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Kodak EasyShare P880 Review

January 2006 | By Simon Joinson


Review based on a production Kodak EasyShare P880

In August 2005 Kodak announced a new class of 'advanced digital cameras' with the introduction of the P series, which it hopes will provide an alternative to entry-level DSLRs. The first two models are the EasyShare P850 (reviewed December 2005), and the camera on review here, the EasyShare P880. The 8 megapixel P880 offers a fairly unique mix of features, due in no small part to the wideangle 24-140mm equivalent 5.8x zoom. Throw in raw capture, full photographic control and a 2.5-inch screen and you have what - on paper - looks like a very compelling mix of features, though with a price tag of just under $600 it needs to impress if it's going to provide a real alternative to a digital SLR. Let's find out if the P880 lives up to its promise, starting with a quick run-down of the key selling points:

  • Fast f/2.8 24–140 mm wide-angle lens
  • 8.0 MP sensor
  • Advanced video features
  • Hot shoe flash connector and PC flash sync
  • Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, custom modes
  • Proprietary RAW file format
  • Histogram technology with highlight and shadow clipping

Kodak EasyShare P880 key specifications

Street price • US: $541
• UK: £370
Body Material Plastic
Sensor • 1/1.8" CCD
• 8.3 million pixels total
• 8.0 million effective pixels
Image sizes

• 3264 x 2448
• 3264 x 2176 (3:2 ratio optimized for 6x4-inch prints)
• 2560 x 1920
• 2048 x 1536
• 1024 x 768

Movie clips

• 640 x 480 (30 fps)
• 320 x 240 (30 fps)

Lens

• 24 - 140mm equiv. (5.8x zoom)
• F2.8 - F4.0

Focus

• TTL-AF: 25-selectable zones, multi -pattern and center spot
• Normal: 0.05 m - infinity (W) 0.25 m - infinity (T)
• Macro: 25 -50 cm (W & T)
• Manual focus

Shooting mode

• Auto
• Program
• Aperture Priority
• Shutter Priority
• Manual
• Custom
• Flower
• Super close-up
• Landscape (standard and night landscape)
• Portrait (standard, night portrait, anti-shake night portrait)
• Sports
• Sunset
• Back light
• Candlelight
• Text/document
• Manner/museum
• Snow
• Beach

Shutter Speeds 1/2 - 1/4000 sec
Apertures f/2.8–f/8.0 (wide), f/4.1–f/8.0 (tele)
Sensitivity • Auto ISO 50 - 400 (in PASM and C mode)
• ISO 800 - 1600 (only available in 0.8MP picture quality)
White Balance

• Auto
• Daylight
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Open Shade
• Cloudy
• Sunset
• Click WB
• WB1
• WB2
• WB3

Metering • Multi-pattern
• Center-weighted
• Center-spot
• Selectable
Image parameters

• Color: High, natural, low
• B&W
• Sepia
• Sharpness: High, normal, low
• Contrast: High, normal, low

Continuous • First: 2 fps
• Last: 2 fps
Flash • Built-in pop-up
• Modes: auto, slow sync fill flash, fill, off, red-eye reduction with flash
• Range @ ISO 140: (wide) 4.0 m, (tele) 3.1 m
• +/- 1.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
• Guide number: 9 @ ISO 100
• Hot shoe
Storage • SD/MMC card
• 32MB internal memory
Viewfinder • EVF
• 237,000 pixels
LCD monitor • 2.5 " TFT LCD
• 115,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0
• NTSC/PAL
DC in
AV out
Power • Kodak Li-ion rechargeable battery KLIC-5001
• Adapter optional
In the box*

Kodak EasyShare P880 camera
KODAK EASYSHARE P880 Zoom Digital Camera
High-capacity KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery and Charger
USB and audio/video cables
KODAK Lens Hood
Lens cap with strap
Neck strap
KODAK EASYSHARE Software
Getting Started Kit
Custom camera insert for optional KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Docks and Camera Docks

Other features

PictBridge
Playback & record histogram
In-camera raw developer
In-camera red-eye removal (playback mode)
• Time lapse (intervalometer)
• 2 or 10-second self-timer

Weight (inc batt) 513 g (18.1 oz)
Dimensions 116 x 97 x 91 mm (4.5 x 3.8 x 3.6 in)

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

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