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Nikon Coolpix 8700
Nikon Coolpix 8700

Nikon Coolpix 8700

We've given the 8700 a grade of D.

Editor's Review

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.


  • 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
  • Part Number: coolpix8700
  • UPC: 18208255153
  • Release Date: Jan 30, 2004

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Nikon Coolpix 8700 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix 8700 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
ebray (Elmer Bray — 12/27/2010)
This camera can take professional quality pictures ,but quiet complicated to use. you need to have a good memory retention and study the manual.
  • 2.0 out of 5
get a different one i suggest... (Yun — 01/17/2008)

fair resolution to a certain extend. poor in low light cond. slow startup speed. useless preset scenes.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice camera...not a Rebel though (Michael — 03/20/2007)

For the price the camera is all that one could ask for. I have found that it is somewhat difficult to use the manual settings and have yet to figure out how to take pictures of objects/people in motion. Have not used the video mode so I don't know much about it. Most of the pictures that I have taken are pretty good. Especially natural light pictures. The flash is very limited in range and changes colors of the objects you are shooting. Purples become blue, etc.
But overall I'd say it was worth the price.
Of course if anyone is looking to buy a 1 year old 8700 with lots of extras email me. I've got one for sale...I upgraded to Canon Rebel...It's really nice.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Classy bit of kit (Rich — 02/10/2007)

After reading the manual 50 times and using this camera for nearly 2 years, I must conclude that its a stunning camera. Out of thousands of photo's taken, hardly any have been deleted. Probably got a 200% better hit rate exposure-wise than my very decent Film SLRs. The metering is stunningly accurate in even the most difficult situations. The image clarity is as good as any digital SLR, I'm sure, due to the largish ccd i suppose, And its half the size and weight. The electronic viewfinder takes a bit of getting used to, but I'm getting there, and the swivel LCD is great for macro work close to the ground
On the down-side, its hellish complicated to learn beyond the auto settings, difficult to use filters, and the auto-focus hunts terribly in poor light.
No longer a production camera, its well worth getting for buttons on e-bay second-hand, particularly if you can't afford a DSLR (like me) or need a lightweight all-rounder for travelling.
This is a classy piece of kit - if you're swithering and looking for something that won't let you me, go for it, or better still get the next one up - the 8800 with the extended zoom and vibration reduction.

  • 5.0 out of 5
zoom level (REETESH KEDAMBADI — 09/07/2006)

im an amateur photography hobbyist
i liked the image clarity ...and zomm level kicks ass....perhaps im dissapointed over vedio recording duration...

  • 2.0 out of 5
OK for general pics but absolutely pitiful for closeup work (pk — 08/28/2006)

This camera has zero resolution. If you are taking pictures of buildings, people, landscapes - things from a distance - maybe. Closeup shots of small items, forget it! No focus WHATsovever. The thing I find the oddest is that I can get a spectacular picture of a piece of jewelry or gem, but only in a thumbnail - once it is enlarged or resampled to a size that you can use, it's blur city. Looks great in the viewscreen, but that's it. I'm ready to give it away. My little Kodak 5MP camera takes 500 fold better shots!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not That Great a Camera (Tommy — 08/18/2006)

In general, I found the camera to be very disappointing. It's hard to use and battery life is almost "DOA". There are too many button preses to go through to change some settings. I don't use mine that much any more since I replaced it with another new SLR model from another manufacturer. I would not recommend the 8700.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Rugged - I fell with mine coming down a hillside. It flew about 15 feet and not a scratch!! It will deliver professional quality photos, IF you take the time to learn how to use it. The macro capability is wonderful, for a non-SLR camera. As with all cameras made prior to the anti-shake technology, you must provide a stable camera when using macro or telephoto settings. I also own a 5700 and a H/P digital and the 8700 beats them hands down.

  • 5.0 out of 5
good camera for every use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

defects? lens start to 35mm ( 28 will be better ), slow to save images and USB 1.1 , films only 35 sec at 640x480. the rest is perfect after more than 5000 photos

  • 2.0 out of 5
Difficult to use and now it won't turn on. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've use the Nikon CoolPix 9700 to photograph a variety of scenes and subjects/objects. I found it difficult to use and after a year it just stop working. I'll stay away from Nikon when I get around to buying my next camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good All-Around Prosumer Digital (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've taken roughly 2,500 pictures in manual mode with this camera, and am completely satisfied with their quality. As many others point out, however, autofocus works only in strong light or high contrast situations, and the flash is too weak. Also, all those buttons in inconvenient places make quick adjustment of mode difficult, as well as causing accidental selection of the wrong one. Otherwise, the camera is a real workhorse, and completely reliable. It even once survived flying out of my hand and landing in the middle of the street in a motorbike spinout, with no damage, not even a scratch. It still works as well as right out of the box. Although discontinued in favor of "upgrades," I'd recommend it as a good choice for high quality picture taking for anyone who is willing to learn how to use it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Rubbish bin for this one (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Having owned lots of Nikon Cameras since the early 60's and all being trouble free. This expensive piece of junk has put me off Nikon completely. Sent back during the guarantee period and informed it was corroded and was not worth replacing. Strange that all my other cameras Hasselblads, Mamiyas and Nikon film cameras are well and healthy, even the 5700 is still chugging away. A quick way to waste £700.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Nikon dropped the ball (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera based on Nikons' reputation and my own experience with Nikon SLRs. What a let down this has been. The 8700 auto focus is all but worthless in anything less the sunny bright conditions, anything else and it hunts through the entire focus range and frequently won't focus. And in low light, forget it, focus just doesn't happen. The color rendition is sorry to say the least and I see far too many remnants in cropped images. Using an SB-24 flash in the hot shoe sometime works and sometimes doesn't as the camera doesn't seem to know how to handle it. The built-in flash is weak and casts shadows in close-ups. Exposures with or without flash are all over the place with correct exposure a rarity. Even with the EM5700 battery pack (6 AA) the battery life isn't that great. To top it off it is slow, slow, slow to use. I have a 4MP pocket camera of another brand that cost only 1/3 what the 8700 cost me and it out performs the Nikon 8700 in every way. What a pathetic performance by Nikon. How do I get my money back?????

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not so great to begin with.....and now dead! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased this camera several months ago specifically for it's long zoom, high resolution... and my daughter's upcoming college graduation. Thank God it made it through that at least. I purchased expensive lenses for it only to discover that once installed you cannot use any zoom or you get " tunnel vision" with them. Night focusing is all but impossible. Today I attempted to use the camera for about the fifth time since I've owned it and it powered up for about 2 seconds and then went dead. Subsequent battery and flash card changes produced no better results. I called Nikon service and was told I'd receive an email in several minutes to instruct me how to return the unit for service.... That was hours ago... I do not believe I will ever see one...especially since the attending representative speaking with me seemed to have trouble with english. I've owned Nikon film cameras since the Viet Nam era and always loved them. This one stinks! After using Minolta Dimages, and several other digital cams I was really looking forward to this one.....What a disappointment....and now this.

  • 5.0 out of 5
an all rounded camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is just excellent.Luckily I didn't buy the Sony F828 or Canon Power shot Pro1.This camera is just damn good for astrophotography.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Well presented camera, but.... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The image quality is very good, with clear sharp pictures, however, the menus are very complex, I would almost say inaccessible.
Weight is modest, nice look and feel, reasonable range of settings, but still not the most user friendly camera on the market.
8 mp help those who want large prints or do a lot of cropping. Lens is high quality with more than adequate zoom range.
In sum I would say do not buy this as your FIRST digital camera; get experience with a simpler one and then move up to it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good Camera - Poor reliability (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

A good camera but very unreliable. It has been back to the shop 2 times in the first year. Very long turn around times and Nikon doesnt really care. It takes an hour to talk to them. Both time has included a failure of the shutter button.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very versatile camera and an affordable entry to the pro-sumer arena (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The first day out with this camera I took a shot that got into Vanity Fair as a full page spread.
This was only possible because the decent optical zoom and high resolution. I needed a camera that allowed manual settings and this camera fits the bill. One criticism is that - at first - the interface can be rather complex. My old Canon had all settings on a thumbwheel and two buttons for aperture and speed. The nikon has programmable buttons and deep menus to acheive the same result. However, programmable buttons give you the ability to set up your favourite "manual" modes very quickly. Shutter lag in full auto mode can be a couple of seconds, quite annoying but in fully manual mode the lag is almost none existant. A thumbs up from me all round, just read the manual!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best all round digital by far. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I use my Nikon for both personal and professional purposes and have found it to be incredibly versatile. It is compact and extremely easy to use, and the presets available make taking great pictures a snap. My only complaint is that you must use an extension tube in order to utilize any type of filter or secondary lens (Wide angle) but other than that it truly is a great camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
takes good pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

pins broke off in the photo card & shorted out the master board. Poor design
Very poor warranty

  • 2.0 out of 5
Cheap construction (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Although I have been very impressed by the 8700's functionality, I've found the camera to be a weak, wimpy piece of metal. I swore by Nikon for more than 20yrs (I was a professional for 12yrs) I've not dropped or banged the camera in any way, even so, it's fried!!!!! Now I've got a broken camera that will cost me the price of the camera to repair it. After 4month of use, it's worthless!!!!.....What a waste....

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best choice in digital photography all purpose (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Nikon 8700 8MP with 35-280mm lens camera is excellent & I feel the best choice at present. It gives you the best result when you understand the camera properly. Manual mode with studio lights it is the best than any other make with this price. In travel it is the best choice for it's size and it's wide field of photographic coverage with it's excellent result of colours and white balance, you can feel the touch of SLR as-well. I have Nikon Digital SLRs beside Canon High end SLRs, but I like to keep in touch 8700 Nikon always for its results, size & quality.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Easy to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I find this camera one of the lightest, easiest and most versatile Nikon I ever owned

  • 5.0 out of 5
This camera rocks supreme (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This is the second Nikon Digital I have owned, as I traded up from the Nikon Coolpix 5000. The 8700 is my dream come true for a high quality digital camera. While it is true that there is a very slight bit of purple fringing, it is really very difficult to discern by only the most acute viewer. I found that the shot I have taken to be very sharp and of extreme detail. Colour accuracy is excellent and the noise levels at lower ISO's are very good. One only has to try taking low light photos once with the 8700 to be truly impressed with its capabilities. In the hands of the right photographer, this camera rocks supreme among those in the price range. I had to go up to a $1900 camera to find better. Truly a great camera for anyone desiring to take high quality digital photos.