Nikon Coolpix 885 Review
Play mode display (PLAY)
This is the default playback view, the last image taken overlaid with various items of information (see below for detail). You can also display the image without any information by pressing the Monitor button.
Pressing the 4-way direction pad left/up (prev) or right/down (next) navigates through the images on the storage card (in the current folder).
All possible information overlaid in play mode is detailed in this diagram:
|1||Image date||2||Image time|
|3||Image size||4||Image quality|
|5||Folder name||6||File number|
|7||Battery status||8||Auto transfer indicator|
|9||DPOF print selected indicator||10||Protected indicator|
|11||Frame number / Total frames|
(Reproduced with permission from Coolpix 885 manual)
Image display method
Just like other Coolpix's the 885 first displays a 'rough thumbnail' blown up and loads the fully detailed image 'in the background' which it then uses to replace the rough image (about a second later). You can press the left or right arrow on the controller at any time to browse.
Image information displays
In addition to the above display mode there are also four other display "pages", these are accessed by simply rolling the command wheel, one click per page. The first two pages cover camera settings and exposure information, the third page displays basic exposure information along with a histogram and highlighted overexposed areas of the image, the final page uses the focus confirmation sharpening filter to indicate the exact focus point on the image, the chosen AF area for the exposure as well as basic exposure information.
|Page one: camera name, firmware, metering mode, exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, focal length (native), focus mode.||Page two: flash (speed light), image adjustment, sensitivity (ISO equiv.), white balance, sharpness, digital zoom, lens converter, file size (KB).|
|Page three: thumbnail with overexposed areas highlighted (blinking), basic exposure information and exposure histogram.||Page four: basic exposure information, AF area selected for focus. Image is "sharpened" as per focus confirmation mode.|
The 885 has the same magnification levels as the 990, from 1.2x to 4.0x in 0.2x steps. Press and hold the T(ele) zoom button to zoom on, press the W(ide) button to return to normal "full size" image. Once magnified the image can be scrolled using the 4-way direction pad.
|Half way to full magnification, 2.0x.||Full magnification, 4.0x.|
Two thumbnail views are available on the 885, a 2 x 2 (4 image) and 3 x 3 (9 image) view. Each can be accessed by pressing either the W(ide) zoom control or the thumbnail (flash) button. With a thumbnail view active you use the 4-way direction pad to navigate around the thumbs.
|3 x 3 thumbnails||2 x 2 thumbnails|
|The 885 has a new feature which allows you to create small copies of images for use on web pages or in email. With an image displayed in PLAY mode simply press the 4-way controller down and the 'Create small picture file?' screen will be shown, selecting Yes will create the small JPEG file at the currently selected small picture size. Sizes which can be used: 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 160 x 120, 96 x 72.|