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 respect), feels more responsive and has slightly faster shot to shot times.
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 grip, Time-lapse feature, Wide range of accessories available, Programmable FUNC button and initial menu, Some unique features (Exposure BSS etc.), Excellent Nikon Matrix meterin...
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 28 mm wide angle zoom, Lens being stretched past its resolution capabilities?, Some vignetting / lens shading, No record review histogram, Visible noise from ISO 100 upwards,...
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 most program modes. It's the only model with a best-shot selector... Click here to read 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. If you are serious
into photography then checkout the
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. Remarkable is the emphasis that one puts on the noise and the enlargements that are made to show that there is noise visible. In practice it usually is a different story.
Nikon Enters 8 Megapixel Digicam Fray with Coolpix 8700
19 August 2004
Summary: Though we have several reservations about the Nikon Coolpix 8700, we have to admit that its innate qualities override many failings. Its short battery life is very bad for intensive use indoors or out, but its compactness and versatile lens are enough in themselves.
As we have seen, the 8700 is above all a very smart compact, much more than a digicam with reflex attitude. It's up to the photographer to decide for or against, according to need.
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. The Coolpix 8700 is ergonomic in its handling
and feel, with a 1.8-in.
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. And don't forget the carryover
features from the 5700: an 8X zoom lens, hot shoe, swiveling
LCD, and tons of manual controls.
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 open for up to 10 mins, without keeping your finger on the button, Great macro mode, RAW/TIFF formats supported, Live histogram in record mode, Low redeye, Backlit LCD info di...
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 card included
Excerpt: Continue on to Page Two Coolpix 8700 Specifications CCD 2/3-in. high-density CCD; total pixels: 8.31 million 8.0 million effective pixels Image sizes 8M (3264 x 2448) 3:2 (3264 x 2176) 5M (2592 x 1944) 3M (2048 x 1536) 2M (1600 x 1200) 1M (1280 x 960) PC (1024 x 768) TV (640 x 480) Lens 8x Zoom-Nikkor lens f = 8.9-71.2mm (equivalent to 35-280mm) F2.8-4.2 with macro; 14 elements in 10 groups; all glass, Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied; two glass-molded ED...
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. It is packed with features and is aimed at anyone who is serious about their photography. It has a full set of manual controls that provide you with all the flexibility you need to maintain complete control over the final image.