Pros Extra wide angle lens, 24 mm, gets everybody in the picture. Powerfull built in flash, hot shoe for external flash, sync for strobes. Great colors from subtle to vivid. Bulb setting for timed exposure
Cons Any camera can be nit picked apart, but so far I don't have any cons. I have taken nearly 1,000 pics and not much to complain about. Great camera.
Summary I would highly recommend this camera to anyone either beginning or advance photographer. It has tremendous capability. Some have complained about this or that, I can't agree, nearly 1,000 pics and still happy.
Pros super wide 24mm zoom, 8 megapixels, Kodak colors, video with timelapse, exposure lock for panoramic stitching, fully automatic to totally manual
Cons it cannot give a relaxing massage, but...i have had the P880 for 2 weeks and taken over 150 shots. no shortcomings that i can see to date.
Summary Kodak's P880 is the top of the line Kodak and has features that can grow with you. it even has time lapse photography - great for clouds rolling in and flowers opening! there is an exposure lock for stitching together shots for panoramic pictures and three customs memory settings to store your preferences. you can even program some buttons on the camera to have certain functions.
the famous Kodak colors are there - *vibrant and rich* - and the 24mm wide zoom is a great lens. at full wide it is wonderful for scenery, large vistas, or pulling in all subjects in an indoor photograph - no more squeezing together. best of all is the value--under $600 (i paid $470 out the door from Dell with a coupon) for an 8 megapixel camera with these options is great. i am not the type who would spend $1000 to $3000 for a camera. i would be too worried if a bumped it or it was lost. i would also feel uncomfortable spending that much knowing that in 5 years it would be obsolete. remember, the P880 would have been a $5000 camera just 5 years ago!
the proof is in the pudding--check out the example shots from users on the web!
a couple of observation:
the P880 works right out of the box after the battery is charged. though it was designed with people learning about more advanced features on cameras in mind, please remember to READ the INSTRUCTION BOOKLET as you set it up. Kodak's easyshare software goes well with the camera, though there are other software options. the camera can print from the easyshare printer dock with or without a computer. if you hook the dock to a computer, the camera also sends e-mail at the touch of a button. Kodak makes it simple for the consumer. the P880 can has the option of growing with you as you advance.
in sum, Kodak's P880 is a great value. a homerun for Kodak!Updated
it's great having a manual zoom wherein you twist the lens like a tradtional slr as opposed to zooming in and out with buttons.
"Great Unit"on by denof3
Pros Enough advanced features to keep you interested
Cons Still new to the unit
Summary I agree with one other review that you can nit pick these things to death there are so many reviews that boarder on the 6.5 to 7.8 you could drive yourself mad. So far this camera has done a great job and I am still learning looking forward to becoming better and will give a more in depth review. One thing I have owned a dx6490 for over two years and it’s rated very badly by this site I have not found that to be the case I love it and performs great, so word to the wise do your own research and you will make the right choice
Pros picture quality, user friendly, manual/auto options, transfer software
Cons dim viewers in daylight, constant autofocus sounds, pixel problem
Summary Great general purpose digital camera for producing very good quality pics. Auto settings help the novice. Manual settings entertain the advanced user.
Continual autofocus sounds are picked up by the sound condensor and can be heard on all video files.
The electronic viewfinder and external viewing screen work great for inside shots. On a sunny day, bright daylight washes out the picture such that you cannot clearly see the subject of a picture.
My camera had a bright yellow-orange pixel that appeared on both viewscreens in the "auto" picture-taking mode. I went through a lengthy and difficult customer service process to return the camera for a a refund.
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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