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Nikon Coolpix 8800 8MP Digital Camera with 10x Vibration Reduction Optical Zoom Lens

by Nikon

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  • 8.0 Effective Megapixels for photo-quality prints beyond 20" x 30"
  • 10x Ultra Telephoto Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED 35-350mm Lens (35mm equivalent) for wide-angle, telephoto, and macro shots
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) System helps you take sharper handheld shots in low light and other conditions
  • D-Lighting improves images shot with strong back lighting or in shadow
  • 15 Scene Modes automatically adjust controls for great pictures instantly
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: COOLPIX8800
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 8 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 10 x
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Product Details

Product Manual [17.21mb PDF]| Data Sheet [993kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 4.8 x 3.4 inches ; 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00061S2OO
  • Item model number: COOLPIX8800
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,029 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 24, 2003

Product Description

Product Description

2/8/200615-19-32. Nikon

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer The Coolpix 8800 and its newly developed CCD offer 8.0 effective megapixels for an astoundingly high resolution of 3,264 x 2,448 pixels. Quality like this makes images of exceptionally high definition possible--even when cropped.

10x Zoom-Nikkor ED Lens
The 10x zoom gives you the power of a 35-350mm (35mm equivalent) lens, while macro capability lets you get as close as 1.2 inches (3 centimeters) from your subject. This combination is supported by Nikon’s world-renowned optical technology, with two Pro-Quality ED glass elements that delivers crisp, clear images while minimizing chromatic aberration--all of which helps realize the full potential of 8.0 effective megapixels.

Lifelike Image Reproduction
The Coolpix 8800’s exclusive image processing technology takes true-to-life images a step closer to reality. A 256-segment matrix metering system enables optimal exposures in even the most challenging lighting environments, while Matrix Auto White Balance neutralizes color deviations created by ambient light sources. Both advanced features allow the Coolpix 8800 to preserve a faithful reproduction of color, detail, and gradation.

The Nikon Coolpix 8800 VR system
The Coolpix 8800's Vibration Reduction (VR) system.
Vibration Reduction (VR)
Nikon's VR (Vibration Reduction) technology is an exciting feature that allows sharp photographs to be taken when the camera cannot be held perfectly still. Vibration Reduction offers the ability to shoot at shutter speeds of more than three stops (or eight times) slower, without the risk of camera vibrations blurring your image. Camera shake occurs when the small movements of your hands cause an image to blur when the shutter is released. With Nikon's VR system, angular velocity sensors detect camera movement and then calculate the direction and width of the blurred area. Using this calculation, the VR unit automatically adjusts to the camera vibrations by compensating for image movement on the CCD. VR's steadying effect is easy to see, not only in the images you take, but also on the LCD/viewfinder when shooting.

The Nikon Coolpix 8800 VR system
Nikon's VR system offers the ability to shoot at shutter speeds of more than three stops (or eight times) slower, allowing for steady images in low-light settings.
  • Use the active mode for best results when shooting from a moving vehicle.
  • With the 10x zoom providing a 350mm (35mm equivalent) range, image blur will always be a concern when you're not using a tripod. VR cuts down on image blur--even when using high-powered zoom lenses.
  • Image blur is always a concern in low-light shooting situations. VR lets you take steady shots without a speedlight or a tripod. It is also effective for slow sync flash shots.
  • Sometimes you want to capture the flow of movement with a slow-shutter shot. VR makes it happen while keeping the background steady and clear.
  • Use Normal mode to compensate for only non-intended camera movement (camera shake). In this way, you can express motion in the background while keeping the subject in clear focus.
  • VR also works for the camera's movie modes, meaning clear and steady movie shots are easier than ever.
  • VR is effective when attaching the telephoto converter (TC-E17ED) with UR-E17, as well as the wide-angle converter attachment (WM-E80). That means shooting at shutter speeds of more than three stops is guaranteed from 28mm wide-angle to 600mm telephoto (35mm equivalent).

The Nikon Coolpix 8800 VR system
The VR system works in multiple settings and modes, enabling shake-free movies, as well as zoom and macro images.
Scene Modes, Auto and Manual Setting
For the ultimate in creative control, choose between automatic, aperture priority, shutter priority and full manual settings. Or choose one of 15 scene modes to automatically adjust controls for great pictures instantly. With a choice of 15 scene modes, you can quickly select the most appropriate mode for the scene you are capturing.
  • Macro: Allows shooting as close as approximately 1.2 inches from your subject.
  • Movie mode: Capture live action with sound. Clips are saved as a QuickTime movie, which can easily be e-mailed to family and friends.

Metering
Choose your preferred light metering system. Select Nikon's exclusive 256-segment matrix, center-weighted, spot, or autofocus (AF) spot metering options. (Use matrix metering for general shooting, center-weighted for a central subject, spot for emphasis on a particular area, and AF spot to lock metering and focus on a particular area. The in-camera red-eye fix corrects most typical instances of red-eye during the picture taking process. By the time you're ready for your next shot, the camera has already fixed and saved the image, without the red eyes.

Autofocus
Contrast-detect TTL-AF, center, auto 5-area multi AF, manual 9-area multi AF selectable. AF Assist Illuminator makes sharp focus possible when the subject is not well lit.

Flash
A hot shoe lets you connect an additional Nikon speedlight (flash) to the top of the camera. The six-mode built-in flash includes auto, red-eye reduction (by pre-flash), anytime flash, flash cancel, slow sync, and rear-curtain sync. Features one-touch upload for easy image transfer from camera to computer.

D-lighting
Improve images shot with strong back lighting or in shadow. While in playback, select the D-lighting function, apply it and save the corrected image. D-lighting fixes underexposed and backlit images without harming the properly exposed areas of your image.

PictureProject Software
Nikon PictureProject is a fast and powerful tool for organizing and working with your pictures easily and intuitively. PictureProject will let you transfer your pictures from your camera seamlessly. You can then edit, remove red-eye, enhance, crop, print, e-mail, post pictures to the Web, or create a photo album. You can even publish them to your PDA, create slideshows with music, or stitch together a number of pictures to create a stunning panorama.

With Nikon PictureProject, you can spend more time taking pictures instead of managing them and then easily store, organize, and share your memories. PictureProject will work with Windows 98 SE, 2000, Me, and XP, as well as Mac OS X (10.1.5 or later).

What's in the Box:
Camera, lens cap, strap, USB cable, audio-video cable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery (EN-EL7), battery charger (MH-56), wireless remote controller (ML-L3), and PictureProject CD-ROM.

Customer Reviews

I do recommend this camera if you can afford it.
Amazon Customer
Initially she was very resistant to use the camera because it can be somewhat intimidating what with all that extra text in the viewfinder and the buttons and modes.
R. D. Smith
I told Nikon Service during the first week they had it that I didn't want to repair the connection because it was more of a nuisance.
Wanabe bird photog

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

145 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Darlene on December 3, 2004
I have owned the Nikon 8800 for two months now and I do love this camera--sharp photos, accurate color, and good ergonomics. Very well-built. This is a very feature-rich camera and I am still trying various features. Mostly I have been taking photos (about 1800 already) in both Program mode and Aperture Priority mode and getting to know the camera.

I don't really have much problem with the auto focusing. I owned the 5700 before this and several other Nikon digitals. While the Nikon uses a contrast-based focusing system, this particular camera has a very effective focus assist light that allows good low light focusing, even in a completely dark room. Focusing in general is very quick, though the camera hunts just a little at full tele. Shutter lag is minimal but this camera is a little slow in writing to card. The use of Quick Response, though, allows you to take immediate shots if you do not need to refocus (though you can recompose) and there are a variety of continuous modes so this is a minimal problem for me in the type of photography I do, even when taking photos of my husband riding his bicycle (Panning with him in focus and background blurred). I take most of my indoor photos near wide angle and I choose to turn off the 9-point area focus system. If this is on, the camera has a smaller area to try to focus in. I tend to use an exposure of a minus 1/3 outdoors and a plus 1/3 indoors.

Outdoors the 10X stabilized lens is fun and the VR stabilization technology works very well.

Photo quality is very high and there is very low noise at ISO 50. I do not usually need to use an antinoise program on my photos unless I use the higher ISOs.

TTL focusing is possible with the SB600 or SB800 external flashes.
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195 of 206 people found the following review helpful By Jason M. Zorn on November 9, 2004
I consider myself a typical prosumer photographer (if such a thing exists) -- I have had several digital cameras over the past 3 or 4 years from 1MP, 2MP 3.2MP, 5.1MP and now this 8MP wonder. It produces quality shots with a "virtual" SLR viewfinder; unless your stubbornly dogmatic about needing a "real" dSLR, this camera is equal to, if not better than, most dSLRs that cost 2-3 times as much. The only place where a dSLR might prove more advantageous would be for the photographer who is looking to take alot of VERY FAST moving action, such as war correspondents and sports journalists. Considering the vast majority of professional photographers do everything else - from wedding/portrait photography, macro photography, wildlife, etc. - this camera equals and exceeds its pricier kin manyfold. I would also remind everyone that the megapixel value is higher on this than on most dSLRs, and the noise is almost non-existent except in severely bad (I mean SEVERELY bad) lighting conditions. Tip: use lumatix and autobracketing, coupled with Photo Ninja on your pics and you will rarely ever have a bad photo (technically, not compositionally) as it pertains to exposure and grain/luminance noise. Final verdict: this one beats out all the other 8MP models and fulfils 90%+ of the professional photographer's needs as well or better than the pricier (and lower MP) 4-6MP dSLR's do (except for very-fast-moving photo work, which is only an issue if your a photojournalist in all likelyhood.)
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Smith on March 21, 2005
I own a D70 and bought the 8800 for my wife. Initially she was very resistant to use the camera because it can be somewhat intimidating what with all that extra text in the viewfinder and the buttons and modes.

With time, she warmed up to the camera and now loves it. The VR stabilized zoom is a critical plus feature with the VR making a noticable difference.

The camera takes great pictures in Auto in a variety of situations and it does a pretty amazing job of figuring out what the exposure should be for some pretty hairy conditions. (Ironically this seems to be even better than my D70, but this is only an impression, not a calibrated fact). We have not tried to use some of the more advanced features of this camera, but "Movie Mode" works well. I don't know why 640X480 60FPS mode has a 60 second limit though. (It must have something to do with write buffering, because when you finish a 60 second clip, the camera goes busy for QUITE some time.) The bottom line is that you can get a lot of great pictures with this camera just leaving it on "auto".

There are two caveats about this camera that cause me to only give this four stars. The first is that the camera is slow, particularly to focus. In fact, this slowness is the real reason it took so long for my wife to get used to it. By the time you have framed the shot of the kids and the camera goes through the full range of focus, the moment is gone. By comparison with my D70 in rapid fire mode, I have turned the camera on, zoomed to size and taken a half dozen shots. (One of those 6 pictures "worked" vs. zero with the 8800.) Once you learn to manage the "half depression" for the take button, you can somewhat compensate, but it is not intuitive operation.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 27, 2004
I have owned every coolpix from the 900 to this one. Every time they come out with a new model, I sell the old, and buy the new. There are always some new feature I'd like to have, items on my wish list that have been answered. (Some of my best shots were taken with the 900 1MP model.) I certainly miss the smaller twist models (last:4500).

The good: I'm comparing mostly with the more recent coolpix models, not similar cameras from other manufacturers. I could go into why I've stuck with Nikon, but that's another story. Nikon has wisely taken their most often used controls away from an inconvient buried menu and put in on a dial right net to the shutter release. The have threaded the front lens mount for easier use of lens add-ons. (the 5700 and 8700 require slide on adaptors). the Vibration Reduction was a big upgrading feature for me. Past owned coolpixes: you're taking a shot of people outdoors in shade. The coolpix wants to use the flash. You disable the flash and find that your resultant shots are blurry. Agggrhhh!!! The VR helps in this respect. I've pushed the use of this feature, and its certainly not a miracle worker, but an improvement. The 10X zoom lens is a real winner- keeps away the temptation to use an add-on tele conversion lens. The short movie feature is better in quality than past cameras and very handy. There is a new battery model- needed for the more power hungry 8800. If your coming from a smaller MP camera, the 8MP's value is in allowing you to crop in software and still get a sharp print. Also for making very large enlargments. For regular snapshots and email/web photos it is gross overkill.
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