Nikon Coolpix 8800 Review
Battery & Charger
Compact Flash Compartment
On the right side of the camera (from the back) in the hand grip you'll find the Compact Flash compartment door. As with previous Nikon's the door is constructed from a lightweight plastic and has a spring hinge. Inside is a Compact Flash Type I / II slot and a bright yellow sticker warning to insert Type I cards carefully (label to the front).
The camera's connectors can be found on the left side (from the rear) of the camera behind a rubber door. At the top is the DC-IN connector (8.4 V) and below this the combined A/V Out and USB (2.0) connector (cables supplied).
The Coolpix 8800 becomes the first ten times optical zoom eight megapixel digital camera, but that's certainly not the end of the story. The 8800's lens is big, it has the look, feel and weight of a professional digital SLR lens it has an impressive F2.8 maximum aperture at wide angle (although slower F5.2 at telephoto). It's also the first time Nikon has used its Vibration Reduction technology in a consumer level digital camera lens. Nikon's VR works similarly to Canon's IS and Panasonic's OIS in that it moves a lens element within the lens (as can be seen in the diagram, third image below).
(35 mm equiv.)
(wide - tele)
|Nikon Coolpix 8400||24 - 85 mm||F2.6 - F4.9||No||Motor, lever|
|Nikon Coolpix 8700||35 - 280 mm||F2.8 - F4.2||No||Motor, lever|
|Canon PowerShot Pro1||28 - 200 mm||F2.4 - F3.5||No||Motor, ring|
|Minolta DiMAGE A2||28 - 200 mm||F2.8 - F3.5||Yes, CCD||Mechanical, ring|
|Nikon Coolpix 8800||35 - 350 mm||F2.8 - F5.2||Yes, Lens||Motor, lever|
|Olympus C-8080 WZ||28 - 140 mm||F2.4 - F3.5||No||Motor, lever|
|Sony DSC-F828||28 - 200 mm||F2.0 - F2.8||No||Mechanical, ring|
Base / Tripod Mount
The 8800's pop-up flash looks similar to the 8700 however it raises higher and has a further quoted range of 6.0 m at wide angle and 3.0 m at telephoto (Auto ISO). It's also worth noting that the AF assist lamp is no longer beside the flash so you don't have to have it lifted to get AF assist (unlike the 8700).
AF Assist Lamp
|On the left of the lens barrel near the top of the camera (from the front) is the AF assist lamp (bright orange light) which is used to illuminate the subject in low light situations.|
|The Coolpix 8800's flash hot-shoe is of the ISO 518 standard type and supports Nikon's Speedlights. New to the 8400 is full support of i-TTL and flash zoom when used with SB-600 or SB-800 Speedlights.|
Supplied In the Box
|Supplied in the box are:
• Nikon Coolpix 8800 digital camera
• Battery Pack EN-EL7
• Battery Charger MH-56
• Neck strap
• USB Cable
• Video Cable (A/V)
• IR Remote Control ML-L3
• Lens cap
• CD-ROM (PictureProject)