Nikon Coolpix 885 Review
By Movable Type Admin
Features & Controls
The 3x Zoom-Nikkor is an all-glass, professional-quality aspherical lens comprised of 9 elements in 8 groups and a focal range of 8-24mm (38-114mm in 35mm format). The maximum aperture is F2.8 to F4.9. Auto focus is handled by a contrast detect TTL system, and the range is 1 ft. to infinity in normal and from 1.6 inches to infinity in Macro mode.
The optional UR-E4 adapter will allow the use of the Nikkor TC-E3ED 3x tele or TC-E2 2x
tele, the WC-E24 or WC-E63 wideangle lenses, the FC-E8 fisheye adapter or the ES-E28
The optical viewfinder zooms with the lens and shows approx.
80% of the captured image. The LEDs indicate the flash and focus status. There is
no diopter adjustment.
The builtin speedlight has a guide number of 23 (at ISO 100, ft.) and can be set for
Auto Flash, Red-Eye Reduction (lamp type), Fill Flash, Slow Sync or Disabled.
The power on/off switch is built around the shutter release. The Mode Dial has positions for Auto, Scene, CSM, Movie, Setup and Play.
The TRANSFER button lets the user easily transfer pictures from the camera to the host computer running the NikonView software. The button lets you quickly view the last picture taken, it displays in the upper-left quarter of the screen. Press the Quick Review button a second time to display it full screen.
Below the LCD are the Exposure Compensation (Delete), Focus (Exposure Data), Flash (Thumbnail Index) and MENU buttons. The Exposure Compensation button lets you dial in an EV override value of +/-2EV in record mode, in play mode it is the Delete button. The Focus button selects Landscape / Infinity, Macro, Macro + Selftimer or Selftimer in record mode, in play mode it toggles the four screens of image exposure data (see page 4 of this review). The Flash button cycles through the flash modes in record, in play mode it toggles the thumbnail index mode with either 9 or 4 images per screen. The MENU button enables the onscreen menu system which is navigated by the 4-way controller.
The 4-way controller is also used to select images during Play mode and operated the zoom in Record modes. Pressing the "Up" button turns the LCD on and off as well as controlling the data overlay information. Pressing it "Down" enables the Small Picture function to create reduced-size pictures (640 x 480, 320 x 240, 160 x 120, or 96 x 72 pixels) for quick and easy e-mailing to family and friends.
The zoom lens control buttons are located in the upper right corner of the back. The
telephoto button also serves to enable the zoomed playback function in play mode.
On the right side is the USB port for downloading image data to PC or USB-enabled Macintosh computers. The Nikon 885 is a USB Mass Storage device and can be accessed by file management utilities or you can use the TRANSFER button for auto-downloads if the NikonView software is used.
The DC IN port is for an optional AC power supply or an external battery pack.
On the left side is the Video Out port, the video signal is selectable for NTSC or PAL.
The optional MC-EU1 Remote Cord wired remote control can be plugged into the USB port. It
operates the shutter, zoom and adds a timelapse function.
The Coolpix 885 is equipped with a CompactFlash Type I card slot and is supplied
with an 16MB size card. Cards are easily removed by pushing the ejector button.
The camera can be powered by the Nikon EN-EL1 lithium rechargeable battery or by one-use 2CR5 type batteries. The EN-EL1 battery can power the camera for up to 90 minutes.
In the U.S. and some other countries the EN-EL1 is an optional (but
highly recommended) accessory.
An alternative Coolpix 885 power source is the Maha PowerBank, a $59 lightweight, external lithium battery with more than twice the amount of power of the Nikon EN-EL1 battery.
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