8700 8MP Digital Camera with 8x Optical Zoom Description.
Boasting an impressive 8-megapixel resolution and 8x optical zoom
lens, the Nikon Coolpix 8700 is a great choice for professional
and advanced amateur photographers. Compared with its
predecessor--Nikon's Coolpix 5700--the Coolpix 8700 has a faster
start-up time, faster data recording, shorter release time lag and
a new AF-Assist illuminator for quick AF operation in low light.
It also features a movie mode with audio, a lightweight magnesium
alloy body, PictBridge compatibility, and much more.
The ultra-high resolution Coolpix 8700 has a 2/3-inch-type CCD
that captures up to 3264 x 2448 images for poster-size print
enlargements. Other resolution modes include 3264 x 2176, 2592 x
1944, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, and 640 x
480. The 8x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens (f/2.8 - 4.2) offers a focal
range of 8.9-71.2mm (equivalent to 35-280mm in 35mm format). It
also has a 4x digital zoom. The lens incorporates two ED
(Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that minimize chromatic
aberration for sharp, clear images. Additionally, the Optical
Low-Pass Filter is optimized, which helps the high-definition CCD
sensor get the best optical
In addition to snapping brilliant still photos, the Coolpix 8700 can also
capture video with audio. It offers four movie modes: TV movie (640 x 480
pixels; 30 fps) with audio, Small movie (320 x 240 pixels; 15 fps) with
audio, sepia movie (320 x 240 pixels; 5 fps) with audio, and time-lapse
movie (640 x 480 pixels; 30 fps).
The Coolpix 8700 offers Programmed Auto, Shutter-Priority Auto,
Aperture-Priority Auto, and Manual, as well as Exposure Compensation for
an exceptional degree of exposure control. Nikon's 256-segment Matrix
Metering system enables optimal exposures in even the most challenging
lighting conditions, while its Matrix Auto White Balance neutralizes color
deviations created by ambient light sources. The convenient Best Shot
Selector (BSS) function automatically selects the sharpest image from a
series of consecutive shots--especially valuable during macro or telephoto
The 5-shot buffer mode retains
the last 5 shots when the shutter button is continually pressed and then
released in order to capture unexpected or fleeting moments. The
continuous shooting feature captures 2.5 (H) or 1.2 (L) frames per second.
Alternatively, you can use the new Multi-shot mode to capture 16
consecutive frames in a single image. It's equipped with a large, vari-angle
1.8-inch LCD monitor for increased visibility--even during bright daylight
and a high-resolution EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) that offers greater
contrast and clearer images.
Other features include:
Continuous shooting of up to
5 full-size (3,264 x 2,448-pixel) pictures at 2.5 frames per second
12 Scene Modes: Portrait,
Party/Indoor, Night portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night
landscape, Fireworks show, Close up, Copy, Back light, and Panorama
RAW mode image recording
Accessory shoe to accommodate
attachment of external Nikon SB-series Speedlights
Fast shutter speed of 1/4,000
seconds and maximum 10 minute long exposure mode (along with noise
reduction mode for long-time exposures)
The Coolpix 8700 is PictBridge compatible, which enables you to transfer
pictures from your digital camera to your printer, without a PC or
image-editing software. All PictBridge devices share three basic features:
camera-to-printer connecting, single-image printing, and uniform error
messages (in case something goes wrong)
Storage and Transfer
Images and video are stored on CompactFlash memory cards (Type I/II), and
the Coolpix 8700 is compatible with MicroDrives (no memory card is
included with this package). Files can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC
via USB 1.1 connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based
Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing
Power and Size
The camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (EN-EL1,
included, captures approximately 210 images). It can also be powered by
the optional MB-E5700 battery pack (6 AA batteries). It measures 4.4 by
4.1 by 3.1 inches and weighs 17 ounces (excluding battery).
What's in the Box
This package includes the Coolpix 8700 digital camera, rechargeable
lithium-ion battery (EN-EL1), battery charger (MH-53), lens cap, camera
strap, USB and A/V cables, and CD-ROM with Nikon View editing software and
drivers. Optional accessories include: Fisheye Converter (FC-E9),
Wideangle Converter (WC-E80), Telephoto Converter (TC-E15ED), Step-Down
Ring Lens Adapter (UR-E12), Lens Hood (HR-E5700), Lens Hood (HN-CP11), AC
Adapter (EH-53), Car Battery Charger (MH-53C), Remote Cord (MC-EU1), and
Soft Case (CS-CP11).
The Nikon Coolpix 8700 Digital Camera's lightweight magnesium alloy body
has a durable construction, and fits perfectly in your hand. The 8.0
effective megapixel CCD produces 23MB files for prints as large as
20"x30", and allows you to print directly to any PictBridge or USB Direct
enabled printer. The 35-280mm, 8x optical, 4x digital zoom Nikkor ED glass
lens offers incredible color, contrast and sharpness, and the 5-Area
autofocus with Focus Assist enables focus control with accuracy in extreme
low light conditions. Features a 1.8" TFT LCD monitor with brightness and
hue adjustment; mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter;
full-frame, thumbnail, slide show, movie with audio, and playback options;
12 scene modes such as shoot close-up, portraits, panoramas and more.
Includes lens cap; camera strap; AV cable; USB Cable UC-E1; battery
charger MH-53; Nikon View CD-ROM. Computer compatibility: PC: Windows 98SE
and above. Mac: OS 9.0-9.2 and above. 4-7/64Hx4-13/32Wx3-7/64D".
THIS IS MY BABY, February 4, 2006
Reviewer: D. Brinkley
I love my Nikon Coolpix 8700. I have taken wonderful picture as well as
some crummy ones. But that is the great thing with digital film...DELETE
and try again. Please take several shots of the same subject to make sure
you get the best one no matter what camera you use.
I guess all digital cameras have taken plenty of crummy as well as good
I won a photo contest using this camera and I was so happy.
The battery life is short so buy several batteries, if you plan on using
it alot. An get a 512 on up Compact Flash card.. 8 MEGA PIXELS uses lots
of space on your smaller meg cards.
I find all digital cameras, including this one, can take poor night time
shots. Not all the time, though. I've taken some good night shots.
You just have to practice with it. I've taken wonderful shots of the moon
when it is full with this. You have to use night time landscape mode and a
The LCD Screen pivots out and around so you can hold it up high over a
croud or anything in the way like a camcorder. I love that. However, the
LCD screen is only 1.5 inches.
The macro mode is just fine. Keep back a bit from your subject.
If too close, you subject blurs. But again, I've taken wonderful macro
shots with this camera.
If you buy one, you will like it just fine. Read your manual to get all
you can from all the wonderful functions.
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