Nikon Coolpix 885 Images Quality And Specification Review

The Coolpix 885 was declared just in time for the IFA 2001 technology display in Germany, at the end of Aug 2001. It represents an progress to the 880 style of last season, Nikon have introduced the 885 in line with the 775 with the inclusion of the ‘Auto Transfer’ operate (and Exchange button) which make posting pictures from you far simpler. They’ve also taken notice of the style and style, the 885 is a more curved than the 880, it’s also less heavy and more compact and looks just like a a little bit bigger 775.

Nikon Coolpix 885 Review
Nikon Coolpix 885 Review

Another big enhancement this season is that the 885 now has a 3x visual contact, this will make it an online ‘pocket 990’ with a large number of the new functions from the 995. The small lens though with its highest possible aperture of F2.8 – F4.9 is still a little bit slowly in comparison to some of competitors who have F2.0 – F2.5 (and even F1.8) contacts. The cameras visibility ways have also gone through quite a tremble up, gone are individual P, A and M visibility ways, now there’s simply the CSM method which gives you finish management over you (white stability, guide concentrate, bracketing, improving etc.) and two visibility configurations of P and M (manual). For a digicam with only two selectable apertures it’s hardly any problems to do away with aperture concern.

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Nikon Coolpix 885 Body And Design

Looking amazingly similar (yet even more curved and stylized) to its more compact sibling the 775 the new 885 takes on last years 880 design and refines it. The whole case is made from molded nasty yet it all seems powerful and creak free. The use of nasty has also assisted to keep the 885 light, completely filled with its Lithium-Ion standard rechargeable battery power the electronic camera is just 285 g (10.1 oz), that’s just 50 g (1.8 oz) bulkier than the 775.

Nikon Coolpix 885 Body And Design
Nikon Coolpix 885 Body And Design

One thing which has been given up is the top position LCD, while some people may skip this it’s not something we usually find on a lightweight digicam and if it helps get the electronic camera size down then I think it’s a compromise worth making.

Unlike some lightweight electronic cameras Nikon have taken notice of the every day use of the electronic camera, that big large hand hold makes the electronic camera easy to support and bring and gives the electronic camera a a sense of being better incorporated with the photographer. Around the back of the electronic camera there has been a rearrangement of the control buttons which now run below the LCD observe, the two key zoom capability operator has also been modified for an all in one musician type. The 885 is one of the best lightweight electronic cameras to support and use.

Lightweight Display compartment

The 885’s Lightweight Display section entrance is a glide out and turn open kind, it is molded into the back of the hand hold. Inside you will discover a Lightweight Display Type I port and an remove key which drives the cards out just far enough for the ‘thumb lip’ on the back again of the cards to be revealed. No major problems here. The 885 doesn’t support Type II cards (such as the IBM Microdrive). The digicam is offered a 16 MB Type I cards.


On the right part of the digicam (from the back) just beside the Lightweight Display section you will discover the USB and DC-IN relationships (behind a rubberized door). On the remaining part a devoted movie out plug (this is one of the places the 885 is different the 775 which has an ‘all in one’ plug for both USB and Video Out).


The 885’s lens now provides a complete 3x visual zoom capability (38 – 114 mm equiv.) with a highest possible aperture of F2.8 at extensive position and F4.9 at complete telephoto. Compared with the 775 there’s no automated lens cover, instead a lens cap and sequence are provided. On energy up the lens expands out of its safety gun barrel and creases at energy off.


The 885’s flash unit is installed above and to the remaining of the lens, it has a estimated range of 3.7 m (12 ft) at extensive position. The small light straight to the right it is for redeye decrease / self clock sign. In redeye decrease method the light lighting for 1.5 a few moments before the flash shoots which is expected to help reduce the size of the model’s student.

Tripod install / camera base

Relatively simple platform design, tripod install is made of plastic (this will make some wince, but this digicam isn’t aimed at prosumers). It’s locality to battery pack compartment will probably mean that on some tripod mounts you’ll not be able to change battery pack without unscrewing the install.

Nikon Coolpix 885 Images Quality

ISO (Sensitivity) and noticeable noise

ISO equivalence on a digicam is the ability to increase 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 its price however and doing so also increases any disturbance that may be present and often impacts color vividness. The 885 features three selectable ISO breathing difficulties of 100, 200, and 400 as well as the same Automatic method we’ve seen before which seems to be to alter understanding between ISO 100 and 200 based upon on available mild.

Nikon Coolpix 885 ISO (Sensitivity) and noticeable noise
Nikon Coolpix 885 ISO (Sensitivity) and noticeable noise

White Balance

Just like the 995 the 885 showed a green throw with Automatic white-colored stability under incandescent illumination. Clearly auto white-colored stability is best suited for under daylight. Cheers to Nikon for such as the excellent tuneable white-colored stability choice on the 885, it allows you to slightly modify the pre-programmed white-colored levels out to match your common capturing surroundings. The guide predetermined choice generates continually precise stability and color hue. Observe how much more powerful whites appear to be in comparison to the rest of large variety (I’ll opinion more on this later in the review).

Macro Focus

Although the 885 doesn’t have the 9xx sequence macro power it is certainly very capable in its own right, more so than most 3 mega-pixel compacts. The digital cameras the best possible macro central duration variety is at the extensive end of zoom capability and is indicated on the LCD observe by the macro symbol switching yellow-colored. At complete extensive position macros with the lens very close to the topic are possible, cruising a little further (10 mm as a local central length) and we are still within the the best possible central duration variety but must move back from the topic. Here we get roughly 4.8 cm horizontally structure protection with less gun barrel distortions than at complete extensive position.

Nikon Coolpix 885 Macro Focus
Nikon Coolpix 885 Macro Focus

Low Light Focus

In a new addition to our opinions we’ll now be calculating the lowest amount of sunshine under which electronic camera can still concentrate. The main concentrate focus on is our lens distortions test graph (shown here on the right), electronic camera is put exactly 2 m (6.6 ft) away. Light levels are progressively decreased until electronic camera can no longer concentrate. This is done at both extensive position and telephoto zoom capability roles (as more mild gets to the concentrating systems with a bigger aperture).

Night exposures / Noise Reduction

The 885 has two options for taking evening exposures. The first is the Night Scenery field method, the second is a guide visibility of up to 8-seconds. Night Scenery launches at ISO 400 for an optimum visibility of 2 a few moments, this indicates to have a powerful red throw (you can’t choose white-colored balance) and is quite loud. For the guide exposures below I set white-colored good Incandescent (to complete road lighting) and took one taken with disturbance decrease off and one with it on. It’s clear to see that Nikon’s disturbance decrease is effective, eliminating ‘hot pixels’ and changing them instead with the regular value of around p.

Nikon Coolpix 885 Night exposures
Nikon Coolpix 885 Night exposures Photo By Azis Photography

Nikon Coolpix 885 Specifications

Street Price US$ 600
Body Material Plastic
CCD pixels (JCIA) 3.21 million effective
CCD size** 1/1.8″
CCD Colour Filter Array C – Y – G – M
Max resolution 2048 x 1536
Lower resolutions • 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Small picture sizes (For email / web etc., available in play mode)
• 640 x 480
• 320 x 240
• 160 x 120
• 96 x 72
Image ratio w:h 4:3
Image formats Click for help • JPEG (EXIF)
• TIFF (in CSM mode)
Quality Levels • Fine (~4:1)
• Normal (~8:1)
• Basic (~16:1)
Sensitivity equiv. • Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Lens Thread With optional UR-E4 lens adapter you can use:
• WC-E24 lens
• WC-E63 lens
• TC-E2 lens
• TC-E3ED lens
• FC-E8 lens
• ES-E28 slide-copying adapter
Zoom wide (W) 38 mm
Zoom tele (T) 114 mm (3 x)
Lens Aperture F2.8 – F4.9
Lens Design 9 elements in 8 groups, Nikkor
Digital zoom x1.2 – x4.0 in x0.2 steps
Auto Focus • Contrast detection TTL
• 5-area Multi AF or Spot AF selectable
• Focus confirmation (either only Manual Focus or all the time)
Auto Focus modes • Continuous AF (LCD monitor on)
• Single AF (LCD monitor off)
AF Illumination lamp No
Manual Focus Yes, 50 positions with focus confirmation
Normal focus range Wide: 30 cm (1 ft) – Infinity
Tele: 60 cm (2 ft) – Infinity
Macro focus range Wide: 4 cm (1.5 in) – Infinity
Tele: 30 cm (1 ft) – Infinity
Min shutter 8 sec (up to 60 seconds Bulb exposure)
Max shutter 1/1000 sec
Apertures 2 apertures:
Wide: F2.8 / F7.6
Tele: F4.9 / F13.4
Noise reduction Yes, can be enabled for long exposures
Metering • 256-segment Matrix Metering
• Center weighted average
• Spot
• Spot AF area
Exposure adjustment -2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV steps
AE Bracketing Yes, 3 or 5 images
Exposure modes • Auto
• Scene
• Movie
Scene modes • Portrait
• Party/Indoor
• Night Portrait
• Beach/Snow
• Landscape
• Sunset
• Night Landscape
• Museum
• Fireworks Show
• Close Up
• Copy
• Backlight
Aperture priority No
Shutter priority No
Manual exposure Yes
White Balance • Auto
• Manual preset
• Fine*
• Incandescent*
• Fluorescent*
• Cloudy*
• Speedlight*
* fine tunable: +/- 2 levels
White Balance bracket Yes
Continuous • Continuous: 2048 x 1536 BASIC: 1.6 fps, 8 images*
• Continuous: 2048 x 1536 NORMAL: 1.6 fps, 4 images*
• Continuous: 2048 x 1536 FINE: 1.6 fps, 2 images*
• VGA Seq: 640 x 480: 1.6 fps, 44 images
• Ultra HS: 320 x 240: 30 fps, 80 images
• Multi-shot 16: 16 frames on a single 2048 x 1536 image, 2.2 fps
* one image shortly after initial burst
Movie clip 320 x 240 MOV clip, 40 seconds max, no audio
Built-in Flash Yes, fixed internal
Flash Range Wide: 0.4 – 3.7m (1.3 to 12.1 ft)
Tele: 0.4 – 2.3 (1.3 – 7.5 ft)
Flash modes • Auto
• Forced Off
• Fill Flash
• Slow Sync
• Red-Eye Reduction Auto
External flash No
Tripod mount Yes, plastic
Self-timer Yes, 10 or 3 sec delay
Video out Yes, selectable NTSC / PAL
Storage media Compact Flash Type I
Storage included 16 MB Compact Flash card
Viewfinder Optical (80% frame coverage)
LCD 1.5″ TFT 110,000 pixels (97% frame coverage)
Playback zoom Yes, up to 4.0x
Operating system Proprietary
Connectivity USB
Print Compliance DPOF, Print Image Matching
Battery Nikon EN-EL1 (750 mAh) Lithium-Ion rechargeable or 2CR5 battery
(EN-EL1 and charge included with European Kit, option in US)
Battery charger Included in European kit
Weight (no batt/card) 231 g (8.1 oz)
Weight (inc. batt/card) 285 g (10.1 oz)
Dimensions (inc. grip) 95 x 69 x 52 mm (3.7 x 2.7 x 2.0 in)