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Compared to the Nikon Coolpix 995

To see just how well the compact 885 compares to its bigger brother we've put them up against each other. It's also a good opportunity to compare the colour reproduction of the 885 (which has been a concern so far).

Some crops below are of an 120 x 90 area of the image magnified 200%, the last two are straight 240 x 180 crops. Lighting - 2 x 800W studio lights with dichroic daylight filters bounced off a white overhead reflector (about as close as you can get to "indoor daylight").

Cameras setup:

  • Nikon Coolpix 885 - CSM(P), Self Timer, Flash Off, ISO 100, Sharpening: Normal, Manual WB
  • Nikon Coolpix 995 - M-REC(P), Self Timer, Flash Off, ISO 100, Sharpening: Normal, Manual WB
Nikon Coolpix 885
F3.7, 1/6 sec. 704 KB
Nikon Coolpix 995 (v1.6)
F3.3, 1/10 sec. 1,032 KB

The 885's 3x lens does seem slightly sharper than it's bigger brother's 4x lens, except near to the edges where both lenses suffer (neither were stopped down as the 885 only has two apertures).

Both cameras metered the scene identically, the most significant difference between the two is how they've rendered the scenes colour. The 885's reds look luminous compared to the more neutral (yet still vivid) 995, the 995's yellow is more natural and accurate. I personally prefer the 995's neutral colour. The 885 could have been helped with the addition of the 995's colour saturation parameter.

As I mentioned earlier in the review the 885's FINE JPEG is considerably smaller than the same file from the 995.

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