Nikon Coolpix 8800 Review
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Record Modes & Screens
This is a typical screen view when in Program AE mode. The same information is
displayed on the EVF or color LCD display. The zoom lens indicator is
displayed for several seconds whenever the focal length is changed.
The Coolpix 8800 uses a 9-area AF system that can automatically select the focus area
(default) or you can manually select a focus area using the 4-way selector.
The AF point turns red when active.
Instead of using LED indicators
located next to the viewfinder, the Coolpix 8800 puts
these indicators on the screen itself. The "SB" icon indicates the condition of the
speedlight and the "AF" icon indicates the auto focus status.
In Manual record mode the user has full control of both the shutter speed
and aperture. To assist you in getting the exposure correct there is an
onscreen metering display. Change the shutter speed or aperture until you get
the center box lit to insure proper exposure.
In Shutter speed priority, you select the desired shutter
speed to freeze rapid action or to blur movement and the camera selects the proper
Or use Aperture priority to increase or decrease the depth of field
(range of focus), you select the aperture and the camera picks the appropriate
You can also enable the live Histogram by pressing the DISPlay button located
on the back. This displays the distribution of light, colors, etc. in an image
(can only be used in P, S, or A modes and cannot be used with AE lock.)
The user can manually select one of nine AF points if desired or the camera
can automatically select it based on scene content.
Pressing the Quick Review button brings the last picture captured up onscreen in the
upper left hand corner of the screen. Press the Quick Review button again and it is
displayed full screen. You can quickly go back to record mode by tapping the shutter
release at any time.
The Scene Mode options are: Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night portrait,
Beach/Snow, Landscape, Dusk/Dawn, Night landscape, Museum, Fireworks show,
Close up, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist, Sports, and Sunset.
As with all Coolpix cameras, the 8800 features exceptional macro closeup coverage
down to an amazing 1.2 inches from the lens.
In addition to still images the Coolpix 8800 can record motion video sequences
as follows: TV movie (640 x 480 pixels) with audio at 30 fps; up to 60
seconds, or Small movie (320 x 240 pixels) with audio at 15 fps; up to 895
seconds, Time-lapse movie (640 x 480 pixels) at 30 fps; up to 35 seconds,
Sepia movie (320 x 240 pixels) with audio at 15 fps; up to 895 seconds or B/W
movie (320 x 240) with audio at 15 fps; up to 895 seconds.
The optical zoom can not be used while recording movies but you can use the
Here is the My Menu screen, which is the shortcut menu that appears when you
press the Menu button. This allows you to quickly change camera settings.
You can also customize this menu (shown above.) You can choose from white
balance, metering, continuous, BSS, image adjustment, saturation control and
Page 1 of the Shooting Menu:
Metering - Matrix, Spot, Center-weighted averaging or Spot AF Area
Continuous - Choose the drive mode (Single, Continuous H, Continuous L, Multi-shot 16, Ultra HS, 5 shot buffer, and Interval Timer Shooting)
BSS - Best Shot Selector (up to 10 images are captured and only the "best" one is saved)
Image Adjustment - Auto, Normal, More Contrast, Less Contrast or Darken
Saturation Control - Maximum, Enhanced, Normal, Moderate, Minimum, B&W
User Setting - Select Custom 1 or Custom 2 settings
Page 2 of the Shooting Menu:
Sensitivity - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
Image Sharpening - Auto, High, Normal, Low, Off
Lens - Auxiliary lens settings for Wide angle, Fisheye or Telephoto adapters
Exposure Options - AE Lock, Set maximum Bulb duration
Focus Options - AF Area Mode, AF Mode (Continuous or Single), Focus Confirmation
Zoom Options - Enable/disable digital zoom, enable/disable fixed aperture, set zoom speed
Page 3 of the Shooting Menu:
Speedlight Options - Auto/manual popup, flash exp. compensation, internal and external speedlight control
Auto Bracketing - Set the step value and the number of frames for the AEB or enable white balance bracketing
Noise Reduction - Enable noise reduction for exposures longer than 1/30 sec
Reset All - Reset all parameters to default values.
My Menu - Configure the items displayed on My Menu screen
CF Card Format - Format the CF card
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