Kodak EasyShare P880 Review
In August 2005 Kodak announced a new class of 'advanced digital cameras' with the introduction of the P series, which it hopes will provide an alternative to entry-level DSLRs. The first two models are the EasyShare P850 (reviewed December 2005), and the camera on review here, the EasyShare P880. The 8 megapixel P880 offers a fairly unique mix of features, due in no small part to the wideangle 24-140mm equivalent 5.8x zoom. Throw in raw capture, full photographic control and a 2.5-inch screen and you have what - on paper - looks like a very compelling mix of features, though with a price tag of just under $600 it needs to impress if it's going to provide a real alternative to a digital SLR. Let's find out if the P880 lives up to its promise, starting with a quick run-down of the key selling points:
- Fast f/2.8 24–140 mm wide-angle lens
- 8.0 MP sensor
- Advanced video features
- Hot shoe flash connector and PC flash sync
- Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, custom modes
- Proprietary RAW file format
- Histogram technology with highlight and shadow clipping
Kodak EasyShare P880 key specifications
|Street price|| US: $541
|Sensor|| 1/1.8" CCD
8.3 million pixels total
8.0 million effective pixels
3264 x 2448
640 x 480 (30 fps)
24 - 140mm equiv. (5.8x zoom)
TTL-AF: 25-selectable zones, multi -pattern and center spot
|Shutter Speeds||1/2 - 1/4000 sec|
|Apertures||f/2.8–f/8.0 (wide), f/4.1–f/8.0 (tele)|
|Sensitivity|| Auto ISO 50 - 400 (in PASM and C mode)
• ISO 800 - 1600 (only available in 0.8MP picture quality)
Color: High, natural, low
• First: 2 fps
• Last: 2 fps
|Flash||• Built-in pop-up
• Modes: auto, slow sync fill flash, fill, off, red-eye reduction with flash
• Range @ ISO 140: (wide) 4.0 m, (tele) 3.1 m
• +/- 1.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
• Guide number: 9 @ ISO 100
• Hot shoe
|Storage|| SD/MMC card
32MB internal memory
|LCD monitor|| 2.5 " TFT LCD
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0
|Power|| Kodak Li-ion rechargeable battery KLIC-5001
|In the box*||
Kodak EasyShare P880 camera
|Weight (inc batt)||513 g (18.1 oz)|
|Dimensions||116 x 97 x 91 mm (4.5 x 3.8 x 3.6 in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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