Nikon Coolpix 885 Review

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Nikon Coolpix 885



Record Modes & Screens




Nikon Coolpix 885

Typical AUTO record mode LCD screen display. The "ISO" is being displayed as a warning because the flash is disabled and the shutter speed (1/4 sec) is too slow to hand hold without camera shake which is why it is displayed in yellow. The zoom lens graph is displayed for a few seconds after the focal length has been changed.





Nikon Coolpix 885

When in the Manual mode you have complete control of the shutter speed and can select either a fully open or closed aperture. As you adjust the shutter speed or aperture an onscreen analog light meter shows you the current exposure value. In the frame above we also have the autofocus area set to manual selection mode.




Nikon Coolpix 885

The QuickReview button lets you see the last image captured in a quarter-size screen without leaving Record mode. Press the button again to make the image full screen. Tap the shutter release to quickly return to Record mode.




CSM Mode Menu Options



Shooting Menu page 1

  • White Balance - Auto, Manual preset, Fine (sunny), Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy or Speedlight.

  • Metering - Matrix, Spot, Center-Weighted or Spot AF Area

  • Continuous - Single, Continuous, Multi-shot 16, VGA Sequence or Ultra HS

  • Best-Shot Selector - Off or On

  • Image Adjustment - Auto, Normal, More Contrast, Less Contrast, Lighten or Darken Image, Black & White

  • Image Sharpening - Auto, High, Normal, Low, Off

  • Lens - Normal, Wide Adapter, Telephoto 2. Telephoto 2, Fisheye 1, Slide Copy Adapter




Shooting Menu page 2

  • Image Quality
      HI (uncompressed TIFF), compressed JPEG in Fine, Normal or Basic
      Size: Full (2048x1536 ), XGA (1024x768), VGA (640x480)

  • Sensitivity - Auto, 100, 200 or 400

  • Exposure Options
      Exposure Mode: Program AE or Manual
      AE Lock: Off, On, Reset
      Exposure compensation: +/- 2.0EV

  • Focus Options
      AF Area Mode: Auto, Manual, Off
      Auto-Focus Mode: Continuous or Single AF
      Focus Confirmation: MF, On or Off
      Distance Units: Feet or Meters

  • Auto Bracketing
      Off
      On with 3 or 5 frames and a step of +/- 0.3, 0.7 or 1.0EV
      WB Bracketing

  • Noise Reduction - On or Off

  • CF Card Format - No or Format




Nikon Coolpix 885

If the AF Area Mode is set to Manual you can select the desired focus area from one of the five target points. The default is automatic selection.






SCENE Mode Options

Nikon Coolpix 885

Nikon Coolpix 885





Nikon Coolpix 885

The Coolpix 885 can record QuickTime MOVie clips up to 40 seconds in length at 320 x 240 resolution. There is no microphone so the movies are silent. The optical zoom can be used during movie recording.





Setup Menu Options



Setup Menu page 1

  • Image Quality - Fine, Normal or Basic

  • Image Size - Full (2048x1536), XGA (1024x768), VGA (640x480)

  • Folders - Select desired image folder

  • Monitor Options
      Display Mode - Monitor On, Review Only, Preview Only, Monitor Off
      Brightness - Adjust brightness
      Hue - Adjust the hue (tint)

  • Auto Off - 30s, 1m, 5m, 30m

  • Sequential Numbering - On, Off, Reset

  • CF Card Format - Formats the CF card




Setup Menu page 2

  • Controls - Remember the settings after power off

  • Shot Confirm Lamp - On or Off

  • Pic Data/Transfer Store exposure info in the INFO.TXT file and enable or disable auto-marking of images for auto transfer

  • Date - Set time and date

  • Video Mode - NTSC or PAL format

  • Language - Set the menu language

  • Reset All - Reset all parameters to factory default


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