Summary: The 8700 is a well built camera with good ergonomics and is easy to carry all day without fatigue. I did not find it satisfactory as a substiute for my SLR. It us too limited in F stops and has a nrather noisy sensor. A bad combination.
Pros: Size,comfortable handling. Feels well made like most Nikons.
Cons: Very non intuitive controls. Lo range of Fstops. Noisy sensor. Slow to focus, and lots of shutter lag. If you want a point and shoot, get a cheaper more simple one. If you expect to do serious photography, this may do it but there are others that will do it better. It is overpriced for what iit is!
Summary: I had such high hopes with this camera purchase. I researched it for months, reading everything I could get my hands on, every website, magazine etc. All had glowing reviews of this camera and I'm not exactly negating them.
Summary: When i initially purchased my 8700 in 3/04 it was one of few consumer grade 8MPs available. I preferred it to other offerings because of its small form factor and light weight, however others seem to feel this lightweight contender is not a serious camera.
Summary: I bought an 8700 from a local dealer. It works. It takes great pictures. That's the good news. The bad news is that when trying to order accessories, one hits a giant wall of whipped cream -- you push on it and your arms get real sticky, but the wall is still there.
Summary: As point of reference...I am a product professional photographer and my #1 digicam is a Fuji S2 pro. I've had the Fuji for about a year now and love it except for the slightly soft focus filter look of my shots. Still a great camera even today. Now to the 8700...
Pros: Very sharp lens, but not crazy sharp, but the 8x zoom is excellent to have on hand and stays relatively sharp throught the entire zoom range. White balance auto adjust is shockingly accurate! There is also an auto WB bracket mode if you want, but I don't see the point. The camera is very small an...
Cons: There is a darkside to this camera that at times is darker than Darth Vader himself! First off, the minimum aperture is f8 and the maximum is f2.8! That doesn't leave very much room to move exposurewise and you can forget about any sort of decent depth of field! I forgot to ask about the min. ape...
Excerpt: Good picture quality and it seems to be a typically robust Nikon. I use it on auto most of the time which is probably why I find the various menus hard to navigate. If you do learn your way about them results are excellent and A2 prints are acceptable if expensive.
Pros: Excellent picture quality and very versatile
Excerpt: I bought my camera 18months ago, it cost me £750. It was my first SLR, and I have had some amazing results from it, on auto and manual. Lately, I've had troubles. My camera would change settings on it's on accord, the flash would go off when switched off, it was making squeaky noises, and refused to...
Excerpt: We have experience with an SLR film camera and bought this as a compromise between a more basic digital compact and a full digital SLR. Overall I feel it was a good choice although you might get rather more for your money with another brand.
Pros: Ease of use, well put together, great image quality
Cons: You might get similar features for less money with another brand