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Storage Compartment

On the rear right of the camera, a new design door for Nikon, this one slides and then tilts open, looks much better than we've seen previously.

Microdrive fans will be disappointed to see the width of the CF slot, yep it's STILL type I, given the new battery design that's hardly surprising as I'd doubt the new battery could supply sufficient power to drive the camera and a Microdrive.

I was also slightly disappointed that Nikon didn't choose to flip the contacts on the CF slot so that the the small thumb lip on the CF card would be facing the operator, this would make ejecting "stickier" CF cards much more straightforward (maybe the next Coolpix). That said the eject button does force the card clear enough of the body to grip it (not like the 990).


Connections

On the same side as the storage compartment are two connections, top being USB / serial connection (USB cable included, serial optional). The bottom DC power input from the optional Nikon AC adapter (8.4V ~ 0.9A).

The video out connector is on the other side of the camera without a rubber cover.


Tripod Mount

Base of the camera is a simple enough affair, with a plastic tripod socket mounted too close to the front of the camera for comfort.

Note also that it's location means you won't be able to change the battery with the camera on a tripod. Small rubber feet would have been nice, it's amazing how useful the rubber base on the 990 is for steadying the camera against a table top or other fixed object.


Flash

The built in flash has a quoted range of:

Wide: 0.4 – 3.7 m/1ft 4½" – 12ft 2½"
Tele: 0.4 – 2.5 m/1ft 4½" – 8ft 2½"
Macro mode: 0.2 – 2.5 m/8" – 8ft 2½"

That's less powerful than the Coolpix 990 but probably sufficient for what the 880 is designed to do. It would also appear that Nikon have dropped the sync speed to 1/60s to compensate for the lower flash output.


Lens Cap

At last, a sensible lens cap! Sprung edges and supplied with a string (this stuff may sound trivial to people not familiar with the Coolpix range of digital cameras but a good lens cap has been on the most wanted list for quite a while).

It's worth noting that the lens does fully retract and once the lens cap is on the camera is completely portable without worry of knocking or breaking anything vital.


In the Box

Supplied in the box are: * exact contents and packaged bundles may vary by region

  • Nikon Coolpix 880 Digital Camera [buy online]
  • Lens Cap & string
  • Wrist Strap
  • Video cable
  • 8MB CompactFlash Card
  • USB cable
  • 6V 2CR5 Lithium battery (some bundles will include rechargeable battery pack)
  • NikonView Ver 3 CD-ROM
  • Adobe Photoshop 5 LE
  • Users Manual **

** Kudos to Nikon for producing an excellent, easy to understand yet comprehensive user manual, also available in PDF format (with hypertext links) on the CD-ROM.


Accessories

Fisheye Converter
FC-E8
[buy online] *
x0.21 (183 degree view)
Wideangle Converter
WC-E24 *
x0.66
Wideangle Converter
WC-E63
[buy online] *
x0.63
 

Telephoto Converter
TC-E2
[buy online] *
x2.0
Telephoto Converter TC-3ED [buy online] *
x3.0
Slide copying adapter
ES-E28
[buy online] *
 

 

 
Remote Cord
MC-EU1 [buy online]
Shutter release, zoom control, Interval, Playback control, 80 cm (31.5") cord.
   

* All require Step Down Ring Lens adapter UR-E2

Other accessories (no pictures):

  • Soft Case CS-E880
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery EN-EL1 [buy online]
  • AC Adapter / Battery charger EH-21 [buy online]
  • CompactFlash Cards
  • PC Card Adapter EC-AD1 [buy online]
  • Serial Cables (SC-EW3 for Windows, SC-EM3 for Macintosh)
  • Slide copying adapter ES-E28 [buy online]
  • Step Down Ring Lens Adapter UR-E2 [buy online]
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