f/2.8 - f/4.1, professional-quality Schneider-KREUZNACH VARIOGON zoom lens. The focal length is controlled by a manual zoom ring on the lens barrel. The aperture is selectable from f2.8 - f8 (wide) / f4.1 - f8 (tele) for depth of field control.

The autofocus range is:

    Normal: 2 inches (5 cm) to infinity in wide angle, 10 in. (25 cm) to infinity in telephoto.


    Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom

    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).


The auto focus is a high speed, hybrid AF with an external passive sensor and low light capable with a focus-assist LED. Selectable AF modes: Single, Continuous and Moving. Focus frame options: multi-zone, center-zone or 25 selectable AF points.


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Selectable AF Zone lets you select any one of 25 different AF areas




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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.


Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom

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.



Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom

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.


Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom





Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom

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.


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  • Recycle time on fully charged batteries is approximately 10 seconds
  • At ISO 100 speed, the flash reaches a distance of 30 ft (9.1 m) at wide and 33 ft (10 m) at telephoto. At ISO to 200, flash ranges can be doubled
  • Bounce head for more natural light
  • Automated zoom for great flash coverage
  • Intelligent TTL flash interacts with camera
  • Guide number: 40 at 80 mm position (ISO 100, m)
  • View settings on LCD display




Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom

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.



Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom

The 2.5-inch (6.4 cm) color LCD can be used for preview, review and menu operations. The refresh rate when used as a live viewfinder is realtime (30fps) with 95% coverage, in low light conditions it gets a little grainy as it "gains up". This is an indoor/ outdoor type display with very good color and contrast but rather low resolution with only 115,000 pixels. The color LCD, like the EVF, automatically turns off after one minute if no buttons are pushed. Press any button after one minute to turn it on again.



Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom

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 favorite.



Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom

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 portrait).


P880 Burst Rate Depth

Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom





Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom

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.



Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom

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.




Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom

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.


Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom

Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom

Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom





Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom

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.

The camera battery can also be recharged when used in conjunction with any of Kodak's Camera or Printer Docks.



Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom

This is the optional Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock Series 3. It performs all the same functions as the EasyShare Camera Dock (recharges camera battery, downloads to PC) plus it's a high quality 4x6-inch dye sublimation printer, can be connected to your TV set and allows for wireless printing from Bluetooth and IrDA devices and from Wi-Fi devices (requires optional Kodak Wi-Fi card.)

Click to view our Printer Dock Series 3 mini-review





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