Short Report: Nikon Coolpix 8700
This 8-megapixel camera packs advanced features in a small design
Designed for the serious photographer who wants extensive controls in a compact package, the 8-megapixel Nikon Coolpix 8700 delivers. Weighing only 17 ounces, it's amazing how much camera Nikon fits into such a small package. The design of the generous 35-280mm ED zoom lens includes extra-low dispersion glass, which ensures improved color accuracy and contrast. As well as including its best glass in the lens design, the camera has a precise, 256-segment Matrix metering system, a five-area autofocus sensor and an accurate flash exposure meter.
The camera boots up in about two seconds and, although not as fast as an SLR, its shutter lag has noticeably improved over earlier models. By prefocusing on my subject, I captured fleeting facial expressions without the frustration I've experienced with other digital cameras.
The inclusion of 12 Scene modes, such as Landscape, Portrait, Night Portrait and Panorama Assist, lets you work quickly. The camera also has Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority and Manual exposure modes, as well as exposure and white-balance bracketing features.