Kodak P880 Review
Full review posted 01/12/2006
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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
The P880 and a standard CD for size comparison.
The EasyShare P880 and the 12X super-zoom EasyShare P850.