Nikon COOLPIX 885 Digital Camera [3.2MP 3xOptical]
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Compact and lightweight, with a style that looks as good as the pictures it takes, the Coolpix 885 is always ready for that important moment. The ergonomic, easy-to-grip body fits snugly in the hand, with easy access to all controls.
The Coolpix 885's TRANSFER button enables one-touch upload to the web* via the USB cable, automatically transferring all selected pictures in the Coolpix 885 straight to the web or directly to your computer. E-mailing pictures is now even easier with the convenient Small Picture function, creating a small-size copy for a fast transfer that won't keep anyone waiting.
*Requires Nikon View 4 software (supplied).
1/1.8-in. CCD employs 3.21 million effective pixels to produce ultrahigh-definition 2,048 x 1,536-pixel images. Combines with a new 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens-featuring 8-24mm focal range (equivalent to 38-114mm in 35mm  camera format) - and Nikon's advanced image-processing algorithm to deliver great colour, contrast and image clarity.
Top Customer Reviews
Lock, Multiple Exposure Mode, SF-CF AutoFocus, Auto Bracketing + Exp Compensation, (Matrix, Spot, Centre Weighted and Focus Zone) Metering... The list goes on!
When reviewing your images it can do a picture in picture thing with current view + thumbnail of last shot in top-left corner. You can also review 9 images at once and select which are for deletion and transfer, press a button, wait for windows to fire up it's pre-war USB mechanical integrator then off you go ;-)
Every shot composed using the screen will show you all the relevant shot info, and these are also saved in the image file comments header - so you can check how you took the photo even after you upload it.
I have used two other digital cameras extensively:
The Kodak DX 3700 - No comparison to the Nikon, which is miles faster, miles better - a completely different league!!!!!
The Olympus E10 - big, expensive, reassuring - but focussing like a Snappy Sid compared to the Nikon.
I have found the Nikon to be fast, responsive and the screen is the sharpest and brightest I've ever seen. I charged the battery (1 hour charge) over 2 weeks ago, I've taken around 40 shots, at least half with the flash and all using the screen, and also done plenty of reviewing, deleting and transferring of images, yet still the battery goes on like the annoying American Energizer Bunny.
It sits beautifully in your hand, there is no need to be careful not to finger the lens at you just won't, and the screen is set behind some Perspex-type cover, so no chance of damaging that.Read more ›
...from pressing the shutter release to it taking a picture is embarrasingly slow, especially in low light conditions, and it'll have your subjects hoping the wind doesn't change direction whilst they hold their "Cheeeeeeeeeeeese"!! I have often lost that "Kodak Moment" to the Nikon's desire to think a little harder about things.
The 885 also seems unreasonably slow with a large Compact Flash card inside. I bought a 128MB card, but am going to exchange it for a few smaller ones because life is way too short to wait for this kind of performance.
Still... I won't be exchanging the camera itself. It is great to hold and the pictures are also excellent. The interface with the PC is a doddle (and quite powerful too) allowing simple management of albums. I do like it, just wish I had more time to wait!!!
It does have a lot of bonuses and will probably now make a very sound second hand buy. It has a rechargeable battery, but also accepts CR5 (i think) disposable batteries, so you don't have to worry about running out of power when on holiday etc.
Image quality is very good, although I did feel that some of the pics I took did look a bit 'lifeless', and there is a definite saturation of reds on some of the pics. Having said that, some landscapes were really quite good and comparable to good quality film.
As other reviewers have commented on the delay when taking pics, this is pretty common in most digital cameras, however, some are better than others. The speed can be dramatically improved if you buy 'decent' quality CompactFlash cards. The cheaper they are, the slower they are i'm afraid, so don't be fooled, splash out on a good one and you won't be disappointed. You get a good quality Lexar card (8x I think) with the camera, but you will need to buy another one, as it won't hold many snaps. In my opinion, Lexar make the best cards, and you can get some very fast ones (12x or 16x). They'll cost you, but like I’ve said, they're worth the cash.
In everyday use the camera is really good and easy to use, menus are simple, and getting the pics onto your PC is a doddle, I didn't even bother using the software included. Just plug the USB cable in and the pics are loaded onto your PC.
This camera also has really good manual controls; you can virtually change every function and tweak it to your own need. I've even taken some Night Sky photos, which worked a treat!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Since buying this camera 12 months ago, I have always found it easy to use, the documentation explaining anything I was unsure about; and it's use with a PC, using the included... Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2003 by John Reddish
I bought this camera, having a previous model. But this far from improving, and is much worse than the last model. Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2002 by D. A. Phillips