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Nikon Coolpix 8800 8MP Digital Camera with 10x Vibration Reduction Optical Zoom Lens by Review Summary ,  Aug 2, 2015

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Nikon Coolpix 8800 8MP Digital Camera with 10x Vibration Reduction Optical Zoom Lens
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 50 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.7
Returned or considering to return: 10.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Speed4.6   exceptional
Image4.3   average
Zoom4.0   average
Battery3.9   above average
Light3.0   mediocre
Lens2.7   below average
Focus2.2   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"The L-Ion battery included with the camera is too weak for anything other than backup."
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"For some evil reason only known to the cruel marketing folks at Nikon, they made an incompatible (with the D70 that is...) battery pack for this camera."
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"DOWNSIDE; requires those Lithium-Ion rechargable batteries that are pretty costly; you're supposed to take the battery out even when camera is off, as it still draws a minute ammt."
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"If you are going on vacation or spend a while getting your pictures just right before you take them, buy an extra battery--you won't regret it."
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"The battery life is really very good, as far as digital cameras go, and the battery doesn't add much weight to the camera."
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"As an experiment, I also purchased an SB600, which works well mounted on camera, but drains the camera batteries after a few shots with the recommended remote cord."
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"I had to purchase an MB-CP1 battery base so I could use easily replaceable NIMH batteries."
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Focus

Focus:
"The autofocus is often frustrating."
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"The camera is slow to focus in some cases, but I didnt find this a serious problem."
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"He also had focusing problems with his Coolpix, even using a tripod, and he had to use work arounds to use it."
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"It has been six weeks, and I have yet to hear anything about the focusing problems, despite many e-mails of correspondence."
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"The latest e-mail from the service department indicated they still hadn't checked on the focusing problems."
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"The main problems were severe focusing problems."
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"My Minolta sees use mainly in sports situations where its manual lens and fast focus are great assets, and I'm less concerned about sharpness."
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"It takes about 3 - 5 working days to get an answer to an e-mail, and I'm still waiting for a response as to when Nikon Repair thinks it might be able to start checking on the focusing problems."
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"(It would be great to be able to focus and zoom the lens by turning the lens barrel like you could in prehistoric times."
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"While the Nikon uses a contrast-based focusing system, this particular camera has a very effective focus assist light that allows good low light focusing, even in a completely dark room."
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Image

Image:
"You will not be able to refocus or compost the pic."
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"I can live with the deficiencies as the quality of the images and build of the camera more than make up for where the camera fails."
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"My Coolpix 8800 with the image stabilization and zoom is a real pleasure to use."
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"There are a lot of bells and whistles, as someone else mentioned, and I would highly recommend reading the instruction manual and experimenting with it before you take it on a big vacation (and bring the manual too).The image quality is fantastic, even when you are maxing out the zoom."
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"The 10X zoom with VR image stabilization is unbeatable! "
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"That being said, you'll be amazed at the quality of the images this camera can take as well as the flexibility."
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"You'll get great images with either the Extra or Fine mode (jpg).Stay away from the Hi (Tif format), there is no benefit and it takes forever to save."
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Lens

Lens:
"My lens is failing to zoom and now I have to buy a new camera although the rest of the camera works fine."
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"I wouldn't recommend this camera or any Nikon product to my worst enemy....Oh yeah, and they made the lens an oddball size so you have to buy overpriced Nikon filters for it....."
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"Luckily, I have a three year warranty and it was fully covered and came back within 3wks of mailing (I sent it just before Christmas so it took longer).The Pros:Excellent featuresLightweight (I have small hands and cannot hold much weight)Came with a Remote controlLarge LCDetc...The Cons:Expensive (I paid $700 plus $135 3yr warrantly)Slow shutter speedSlow writing to flashHas a tendency to over undercompensate EV (so you need to play with the function quite a bit)Dreaded LENS ERROR!"
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"I still like the Nikon cameras and lenses, but I will point out this problem to anyone asking how I like my camera."
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"If you decide you want to go with the 8800, here are some accessories you may want to consider:Spare battery (EN-EL7)Lens Hood (HN-CP14)Nikon Lens Pen (removes dust from body and lens)1.0GB CF cardLowepro Rezo 140 AW camera bag which holds EVERYTHING mentioned here with room to spareI have had my Nikon for over a year now, and I have not experienced any lens error problems (or otherwise) so far."
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"I was down in Antarctica when I turned on the camera and it said lens error."
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"A good lens is fabulous - but when it's stuck onto a poorly designed and poorly supported body it is utterly worthless and in this economy, nobody can afford to make a mistake so expensive."
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"After a day of missing some of the best pictures of Emperor Penguins with my 8800, I twisted the lens and got it to work."
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"And yes I bought the lens hood for the 8800, and unlike the 8700 this one looks nice and normal (A flower hood to be exact) Conclusion: If your ready to step up (and I mean Up) to a pro quality camera, If you want to own and shoot with a piece of digital history this is your camera."
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"as well as the most confusing array of exstension lenses and adapter tubes imaginable!"
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"My Minolta sees use mainly in sports situations where its manual lens and fast focus are great assets, and I'm less concerned about sharpness."
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Light

Light:
"GOOD----- takes good photos when there is good lighting- has presets that allow near point-and-shoot capabilityBAD---- same as all non SLRs, the lens is fixed so if you scratch it heaven help you - because Nikon won't - you're going to have to invest in filters- Nikon service has a minimum charge to fix your camera - and you have to ship it to them at your own cost (and back at your own cost) - and the minimum charge is NOT cheap- Seems to have pretty consistent issues with the mechanical parts breaking down over time (pop up flash LCD screen focus) - wish we had known THAT prior to purchasing it and finding out for ourselves- 12 month warranty only- does NOT take good photos in 'imperfect light' situations (ex: indoors)A particular thank you goes out to the service rep who advised us how reliable the 8800s are in response to our claim that several functions were malfunctioning."
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"The flash pops up and fires when shooting in bright light...the whole thing is a piece of junk."
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"You will be unhappy if you think you can use this or any 8x, 10x+ camera handheld in any light or zoom length."
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"VF mode: the process by wich the camera compensates for hand movement at slower shutter speeds resulting in great ambient light photography (I tend to hate flashes! )"
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"In more challenging light situations, the camera generally does at least as well as the other digicams I've used."
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"Noise can be discernable at ISO 100 if the light isn't good."
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"Also, in a perfect world, it would become a bit more light sensative and function better in darker conditions, or allow faster shutter speeds greater depth of field."
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"Don't expect to zoom to 10x and take a good picture in anything less than bright light."
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"VF mode: the process by wich the camera compensates for hand movement at slower shutter speeds resulting in great ambient light photography (I tend to hate flashes! )"
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"In more challenging light situations, the camera generally does at least as well as the other digicams I've used."
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"The 8080, in good light, takes the sharpest and cleanest pictures."
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Photo

Photo:
"GOOD----- takes good photos when there is good lighting- has presets that allow near point-and-shoot capabilityBAD---- same as all non SLRs, the lens is fixed so if you scratch it heaven help you - because Nikon won't - you're going to have to invest in filters- Nikon service has a minimum charge to fix your camera - and you have to ship it to them at your own cost (and back at your own cost) - and the minimum charge is NOT cheap- Seems to have pretty consistent issues with the mechanical parts breaking down over time (pop up flash LCD screen focus) - wish we had known THAT prior to purchasing it and finding out for ourselves- 12 month warranty only- does NOT take good photos in 'imperfect light' situations (ex: indoors)A particular thank you goes out to the service rep who advised us how reliable the 8800s are in response to our claim that several functions were malfunctioning."
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"Next problem I had was almost immediate ; The micro-drive fits in very tight and the Flash card latch will not close properly and completely if I want it to use my micro drive with the Nikon 8800.It would also not transfer the photos and froze up my computer on the transfer attempt !"
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"The use of Quick Response, though, allows you to take immediate shots if you do not need to refocus (though you can recompose) and there are a variety of continuous modes so this is a minimal problem for me in the type of photography I do, even when taking photos of my husband riding his bicycle (Panning with him in focus and background blurred)."
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"Good: This camera has taken some of the most beautiful photos in my portfolio."
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"The best photos are great, with good color saturation, sharpness and overall quality."
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"In quality of photos it is very comparable to the best , but my gosh !"
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"For those not familiar with the coolpix line, the build is excellent, the camera is comfortable, the close ups breathtaking, the photos are very sharp, the features are numerous."
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"[...]I didn't find the supplied software exceptional but it does give you a place to collect your photos."
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Speed

Speed:
"Terribly noisy and very slow."
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"It's fast and reliable and in most situations is all you;ll need to get any job done in a professional manner."
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"Also, in a perfect world, it would become a bit more light sensative and function better in darker conditions, or allow faster shutter speeds greater depth of field."
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"RAW is excellent, but slow to save."
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"VF mode: the process by wich the camera compensates for hand movement at slower shutter speeds resulting in great ambient light photography (I tend to hate flashes! )"
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"My Minolta sees use mainly in sports situations where its manual lens and fast focus are great assets, and I'm less concerned about sharpness."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Before the zoom malfunction, the camera took great pictures on a perfect day, but night time, indoor, and action pictures were almost always blurry even if you put it on the night time, indoor, or action settings."
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"My lens is failing to zoom and now I have to buy a new camera although the rest of the camera works fine."
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"Not being able to use the extended zoom in anything but the best lighting conditions make having one a bit pointless."
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"They insist that a 10X zoom and VR somehow makes up for the other problems."
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"Well, I'm not sure everyone will agree, but ANY room with indirect lighting will pose problems for the 8800 with some subjects, especially at moderate zooms."
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"Before the zoom malfunction, the camera took great pictures on a perfect day, but night time, indoor, and action pictures were almost always blurry even if you put it on the night time, indoor, or action settings."
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"My Coolpix 8800 with the image stabilization and zoom is a real pleasure to use."
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"There are a lot of bells and whistles, as someone else mentioned, and I would highly recommend reading the instruction manual and experimenting with it before you take it on a big vacation (and bring the manual too).The image quality is fantastic, even when you are maxing out the zoom."
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"The 10X zoom with VR image stabilization is unbeatable! "
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"Don't expect to zoom to 10x and take a good picture in anything less than bright light."
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