Pros Sharp lens, Wide zoom, 2.5 inch LCD, 8MP capture, RAW file option
Cons Focus slow in low light, Kodak software not great and slow to transfer photos
Summary The P-880 is Kodak’s latest 8 mega-pixel prosumer digital camera. At a glance, the camera contains many professional features including RAW file capture, a wide 24-140mm (35mm equivalent) zoom, 50 ISO film base rating and shutter speeds up to 1/4000th of a second.
One of Kodak’s biggest selling points for the P-880 will be the large 2.5 inch LCD screen. The screen is clear, colour rich and offers a live histogram with highlight and shadow clipping for immediate on-camera exposure assessment.
The zoom lens is quite unique at 24-140mm. As most of the competition in the market place has opted for a base of 28mm, Kodak offering 24mm now puts the camera in a new class. Combined with a Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon lens and manual focus option the results the photographer can now capture are more creative and sharper than ever. Downloaded directly from the Kodak P880 view a sample here.
Kodak have put quite a bit of thought into the number and positioning of function buttons on the camera reducing the use of the menu, saving the photographer time and creating a more user friendly digital experience.
On trial the ISO settings the grain proved to be fantastic at 50, 100 and 200 and at 400 barely noticeable.
Like many of the cameras in Kodak’s compact series there is a ‘scene’ selection mode offering 8 photographic scenarios. Although, I personally think if you’re planning on using any of these options you would be taking away the fun of the device and really should be looking at a point and shoot option!
A feature worth mentioning is the semi-pro option to use the hot shoe for an external flash or a sync plug for a sync lead – in case you feel like giving the camera a workout in a studio environment.
And finally, like many dSLR’s in this range the P-880 too offers a video option, with 640x480 Motion JPEG compression VGA capture at 30 frames per second. But what Kodak have cleverly incorporated is the option to grab a single frame and either ‘share’ the image or print it up to a 6x4 inch print.
Overall, the Kodak P-880 will satisfy most. Its 8 mega-pixel capture and sharp lens are really where is counts, coupled with great rich colours for its class, EasyShare versatility and compatibility with Kodak’s printer dock station receives a thumbs up.
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Pros zoom range, wide angle, ergonomics, pix quality, software pkg
Cons nothing, so far
Owned for a short time and only used in test shots, so far, this camera has really impressed me. It handles extremely well - even in very dark situations. This is my 3rd digital camera (Olympus & Sony)
It is a joy to zoom with the lens zoom ring instead of the more usual lever & motorized zoom - make framing the shot quite easy.
The lens is very sharp and at 8 M-pixel resolution, it will have the sharpness for the most demanding.
It will take me a while to get used to the EVF - but its much better than most rangefinders, and a true SLR finder would likely add weight and cost. Other, similar cameras also use EVF finders.
The supplied software package is well-integrated with the camera and provides good viewing / organizing abilities (but I'll keep using Photoshop Elements for editing tasks).
I would have liked image stabilization.
The camera is always making small focus adjustments, and a soft noise associated with that (may be common to evf cameras)
I'm impressed with this little camera. It will become my standard camera for general shooting.
Pros Features, ergonomics, ease of use & printing, wide angle lens, manual zoom
Cons Shutter lag/delay, flash almost essential
Summary As a digital camera beginner, though with a manual SLR background from decades ago, I decided ease of use was going to be my main criterion though I didn't want to let go of advanced features. I took the dive and got the P880 for less than $400 before the reviews came. I based my buying decision on Kodak's reputation for the Easyshare system, color rendition, and the availability of its two dye sublimation printers: the Printer Dock (for 4x6s) and the Professional 1400 (for 8x10s).
As a 'snapshot' photographer mainly taking indoor scenes and people pictures I have been ecstatically happy with the camera as have been my subjects. I've gone to some holiday parties, plugged the portable Printer Dock in and given out great pictures/memories to the persons there on the spot. Far better than the old days waiting to develop film rolls then storing them away in shoe boxes. I still have the digital record but my photos are getting out in the world.
Admittedly I am doing all my editing in the camera right now. Also, I only occasionally try to use a more advanced feature. But experimentation takes time, and so the P880 is also my camera in training.
Of course I have not as yet tried shooting in raw format nor have I used anything more challenging than IPhoto and Easyshare for post production.
Recently a friend brought his Canon 5D up and both of us took shots of my family. Despite the obvious superiority of his camera and lenses, just as many of my photos were blown up to send to relatives as his and to my untrained eye (sans magnifying glass) they both looked great.
Finally I will say that for my type of shooting under low lighting indoor conditions the P20 flash is necessary. However, combined with the little fill-in flash on the camera the results look terrific.
In conclusion, based on my deliberate decision not to buy a dSLR and not to buy a two pound Sony R1, factoring in cost, ease of use, and the quality of the results for my purposes, I would rate this camera near perfect.
Pros wide-angle, manual zoom, hot shoe, lots of options
Cons mediocre battery life, not great in low light, usual stuff
Summary Bought this camera as a floor model for $320. Battery was shot but otherwise everything else was, and has been fine. Build quality appears to be above average. Were I to have spent $150 more for this camera I may be less enthusiastic about it. But I can compare it to the Powershot A series and other low-end cameras that would cost about the same amount.
Do I wish it had image stabilization? Yes. Do I wish it had better low-light performance? Yes. Do I wish it were a little faster? Yes. Can I reasonably expect these things from a $320 camera? No. It takes better than average pictures in auto mode and it has a dizzying array of advanced modes just in case I need them. The wide-angle lens alone makes this camera a standout. I've taken about 1000 pictures so far with it and I have no major complaints.
I like the use of the proprietary rechargeable battery over models using AA-size rechargeables. Battery life isn't spectacular. But carrying an extra battery or two around isn't much of a burden. They're about the size of a small box of matches. Stick a 2GB SD card in your camera and grab a spare battery and you can easily shoot all day long without running out of juice or filling up your card.
The sensor and lens are more than adequate. If you need anything else, just add it. Need a bigger flash? Add one. Need a longer lens? Buy it. If you need more, buy a DSLR.
Worth every penny.
Pros Excellent Color and Lens. 24mm in class by itself
Cons Typical for a camera in this price range.
Summary I can't fathom CNET's opinion on this camera. To criticize the lens's vignette in this camera is crazy! 24mm ALWAYS vignette, this one is pretty mild. Probably they compared it against those with 38mm lenses. Try this at 38 against those, then compare.
This all said, this camera is for those that want to save money over an SLR, want wide angle, and want a bargain! If you want high tele zoom, this is not for you. If you want exceptional low light performance, you need an SLR with a bigger sensor. But for what this camera is intended for, it's right on the money.
The way to use this cam is to program up to three custom settings and/or use apeture, program, manual or shutter priority. The built ins cannot be modified, but are fine for the non-enthusiast. You can get as good or better pictures from this camera than anything in it's price range. But it's not an SLR; don't compare it to one!