The New Nikon Coolpix 880 Specifications Review

Nikon Coolpix 800 a fast development from the Coolpix 700, which consequently had taken the courage of the 950, made the human body more compact, eliminated the rotating and included a set (in the situation of the 700) and a 2x contact (in the situation of the 800). So it was simple enough to estimate that Nikon would do something identical this season. Obviously they’ve missed the Coolpix 770 as it would not be a large supplier… Instead they’ve gone directly for the 880 which is actually the courage and imager from the 990 in a remodeled (fixed) situation with a 2.5x visual zoom capability and some new functions not discovered on the 990. This will be their primary new electronic item at Photokina 2000, Europe’s greatest electronic photography display.

Nikon Coolpix 880 Review
Nikon Coolpix 880 Review

Nikon Coolpix 880 Body And Design

There will be two different color designs to the 880 a gold cased one (such as you see here) and a dark situation with red control buttons – see other websites opinions. These two different colored systems will be available globally. Observe, the covering content is not the same mineral magnesium metal used on the 990 but a more conventional high-impact plastic content.

Nikon Coolpix 880 Review Body And design
Nikon Coolpix 880 Review Body And design

With it’s almost rectangle looks the 880 is also a crack from the past 800’s whole body style, although identical the 880 is 20 mm smaller (width) and 8 mm not so deep (depth) it’s also 40g less heavy (most likely thanks to the Lithium battery). If you’re looking for a dimension / style evaluation it’s almost identical to the Olympus C-3030Z.

Viewfinder

Nikon Coolpix 880 Review Viewfider
Nikon Coolpix 880 Review Viewfider

Conventional digicam viewfinder, no dioptric modification, that said you’re not losing much.. No significant developments in viewfinder technological innovation, just the regular lightweight digicam visual viewfinder. A parallax modification structure is noticeable in the viewfinder for use when capturing nearer than 90 cm (1 yard). Lighting beside the viewfinder indicate the position of.

Nikon Coolpix 880 Features

JPEG/TIFF Picture Dimension & Quality

The 880 provides a lower variety of image size / top quality mixtures than the 990. Gone is the 3:2 rate size 2048 x 1360, now a more uncomplicated FULL (2048 x 1536), XGA (1024 x 768) and VGA (640x 480). All of these image dimensions may have three JPEG top quality stages (FINE, NORMAL and BASIC) plus an uncompressed TIFF method (HI) at 2048 x 1536.

ISO (Sensitivity) Adjustment

ISO equivalence on a digicam is the capability to boost the understanding of the CCD to allow for quicker shutter rates of speed and/or better efficiency in low mild. The way this performs in a digicam is by “turning up the volume” on the CCD’s indication amps, nothing is without it’s cost however and doing so also increases any disturbance that may exist and often impacts color vividness. Below are three pictures, in purchase ISO 100, 200 and 400.

Image Adjustment

Image improvements can be seen as changing the factors given to the inner image handling methods before the picture is constructed to the CF cards. The 880 has the same variety of image improvements first seen in the 990. The consequence of the modification is shown in the LCD review before you capture. Below are six examples comprising the six possible Picture Adjustment ways.

It has been mentioned that Nikon’s Picture Adjustment methods are like S shapes in Photoshop, that is although the look of the picture is modified the overall powerful variety is not impacted and you should be able to send returning any of these pictures returning to the “Normal” look (apart, obviously, from Dark & White).

Picture Sharpening

As with the 990, the 880 provides management over the interior improving methods in you, you can select from Automatic Sharpening (different improving instantly used based upon on image material – don’t like the concept of that) and three stages of improving (Normal about the same as other electronic cameras) or no improving at all (for the purist photographer in you). The examples below are 100% plants of different improving stages for the same field.

Digital Zoom

Readers of my opinions will know I’m not an enormous fan of zoom capability as it’s often a poorly used and rarely used (by owners) promotion “ploy” to offer digital cameras which don’t have an visual zoom capability. The 880 has a 2.5 x visual zoom capability, and has a variety of electronic zooms which can be used on top of this. These zooms variety from 1.2 x to 4.0 x in 0.2 x actions. They are however basically farming (selecting the mid portion of the image) and sampling-up, the only benefits in doing zoom capability within you is (a) if you don’t have any picture application to increase (and interpolate) the picture or (b) to electronically zoom capability without cruising the JPEG relics.

Nikon Coolpix 880 Images Quality

Overall Picture Quality

I’m quite satisfied to review that the 880 has got the 990’s outstanding picture top quality. Put simply this indicates the 880 has the best overall picture high top quality of any 3 mega-pixel lightweight digicam in its “size league” (Canon Powershot S20, Sony models DSC-S70, Fujifilm Finepix 4700Z, Olympus C-3030Z). Pictures were fantastically metered (thanks to Nikon’s matrix metering system), well color healthy (erring along the side of neutrality rather than over saturation) great quality and details meaning.

Purple Fringing (Chromatic Aberrations)

Quite amazed by this outcome, the lens in the 880 seemed to carry out very well in actual lifestyle photos, we waded through our 1000+ “real life” photos looking for an example of violet fringing but could not find any. Unusually though our analyze taken (black cards with a design cut into it taken against a screen, purposely over exposed) created the same quantity of fringing as we saw in the 990

Barrel and Pincushion Distortion

Fairly regular quantity of gun barrel distortions at extensive position for a digicam, pincushion distortions is almost none available probably because complete tele is only 2.5x. Quantity of distortions measured as the curvature in the horizontally line (from remaining or right to its center) as a amount of image dimension.

White-colored Balance

The Coolpix wide range (990, 880) are now management of the white-colored stability action. Of course, there’s Automated white-colored stability which usually does a outstanding job but there are also five presets all of which can be outstanding modified, seven ways in total:

  • Auto
  • White Balance Pre-specified (shoot from a white-colored bank cards / white-colored surfaces to predetermined a
  • white-colored balance)
  • Fine (+/-3)
  • Incandescent (+/-3)
  • Fluorescent (FL1, FL2, FL3)
  • Cloudy (+/-3)
  • Speedlight / Show (+/-3)

The ability to improve the pre-programmed white-colored stages out (positive towards blue; cold, negative towards red; warmer) ensures that with a little exercise you should always be able to get the right white-colored stability, Regards to Nikon for determining how important appropriate white-colored stability is (Sony take note). The illustrations below were taken at XGA.

Nikon Coolpix 880 Review Images quality
Nikon Coolpix 880 Review Images quality

A outstanding performance under frequent sunshine, as we’d predict the Automated white-colored stability difficulties a little under incandescent and fluorescent light, but as the 880 has such a number of white-colored stability abilities it’s always possible to have a outstanding white-colored stability. If you’re looking for sure perfection you can always use information predetermined white-colored stability which will produce results like the example below (second image taken after using information predetermined white-colored stability off a 45 level white-colored card).

Nikon Coolpix 880 Specifications

Price US $799 (MSRP excl. Taxes)
UK £699 (including battery & charger Inc VAT)
Germany – DM1799 (body only)
France – FF7480 (including battery & charger)
Body Available in Silver or Black worldwide
CCD pixels 3.34 megapixels (3.24 effective)
CCD size 1/1.8″ (0.556″)
Image ratio 4:3
Max resolution 2048 x 1536
Lower resolutions 1024 x 768, 640 x 480
Image modes JPEG, TIFF
Quality Levels Hi (TIFF), Fine, Normal, Basic
ISO sensitivity AUTO, ISO 100, 200, 400
Zoom wide (W) 38 mm
Zoom wide (T) 95 mm (2.5 x)
Digital Zoom 1.2 x – 4.0 x in 0.2 x steps
Auto Focus Yes (Auto or five-area multi AF or spot AF)
Manual Focus Yes, 48 positions, 4 cm (1.6″) – Infinity
Normal focus distance 40 cm (1.3 ft) – Infinity
Macro focus distance 4 cm (1.6 “) – Infinity
Lens Nine elements in seven groups (F2.8 – F4.2)
Aperture Two stops, F2.8 and F7.8 [W], F4.2 and F11.3 [T]
Min shutter BULB, 8 seconds
Max shutter 1/1000 sec
Metering modes 256 Segment Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot, Spot AF Area (5 manually selectable points)
White balance modes Yes – 5 position with fine tuning, manual preset
Sharpening control Auto, High, Normal, Low, Off
Tone control Auto, Normal, More contrast, Less contrast, Lighten, Darken, Black & White
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Anti-red-eye, Slow Sync, Off
Flash range 0.4 – 2.5 m/1´4½ – 8´2½ (T)
0.4 – 3.7 m/1´4½ – 12´2½ (W)
Macro mode: 0.2 – 2.5 m/8½ – 8´2½ (T)
Flash connector None
Exposure adjustment -2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV steps
Aperture priority Yes, two stops
Shutter priority None
Full manual Yes, apertures: 2, shutter speeds: 15 (including BULB)
Continuous / Burst Yes (1.5fps full size), 80 @ 320 x 240 (30 fps), 40 sec QuickTime (15 fps)
Tripod mount Yes
Self-timer Yes, 3 or 10 seconds
Time-lapse recording No
Video out NTSC / PAL selectable
Storage type Compact Flash Type I
Viewfinder Optical, 80% coverage
LCD 1.8″, 110,000 pixel
Playback zoom Yes, up to 4.0 x, smooth scrollable
Operating system Proprietary
Connectivity USB or Serial (RS-232C, RS-432)
Battery / Charger • One 6 V 2CR5 (DL245) lithium battery
– or –
• Rechargeable Nikon EN-EL1 lithium-ion battery
(US optional – est. $39)
• EH-21 AC adapter/battery charger
(US optional – est. $59)
Weight (inc batt.) 320 g (11.3 oz)
Dimensions – body only 99.5 × 75 × 53.2 mm (3.9½ ×3.0½ ×2.1½)
Official Brochure Nikon Coolpix 880 Brochure (PDF – 1,378 KB)