Over the last two days there have been a few press releases covering the products included with the Nikon Coolpix 880 (at least the package sold in the US). First off there's Altamira's GenuineFractals 2.0 LE perfect for resizing your Coolpix 880 images for BIG prints. Secondly Lexar announce the 8MB CF card bundled with the 880 will be an 8 x USB-enabled CF.

Altamira's press release:

Altamira Genuine Fractals 2.0 LE Bundled With New Nikon Coolpix 880 Digital Camera

Image Scaling Software Provides a Host of Options for Digital Camera Users

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 30, 2000--Capitalizing on the success of Nikon and Altamira's partnership with the Coolpix® 990 camera, the two leading-edge companies have forged a new bundling arrangement with the newest Nikon digital camera, the Coolpix 880.

The Coolpix 880, developed for both business and personal applications, will include a copy of Altamira's Genuine Fractals 2.0 LE.

"The process of capturing, editing and resizing high quality digital images is made easier with Nikon and Altamira's partnership. The introduction of Nikon's newest camera in their award-winning digital camera line-up provides exciting opportunities for all digital camera enthusiasts to print vibrant digital images at unprecedented sizes and resolutions,'' said Sonja Palosaari, senior director of marketing for Altamira.

The high-performance Coolpix 880 camera is designed for a range of users, from novice to professional. The easily transportable, lightweight camera comes equipped with a 3.34 megapixel CCD and a 2.5X (38-95 mm) Zoom-Nikon lens and features a "Quick Review'' option that allows the user to instantly preview the photos taken. The Coolpix 880 possesses 11 different automatic scene adjustments that make it as convenient as a point-and-shoot, while the manual mode feature allows advanced photographers to shoot up to a 40-second QuickTime video file.

Not only will Coolpix 880 users have access to extensive new features, but they can also utilize Altamira's award-winning Genuine Fractals 2.0 image scaling technology. With it, users can scale their photographs to larger sizes without sacrificing image quality or resolution. Images may also be reduced to compact, agile files that can be easily edited, transported, and stored.

Lexar's press release:

Lexar Media Bundles USB-Enabled Digital Film Cards With New Nikon Coolpix 880 Digital Cameras

Lexar's Digital Film Cards Provide Fast Write Speeds for New Nikon Compact Digital Cameras

SEYBOLD SEMINARS, SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR - news) today announced that its 8X 8MB USB-enabled CompactFlash digital film cards will be bundled with the new Nikon Coolpix 880 digital camera, an easy-to-use three Megapixel digital camera. The Nikon 880, which was announced today, is a versatile, fully automatic digital camera that is designed to create high-quality images and prints.

Lexar Media's USB-enabled CompactFlash digital film cards are available in a variety of capacities. For the consumer photography market, Lexar offers USB-enabled CompactFlash digital film cards in 16, 32, 48, 64 and 80MB capacities with 4X sustained write speeds (X=150KB/sec., 4X=600KB/sec.), and 32, 48, 64, 80, 128, 160 and 256MB capacities with 8X write speed (8X=1.2MB/sec.). Lexar also offers a 160MB USB-enabled CompactFlash card with 10X speed (10X=1.5MB/sec.) for professional photographers who require faster write speeds for sports, fashion and high-speed photography. The Pro Series CompactFlash cards are designed for professional digital cameras such as the Nikon D1 and others.

Phil says: 8 MB.. big deal, if they'd bundled a 32 MB 8 x USB-enabled I'd be jumping for joy. Don't be decieved by Lexar's 8 x claims, these really only make a difference on high speed digital SLR's (like the Nikon D1, Kodak DCS series, FujiFilm S1 Pro, Canon EOS-D30). Typical consumer digital cameras don't "push data" fast enough to take full advantage of the 8 x cards.