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Nikon Coolpix 8700 Digital camera [8MP , 8x Optical]

by Nikon
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • 8-megapixel sensor captures 3264 x 2448 images for poster-size plus print enlargements
  • 8x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom (for 32x total zoom)
  • Movie mode with audio
  • 5-shot buffer mode
  • fast start-up time
  • Store images on CompactFlash type I/II memory cards
  • Microdrive compatible
  • no memory card included
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included)
  • connects via USB 1.1
  • 12 scene modes
  • lifelike image reproduction

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 11.3 x 10.5 cm ; 481 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Item model number: Coolpix 8700
  • ASIN: B0001ME260
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,621 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's 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.

Optics and Resolution
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 image sensor get the best optical performance.

Movie Mode
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).

More Features
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 colour 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 shooting.

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 (fps)
  • 12 Scene Modes: Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night landscape, Fireworks show, Close up, Copy, Back light, and Panorama assist
  • 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 any software.

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).

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
226 of 227 people found the following review helpful
The Nikon 8700 looks great on first sight, the quality is really good. It replaces my Nikon 5000 which was Ok but the progress made by Nikon since the 5000 was released is clear to see. I doubt the increase from 5 to 8 megapix will make that much difference to me as I only usually print at 6x8 and very occasionally 8x10.
Beth, my wife, has a 5700 which I bought for her at Christmas, the quality as you would expect is the same at 5megapix as the 8700. My reason for choosing the 8700 was the Scene mode, when I stopped using my Nikon SLR due to its size, I bought a Canon Z135 which had a scene mode and I used all the time.
The real benefit of the 8700 scene mode is that stuff like white balance, colour saturation and metering method are set up, this is the sort of detail you tend to ignore when photographing sunsets or snow scenes etc. The Scene menu is much, much easier to use on the 8700 that I expected, all 12 modes are available through the viewfinder, control panel or monitor without the need to access menus, I found the menus on the 5000 so cumbersome I just set up the main options I use, like spot metering etc on the 3 custom settings, I had to remember which was which, but it worked OK
The 8700 (and 5700) works much more like a SLR than a compact. If you don’t want to use interchangeable lenses, I would suggest there is little reason for choosing a digital SLR. The quality and range of the 8x optical zoom lens is all, most photographers could desire. The 8700 doesn’t require the cleaning of the CCD that the SLR digital need.
The camera is nice and light, but heavy enough to hold steadily, a problem with smaller compacts.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool 30 Sep 2004
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My fiancee bought me this camera from Amazon. The reviews I have read from the people in the know have been very good. I am not a camera geek but the quality of the photos have been excellent. Its fairly light and small compared to the competition so its easy to carry around. It does take a bit of time to get familiar with all the functions but once you know its all very easy. The camera doesn't come with any memory so you do need to purchase this separately.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time learning how to use it properly 11 Oct 2004
I'll try and be brief, I'm very technically aware of most things - software, hardware, etc. but nothing prepared me for the learning experience I'd go though with this camera. I thought it would take a day or so to get the hang of it but this camera is SO ADVANCED and has so many features and options it took me a full 2 weeks to get my head around it. not because the manuals badly written, far from it, it's very extensive but because this lovely camera is so versatile. looking back on the pictures I've taken it took roughly 5 cards full of images before they started to really come out well and now I feel I can judge the right settings (using manual mode) and they come out better than the auto mode - which I never thought possible. :-)
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