Conclusion - Pros

  • Excellent image quality
  • Great colour and white balance
  • Solidly built despite plastic case
  • Matrix Metering
  • Fast processing, short cycle times
  • Logical menu system (as found on CP700, CP950, D1)
  • Easily Portable
  • Better "bright" LCD mode (as found in the new CP950 firmware)
  • Auto ISO mode
  • Ease of use (even my dad used it!)

Conclusion - Cons

  • What no USB?
  • No CF Type II support
  • Can't scroll in playback zoomed mode
  • Limited zoom (2x.. matches S10)

Overall conclusion

Here's my rating of the Nikon Coolpix 800:

Detail Rating (out of 10)
Construction 9
Features 8
Image quality 9
Lens / CCD combination 9
Ease of use 9
Value for money 10

The Coolpix 800 has most things you'd find on its bigger brother save some manual features, a few more millimeters of zoom and the swivel lens.. Yet it's only half the price.. It's a rough and ready camera which you'd take everywhere and rarely be disappointed with... So if you want Coolpix 950 quality and a fraction of the price then you really should be considering the Coolpix 800. Proof of the pudding is in the pictures.


So which one should I buy? A question I get asked several times a day, and I wouldn't like to say In a new addition to my reviews (after the amount of feedback I normally get) I've added a link to a specific forum in which you can discuss the review or ask me specific questions which I've not answered in these pages.

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