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Nikon Coolpix 8800 First Look Page 3

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

Built-in Speedlight

The Coolpix 8800 features a built-in TTL Speedlight with the following flash mode options;

  • Auto Flash
  • Flash Cancel
  • Advanced Red-Eye Reduction*
  • Anytime Flash
  • Night Portrait (Slow Sync Flash)
  • Rear Curtain Sync

+/- 2 stop flash exposure compensation selectable in 1/3 steps is provided as well, allowing the user to control the output of the built-in flash.

Nikon Coolpix 8800 Flash

*Advanced Red-Eye Reduction: When using the Red-eye Reduction mode of the built-in Speedlight, the camera will automatically find red eye and remove it.

The shooting range of the flash is approx. 0.5 - 6.0m (1.8 - 19.8 ft.) in Wide, and approx. 1.0 - 3.0m (3.3 - 9.10 ft.) in Tele zoom mode.





Nikon Coolpix 8800 and SB600
Nikon Coolpix 8800 with optional Speedlight SB-600 flash

i-TTL flash with external Speedlight

The Nikon Coolpix 8800 supports TTL flash operation with the optional Nikon SB-600 and the SB-800 external Speedlights.

In TTL mode, the SB-600 and SB-800 Speedlights use monitor pre-flashes for i-TTL flash control. The Auto Zoom, Red-eye reduction and AF assist functions are also supported.

Nikon Coolpix 8800 Speedlight Compatibility Chart








A -

A -



A-: Available for use
A: Fully available, recommended for use

Recommended SB mode

M, A

M, A



M: Manual A: Auto

Type of control

M, A

M, A



M: Manual A: Auto

Auto zoom





Auto: Flash adjusts with zoom

Red eye reduction





A: Pre fire by Speedlight

AF-assist illuminator





A: by Camera LED light

New D-Lighting
D-Lighting can compensate for underexposed areas caused by backlighting or an inadequate flash. In Playback mode, D-Lighting creates a copy of an image when the shutter release button is pressed, and compensates for only the underexposed areas of a picture without altering the properly exposed areas.

Unprocessed Image
Processed Image

Saturation Control

You can adjust the image saturation level on the Coolpix 8800 according to the following settings;

  • Auto: Camera will automatically adjust to the most appropriate saturation depending on the scene

  • Maximum (+2) / Enhanced (+1): High color saturation. Maximum is brighter than Enhanced. Suitable for direct print out

  • Normal (0): Adjusts the saturation to a moderate level

  • Moderate (-1) / Minimum (-2): Low color saturation for images you plan to retouch or manipulate on a computer

  • Black & White: Records the image as B/W. Its file size is the same as color images, but appears higher in resolution Image is also displayed in B/W

Contrast Control

You can adjust the image contrast level on the Coolpix 8800 according to the following settings;

  • Auto: Camera will automatically adjust the contrast depending on the scene

  • Normal: Sets to the normal contrast

  • More contrast: Emphasizes the bright and dark parts of an image. Effective for landscape images taken in cloudy weather or subjects with low contrast

  • Less contrast: Lowers contrast in bright and dark parts of an image. Effective for brightly-lit situations where dark shadows occur

Image Sharpening

The camera automatically processes pictures to emphasize the borders between light and dark areas, making edges seem sharper. The image sharpening menu settings include;

  • Auto: Camera sharpens edges for optimal results

  • High: Pictures processed to increase sharpness, making edges more distinct

  • Normal: Camera performs same standard level of sharpening on all images

  • Low: Sharpening reduced below normal level

  • Off: No sharpening performed. s

Noise Reduction Mode

Because of the characteristics of CCD's, noise, in the form of randomly spaced bright-colored pixels, will appear when the camera is set for long exposures. To reduce this, you can select "NR On" in the Shooting menu, which enables a special process to be applied when shooting in exposures longer than 1/4 second.

Noise Reduction is also automatically activated when Night Portrait, Night Landscape, or Dusk/Dawn modes are selected. When this function is on, it takes a longer amount of time from the moment the shutter is released to when the data is recorded into the CF card.

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White Balance Control

The Nikon Coolpix 8800 provides the following white balance (WB) settings;

Coolpix 8800 WB selections
  • Auto: Camera will automatically decide the white balance based on available light. Useful in most situations

  • Preset: White balance can be adjusted by shooting white or gray subject

  • Daylight: For shots with sunlight

  • Incandescent: For indoor shots with incandescent light

  • Fluorescent: For indoor shots with fluorescent light

  • Cloudy: Appropriate for cloudy conditions

  • Speedlight: Use this mode when using a speedlight

  • Shade: Appropriate for shooting in the shade on a sunny day

White balance settings can also be adjusted by +/- 3 steps (Fluorescent WB offers 3 selections). WB bracketing is also available in 3 steps: Normal, more blue / cooler, more red / warmer

ISO sensitivity

The ISO sensitivity of the Nikon Coolpix 8800 is equivalent to ISO 50, however, in dark conditions, it is automatically boosted up to ISO 200. In manual mode, sensitivity is selectable from ISO 50, 100, 200 or 400 equivalent.

PictBridge Print Compliance
The Coolpix 8800 is compatible with the PictBridge print standard. The PictBridge standard enables a connection between any PictBridge-supported camera and printer, regardless of its brand. To perform direct printing, it is necessary to set the camera's USB to PTP.

Nikon PictureProject Software
Enables easy image viewing and simple editing. PictureProject Software offers the following options:

1. Image transfer capability from the camera to a personal computer.

2. Album: Put your favorite pictures together in an album.

3. Search function: You can search images by file name, keywords, or date.

4. Slide show: View your pictures with various settings: slide show, cross-fading, or random playback. Playback with music is also available.

5. Easy retouching: Easy red-eye correction and brightness control are possible.

6. Attach your images directly to an e-mail. Print your images quickly and easily with the provided templates.


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