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Old Oct 8, 2004, 1:41 PM   #1
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Take a look

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Old Oct 8, 2004, 5:17 PM   #2
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Steve posted hisweeks ago, too:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_...nikon8800.html


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Old Oct 8, 2004, 5:24 PM   #3
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I think it's going to be a killer

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Old Oct 8, 2004, 5:46 PM   #4
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Yes, I was aware of Steve's preproduction review

Steve, your rousing endorsement definitely pushes me towards the 8800

I had a 5700 for a short time but was a bit underwhelmed by it so sold it.

The addition of 2x more optical zoom (wrt the 5700) and Image Stabilization really does it for me

I cannot wait for the production review(s) and first pics!

I am curious about one thing:

What are the lens threads? 55mm, 62mm, 72mm or ???

Steve?

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Old Oct 11, 2004, 10:33 AM   #5
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Sorry, don't know what the lens thread size is yet, Nikon did not specify it and we didn't have it long enough to discover what it was. We'll get it when we finish the review with a production version - soon, hopefully.
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Old Oct 19, 2004, 11:48 PM   #6
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Can't tell you about the 8800, but I just got a 8400 and it is fantastic, the images are VERY sharp.

I'm shooting at 5MP and Extra JPEG, it's more than I'll ever need.

I just had a photo shoot on location and left two products back at the office, had to shoot product shots when I got back and e-mail to my ad agency, they said the photos were perfect. I'm no pro, but the photos looked like they were taken by one.

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Old Nov 1, 2004, 3:49 PM   #7
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steve wrote:
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Sorry, don't know what the lens thread size is yet, Nikon did not specify it and we didn't have it long enough to discover what it was. We'll get it when we finish the review with a production version - soon, hopefully.
Hi Steve,

Thanks for a super site! When do you expect the production review of the coolpix 8800 to be published?

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Old Nov 3, 2004, 1:32 AM   #8
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wll schrieb:
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I'm shooting at 5MP and Extra JPEG, it's more than I'll ever need.
The "extra" mode is really questionable and it definately doesn't come from the Nikon engineering team. It is a marketing thing.

Instead of switching off color subsampling to gain higher quality, the Q level is set to the max (Q=100) when saving the JPEG in the camera.

In general the difference in file size between Q level 95 and 100 is huge
but doesn't scale to the gain in image quality. A Q level of 95 is the optimal value which is achieved by the "fine" setting. Nikon states a 1:2 compression for "extra" which is defined as the estimated ratio between the compressed file size and the uncompressed size. The "fine" setting is 1:4, so the "extra" has an estimated double file size.

I can only recommend shooting in Raw if quality is at premium and use "fine" for the convenient JPEG format.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to the review to see what the Nikon engineers were doing!

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I've been patiently waiting for a review of this camera, but it seems no one has a review of it. Sigh.

Looks like I'll buy the camera before any official reviews. I tried one in the store and the negatives seem to be slow write times, although the store admitedly was using a slow card, so who knows. Having said that, many people who own 8800s seem to complain about slow write times.

I too wish that it was 2/3" 5 mp sensor as 5 mp would be enough for me and presumably a 5 mp sensor at 2/3" would have lower noise than an 8 mp sensor of the same size.

I'm stepping up from a Canon S30, so I'm sure it will be huge improvement. I'm buying the 8800 hoping it will be all the camera I ever need and that I don't need to go to the expense of a D-SLR kit which with equivalent lenses gets expensive and bulky. I'm afraid of spending relatively bigger bucks on D-SLR and then not using it because it's too big to carry around.
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Old Nov 9, 2004, 1:10 PM   #10
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The complaints about slow write times in most cases do not ID:

1. Type of image being saved (RAW, high res JPG, etc).

2. Media in camera.

Yes, I too am eagerly awaiting Steve's full review on the 8800.

Bat life reported to be marginal also...

But, above all else...if you have great pics...then slow write and bat life are "liveable".

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