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Nikon Coolpix 885

alaTest has collected and analyzed 604 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the value for money and image quality are overall positive. The battery and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas the shutter and screen get less positive reviews. Opinions about the viewfinder and exposure are different.

usability, portability, battery, image quality, value for money

performance, lens, flash, screen, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix 885 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix 885 Camera Review - PCWorld


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In our collection of 3-megapixel cameras under $600, the Nikon Coolpix 885 is the clear winner. Other cameras may do better on specific criteria, but the Nikon was pretty good in every category, making it the best overall camera in its class. It has a...

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Nikon Coolpix 885


The Coolpix 885 was announced just in time for the IFA 2001 consumer electronics show in Berlin, at the end of August 2001. It marks an evolution to the 880 design of last year, Nikon have brought the 885 in line with the 775 with the addition of the...

Excellent metering, good colour (except for over saturated red and cyan) ; Sharp lens provides good resolution ; Low image noise at ISO 100, relatively clean and usable ISO 200 ; Full 3x optical zoom lens (improvement over the 2.5x of the 880) ;...

Chromatic aberrations ; Red / Cyan can appear over saturated, can 'dominate' an image ; Barrel distortion at wide angle (although no pincushion distortion at telephoto) ; Chroma noise in shadows ; Average to slow startup time ; Corners of frame can...

The 885 is an interesting camera, it offers all the features a beginner would appreciate (easy to use full auto, scene exposure modes) as well as a wide range of manual control and features in its CSM mode. This makes it an ideal camera for those just...


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The COOLPIX 885, available in metallic silver and charcoal black, comes with essential accessories including a disposable 2CR5 lithium battery (the EN-EL1 rechargeable battery and charger are an option in the U.S.), 16MB CompactFlash Card, USB cable and s

The bottom line is that the Coolpix 885 is an easy to use and reasonably priced three megapixel compact camera. It yields those "Nikon sharp" pictures that have become a defacto standard since the Coolpix 950 first arrived. It will please the novice as we

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Nikon CoolPix 885 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


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Nikon Coolpix 885: High-Res Features at Low-Res Price


Shooting to bolster the lower end of its digital camera line, Nikon released the Coolpix 885, an update to its earlier 880 model that includes many design elements of the less-expensive, lower-resolution Coolpix 775. Aimed at users who want a...

As mentioned above, the 885 has some imaging problems, but so do all digital cameras. While we prefer some characteristics of the Canon Digital Elph (along with the Elph's form factor) you might find the 885's images more to your tastes, and you'll be...

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Nikon Coolpix 885


Since the two cameras are so similar, much of the text and screen shots from the camera are from the Coolpix 995 review. Hey, why reinvent the wheel

Excellent photo quality ; Great camera for macro shots ; Every manual control ever conceived ; Support for external lenses, filters, and flashes ; Lots of info about your photos in playback mode

Proprietary battery / no rechargeable battery included ; No sound in movie mode ; No LCD info display - was on CP880 too

After a disappointing time with the Coolpix 775, I'm pleased to say that the Coolpix 885 is a camera which deserves the Nikon name on the front. It has almost the exact same feature set of the more expensive Coolpix 995, but with a different lens and...

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Owners Opinion: Nikon Coolpix 885 (nbrooks, 10 Aug 04)


I bought my camera, second hand from Amazon's Market place for $195 and I can tell you that I have had nothing but joy! I really find the Nikon Coolpix 885 the best value for money. In spite of the camera being discontinued, it is the best investment I...

No problems encountered at all

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Owners Opinion: Nikon Coolpix 885 (nonikon, 15 May 04)


Piece of @$*#! Constant "SYSTEM ERROR"s! Removing battery for a minute used to fix it, so I didn't bother sending it in. Now it is totally locked up, and no longer under warranty. Nothing will clear the system error! Nikon wants tons of money to fix...

constant "SYSTEM ERROR" messages ; eventually locked up completely ; often had one bright red dot somewhere in the image ; took FOREVER to store images onto memory card! had to wait and wait between shots. Missed lots of photo opportunities ; Nikon...

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Owners Opinion: Nikon Coolpix 885 (divinman, 3 Jan 04)


Had the camera less that 6 months and it failed for the dreaded "system errror" Took Nikon 5 weeks to get it back to me. One month later is has the same problem. Nikon has has it for a month. DONT BUY THIS CAMERA

system error ; bad white balance indoors using flash

Product Specifications

You don't need to be a serious photographer to take seriously good pictures. The Nikon Coolpix 885 digital camera makes it easy for anyone to capture and share the moment. Its 1.5" full-color LCD monitor with Quick Review function lets you instantly see the picture you just took, or display any of the images stored on the CompactFlash memory Card. Extremely compact and lightweight, the Coolpix 885 brings fun into focus wherever you go thanks to its high-quality 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens and 3.2 effective Megapixel CCD. And taking great pictures has never been easier. Select from a dozen specially programmed scene modes that automatically control focus, exposure and other settings for optimum picture quality in almost any shooting situation. The camera is easy to operate and even easier to connect directly to your computer without the need for additional components. Downloading pictures to your computer and/or the web is a breeze using the Coolpix 885's Transfer Button. The Nikon Coolpix 885 lets you explore your creativity. Seriously.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:2CR5

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & ski / Close-up / Landscape / Museum / Night mode / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sunset & moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.9
Max Focal Length:24mm
Min Focal Length:8mm
Optical Zoom:3
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 Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

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
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical