Nikon Coolpix 8800 Review
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Features & Controls
The Coolpix 8800 features a Nikkor ED 10x optical zoom lens with a 8.9-89mm (equivalent to 35-350mm) focal range. The maximum aperture range is F2.8-5.2, and the lens is comprised of 16 elements in 10 groups; all glass, Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied; two glass-molded ED lens elements included. It also features an AF-Assist lamp, which greatly increasers its ability to focus in dimly lit situations.
It Employs Nikon's exclusive 5-area Multi AF focusing system, the camera can automatically select the
"best" focus target or you can select one of 9 desired focusing zones manually. The autofocus range is
19.7 inches (50cm) to infinity in normal mode or an amazing 1.2 inches (3cm) to infinity when in macro mode.
The lens ring can be removed to attach optional lens adapters and filters. The Coolpix
8800 supports a complete series of affordable accessory lenses, which expand the camera's
zoom range. The Coolpix 8800 is compatible with Coolpix accessory lenses including the
1.7x ED glass teleconverter (TC-E17ED) (420mm), the 0.8x Wide Angle Adapter (WM-E80) and
the Fisheye converter lens (FC-E9.) And the HN-CP14 lens hood to prevent light flares.
Nikon has also incorporated its Vibration Reduction (VR) System - a similar version of the system used in Nikkor professional SLR lenses - into the Coolpix 8800. VR automatically detects and compensates for the small camera movements that cause image blur. Nikon claims this gives users the ability shoot at shutter speeds up to three stops slower without the risk of camera vibrations blurring the image.
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The built-in flash automatically "pops up" when needed. It can also be disabled and then controlled manually. It operates in the following modes: Auto Flash, Flash Cancel, Auto with Red-eye reduction, Fill Flash, Slow Sync and Rear-curtain Sync.
The flash working range is 1.64 ft. - 19.7 ft. (0.5 - 6.0m) Wide angle and 3.3 ft. - 9.8 ft. (1.0 - 3.0m)
Using the hot shoe, the Coolpix 8800 can be fitted with an external i-TTL speedlight such
as the Nikon SB-600 or the SB-800 (SB-50DX shown but usable only in Auto). The built-in
Speedlight can be cancelled when using an external flash or used in tandem. The Coolpix
8800 can control the SB-600 or SB-800 motorized zoom head but does not use its more
powerful AF-assist lamp.
The Coolpix 8800 employs an electronic viewfinder (EVF.) This is a 235,000-dot low-temp 0.44-inch TFT color
LCD with 97% frame coverage (100% in playback) and has dioptric adjustment.
The Coolpix 8800 features a fully articulated, 270°, 1.8", 134,000-pixel, polysilicon color TFT LCD. It is
illuminated by an LED backlight with adjustable intensity and has a frame coverage of approximately 97%
when used as a live viewfinder.
As you can see, this is very useful when shooting self-portraits, etc.
When not in use the color LCD can be turned to face inwards and closed against the back of the camera. It can also be closed facing outwards like other cameras with fixed LCD screens.
Note that either the EVF or LCD must be turned on as there is no conventional optical viewfinder, so if you like to carry the camera "powered up and ready" just set the Auto-Off value to 30s or 1m and let it go to sleep to save power. A quick tap of the shutter button wakes the camera up and it's ready to shoot in about two seconds.
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