Nikon COOLPIX 8700

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
Nikon COOLPIX 8700
  • Nikon COOLPIX 8700
  • Nikon COOLPIX 8700
  • Nikon COOLPIX 8700
  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5

Pros

  • Long zoom, Good performance, Upgraded movie mode, Time-lapse movie mode

Cons

  • USB 1.1 connection Purple fringing around high-contrast

Bottom Line

The 8700 is a great enthusiast's camera, delivering excellent, detailed images and a long zoom lens in a light, compact package

Would you buy this?

Nikon's 8Mp Coolpix 8700 combines high resolutions, long lenses and stacks of features. It is capable of delivering the same 3264x2448-pixel images as its 8Mp peers - around 25 per cent more than a 5Mp camera offers, and enough detail to make good-looking A3 colour inkjet prints. Images are saved to CompactFlash cards, though you'll have to supply your own. However, IBM's Microdrive is also supported. Photos can be stored in TIFF, RAW or JPEG formats and, of the three JPEG levels available, photos at the highest quality measure around 2.8MB each.

Despite its compact dimensions, the 8700 houses a long 8X optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent range of 35-280mm and an average focal ratio of f2.8:f4.2. This makes it narrower than the 28mm settings of its rivals, but the 8700 makes up for it by being at least 40 per cent longer at the telephoto end. During power-up the lens extends 3cm in as many seconds - and, thankfully, it takes the cap along for the ride if you don't remove it first.

Both the zoom and manual focus are motorised. Close-up performance is especially good, with virtually distortion-free coverage of just 30mm across the frame.

Unlike its 8Mp rivals from Canon, Sony and Olympus, Nikon has essentially reused the body and optics from an earlier model - the 5Mp Coolpix 5700. And the 8700 inherits many excellent qualities: a surprisingly light, compact body considering its long lens, a 1.8in flip-out-and-twist LCD display, electronic viewfinder, backlit status display, pop-up flash, and fully functional hotshoe. On the down side, you are still limited to a USB 1.1 connection.

The electronics enjoy some enhancements from the Coolpix 5400, including the time-lapse and interval modes, 12-scene presets, live histogram, five-shot buffer at 2.5fps, and optional display gridlines. Most impressive is the upgraded movie mode which offers VGA video at 30fps, albeit only in 35-second clips.

There are Auto, Program, Manual, Shutter and Aperture Priority modes, with exposures ranging from 1/4,000 to eight seconds, plus a bulb option of up to 10 minutes. Sensitivity runs from 50 to 400 ISO.

In use, the 8700 inevitably feels similar to its predecessor, the 5700, and handles well. Optically, the 8700 resolves an acceptable level of detail, although there's a little purple fringing around high-contrast areas such as trees or rooftops against an overcast sky. Images are fairly smooth although, as with all cameras using this 8Mp chip, electronic noise becomes a serious problem above 200 ISO.

One of the Coolpix 8700's neatest features is its time-lapse movie mode, first seen on the Coolpix 5400. Images can be taken at intervals between 30 seconds and 60 minutes, then automatically assembled into a 640x480-pixel movie clip at 30fps. The sequence starts and ends when you press the shutter button up to a maximum of 1050 frames, which translates into a 35-second video.

The 8700 is a great enthusiast's camera, delivering excellent, detailed images and a long zoom lens in a light, compact package. As always, though, personal preferences will sway you towards certain features. For example, its rivals all sport wider lenses, although none gets as close when fully zoomed-in.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?