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Nikon Coolpix 8700 Review
Date: June 21, 2004
Amateur - Prosumer
Nikon Coolpix 8700 review is based on a production
model. All sample images are unretouched, except
13.7mm, Programmed Auto, Partial, 1/95.7 sec.,
F3.5 and ISO 50
Levels adjusted in Photoshop Elements
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. Vari-angle LCD monitor
that allows shooting in almost any angle, an Electronic
Viewfinder (EVF) with 235,000 pixels resolution,
and dedicated control buttons for quick selection
Image quality is excellent, with a matrix metering
that works well in all situations, the capability
to shoot in RAW file format, macro as close as
3 cm (1.2 in.), and five focus areas for auto
Other notable features: default program shift,
excellent auto white balance, 10 min Bulb mode,
live histogram, and grid lines.
The Nikon Coolpix 8700 will appeal to advanced
amateur photographers looking for a compact digital
camera with professional features. See if you
fit the Nikon Coolpix 8700 User Profile
||Desire a quality 8 MP
resolution 'prosumer' digital camera.
||Need maximum flexibility
in exposure control.
||Want a long telephoto
at 280mm reach.
||Want fully swivelling
||Need professional features.
||Prefer a compact body
with excellent build and finish.