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Nikon Coolpix 8800

We have collected and analyzed 56 expert reviews and 580 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 78/100 and users rate it 82/100. The average review date is Aug 10, 2005. We have compared these reviews to 781666 reviews from other Digital Compact Cameras. The alaScore™ for this product is 85/100 = Very good. Last update: Apr 23, 2014.

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Nikon Coolpix 8800


Longest optical zoom (10X) of any 8MP camera. Image stabilization lets you do handheld shots more easily at extreme telephoto. Super-sharp images. Articulated LCD. Hot shoe. Shoots in RAW and TIFF modes.

Bulky, heavy and slow. Flash images underexposed. Small LCD.

The Nikon Coolpix 8800 superzoom is actually an enthusiast camera. If you need (and are willing to pay for) sharper images than the other more consumer-oriented superzooms can deliver, this is the camera for you. But be warned, it's no speed demon.

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Nikon Coolpix 8800


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10X zoom lens; effective vibration reduction; excellent red-eye prevention; ultrahigh-speed 30fps burst mode.

Spotty image quality; viewfinder freezes and blanks under certain circumstances.

An 8-megapixel megazoom with image stabilization, the 8800 is a solid, though not spectacular, enthusiast option.

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Nikon Coolpix 8800 Digital Camera Camera


The Coolpix 8800 combines powerful (8-megapixel) imaging resolution and a long (10X) optical zoom. An update of the Coolpix 8700 (which has an 8X zoom), the 8800 looks and operates much like its predecessor, with the same bulky, black body and a lens...

Like most other advanced digital cameras of recent vintage, the 8800 is easy for photographers of all experience levels to use. Set to fully automatic mode--which disables nearly all of the camera's exposure options--the 8800 becomes a very expensive...


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Nikon Coolpix 8800 Digital Camera (8.0MP, 3264x2448 , 10x Opt, CompactFlash Card)


Photograph: Rick Rizner

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Nikon Coolpix 8800


The Coolpix 8800 was announced along with the 8400 and 4800 on the 16th September in the run-up to Photokina 2004. It's the first ten times optical zoom eight megapixel digital camera and it's also Nikon's first consumer digital camera with Vibration...

Biggest zoom of any eight megapixel, with Vibration Reduction ; Sharp lens, at both ends of zoom range, respectable resolution ; Excellent automatic white balance ; Good macro coverage, although perhaps soft corners & distortion ; Good ergonomics,...

Slower than expected startup time ; Some minor purple fringing (in the order of a pixel at worse) ; Slow CF write times ; Limited latitude of image parameter adjustment ; No record review histogram ; No CF card included ; AF Assist lamp not effective,...

The Coolpix 8800 is out to prove that it's a credible alternative to the new cheaper digital SLR's and a set of lenses. From a practicality stand point it certainly delivers, in a package not much bigger than the smallest D-SLR you get eight megapixels...

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Nikon Coolpix 8800


For added convenience, the Coolpix 8800 now incorporates 15 pre-programmed Scene modes, many of which can be found on recent Coolpix digital cameras. These Scene modes allow users to capture striking images in practically any shooting situation. Simply...

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Nikon Coolpix 8800 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


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Nikon Coolpix 8800


This review has been completed using a production model Coolpix 8800. Product shots have been reshot where necessary, and all sample photos are from the production camera

Very good photo quality ; 10X optical zoom with very effective image stabilization ; Superb build quality, save for the memory card slot cover ; Full manual controls (and then some) ; Flip-out, rotating LCD display ; Excellent macro mode ; LCD/EVF...

Sluggish performance for a $1000 camera; average startup and focusing times, above-average shot-to-shot delay, unimpressive continuous shooting mode, slow image playback ; Above-average noise and barrel distortion ; Included RAW conversion software...

If photo quality and manual controls are higher on your "must have" list than camera performance, I recommend the Coolpix 8800. For the people who are really after fast action shooting, I point you to the digital SLRs I just mentioned.

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Nikon Coolpix 8800 Review


Nikon Coolpix 8800 is the first compact digital camera from Nikon with Image Stabilization. Similar to Konica Minolta and Panasonic models, this Nikon eliminates the effects of hands shake thru vibration reduction. Compared to Nikon Coolpix 8700 (8x...

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Coolpix 8800


Fixed-lens, 8-megapixel digital camera with10x optical zoom

The Coolpix 8800 is packaged with Picture Project, proprietary software that includes basic image editing and a Photoshop plug-in to process RAW files. As of this writing, Adobe’s new DNG converter and Camera Raw haven’t been updated to work with the...

Product Specifications

Nikon Coolpix 8800 is designed for the serious photographer who aspires to take the highest quality images. This is possible with the ultra high-definition 8.0 effective megapixels. The 10x optical zoom, 35-350mm focal range (35mm equivalent), targets those who also require high zoom power. Due to its large zoom range, Vibration Reduction (VR) is needed to compensate inevitable camera movements. VR automatically detects and compensates for these small camera movements that causes image blur. Thanks to the VR, you can achieve sharp and clear images when shooting in low light (shutter speeds up to 3 stops slower) or when taking handheld telephoto and macro shots. VR even works with the telephoto converter lens at 600mm (35mm equivalent). This extremely versatile camera offers a range of lens converters (Tele, Wideangle and fisheye), optical filters, speedlights, software and other accessories for even more creative flexibility. With this camera you create the photographic rules.

Audio Input


Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Close-up / Copy / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.2
Max Focal Length:89mm
Min Focal Length:8.9mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:2/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):16.9 mm ( 2/3 ) / 16.9 mm ( 2/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Saturation / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic