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Nikon Coolpix 8700 Review

Review Date: June 21, 2004

Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer

Nikon Coolpix 8700



This Nikon Coolpix 8700 review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

Friendship Bell: 1/95.7 sec., F3.5 and ISO 50
Friendship Bell
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 of functions.

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 focus flexibility.

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 below:

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 LCD monitor.
Need professional features.
Prefer a compact body with excellent build and finish.

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