Manual record menu (all except SCENE & AUTO)
Pressing the MENU button while in record mode (except SCENE and AUTO) displays the record menu over the live preview, this totally new layout features three tabbed pages of settings. In this mode you can still operate the zoom, however half-pressing the shutter release (or pressing the MENU button) will cancel menu mode.
Most menu options can be scrolled through using the command dial (as seen here, white balance), pressing the Multi selector to the right will expand the menu with full text descriptions. All menus are detailed below.
|Allows the selection of current white balance mode, pressing the right arrow selects the highlighted white balance, rolling the command wheel allows for fine tuning of white balance to be slightly colder (blue) or slightly warmer (red). Fine tuning in Fluorescent mode allows selection of fluorescent bulb type.|
Selects current metering mode:
Matrix (256-segment matrix metering)
Spot metering AF area is useful for metering an off-center subject at the same time as making it the AF focus target. Handy.
Chooses one of five continuous shooting modes:
Single (frame at a time)
First seen on the Coolpix 950, Nikon continue to push their Best Shot Selector. This menu option enables or disables Best-Shot Selection mode, in this mode the camera shoots continuously as long as the shutter release button is held down (for a maximum of 10 images) then selects the sharpest image and saves this to the CF card.
The flash cannot be used in conjunction with BSS.
Switches the camera into special modes depending on the optional lens attachment used. Each of these modes is intended to work with Nikon Coolpix lenses.
Note the addition of support for a new Slide Copy adapter (not seen this product yet, could be interesting).
Details of these optional lenses can be found in the Body section of this review.
Enables in-camera post-processing filters which adjust the brightness and contrast of the image after it's taken but before it's written to the CF card.
Auto - Camera automatically chooses an image adjustment
Not something I'd use regularly, I prefer to use the "digital darkroom" of my PC, however for users who wish to do as little post-processing as possible this can be a useful feature. I'm a little troubled by the "Auto" mode as there's little explanation in the manual as to HOW the camera decides what to do (I consider it similar to Auto Levels in Photoshop), so I prefer to leave Image Adjustment set to Normal.
Again, as with the 990, the 880 allows you to control the amount of sharpening (if any) applied to images before they're written to the CF card.
Auto - Camera decides how much sharpening to apply
Full control over the internal sharpening algorithms will be a welcome addition for the more purist photographers, those who prefer a fairly "raw" image out of the camera to be processed manually later on a PC.
Image Quality / Size
Unlike the 990 you can't change image size / quality using buttons on outside of the camera, instead you must enter the menu system and select through these two sub-menus.
Hi - TIFF uncompressed
FULL - 2048 x 1536
You can change ISO from outside the menu system by holding down the exposure compensation button and pressing zoom in/out.. However it's also available through the menu.
AUTO - 100, camera increases if required
Exposure options allows you to set or clear the AE-Lock, this locks the exposure and white balance to the first of a sequence of shots (useful for shooting panoramas). Auto bracketing enables the automatic adjustment of exposure compensation across five shots (+0.7EV, +0.3EV, +/-0EV, -0.3EV, -0.7EV) this can be used in combination with Continuous the shots are taken in a row (batch of five).
EXP +/- contains the same setting / value as the exposure compensation available from the exposure compensation button on the body.
AF Area Mode controls the use of the five AF Area focus points, it can be set to Auto (camera picks the best focus point), Manual (focus point is selected using the Multi Selector) or Off (center focus only).
Autofocus Mode can be set to Continuous AF (camera continuously focuses) or Single AF (camera only focuses when you half-press the shutter release).
Focus Confirmation (sharpening of objects in LCD viewfinder which are in focus): MF, On, Off.
It's difficult to explain how useful the Focus Confirmation option is, put simply the camera applies a sharpening filter to the image displayed on the LCD viewfinder which causes parts of the image in focus to appear MUCH sharper than their surroundings (emphasizes the focus) which is extremely useful for confirming the focus and for manual focus mode.
|Folders allows you to select the folder to use for storage of images, you can also create, rename and delete folders from this menu.|
Not seen in the record menu before, you can now format the CF Card directly. This has probably been added because of the rearranged setup menu which is now a "mode" of it's own (notice there's no "S" tab on the menu).
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