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A new flagship for the Nikon Coolpix series
with 8.0 effective megapixels and a 10x
Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with Vibration Reduction

Nikon Coolpix 8800 Front

Introduction, Shooting Modes, i-TTL Speedlight and Image Control,
New Batteries and Accessories, Specifications and Press Release

Sept 16th, 2004. Nikon has today introduced the Nikon Coolpix 8800, a digital camera featuring 8 megapixels of effective resolution and a 10x optical zoom Nikkor ED lens with Vibration Reduction (VR).

The Nikon Coolpix 8800 is a successor to the popular Coolpix 8700, and becomes the new flagship in the Nikon Coolpix line-up. The COOLPIX 8800 will appeal to both professionals and advanced amateur who enjoy shooting portraits, sporting events, or even snap shots with high-resolution.







Compared to the Nikon Coolpix 8700, aside from the new VR lens system and longer telephoto zoom range, a number of other new features have been added to the Coolpix 8800, including external TTL flash compatibility with the Nikon SB-600 and SB-800 Speedlights.

Nikon Coolpix 8800 Back

Nikon Coolpix 8800 Major Features

  • 8 megapixels of effective resolution delivered by 2/3-inch-type CCD

  • 10x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED lens ( equivalent to 35mm-350mm in 35mm format) with Vibration Reduction mode
Nikon VR Technology
Nikon Coolpix 8800 VR technology
  • Newly adopted JPEG EXTRA recording mode offers higher image quality with less compression (compression rate: 1/2)

  • New TTL compatible (SB-600 and SB-800) flash hotshoe to accommodate attachment of external dedicated Nikon SB-series Speedlights. Supports TTL, Auto Zoom, Red-eye reduction and AF assist function with Nikon SB-600 and SB-800 series flash units

  • Quick response: twice as fast startup and shutter release compared to Nikon Coolpix 8700

  • New convenient top and rear of camera control dials (SLR type)
  • 9 manually selectable Auto focus (AF) areas. Contrast-detect TTL AF with AF-assist illuminator; Center Area, Auto 5-area multi AF
AF points
Manual 9-area AF points as shown on LCD
  • New 1100 mAh EN-EL 7 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery (approx. 240 shots), and Nikon MH-56 charger. Optional Li-Ion EN-EL7e battery pack with 4 step power level check.
  • New D-Lighting feature in Playback mode compensates only the underexposed areas of a picture without altering the properly exposed areas

  • Advanced Red-Eye Reduction feature: the camera automatically removes most instances of red-eye

  • Continuous shooting (Continuous H) up to five full-size images at 2.3 fps

  • Real-Time Histogram display helps you choose the best exposure value

  • Framing Guides can be displayed on the LCD monitor for ideal composition
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection for fast download

  • 1.8 inch vari-angle 270° TFT-LCD monitor, 134,000 pixels. Brightness and hue adjustment

  • Wide range of optional system accessories including: Battery grip MB-CP11, Wideangle Optical Lens Converter Attachment WM-E80 (28mm equiv.), Telephoto Optical Lens Converter TC-E17ED (600mm equiv.), Lens Hood HN-CP14, and new dedicated thread in Coolpix Filters FF- CP11NC (Skylight), FF-CP11CPL (Circular Polarizer), FF-CP11ND4 (Neutral Density)

  • 15 versatile preset Scene Modes or Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] exposure modes for creative control

  • AE-BSS (Auto Exposure-BSS) for automatic selection of the best relative exposure - choose from highlighted or shadowy areas
  • Saturation control (5 steps and B&W) for in-camera color control

  • 5 shot buffer mode retains the last 5 shots when the shutter button is continually pressed and then released in order to capture unexpected or fleeting moments

Nikon Coolpix 8800 Top

8.0 effective megapixels
The 2/3-inch-type CCD realizes 8.0 effective megapixels, which makes images of exceptionally high definition possible - even when cropped.

10x optical zoom
The 10x optical Z
oom-Nikkor lens (f/2.8 - 5.2) offers a focal range of 8.9 - 89mm (equivalent to 35 - 350mm in 35mm [135] format). The lens incorporates two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that minimize chromatic aberration.

Nikon ED Glass
Two ED lens elements minimize chromatic aberration

Steady images with VR

The Coolpix 8800's lens incorporates the Vibration Reduction (VR) System for the first time in the Coolpix line. VR automatically detects and compensates for the small camera movements that cause image blur. This offers the user the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to three stops slower * without the risk of camera vibrations blurring your image.

*For example, if you can shoot clearly without camera-shake at 1/250 s, VR makes it possible to stop down three steps (in this case, to 1/30 s) and still shoot without camera-shake.

Along with Normal VR Mode, which enables remarkably clear handheld shots, Active VR Mode helps to ensure a smoother view in shaky conditions, such as shooting from a moving vehicle.

  • Normal: For camera shake which commonly occurs in most situations. The camera also automatically detects and compensates for camera shake caused by unintentional movements. For example, it compensates for horizontal shake when panning vertically, and vertical shake is compensated when panning horizontally.

  • Active: For extraordinarily shaky conditions such as shooting from moving vehicles. Panning is not supported.

Thanks to VR, users can achieve sharp and clear images when shooting in low light or when taking handheld telephoto and macro shots. It even works with the accessory TC-E17ED telephoto converter lens at 600mm (35mm equivalent), and the wideangle lens converter attachment WM-E80.

To buy the Nikon Coolpix 8800 visit B&H Photo and Video. Trusted photographic merchants since 1973.

Durable, ergonomic design

The Coolpix 8800 comes in a compact, lightweight, easy-to-handle magnesium alloy body. The camera's ergonomic design and style come from famed industrial designer Giorgetto GIUGIARO (Same as Nikon D2H, D70)

Nikon Coolpix 8800 Body
Mg Alloy inner body of the Coolpix 8800

Physical Size

In terms of relative size, the Coolpix 8800 is slightly larger than the Nikon Coolpix 8700. The redesigned longer grip on the new model makes for a comfortable hold.

Coolpix 8700 vs Coolpix 8800

Nikon Coolpix 8700 versus Coolpix 8800 size

Although larger than the Nikon Coolpix 8700, the Coolpix 8800 is still a compact option compared to carrying a digital SLR
type of camera, like the Nikon D70.

Nikon D70 vs. Coolpix 8800
Nikon Coolpix 8800 compared to Nikon D70 size

New Controls Dials

The Coolpix 8800 features a convenient mode dial on the top of the camera (similar to Coolpix 5400), with settings for
manual exposure control modes (P, S, A, M), Scene, Movie, Setup, Image Quality, ISO, White Balance (WB) and Playback options.

Top mode dial
Top mode dial

A new thumb control wheel dial on the top right back of the camera, allows for quicker and easier access to selecting features and changing settings.

Control wheel dial
Rear thumb control wheel dial

The Coolpix 8800 also features a multi selector pad on the back of the camera (similar to the Coolpix 8700). The multi selector is used to navigate through the camera menus.

Multi Selector
Multi selector

Professional creative control

Nikon's exclusive image processing technology provides natural color reproduction, detail and gradation. The Coolpix 8800's 256-segment Matrix Metering system helps ensure ideal exposures in even the most challenging lighting conditions. For added control, the Coolpix 8800 also offers Center-Weighted, Spot, and Spot-AF area metering.

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