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Nikon Coolpix 8800 8 to 10 Megapixel
8 megapixel enthusiast compact digital camera with 10x optical zoom and vibration reduction
Submitted by polopaul69 a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: November 16, 2005
Strengths: 10x good Optical Lens - 35-350mm
VR - stops blurring (when on maximum zoom helps a lot)
Good Lithium-ion battery - normally get to take 800 photos on 8MP level before I need to charge it again
Weaknesses: Slow focus time
I have read other reviews on this camera, and personally as you can see from my gallery, it does produce great shots time and time again.
The 8800 does take a bit of playing around with in order to create the best settings for you, but that is why it has programmable modes, rather than just using the Auto mode. Plus it makes you a better photographer in the long run.
It does take a while to focus, but with all cameras, it depends what you are using it for...
I mainly take photos of nature and landscapes, which doesn't really need a fast lag time or focus time. If I was taking action shots, I’d probably use my dad's 350D.
I bought the camera back in August, I have used it for my sisters wedding, parties, visiting London, Windsurfing, on the beaches and cliffs of Cornwall and all manner of occasions, and to say the least, I would rather have this by my side than have to worry about taking lenses, tripods etc with me wherever I wanted to go - especially down the sides of cliffs etc.
You can use it as a simple point and click camera, but that isn't what it was designed for. It was designed for professional minded enthusiasts who wanted a good 10x optical lens which works well in ALL situations, VR to reduce the blur caused by camera shake, changeable settings (ISO, WB, Bracketing etc) multiple modes and settings and to feel like a DSLR without having to lag around with you all of the extras you would with a DSLR.
These are afterall my own views and opinions. If you don't like it - take it back and change it. A photographer should be happy with their equipment at the end of the day, and if it doesn't do what you want it to do, change it to one that does.
Price Paid: $499.00
Purchased At: Jessops
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Submitted by Heymagee a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: November 2, 2005
Strengths: The camera is small and easy to take along.
Weaknesses: Poor focusing. I have yet to get a nice sharp picture. The images are very noisey in low light situations.
This camera leaves a lot to be desired.
Price Paid: $899.00
Purchased At: B&H PhotoVideo
Submitted by racom a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: August 20, 2005
Strengths: Exceptional lens, VR shake control, excellent handling, easy to use menu and controls, good battery life, IR remote device.
Weaknesses: slow write time.
I've had this camera for 3 months. My second digital so the learning curve was not so steep. My results have been mixed mostly due to MY errors. The camera handles very well, has a very good feel, not as small as some which I like better. The lens is exceptional which is my prime reason for the puchase. The write time complained about by many is not a problem for me, I use a 80x card and usually 5mp setting, works very well. I have to believe that mosy complaints about results are due to user error. I love what it does.
Price Paid: $700.00
Purchased At: buydig.com
Similar Products Used: nikon film cameras
Submitted by tonymgr1710 a Expert
Date Reviewed: March 17, 2005
Strengths: Superb picture quality, it is NOT slow as some say. The zoom is excellent as is the VR which impressive.
Weaknesses: None that I can think of, only the person behind the camera
I have to say that the camera overall is excellent, well balanced and capable of producing excellent (which I have). Some see to expect DLSR performance, but if you want that then spend another £500+ and remember all the extras you have to lug around with you!!! I also use an EOS20D and this little machine is perfectly capable of keeping sides with it image wise. Alright the speed is not as fast, but thats where the extra money goes to in a DLSR. I use it when I am out on the mountain bike and to/from work, where I don't want bags of equipment and security risks, this one you can slip into a large coat pocket and no-ones any the wiser.
Price Paid: $550.00
Purchased At: Pixmania
Similar Products Used: Nikon CP 5700
Submitted by cp8800 a Casual
Date Reviewed: March 16, 2005
Strengths: excellent image quality. i have definitely put the camera's zoom capabilities to good use. videos are smooth and clean. battery life is decent.
Weaknesses: need to buy a fast writing media card (i use an 80x lexar compact flash) & i have not experienced slow write time except when writing a full video file at the max setting.
i think the people that give this camera really bad reviews are those expecting a DSLR performance. i am upgrading from another digital camera so i quite, quite happy with this camera's image quality & video capabilities.
Price Paid: $650.00
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