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Nikon CoolPix 8800 - Test Shots - Full Res Crops

By Cliff Smith



  • Recommended by TR
Nikon CoolPix 8800


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A range of test shots are shown over the next few pages. Here, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality. The following pages consist of resized images so that you can evaluate the overall exposure. For those with a dial-up connection, please be patient while the pages download.

Note: These ISO test shots were taken with noise reduction set to 'off' - its default setting, in order to preserve image quality at low ISO settings.


At the minimum sensitivity setting of 50 ISO there is no visible image noise. 1/5th sec at f4.7, with the camera on a tripod. I think I need a bigger tripod.


Already some image noise is visible in darker areas at 100 ISO, and a little fine detail has been lost. 1/10th sec at f4.7.


At 200 ISO there is quite a bit of image noise in all areas. 1/19th sec at f4.7.


At the maximum setting of 400 ISO there is a high level of noise across the entire image. 1/35th sec at f4.7.


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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