Kodak P880 Review

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Kodak EasyShare P880

First Look posted 11/17/2005
Full review posted 01/12/2006


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The P880 Zoom is the flagship of Kodak's 2005 EASYSHARE P-Series of advanced digital cameras. The Easyshare P880 Zoom is an affordable, high performance camera for serious photographers.  It incorporates a 24-140mm (35mm equiv) wide-angle, Schneider-KREUZNACH VARIOGON zoom lens with a high resolution 8-megapixel imager for very large, professional-quality prints.

The 24mm wide angle setting is ideal for landscape photography and interior photography and also offers greater depth of field. Creative photographers can shoot with this wide perspective for unique portraiture, or to capture a greater scenic expanse for later cropping. The same lens optically zooms out to 140mm (5.8X), controlled by a manually-operated ring for precise framing. The autofocus system is highly accurate even in low-light conditions and you can manually focus using another ring on the lens.

Exposure control abounds with an array of different shooting modes: automatic, program, aperture and shutter priorities, full manual, AE bracketing, time-lapse and custom as well as pre-programmed scene modes: close-up, super close-up, landscape (standard and night landscape), portrait (standard, night portrait, anti-shake night portrait), sports, sunset, backlight, candlelight, text/document, manner/museum, snow, beach. Image adjustments include color modes (high color, natural color, low color, sepia, black and white), contrast and sharpness.

The P880 offers very flexible lighting control with a built-in popup flash that can be supplemented by more powerful flashes via the hot shoe flash connector or the PC sync port for off-camera flash units. The new Kodak P20 Zoom Flash features TTL-controlled exposure, a zoom flash head and bounce-flash capabilities.

In addition to high resolution still images you can also captures VGA resolution video at 30 frames per second and use the full optical zoom. Your movies can be trimmed, cut, spliced and merged - in the camera. You can extract individual video frames as JPEGs at 640 x 480 resolution -- presenting an ultra-high-speed alternative to the camera's multiple burst modes (first/last/time lapse burst) -- which can then be shared and printed up to 4 x 6 inches.

For the first time, Kodak has added RAW file support to its EASYSHARE camera line to enable more post-capture flexibility for enthusiasts. These files allow for in-camera JPEG and TIFF extraction, as well as RAW editing within new KODAK EASYSHARE software v5.1. The new Kodak RAW format uniquely embeds a dynamic JPEG within the file, permitting rapid RAW file viewing and organization in the software, without requiring RAW conversion.

Additional features include a live histogram with highlight and shadow clipping for immediate on-camera exposure assessment; a 2.5-inch, high-resolution LCD; a 237,000 pixel electronic viewfinder with diopter; a high-capacity lithium ion battery; one-push custom white balance; digital red-eye reduction; and a powerful popup flash.

As with all EASYSHARE cameras, the P880 model is compatible with KODAK EASYSHARE printer docks and camera docks, the IMAGELINK print system, and PICTBRIDGE technology for direct photo output without a computer.


Kodak P880 Features

  • 8.0 megapixel imager for photo quality prints up to and beyond 13 x 19"
  • 24-140mm wide-angle zoom with manual zoom and focus rings
  • Selectable JPEG, TIFF and RAW file formats
  • High-speed AF with 25 selectable points and focus-assist LED
  • High-resolution electronic color viewfinder with 237,000 pixels
  • 2.5-inch TFT color LCD, indoor/outdoor type
  • TTL Multi-pattern, center-weighted, center spot metering
  • ISO Auto or 50-400 in PASM, 800-1600 at 0.8MP
  • Adjustable color modes, image contrast and sharpness
  • White balance with compensation, presets, 3 custom settings and one-push
  • Auto, Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Custom and 15 Scene modes
  • AE Bracketing with 3 or 5 frames
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto, 50-400 (400-1600 in 0.8MP mode)
  • 1.5fps Burst mode, up to 6 frames in JPEG, 4 frames in RAW
  • Shutter speeds from 16 - 1/4000 second, plus Bulb
  • Flash hot shoe and external PC flash sync connector
  • 640x480 movies w/sound at 30fps up to 80 mins.
  • 32MB internal memory, SD/MMC card slot
  • Kodak high capacity Li-ion rechargeable battery pack
  • USB connectivity for PC and Mac users
  • Audio-Video Out (NTSC or PAL selectable)
  • Optional EasyShare Camera Dock and Printer Dock


The KODAK EASYSHARE P880 camera kit is available now, see our buy box for current pricing and online vendors. Kodak is introducing a host of accessories including the new external KODAK P20 Zoom Flash (US$149.95 MSRP), which intelligently and automatically interacts with the P880 and P850 cameras. And the new Kodak Printer Dock Series 3 for US$179 MSRP.





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Kodak EasyShare P880

Kodak EasyShare P880

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Kodak EasyShare P880

The P880 and a standard CD for size comparison.





Kodak EasyShare P880

Kodak EasyShare P880

The EasyShare P880 and the 12X super-zoom EasyShare P850.







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Kodak P880 Specifications
CCD imager 1/1.8" 8.3 megapixel, 4:3 aspect ratio
Output image size 8.0 MP (3264 x 2448)
7.1 MP (3264 x 2176) 3:2 print size
5.0 MP (2560 x 1920)
3.1 MP (2048 x 1536)
0.8 MP (1024 x 768)
Still format JPEG/EXIF v 2.21, RAW, TIFF
Lens Schneider-KREUZNACH VARIOGON 5.8X optical zoom
f/2.8 - f/4.1 (24 - 140mm, 35mm equivalent)
Advanced digital zoom 2X
Aperture f/2.8 - f/8.0 (wide), f/4.1 - f/8.0 (tele)
Shutter speed automatic: 1/2 - 1/4000 sec.; manual (S & M mode): 16 - 1/4000 sec.
Viewfinder electronic, 237K pixels, 30fps, 95% coverage
LCD 2.5 in. (6.4 cm) indoor/outdoor LCD
480 x 240 (115,000 pixels) with adjustable brightness settings
Still capture modes auto, SCN, PASM, C, flower, super close-up, landscape (standard and night landscape), portrait (standard, night portrait, anti-shake night portrait)
Scene modes sports, sunset, backlight, candlelight, text/document, manner/museum, snow, beach
Color modes high color, natural color, low color, sepia, black and white
Contrast high, normal, low
Sharpness high, normal, low
First burst mode 1.5 fps, maximum 6 images in any JPEG mode, maximum 4 in RAW mode
Last burst mode 1.5 fps, maximum last 6 images in any JPEG mode, maximum 4 in RAW mode
Time lapse burst mode user-selectable time lapse (10 sec-24 intervals, 2 - 99 images)
Click to capture 0.3 sec. (wide)
Shot to shot 1.2 sec. interval
Video mode continuous QUICKTIME compressed video with audio recording during video capture
Video resolution 640 × 480 pixels at 30 fps
320 × 240 pixels at 30 fps
Video length continuous based on memory capacity
Video features 5.8X zoom during video with digital video auto focus, print wallet-sized photos from video, video editing including trim, cut, split, merge, fast forward, rewind
Video format QUICKTIME video format, motion JPEG (video), PCM (audio)
Auto focus TTL-AF, hybrid AF external passive sensor, low light AF: high performance with AF assist light
Auto focus control single AF, continuous AF, moving AF
Auto focus modes multi-zone, center-zone, 25 selectable points
Manual focus with indicator and enlargement in LCD/EVF
Focus range wide - 2 in. (5 cm) - infinity
tele - 10 in. (25 cm) - infinity
close-up wide - 2 - 19.7 in. (5 - 50 cm)
close-up tele - 10 - 19.7 in. (25 - 50 cm)
Sensitivity auto; 50 - 200 selectable in PASM and custom mode except 0.8 MP picture size, ISO 400 - 1600
White balance auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, cloudy, open shade, sunset, custom 1 - 3, one-push, white balance available as one of white balance modes, white balance compensation available in PASM and C modes
White balance compensation yes
Exposure metering selectable zone AE (25 positions), multi-pattern AE, center-weighted AE, center-spot AE
Exposure control AE, selectable exposure metering, compensation, and bracketing
Exposure compensation +/- 2.0 EV with 1/3 EV step increments
Exposure bracketing selectable: 3 or 5 images with selectable +/- 1/3, 2/3, and 1.0 EV step
Histogram display selectable for display on live view and review
Built-in flash auto, slow sync fill flash, fill, off, red-eye reduction with flash, algorithm, or both
Flash range Guide No. 9 (m) ISO 100, wide (ISO 160): 1.6 - 13 ft (0.5 - 4.0 m), tele (ISO 200): 1.6 - 10 ft (0.5 - 3.1 m)
Hot shoe flash connector yes
Front/Rear curtain sync yes
Flash compensation +/- 1 EV in 1/3 EV step
Review options 1X - 10X magnify with pan, fast scroll, multi-up, multi-select, slide show, album, protect, image storage, copy, highlight clipping, histograms, dates and time, image info, view all or selected, edit stills and videos, tag for e-mail and Favorites, red-eye reduction, create JPEG or TIFF from RAW file
Quickview user-selectable screen options
Editing on-camera cropping, red-eye reduction, resizing, RAW file development
Favorites mode on-camera picture storage
Dedicated buttons shutter, mode dial, manual focus ring, manual zoom ring, program, digital zoom AE/AF lock, command dial, set, focus, drive, flash, exposure metering, ISO, WB, LCD/EVF, info, Share, review, delete, menu, 5-way joystick, diopter dial, power switch
Auto picture rotation yes
Storage 32 MB internal memory* available, SD/MMC card expansion slot
Software works with KODAK EASYSHARE Software
Self-timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds
Dock compatibility works with optional KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Plus, Printer Dock Series 3, and Camera Dock Series 3**
IMAGELINK Print System compatible yes
PICTBRIDGE enabled yes
Power options optional KODAK EASYSHARE Docks; KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery (1050 mAh, 1700 mAh or higher), optional 5V AC adapter inlet on camera
Lens protection lens cap with strap
Tripod mount 1/4 in. standard
I/O interface A/V output (NTSC or PAL, user-selectable), exclusive KODAK Camera Dock/Printer Dock interface, digital (USB 2.0 full speed) connector, PIMA 15740 picture transfer protocol
Weight without batteries: 17.6 oz (500 g)
Dimensions W × H × D: 4.5 × 3.1 × 2.4 in. (115 × 80 × 60 mm)
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)






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