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Kodak EasyShare P880
Kodak EasyShare P880

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Kodak EasyShare P880

Editor's Review

Steady zooming and high resolution for those looking to move up in the photographic ranks. The Kodak EasyShare p880 is an advanced camera, designed to appeal to budding photographers who aren't content to play with point and shoot cameras anymore. The 8 megapixel sensor is capable of producing high quality prints at sizes up to 16" x 22" and the 5.8x wide angle optical zoom can focus in on the details you want to capture. The attempt at balancing the power serious photographers crave with the ease of use typical of simpler cameras aims to create a less expensive alternative to digital SLRs.

Specifications

  • 8 megapixels
  • 5.8x optical zoom / 2x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • RAW JPEG and TIFF file formats
  • ISO 50-1600
  • lithium ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • hot shoe and PC flash sync
  • Release Date: Aug 02, 2005

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Kodak EasyShare P880 Reviews

Kodak EasyShare P880 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
An amazing camera (Dan — 09/24/2007)

I just purchased the P880 from Ritz camera for $99.00. Yes $99.00! I have an Olympus C-7000 and an very happy with that camera. However, At a third the price I paid for the Oly this camera rocks. It has all the high end features I want and many features even my Oly doesn't have. I ran it through all the typical tests and resulted in exceptionl shots from this camera. Yes it has a few quirks as mentioned in some other reviews but not enough to make me not love this camera. The build quality is solid dispite other review. Keep in mind I also have an Oly C-7000 that is as solid as a brick. All metal body and a very nice camera. So to rate this one up with that is saying alot. I love the ISO1600, wide angle, electronic view finder, manual focus capabilities. All in all a steal for 99 bucks.

  • 5.0 out of 5
get a tripod (jack abeyta — 08/26/2007)

Excellent camera shots if you use a tripod !

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great Photos... Some Quirks... Dont Expect more than 12 Months Use (John Simpson — 05/27/2007)

- Great Photos while Brand New
- Video does pick up Continuous Auto Focus Noises
- Auto focus stopped working after 12 months or after firmware upgrade - not sure what did it but was never dropped and always transported in padded case. Kodak said lens needed replacing at 75% of cost of camera - in other words not worth repairing.
- Kodak support services worst ive experienced and I will never buy another kodak brand again. Incidently my previous kodak v series also had lense alignment issues just out of warranty.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great except for one thing! (Bob Collis — 04/18/2007)

I was a professional photographer for over twenty five years. I have a BA in Photography and a MA in Graphic Design. I did my internship at Nikon and have a great amount of experience in the business. That said I have to tell you that the Kodak P880 is probably the finest camera, film or digital, I have ever used. I now suffer from Parkinson's and started my digital experience with the Kodak P850 because of the image stabilization. I wanted a wide angle and a higher sensor and because I already had experience with Kodak, I decided to purchase the P880 with the P20 flash. All I can say what a wonderful camera. Because I am into photography and have experience I have been able to shoot some great photos. I never use the auto feature but sway to complete manual. It reminds me of the good old days with my Nikon F2's, F3's and F4's. You know a good photo grepher takes a lot of shots all the time bracketing to get that one best. I'm am so glad this camera allows this. I also shoot raw and use Photo Shop to customize my work which have been blown up to 20x24 without any color loss and extremely fine definition. I could go on and on about the quality of this camera but many folks before me have done so.

Now the bad! I am a perfectionist so I always have to find something wrong. Would it had hurt Kodak to make a cable release connector for any of their cameras? I know all of you will say use the self timer but that isn't always possible.

So that's it. A wonderful and great working camera. I even know a couple of pros who use this camera. That has to tell you something.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Had to return four times (Danielle Korzeniewski — 02/24/2007)

This camera is not worth the money,It dose take great pictures but i had to return it four different times for the same problem:)the focas went out the auto focas would not work for me no matter how long i messed w/it.now i am returning it for the last time tomorrow!!I never dropped it so i am not sure why i had such bad luck but i had a feeling in the beging because when its on you can hear and feel some thing in the camera "turning" i dont know what it is but all three did the same thing...so like i said if you want a camera that will last a long time i would be scared to go w/this one if i were you. Danielle

  • 5.0 out of 5
lucky (hans — 02/14/2007)

bought one then another one waiting for a third one what a great camera I sold all my old film cameras for this kodak p880.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent quality at twiice or three times the price. (Joe Kashi — 12/11/2006)

Photo quality of the P880 is superb for the price, mostly due to good lens, I suspect. This is an excellent camera, particularly for the fine art photographer. FWIW, I'm quite demanding about image quality in the final print, having shot 4x5 and larger cameras for many years, taught photography at the college level, and studied Zone System with Minor White when he was still teaching at MIT. I'm now carrying the P880 as my regular camera when I anticipate that I may come across worthy subjects.

The 24 mm to 140 mm equivalent focal range is very nice and quite handy. It's particularly useful if you do a lot of indoor shots or landscapes. Because of the design and manual zoom lens, this is a nice camera for an experienced 35mm photographer transitioning to digital imaging. Focussing speed is decent if your firmware is version 1.02 out of the box or upgraded. Shot to shot times are OK in JPEG but pretty slow in RAW (18-20 seconds processing time), but then again, if you're shooting in RAW format, you're probably not all that concerned about shot to shot speed in any event. High speed SD cards make no difference. The Kodak and third party lithium ion batteries are very reliable and long-lived.

Carefully used, especially with RAW format files and post-processing, gallery quality 20x24 prints are feasible. In fact, it's hard to tell the difference between RAW format 20x24 prints from the P880 and those made with a scanned 4x5 negative. I know that this sounds like hyperbole but seems true even when I tested the hypothesis with several lay people. To get beyond my own anecdotal reactions, I checked the P880 against several dSLR cameras and the Canon A640 using Imaging Resource's Comparator and the P880 was sharper every time, even when compared to higher pixel count sensors and larger sensors. As a basic point and shoot camera for JPEG files and prints not larger than 8x10 or so, the P880 is handy and easy to use, even for a novice.

There are several caveats if you want to mark high quality big prints from the P880.

Upgrade to firmware version 1.02;

Try to use the camera in good light or with flash or fill flash, because the images get quite noisy when signicantly underexposed although this is not as much a problem with RAW format files;

Shoot RAW wherever possible - the P series cameras are directly supported by Adobe Camera RAW and the P series cameras have overly exuberant JPEG compression (there is no super-fine option) that degrades the use of RAW files for really big prints;

Use the exposure bracketing feature - it's easy to use and works even in RAW format, almost assuredly resulting in at least one good quality image.

Use the ISO 50 or ISO 100 settings and, if needed, a monopod. Image noise is very manageable at these ISO speeds but you may end up with camera shake when the light is low.

Read the manual: This is one camera that you need to understand in order to obtain good results facilely.

Don't expect this camera to be a speed demon - you'll get the picture quality but not the burst shooting speed of a dSLR, but then again, you are paying abou a third the price.

BTW: Your web site won't accept my real Email address of kashi@alaska.net It may be time to tweak your filters.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Wonderful Camera money well spent (John O.Mason — 12/06/2006)

I have owned my p880 for about 4 mths. now and I am totally loving it,it has won over alot of my friends who were encouraging me to buy another brand.
It is a handy camera to have but you must be prepared to spend sometime getting to know your camera if u want the best results from it,the only thing that I am not liking about the camera is the camera lag shot to shot ratio which is very slow but I am pretty sure there must be a way to get rid of that problem.

  • 5.0 out of 5
P880 User Impressions (Paul — 12/03/2006)

The P880 is not your average point and shoot camera. I was looking for a bridge camera that above all would take terrific photos. So you know where I come from, I generally use 35mm rangefinders including Contax G2, Voitlanger Bessa with fixed lenses. I also use a Mamiya 7 (6x7). These cameras and lens combinations are some of the best that exist on the planet and people squabble about the details of each.

I am being particular because I have read every review on just about every camera that I could find. Panasonics and Leica are noisy because of the sensor, but have terrific ergonomics and user friendliness. Nikon does not make a bridge camera anymore, but I do own the 5700 but I don������t like the soft images and purple fringing (CA). Canon does not have a small camera that allows for imaging to be saved other than that of a jpeg. And Canon������s A series is the only ones that have manual controls. I tried the Fuji E900 but it does some strange things like saves all jpegs to a huge size at 72DPI. Very odd in-deed, it also suffers from a lot purple fringing to the point of it being excessively distracting. Sony when you compare side by side with other cameras, you will see it has softness, color rendition and white balance being problems. Use your eyes when you evaluate, just don������t read the reviews blindly.

So every manufacturer has a camera that is good at some things, not so good at others. There is no perfect camera. For me I wanted manual controls, the ability to manipulate the photo and yes the auto-mode when I need it. I also wanted desperately a wide angle camera. Until I discovered the P880, the Panasonic, Fuji E900, Fuji 9100 and Canon are the only players really under 35mm wide.

I studied the test photos in side by side comparisons at digital imaging resources page extensively and quite frankly this P880 bests so many cameras in so many ways including the Canon Rebel. Don������t believe me, just go to http://www.imaging-resource.com/ and use their comparison photos. The way people rate the cameras is unbelievable when you study the side by side comparisons, you will see the crisp accurate color of the Kodak without being washed out and minimal purple fringing, where as the Canon softens the photo so much that color of people look plastic and the fine details are obscured. Yet the Canon gets an excellent image quality rating ������ I don������t get it.

The P880 is very accurate, very clear and performs very well. You can shoot raw and see how amazing your photos can be. Yes it takes time to save a raw photo, the file is big it takes time to write it to the card. A medium resolution jpeg is tiny and much faster. So if speed wins over image quality then this is not your camera. The camera by the way is not all that slow so don������t let this criticism scare you off. Reviewers are obligated to find fault. When the camera processes the photo for you between each shot, it does a very nice job. Image quality is the name of the game here with this camera. The RAW files demonstrate virtually no noise, so you pixel peepers can run you Photoshop navigator up to 300% and be just blown away on how well this camera performs.

Just for the satisfaction of other readers, the E900 when things were enlarged looked like an artist who placed little dots together it becomes very smudgy. The image was sharp for the most part when viewed from afar, so as long as you don������t enlarge the size too much it does have nice detail. But just about everything that has a fine edge, also has a purple cast. White snow on mountain tops in the morning took on a pinkish cast. It also had trouble with metering in tough situations of light and shadow. The old Nikon 5700 was much better then the new Fuji.

I used the Canon A700is (I thought I wanted a pocket camera) this thing is horrible for a quality photo. Great for a point and shoot when you don������t really care all that much about color or clarity. The Canon at least did not have purple casting. Photos with this were bland and soft. I thought it was just me, but after using the compare tool at imaging resource, I knew I was vindicated. The reviews of Canon products just might be driven other interests when you really study image quality.

Finally the wide angle of the P880 is such a winner. I don������t really care all that much about zoom. I care about the wide angle and this camera delivers. No its not as sharp as the Contax 21 mm wide or the Voitlanger 15mm wide but is great for what it is and much better than I have seen on any other consumer digi-cam.

The p880 is awkward in size but amazing in features and image quality, you should not feel that you wasted your money on this camera even if it is a year old in technology.

The kicker here is, I bought this camera from Ritz in Thousand Oaks about a week ago for 299.00 and that my friends is the camera bargain of year. Hooper������s Camera in Los Angeles also has it for the same price, I have used the store in Chatsworth which has some very helpful sales staff. I did not buy the camera from them because they close at 6:00 pm, too early for me to get there when I wanted to buy it. It������s a plug for them because they were very helpful and patient.

That being said no camera outlet had sales staff that knew much about Kodak P880. Don������t go into your local camera shop and expect them to talk intelligently about it. If your looking at a Nikon or Canon, they may be able to help, but on Kodak, your on your own. All sales staff would generally try to push me into a Nikon or Canon, and definitely into the DSLR, which I don������t want, too big and bulky.

The Kodak does delivers on image quality and that for the semi-pro art photographer is where you should spend your time and money. A camera is a photographic tool, when you learn how to use it, you can produce amazing results. This camera offers so much to the user, that it is by far the best bridge camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Novice (Anthony — 11/23/2006)

I truly love the wide angle on this camera. It's really excellent. I hate the camera lag shot to shot ratio. That's what disappoints me about this cam.

  • 5.0 out of 5
One great camera! (Nate Donaldson — 11/17/2006)

I got this as a graduation gift and I never have put it down! What an all around amazing camera this is! I have taken it everywhere, fromparties, thousands of feet up in Colorado, When ever I go hiking...everything. It allows me to do poetry with photography. You should see some of the pictures I got with this. Just the stock camera has unbelievable capabilities. It is a little on the heavy side, but needs to be for what you are getting inside. I would highly recommend this camera for anyone trying to stay fairly cheap and get some professional photos.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Good choice for an experienced user looking for a bridge camera (RedMtl (L. E. Moir) — 11/05/2006)

The Kodak P880, 24mm-140mm manual zoom camera is a product which produces excellent results, especially at the lower ISO (up to 200) settings.

It is not a small camera, and has the feel of a more substantial film camera for handling. It will appeal most to people who are interested in scenery photography, as it is somewhat slower to focus and definitely slower to write to memory than other cameras of the same class. However, this is more than made up for by the high quality of the image. Also, a firmware update from Kodak goes a long way toward correcting this problem, and I recommend downloading it before even using the camera.

One of the many advantages to this camera is that it offers a true wide angle lens, with a respectable zoom capability — and without having to cart around extra lenses such as for an SLR. Furthermore, because of this "one piece" construction, dust on the sensor — a chronic problem with D-SLRs — is avoided.

There is some barrel distortion at the wide end of the zoom, which is virtually unavoidable with such a wide angle lens on a non-SLR camera. Pincushion distortion at the long end of the zoom is not noticeable.

A full range of manual settings is available, and the auto mode does an excellent job as well.

The white balance offers several choices, with the outdoor options yielding the best results for specific selection. Auto white balance is the next best choice for outdoor photography, and the only real choice for indoor usage. This is because the incandescent and fluorescent settings really do not measure up to par, and frankly, indoors, far better results are obtained by using the auto white balance mode.

There is, of course, the option of shooting in RAW format, which allows all white balance adjustments to be managed with software later. This is a good choice for the experienced user, and/or the user who is prepared to spend some time tweaking the photos later.

On the whole, this camera will appeal most to users with experience in setting a camera to specific requirements, such as speed, depth of field and exposure compensation.

This being said, the auto mode produces very even quality, which is reduced only in darker settings at higher (auto choice) ISO outputs.

Nonetheless, those who are more comfortable with a "point and shoot" auto-everything camera will find the Kodak P880 to be a lot to handle without some serious practice, and a fairly major investment of time. Said practice, however, will show benefits in the results produced.

For a person who is not comfortable setting the camera, I would recommend something like the Vivitar 8300S or the Canon A620, both of which I have had experience using. While they too can be set for almost any manual choice, the principle behind the design is more oriented toward the "point and shoot" user.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera! (Tom — 11/02/2006)

I purchased a Kodak P880 after a salesman at Ritz camera attempted to steer me toward a Sony 12x zoom. He had a bunch of misinformation, which I was able to clear up after visiting a few websites. So I simply purchased it on-line, at a substantial discount from the camera store.

I was looking for a camera that would provide great pictures in a flexible format. While I had an Olympus digital zoom (10x) previously, it finally dawned on me that most of my valued shots are of family, and generally taken indoors. This camera excells in this situation. And, as an added bonus, movies taken with it are quite good — and allow the zoom function to be used.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Ease of use. (Roy Ward — 10/19/2006)

I've owned expensive SLR's, cheap and expensive digital cameras and without doubt this is the nicest camera I have owned. It does pretty much eveything I want and in those areas where specifications could be higher they don't stop you taking great pictures. A bargain!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Lense hood issue (Sanka — 10/13/2006)

Love this camera. A major step up from the more basic point and shoot models. Only problem is that I cannot get the lense hood to lock in place when in the reverse position. Anyone out there with a solution?

  • 5.0 out of 5
Ah yes (bannny — 10/13/2006)

Nice all around

  • 5.0 out of 5
Kodak P 880 (S Chakrabarti — 09/07/2006)

This is indeed beautiful. Colours are superb. Ideal for portraits landscapes and night photo. hardly needs flash for indoor. A real value for money

  • 5.0 out of 5
good wide angle for reasonable money (I Vidovszky — 08/31/2006)

I enjoy the possibilities given by the 24mm very much. The lens is sharp, the colors are bright. There are many useful features. I see only two main problems. The first one is the noise. Unfortunately remarkabel noise start already at ISO 200. The second problem is the poor macro. The super close up mode can hardly be used. However it is a nice camera for that money.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Please help me to understand transferring pictures (Catherine T. Lauritano — 08/28/2006)

I bought the Kodak EasyShare P880 about 3 months ago on the recommendation of Consumers Reports. I took it on a trip to Alaska and love the camera. However, I am 70 years old and definitely not a computer genius. I cannot understand how to transfer my 150 Alaska pictures from the Kodak site that puts them on my hard drive to the Kodak Gallery. Does anyone know a step by step book or place to go to learn to operate the camera fully. I just love the camera but feel totally frustrated. I do not want to have pictures taking up my hard drive space and do not know what to do. I live in Jupiter, Fl. Thank you.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This has been a great camera for me. I am a novie, I'd always used the auto modes so getting this, I felt I would be able to learn and experiement having the manual mode and I definitely have learned a lot. Great battery life. I did a shoot of around 380 pictures on a single fully charged battery, I shoot mainly in High quality jpg and standard jpg. Processing time can be a little slow at times but nothing I usually worry about (unless in raw or tiff modes). There is shutter lag but that was fixed somewhat in the latest firmware update as well as the auto focus and it appaears to be better. Overall I love the camera and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • 4.0 out of 5
good low cost alternative camera to dslr (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Have been using the camera almost daily since buying this a few weeks ago. I bought it specifically for the 24 mm wide angle, and it has a lot of built in modes for simpler picture taking.

the two areas where it could have made this a perfect camera is for a higher ISO (without dropping resolution down to 0.8M), and also for a faster autofocus. the autofocus can be painfully slow - cause for missing out a few good kodak moments.

  • 5.0 out of 5
P880 was the only camera that fit nearly all my criteria (John L. Roberts — 05/09/2006)

With all the hype about dust getting into digital cameras, I decided to pick one that had a non-removable lens. But I also wanted a camera that would take videos, which pretty much ruled out just about all of the DSLRs. I was leaning toward one of those 10x or 12x prosumer digital models but soon discovered they only have about 5 or 6 megapixels, a trade-off I didn't want to make.

I was taking a group shot recently and couldn't get back far enough to get the entire group in and was quickly reminded that a photographer more often needs a wide-angle lens than a telephoto lens, which helped sell me on the P880, which has an almost a 6-to-1 zoom ratio, from 24mm to 140mm. Add to that its 8 megapixels, a 2.5-inch screen, and a smooth manual focus to get precise zoom compositions without rocking back and forth for just the right composition, which is a downfall of those crazy W/T pushbuttons prevalent on most other digital cameras.

Only two complaints: I shoot RAW, which takes longer processing times and the shutter lag problem. I downloaded the latest 1.02 firmware upgrade from Kodak, which helped improve these two problems.

I was also pleasantly pleased months later after my just-before-Christmas purchase when the mostly positive camera reviews were finally being released, confirming that I had made the right decision to purchase a Kodak P880.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Superb camera as an alternative to a DSLR (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Kodak P880 is the best deal going for a high-grade digital camera. I have researched many (including the FujiS9000) and this camera has the best combination of lens quality, image quality, and user control. The external flash is great as it is TTL controlled and can bounce. The lens is the sharpest ZLR lens out there up to twice the price- even some Canon DLSR zooms are not as sharp with low Chromatic Aberation. The closest competetor- Fuji S9000- has a poorer lens and no TTL flash. Plus, the 24-140mm zoom is the best zoom range for most picture taking- most cameras like this have only 35mm or 28mm wide angle lenses. Customer service is great at Kodak who quickly answered my questions.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Best for the pice (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great camera for entry level and advanced photographer. I love the sesperate flash sync conection . Allows for much more power in lighting. Even for portrait or weddings. Great color and clarity. Not as sharp in LCD Display as should be when reviewing. Also too slow to show picture of what has just been taken in display. I think 3 to 5 seconds. Can't shoot quickly because of this problem. But overall it is great. Nothing else close at thsi price.

  • 5.0 out of 5
WOW!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The greatest digital camera ever invented! Great for novice photographers like me. I work for the school papers and it has done a marvelous job for me so far!Of course, I will never forget how friendly and supportive the Kodak technical support team is. I think they're from the Philippines and surprisingly, they have a broad knowledge of the digital industry. Keep it up guys!

  • 5.0 out of 5
wonderful (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

the only thing missing is that you can't talk to the p880 to take your pictures it is that easy to use thank you kodak.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Home Run for Kodak (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just got back from a trip to New Zealand with the Kodak P880 and am very pleased. the 24mm superwide angle zoom lens was able to pull in New Zealand's great vistas and landscapes with terrific color. the zoom ia MANUAL!!! no more pushing buttons to zoom in and out, but rather a simple twist brings you where you want to be.
i was also able to use one of the program modes quite a bit that allowed me to shoot portraits against bright background/sunsets. with this automatic feature, the flash would turn on and allow me to capture details on the face while the camera also got the sunset details or details from other bright backgrounds. there are also a lot of other pre-settings on the camera. essentially it is fully automatic to fully manual. kodak.com has the details under "digital cameras."
the P880 has a high quality video mode that i used when i got tired a lugging around the camcorder.
finally, Kodak colors right out of the camera are spot on terrific.
at such a low price, this camera really rocks!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Something for everyone (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been using Kodak for some time at first because of the ease of the units. The p880 now offers a great way to step up but still have some thing to fall back on. A lot to learn for a newbie but I love the pictures and using the zoom attachment lens has produced some great results. Also comment above on taking movies and hearing the zoom lens there is a setting to shut that off no noise at all while zooming

  • 5.0 out of 5
Killer Camera with out spending well over $1200.00 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera takes the best pictures I have yet to see on any digital camera. The best part is that it is a very easy to use digital camera. Do you need the expense of buying a camera body and a len(s)? The wide angle on this camera can't be beat in this price range.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Nice camera with some quirks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera takes great pictures and is quite easy to use. There are automatic settings for the neophyte, while manual settings entertain the more advanced user. The long-lasting lithium battery is a refreshing change from the rechargeable AA batteries of the past.

The camera has a couple of problems. First, the sound sensor picks up the continual sounds of the autofocus mechanism. When you playback a video file, those sounds interfere with evert scene. Second, the LCD display and the viewfinder display are washed out in bright sunlight such that you cannot clearly see the subject of your picture.

My camera had a special problem. There was a bright yellow-orange pixel in the LCD and viewfinder displays when set to auto picture-taking mode. After a lengthy and difficult process with the Kodak on-line store and Kodak technical support (Manila, Philippines), I was finally able to return my camera for a refund.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great entry level dSLR (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Put in a fresh charged battery as soon as it came from UPS. Great feel and easy to use controls. The only draw back so far is not enough zoom for outside shots. Looking foward to using it with portrait shots.
Looks like Kodak is putting its expertise and quality from its pro SLR's into a its new Prosumer models.

  • 5.0 out of 5
wonderful (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

user friendly took wonderful zoom pictures. Love the detail it catches

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