Conclusion: At first the Coolpix 8700 looks like a simple upgrade for Nikon, take the Coolpix 5700 body, the same lens and controls and drop in an eight megapixel CCD. However it's clear that the 8700 has changed quite a bit under the skin, the camera starts more quickly (although is still not fast in that...
Pros: Eight times optical zoom, nearly 300 mm telephoto reach, Excellent automatic white balance, best of group, Excellent macro performance, best of group, Good image quality, resolution not as high as expected, Smallest and lightest eight megapixel prosumer, Good ergonomics, sticky rubber on hand gri...
Cons: Slower than expected startup time, Limited latitude of image parameter adjustment, AF assist lamp requires flash to be up, Initially confusing 'User setting' concept, Lower than advertised continuous shooting speed, Battery life limited by low capacity Lithium-Ion battery, Loses out by not having...
Excerpt: Nikon USA, www.nikon.usa.com $999 list Small and light; excellent ergonomics Not easy to operate The CoolPix 8700 is a solid choice, especially for those who want up-close shots. The smallest and lightest camera in our roundup, the Nikon CoolPix 8700 offers the greatest optical zoom ratio and the...
Excerpt: This camera can produce very serious quality images. We ourselves
(coming from a DSLR background) did not like the handling. Some may
find this camera just right in size. We find it to small and have
our gripes with all electronic viewfinders today.
Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix 8700 is equipped with a CCD that offers 8 Megapixels of resolution. The last few months a lot has been written about the use or uselessness of a high resolution CCD and the related higher noise values.
Nikon Enters 8 Megapixel Digicam Fray with Coolpix 8700
19 August 2004
Summary: The Sony DSC-F828 used to be the only commercially available eight-million pixel digicam, but since then, other vendors have jumped in, with offerings that include the Konica Minolta Dimage A2, the Canon PowerShot Pro 1 and the, Olympus C-8080.
Summary: Housed in a rugged, lightweight and compact magnesium-alloy
body, the Nikon Coolpix 8700 is the flagship
of the Coolpix models. It combines 8 megapixels
resolution with a 8x optical zoom, and sports
the professional shooting capabilities advanced
amateur photographers look for.
Excerpt: The Coolpix
8700 ($999) is the 8 Megapixel version of Nikon's very
popular Coolpix 5700. Nikon didn't just drop in a larger CCD,
though. There's also a larger LCD, AF-assist lamp, VGA movie
mode, and support for PictBridge.
Pros: Very good photo quality, Amazing expandability in terms of lenses, flashes, AF-assist lamp, EVF somewhat usable in low light, Compact body for an 8X zoom lens, VGA movie mode (though short time limit), Tons of manual controls, Beautiful rotating LCD display, Timed bulb mode lets you keep shutter ...
Cons: Noisy images, Camera locks up for a second or two while it finishes writing to memory card, Clunky, sluggish interface, Does not fully support Nikon Speedlites, Flimsy plastic door over CF slot, Manual focus ring would've been nice, Battery not as powerful as those on other 8MP cameras, No memory...
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix 8700 is for serious photographers who demand the highest level of quality and control from their compact digital camera. It features an 8.0 effective megapixel CCD (3,264 x 2,448-pixels) and an 8x Optical (35-280 mm) Zoom-Nikkor lens, with Nikon's Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass...
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix 8700 is a 'high end' compact digital compact. Nikon have an excellent reputation with prosumer digital cameras and the Nikon Coolpix 8700 fits the bill with 8 megapixels and an 8x optical zoom lens.
Conclusion: There are plenty of reasons to be fond of the Nikon COOLPIX 8700. First off, is its size. Being the smallest among the five eight-megapixel cameras, in terms of physical dimensions and weight, holding it is like cradling a newborn.