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Nikon Coolpix 880

alaTest has collected and analyzed 360 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and performance. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the screen and lens.

portability, usability, image quality, performance, size

battery, value for money, flash, lens, screen

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix 880 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix 880


Compact and easy to handle, and has more controls than the Space Shuttle.

The Coolpix 880 is a good choice for professionals and serious amateurs who understand the fine points of photography and want the maximum possible control over camera settings.

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Nikon Coolpix 880 2048X1536 3.34MP 8MB Camera Review - PCWorld


Its small size, impressive images, and surfeit of controls make the Coolpix 880 a good choice for professionals and serious amateurs who understand the fine points of photography.

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High-End Features Pack Nikon's Coolpix 880


Nikon Coolpix 880 digital camera

Nice mix of basic, high-end, and convenience features.

Good choice for digital photography newbies who want to grow.


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Nikon Coolpix 880


The Coolpix 880 is Nikon's most compact 3-megapixel digital camera. It shares the same high resolution CCD imager and processing hardware as the Coolpix 990 along with many of its advanced features like sophisticated multi-zone autofocusing, 4-mode TTL...

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Nikon Coolpix 880


Please note: this camera is not available yet, pre-orders are being taken.

Excellent image quality, class leading at this size ; Good colour balance, good white balance ; A baby 990 without losing any flexibility ; New menu layout more logical ; Excellent manual controls: focus, exposure, white balance ; Control over internal...

Limited aperture options: just two apertures ; Some chromatic aberrations (although less than the 990) ; Barrel distortion at wide angle ; Low light / long exposure noise ; Red channel noise ; Startup time a little slow ; Very noisy focus / lens...

What can I say? The 880 is simply an excellent digital camera, it takes excellent pictures and has every feature you'd ever need, things that may not seem useful at first but you'll grow into using. For many buyers that was the attraction of the 990,...

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Nikon CoolPix 880 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Nikon has long been a leader in the consumer digicam market, developing an exceptionally strong following ever since they introduced their original Coolpix 900 over two years ago. From the start, Nikon's digital cameras have reflected Nikon's heritage...

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theVooner reviews the Nikon Coolpix 880 digital camera

In the end, the Nikon 880 is simply an outstanding digital camera that should last me at least two more generations of digital photography. The only thing that bugged me was that I had to dish out extra money for the rechargeable battery, which in my...

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Coolpix 880


What's in the Box

Every manual control you can think of ; Uncompressed TIFF mode ; Well-designed controls and menus ; Great playback mode ; Excellent macro shots ; USB support

Rechargeable batteries add another $100 to cost of camera ; No sound in movies ; No CompactFlash Type II

So as you can hopefully see now, the Coolpix 880 isn't much of a "baby brother" at all to the Coolpix 990 -- it's almost a twin. The major differences are: the lens, slower processing and less buffer memory, and no support for external flashes. The...

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Nikon Coolpix 880 Review


For many, the Coolpix 880 is a darn good starter digital camera ; Excellent Color Rendition.. I've seen digital cameras that require lots of fiddling in Photoshop to get the color balance correct. The Nikon Coolpix cameras, while not providing the most...

Batteries. Bad choice probably dictated by someone trying to make the camera body as small as possible. If you're serious about this camera, buy two or more of the rechargeable Lion batteries and the AC Adapter (you're not going to like where the AC...

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Owners Opinion: Nikon Coolpix 880 (mdepooter, 14 Apr 06)


Verry good image quality Great macro Build quality solid and reliable Extremely configurable from point and shot in scene up to full manual mode (manual focus, aperture and shutter)

Sloooow power up ; Sloooow auto focus (poncutal mode) ; Noisy auto focus (ponctual or continuous) ; Sloooow monitor wake up (after auto extinction) ; Slooooooooow RAW mode write (9MB) ; Slow Fine mode write, especially from the 2nd shot ; Zoom only 2.5...

Product Specifications

Designed for work and ready to play, Nikon Coolpix 880 offers extensive features to guarantee high performance and ease of use for both business and personal applications. With Coolpix 880, anyone can take great pictures without having a background in photography. The combination of a 3.34-megapixel CCD and a 2.5x (38-95 mm) Zoom-Nikkor lens featuring Nikon's superior optics ensures high quality pictures every time. And the camera is so small and lightweight that you can slip it your pocket or purse and take it with you wherever you go. Nikon recognizes that great pictures and great memories go hand in hand. The camera's brand new Scene modes help even the most novice photographer take better pictures. Simply set Coolpix 880 to the appropriate scene and the camera automatically sets itself for optimal performance to take a great picture. Now, users don't need to be skilled photographers in order to capture a spectacular sunset; they just select the Sunset mode and the Coolpix 880 automatically adjusts the settings and takes the shot, producing a beautiful photograph. The 11 different Scene modes include Fireworks, Beach/Snow, Party, Sunset, Close-up, Backlight, Copy (whiteboard/paper), Portrait, Nighttime Portrait, Landscape, and Nighttime Landscape. Coolpix 880 is perfect for anyone who wants great photographs instead of ordinary, everyday snapshots. True to form, Nikon has designed the camera with the optical excellence that has long given the company's cameras a worldwide reputation for superiority. Other features like the five-area multi-autofocus and newly designed exposure algorithm complement the camera's optics to ensure razor-sharp, colorful pictures every time. Coolpix 880 brings magic and excitement to everyday photo-taking situations with cool features such as quick review. The new quick review function allows you to see each picture immediately after shooting it, so you always know if you've "gotten your shot" right away. The quick review also allows you to scroll through all the images that have been previously recorded. Coolpix 880 features the simplicity of a point-and-shoot camera, but includes a manual mode for more advanced photographers and will even allow users to shoot up to a 40-second QuickTime video file. To streamline operation, the camera was designed with quick, one-touch startup, mode selection with a pictorial dial, and a USB port for Plug and Play connectivity. Numerous accessories are available for the photographer looking to have the greatest expandability and flexibility in any situation. Like earlier Coolpix models, Coolpix 880 is compatible with a variety of powerful, versatile Coolpix lenses (using optional step-down ring), including telephoto, wide angle and fisheye. Nikon Coolpix cameras are for everyone, both at work and at home.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Run Time (Up To):110min
Supported Battery Form Factor:2CR5

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & ski / Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:16MB/8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.2
Max Focal Length:20mm
Min Focal Length:8mm
Optical Zoom:2.5
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:3.2Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image/Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC / PAL
Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical