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Nikon CoolPix 8800


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In TIFF mode it takes around 16 seconds to record the huge 22MB files to the memory card, during which time the camera is locked, so this mode should only be used for maximum quality. RAW mode is slightly faster, taking around 9 seconds to record each shot.

The autofocus can also be a bit slow, especially at the long end of the zoom range or in low light situations. The camera is fitted with an AF illuminator, but it only has a range of about 2 meters.

I’ve also got to mention the zoom control, which is frankly bloody awful. It’s awkwardly positioned, jerky and difficult to control. A manual mechanical zoom control on the lens barrel would have made this camera 10 times better.

The 8800’s trump card is its almost flawless image quality. The lens makes up for its enormous bulk and weight by providing pin-sharp edge-to-edge clarity even at its widest setting, while the 8MP sensor captures every detail. Exposure metering is also virtually perfect, producing exceptionally accurate colour rendition even in low light sunset shots.

The only Achilles heel seems to be image noise at 200 and 400 ISO. At lower settings there is no noise problem at all, but I was surprised by how noisy the 400 ISO test shots were. To be fair I discovered later that the default setting for noise reduction is off, presumably to preserve fine detail at lower speed settings. Since I used the camera mainly at 50 ISO for maximum quality I would have turned it off anyway.


All in all, an outstanding performance from one of the best cameras on the market. There haven’t been many cameras in the past 12 months that I’ve really wanted to keep, but the CoolPix 8800 is certainly one of them.


The CoolPix 8800 is an awesome camera for any enthusiast with deep enough pockets. Thanks to the big sensor and superb Nikkor ED lens its image quality is among the best available, while the exceptionally versatile exposure and AF systems provide plenty of creative controls and ensure accurate results under a wide range of circumstances. It’s not without its problems, such as high-ISO noise and sluggish focusing, but it is one of the few a real alternatives to a digital SLR.

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Graham Walker

January 25, 2009, 10:48 pm

I just wanted to say that I agree with all the comments that Cliff made concerning the Nikon Coolpix 8800, it is indeed a superb piece of equipment, I own several digital camera's, but the 8800 outshines them all and I have yet to see better image quality. In fact, fearing that something untoward might happen to my 8800, I went on Ebay and found a spare just in case...the seller described it as 'in superb condition', in fact it was in mint condition, all credit to him, and all for 𧶏...if anyone is thinking about starting out on the digi trail then I can thoroughly recommend that they seriously consider this camera, they won't be disappointed.

Best regards.


Artist nr 1

May 17, 2009, 7:51 pm

Please, tell me how can I sett Adobe RGB (1998) on my Nikon coolpix 8800? I'll configure colors on my camera.Thank you. I. Raic


October 28, 2011, 10:33 pm

October 28, 2011. Just surfing around and saw this review about my trusted old Nikon 8800.
When talking about "Best" camera, you have to ask, "Best for what". I have carried my 8800 through 30 countries (with a Nikon 8700 backup). The camera is superb for traveling. I have printed 16x20 inch prints of Meteora in Greece that the lab could not believe came from a 5-year old 8-MP camera.

It may not be the best "Studio" camera, but I don't care.
LA Wilson

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