Nikon Coolpix 885

The Good Excellent image detail; sharp, bright LCD; compact and lightweight; flexible metering, white balance, and focusing.

The Bad Sluggish start-up time and moderate shutter delay; only two selectable apertures in manual mode; no aperture- or shutter-priority mode.

The Bottom Line Though it's a bit old, the Coolpix 885 still packs excellent image quality and solid features into a compact design.

Editors' Rating
6.5 Overall

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Performance
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Image quality
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Review

Nikon Coolpix 885

The 3.21-megapixel Nikon Coolpix 885 belongs to a series of Coolpix cameras that attempts to meld the features of the most advanced consumer digital cameras with a simplicity that appeals to the point-and-shoot crowd. Although the 885 sacrifices some of the advanced manual features of its predecessor, the Coolpix 880, it does succeed overall as an easier-to-use camera for novices.The 3.21-megapixel Nikon Coolpix 885 belongs to a series of Coolpix cameras that attempts to meld the features of the most advanced consumer digital cameras with a simplicity that appeals to the point-and-shoot crowd. Although the 885 sacrifices some of the advanced manual features of its predecessor, the Coolpix 880, it does succeed overall as an easier-to-use camera for novices.

A compact Coolpix
The solidly built 885 is more compact and easier to tote around than the 880, though it's still not entirely pocket-friendly. At 9.9 ounces with batteries and media installed, this Coolpix boasts a comfortable grip and small stature that make it great for one-handed shooting. We also like the camera's remarkably clear and bright 1.5-inch LCD, which has a fast refresh rate that eliminates jumpiness.

Clearly labeled buttons provide access to the most frequently used controls, and the 885 features a Transfer button for one-touch image downloads. A Quick Review button lets you see the last image you shot without having to switch out of Shooting mode. Another plus: Nikon has streamlined the command dial on top of the camera, allowing users to switch easily from automatic to custom shooting modes, shoot in a preset Scene mode, or choose Playback or Setup modes. We were particularly grateful that the Movie mode has been added to the dial--on the 880, it was buried so deep in the shooting menu that you could easily forget that option even existed.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $500
  • Brand Nikon Inc.
  • Digital Camera Type compact
  • Weight 0.44 lbs
  • Sensor Resolution 3.2 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size (metric) 14.1 mm (1/1.8")
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
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