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Kodak EasyShare P880


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The Kodak EasyShare P880 is an 8 megapixel digital camera with a 5.8x Optical Zoom lens. It will retail for $599 and should hit stores in September 2005.

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Kodak EasyShare P880 News Release Extract

Go Wide with the KODAK EASYSHARE P880 zoom digital camera
The innovative KODAK EASYSHARE P880 zoom digital camera brings in-demand KODAK technologies and features to serious photographers, setting a new price-to-performance benchmark. It provides more expansive picture-taking capability with a 24-140mm (35mm equiv) wide-angle, f/2.8 - f/4.1, professional-quality SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON zoom lens. The 24mm wide angle setting is ideal for landscape photography, allowing a person to get closer to subjects, while contributing to greater sense of place by pulling in foreground objects with greater depth of field. It's also ideal for interior photography, where barriers such as walls typically make it difficult to get all desired subjects into a shot. Creative photographers can also shoot with this wide perspective for unique portraiture, or to capture a greater scenic expanse for later cropping.

With the same integrated lens, users can also optically zoom up to 140 mm (5.8X) using the manual zoom ring for precise framing. Achieve accurate focusing, even in low light conditions, with the selectable 25-point, advanced, hybrid Auto Focus system or via the manual focus ring. Experience enhanced, flexible lighting control via the hot shoe flash connector, plus the PC sync port for off-camera flash options.

The P880 model offers the freedom to select multiple shooting modes, including program, aperture and shutter priorities, fully manual, and custom modes. For rapid camera adjustments, dial-in multiple pre-set scene modes or switch to automatic mode.

Video takes on a new dimension with the EASYSHARE P880 camera a function not available in dSLRs. Capture VGA video at 30 frames per second (Motion JPEG compression) with the unique ability to use full optical zoom, then trim, cut, splice and merge clips on the camera. Even extract individual video frames as JPEGs at 640 x 480 resolution presenting an ultra-high-speed alternative to the cameras multiple burst modes (first/last/time lapse burst) which can then be shared and printed up to 4 x 6 inches.

For the first time, Kodak has added RAW file support to its EASYSHARE camera line to enable more post-capture flexibility for enthusiasts. These files allow for in-camera JPEG and TIFF extraction, as well as RAW editing within new KODAK EASYSHARE software v5.1. The new Kodak RAW format uniquely embeds a dynamic JPEG within the file, permitting rapid RAW file viewing and organization in the software, without requiring RAW conversion.

Additional highlights include a live histogram with highlight and shadow clipping for immediate on-camera exposure assessment; a 2.5-inch, high-resolution LCD; a 237,000 pixel electronic viewfinder with diopter; a high-capacity lithium ion battery; shutter speeds ranging from 16 1/4000 second, plus a bulb setting; one-push custom white balance; digital red-eye reduction; and a manually-raised pop-up flash. Using the P880 with the new P20 Zoom Flash will provide even greater lighting control. At a weight of only 19.6 oz. (556 g), including battery and SD card, with a compact body (4.6W x 3.8H x 3.6D in.), including lens, the camera is highly portable while providing an excellent in-hand fit and feel.

As with all EASYSHARE cameras, the P880 model is compatible with KODAK EASYSHARE printer docks and camera docks, the IMAGELINK print system, and PICTBRIDGE technology for direct photo output without a computer.

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Kodak EasyShare P880 Reviews

Lets Go Digital has a first look review of the Kodak EasyShare P880 and writes - 'The Kodak EasyShare P880 is an interesting digital camera. It is a new concept from Kodak. Packed with all kinds of photographic settings, but priority is given to ease-of-use. Handling the new Kodak P880 is easy. Though I cannot imagine that the P880 is an interesting digital camera for anyone who labels him or herself as semi-pro or pro, it still offers quite a number of the settings you are used to having when working with an advanced camera like a DSLR. The Kodak EasyShare P880 will be of interest to a large group of consumers, especially those who are searching for something that is somewhat more than an entry-level (EasyShare) digital camera, but on condition that you don't have to possess enhanced photographic knowledge. Not the ultimate compact design, but great grip, solid built and a concept with potency...'

Steves Digicams reviews the Kodak EasyShare P880 Zoom and writes - 'The 24mm wide angle setting is ideal for landscape photography and interior photography and also offers greater depth of field. Creative photographers can shoot with this wide perspective for unique portraiture, or to capture a greater scenic expanse for later cropping. The same lens optically zooms out to 140mm (5.8X), controlled by a manually-operated ring for precise framing. The autofocus system is highly accurate even in low-light conditions and you can manually focus using another ring on the lens.'

Digital Camera Info reviews the Kodak EasyShare P880 and writes - 'Still, the Kodak EasyShare P880 has some nice features. It has a wide 24-140mm Schneider-Kreuznach zoom lens that accepts telephoto conversion lenses. This versatile digital camera also has a four-pin hot shoe for flash attachments. The Kodak P880 offers the gamut of user control, a fully manual mode, a fully automatic mode, and two priority and plenty of scene modes in between. There are even three custom modes. The Kodak EasyShare P880 is meant to compete with top of the line digital cameras and low-end DSLRs, but with its $599 retail price and collection of drawbacks it falls short of its potential.'

Imaging Resource reviews the Kodak EasyShare P880 Digital Camera and writes - 'The Kodak EasyShare P880 is the latest in a long line of digital cameras that has proven popular and very user-friendly throughout its history. Kodak's EasyShare line of digital cameras live up to the "Easy" part of their name, as they're among the simplest and most goof-proof to operate out there. While still retaining good ease of use in full-auto mode, the Kodak P880 steps out into relatively new territory for Kodak, as a credible effort at a true enthusiast camera, offering full exposure control, an excellent lens, and both a hot shoe and threaded PC-sync socket for use with an external flash, increasing rarities these days. are among the easiest and most goof-proof out there, and while the Kodak P880 offers a much wider range of exposure and creative controls than the main EasyShare line, it still maintains relative ease of use. '

Digital Camera Review has reviewed the Kodak P880 Digital Camera and writes - 'The newest Easyshare digicam is obviously aimed at the prosumer marketing niche, but Kodak also touts the P880 as a capable and easy to use alternative to larger, heavier, and more expensive entry-level dSLR cameras -- a camera for those who want exceptional images, but don't want to learn advanced photographic skills.'

Megapixel reviews the Kodak Easyshare P880 and writes - 'Featuring an 8-megapixel resolution, a super wide � 24 to 140 mm � 5.8 X manual zoom manufactured by Schneider-Kreuznach; a 2.5-inch, 115,000 pixel LCD monitor; and a 237,000 pixel electronic viewfinder, the P880 is aimed at users looking for more flexibility than is available with a point and shoot, short of moving to a dSLR.'

CNET reviews the Kodak EasyShare P880 and writes - 'Cameras made for advanced amateurs are often tuned for capturing high-quality images quickly and easily, and they're stripped of extraneous gimmicks, such as an overabundance of scene modes. The 8-megapixel Kodak EasyShare P880, at the top of the company's flagship Performance Series, offers a wide-angle zoom lens, as well as design elements, features, and specs that place the camera in that category but delivers them in an uneven and frequently disappointing implementation.'

DP Review has reviewed the Kodak EasyShare P880 and gives it a rating of 'recommended'. They write - 'Kodak has been quite clever with the P880, identifying a niche in the 'prosumer' market that isn't filled by the likes of the Panasonic FZ30, and filling it. Taken as an overall package the P880 offers little to differentiate it from its main competitors, but for those who like to 'shoot wide' it is almost in a class of its own. Looking at the three nearest competitors (the Fuji S9000, Samsung Pro815 and Konica Minolta A200), none has a 24mm equiv. lens (all start at 28mm equiv.) - though all have longer tele ends, and all are considerably pricier. The KM A200 - perhaps the nearest competitor - has a longer zoom range and the undeniable benefit of image stabilization, but the P880 produces sharper results with more appealing color.'

Lets Go Digital reviews the Kodak EasyShare P880 Digital Camera and writes - 'It looks like the camera intends to offer itself as an alternative for the digital reflex camera. An aim that often turns out too ambitious for some. The mix of high resolution, big-size LCD display, appealing zoom wide and studio features, seem to be interesting enough to give it a closer look. Our experiences with the Kodak EasyShare P880 in practice are available in the next Kodak P880 digital camera review.'

ComputerActive has a review up of the Kodak EasyShare P880 and writes, "The P880 powers up in around a second and, as enthusiasts would expect, it allows you to manually tweak the camera’s settings ­ including the speed at which it takes an image (shutter speed) and the amount of light it lets reach the sensor (aperture). The camera can save a personalised set-up so it can be recalled next time you switch on. There is also the familiar range of pre-programmed scene modes, though its Program mode in which it automatically selects the best combination ­ is a reliable fallback, capable of picking up fine detail like dust on a jar lid. Overall, it’s one of the nearest experiences you’ll get to owning an SLR without actually buying one."

ThinkCamera reviews the Kodak P880 and gives it a rating of 7 out of 10. They write - 'When I contacted Kodak and told them this camera had done well in our £250 test they were surprised because the RRP is £450. However, search hard and you'll find it for less than £250. At that price it represents a very good buy. Image quality is up there with the best and it has more features than you could shake a stick at. However, if you start comparing it to a DSLR then you will probably be disappointed. The speed of operation is decent for a bridge camera but seems glacial next to even an entry level DSLR. But if you just want an easy to use camera that will grow with you and provide trouble free use then the Kodak P880 is well worth a look - especially if you want a wide angle lens. '

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Posted by Darren in our Kodak category on August 02, 2005

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