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Nikon Coolpix 800 2MP Digital Camera w- 2x Optical Zoom by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Nikon Coolpix 800 2MP Digital Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom
Report Date: 09/28/2015
Based on 64 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 4.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price5.0   above average
Image4.5   above average
Quality4.4   average
Photo4.1   average
Flash3.0   below average
Size2.8   mediocre
Battery2.7   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"As others have said before, there are a few kinks you will have to live with, if you go for Nikon's entry level: 1) flimsy covers for battery smartcard lens 2) this thing eats up batteries, get lots of NiMH rechargables."
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"the other complaints you hear, including how it chews batteries and the like, are generally true."
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"The first problem was the batteries."
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"to fix2) Buy a Compact Flash reader - don't even think about downloading photos any other way - its just not worth itThe comments that other reviewers have made about the lack of paper manual, flimsy battery door, and battery consumption are correct ... but the first twio you eventually get used to - and the last seems to be true of most digital cameras."
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"No problem I figure, call Nikon and get it fixed... Now that I actually have a working camera it has it shortcomings, eats batteries, hesitation after you click and other annoying quirks."
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"2 sets of batteries and a recharger are a neccessity and maybe an AC adapter as well."
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"Amazon's review that battery life is a winner is a crock."
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"It's quick to focus, it's got great battery life and snaps photos really quick!"
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"We always use the LCD screen and haven't run into a problem with guzzling battery power since we started using the card reader, even with normal batteries."
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"I use the NiMH rechargeable batteries - have two sets - and have no problems; they last much longer than the NiCD ones."
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Flash

Flash:
"Three small negatives (pun intended), the cycle time between exposures can exceed 2 seconds, the flash is weak, and the Pictureworks HotShots software included is cumbersome."
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"But, the Auto flash and the SLOW SYNC are still problems."
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"I called Nikon recently to complain about the flash picture problems I wrote on 05 15 2001."
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"...I have used this camera for more than 6 months, I found the following situations where Nikon 800 produced extremely disappointing flash pictures, even with ISO-400 and exposure compensation:1."
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"The only items that detract from the allure of this camera are: The flash is a bit weak."
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"The flash is terrible."
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"The included 8mb compact flash card is decent, holding 16 normal detail 1600X1200 photos, although I would recomend purchasing a larger capacity one (i. e. 16mb+)."
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"Although I haven't seen better pictures from any other camera in the 2 MP range, the red-eye flash on this one doesn't seem to do much good, and most of the photos with people in them need to be edited if a flash was used."
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"I have no problem with the batteries or compact flash storage capacity."
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"My main beefs are the ones that are well known about this camera: the flash and zoom are both very limited (to the point where I pretty much consider this an outdoor camera - the one time that I did use it indoors extensively, I set the sensitivity to ISO-400 and shot by available light), and I wish it were possible to manipulate the f-stop and shutter speed directly."
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Image

Image:
"Likewise I havent found any image editing software (also a negative with Nikon is you get no printed manual and the basic software is VERY basic) so you will need to purchase some editing software."
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"The images that this camera is capable of producing will be hard to duplicate in any other digital camera that can be purchased for under $600."
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"I have had several different digital cameras, all on the samerange, and this is a great machine, that takes very sharp images, besides it allows you to manually set almost everything, which is great when you want to shot on poor conditions."
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"The ability to image both the light and dark portions (ie the shaddowed areas in a bright sunshine shot) of a photo are far superior to film."
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"The autofocus is terrific and allows the user to have a point-and-click attitude to digital photo imaging while encompassing the advantages of the incoming digital age."
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"The photo quality is fantastic."
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"The print quality is great and it is enhanced by high quality photo paper."
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Lens

Lens:
"As others have said before, there are a few kinks you will have to live with, if you go for Nikon's entry level: 1) flimsy covers for battery smartcard lens 2) this thing eats up batteries, get lots of NiMH rechargables."
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"Not as good: have almost lost the lens cap several times already; batteries don't last too long with lcd on; get rechargeables!"
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"The lens mechanism is quite flimsy and costs more than the camera (!"
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"Since I wrote my first review, I have had the opportunity to play around with the camera and to take hundred of pictures, no doubt the camera is great, still have the problem of having a very slow lens, that requires a lot of ilumination to make those great pictures."
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"I think that most people agree that Nikon optics are about the best available, and they have a good track record with previous models of film and digital cameras...Good stuff: GREAT pictures; Nikon lens; optical (not digital) zoom (though not quite as powerful as some); Compact Flash (personal preference, maybe, but available in bigger capacities); Much more compact than the 950, with most of the features and the same resolution."
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"You won't outgrow it any time soon, and you can't go wrong with a Nikon lens."
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"The optional lenses are great and will transfer to other Nikon models later if you upgrade."
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"An optional 28mm wide angle lens attachment is great."
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"Since I wrote my first review, I have had the opportunity to play around with the camera and to take hundred of pictures, no doubt the camera is great, still have the problem of having a very slow lens, that requires a lot of ilumination to make those great pictures."
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Photo

Photo:
"Ok, so this camera will not be able to take photos that can be blown up to a poster size."
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"In addition you will not be able to modify your photos in any way without the software."
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"You must buy separate photo-editing software, unless you want to send your nice little photos only to have your recipient download them in in that ridiculous huge size we've all seen."
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"It's easy to use, produces great quality photos and the price is second to none."
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"The included 8mb compact flash card is decent, holding 16 normal detail 1600X1200 photos, although I would recomend purchasing a larger capacity one (i. e. 16mb+)."
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"With a decent printer, you could produce photos detailed enough to rival that of regular 35mm professional development."
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"It's sturdy, the glass is sharp and the photos look amazing."
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"Just look at photos taken by this camera by this camera on flickr, and you'll see this thing takes some beautiful photos!"
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Price

Price:
"All in all, a great picture taking digital camera for the money."
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"Another important accessory would be a high-quality carring case considering the amount of money put into the camera."
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"Overall the Nikon Coolpix 800 is a great camera at a bargain price."
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"for the money this camera is great."
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"i did get a great price plus a rebate."
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Quality

Quality:
"Again, although I have many complaints I have to admit the picture quality is exceptional."
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"Nikon did a very poor job in quality control and in communicating this problem to their registered customers."
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"I am considering keeping the disks and just buying more like I would buy film for negatives, as the picture quality decreases when I put them into programs on my computer."
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"I decided not to reduce the number of stars because of these negative points because the quality easily makes up for them and these negative points may be unavoidable (as in the case of battery usage) or not applicable to all (as in the case of resolution & storage size).I had been using Nikon N50 (non-digital) for years and had fallen love with that camera."
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"I have gotten great compliments from photographic friends for the quality of pictures that I have emailed them that were taken with this camera."
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"The picture quality is excellent."
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"The print quality is great and it is enhanced by high quality photo paper."
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"The quality is as good as, or better than anything I have ever gotten with a 35mm SLR."
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Size

Size:
"My friend's 950 was outside of my budget, but that's OK, because I didn't like the shape of the 950 (weird twisty thing) or its size."
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"Three small negatives (pun intended), the cycle time between exposures can exceed 2 seconds, the flash is weak, and the Pictureworks HotShots software included is cumbersome."
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"Ok, so this camera will not be able to take photos that can be blown up to a poster size."
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"my biggest complaint is the size, it doesn't travel super well (i like to keep my hands free, i'm forgetful and often misplace things)."
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"You must buy separate photo-editing software, unless you want to send your nice little photos only to have your recipient download them in in that ridiculous huge size we've all seen."
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"I was kinda shocked by how small it was when I first opened it but it's compact size betrays the many features hidden within it's frame."
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"It's small and cute, but in my opinion isn't worth the extra money."
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"my biggest complaint is the size, it doesn't travel super well (i like to keep my hands free, i'm forgetful and often misplace things)."
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"An elastic cat leash cut to size from the local pet store is the best.3."
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"Beautiful colors and sharpness, compact size, Nikon optics and a very good price."
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"First of all the body is a nice size and shape."
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