Nikon Coolpix 8700 Brief Review


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  • 8.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 8x optical/4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG
  • TIFF and RAW file format
  • ISO range 50-400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: 2004-01-30
  • Final Grade: 65 3.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix 8700
8.0 megapixels (effective); 8x optical/4x digital zoom; auto and manual focus; program and manual exposure; JPEG; TIFF and RAW file format; ISO range 50-400; proprietary Lithium-Ion battery; movie mode with sound
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Resolution junkies will appreciate the Nikon Coolpix 8700, which combines the proven quality of the Coolpix line with an 8-megapixel image sensor. When it is released in March, the Nikon 8700 will compete with the 8-megapixel Sony DSC-F828 and Canon PowerShot Pro1. With an almost identical design to the Nikon 5700, the Coolpix 8700 features a magnesium alloy body, an 8x optical zoom, and 12 preset scene modes. The Nikon 8700 will have an MSRP of $999.95.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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