Nikon has announced a new flagship for its Coolpix series with 8.0 effective megapixels and an 8x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens.


January 28, 2004: Nikon has announced a new flagship for its Coolpix series with 8.0 effective megapixels and an 8x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens.
Resolution-wise, Coolpix 8700 goes head-to-head with Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-F828 model, with its 11.08mm CCD sensor and top resolution of 3,264 x 2,448-pixels. However the camera body (which appears to be based on that of the Coolpix 5700) is significantly smaller and lighter. Another feature shared with the Coolpix 5700 is the 8.9-71.2mm, 8x zoom lens (equivalent to 35-280mm in 35mm camera format), which includes two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens elements to minimise chromatic aberration. The sensor sports an enhanced Optical Low-Pass Filter to ensure high picture quality. No details have been provided about its filter array.


All desirable shooting settings are provided, including P, A, S and M settings plus 12 Scene pre-sets for point-and-shoot convenience in different shooting situations. Other useful functions include BSS (Best Shot Selector), AE-BSS (Auto Exposure-Best Shot Selector) mode, Noise Reduction mode, Saturation Control and White Balance Bracketing. Versatility is further enhanced by a five-shot buffer (which supports 2.5 frames per second bursts), movie recording with audio and a Time-lapse movie mode.
Its magnesium alloy body has been designed to be durable and easy to carry and the a secure, comfortable grip provides stability during shooting. A large, Vari-angle LCD monitor gives increased visibility – even in bright daylight and the improved high-resolution EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) has enhanced contrast for clearer images. New Framing guide overlays for the monitor are provided to aid composition and a real-time histogram display lets you select the best exposure value while shooting. RAW, TIFF (RGB) and JPEG capture are supported.
Supplied with the camera are a rechargeable Lithium-Ion long-life battery and charger, A/V and USB cables and the comprehensive Nikon View software package. The Coolpix 8700 is compatible with Nikon’s wideangle, telephoto and fisheye converters and can be fitted with a lens hood that uses lens filters. The accessory shoe accepts a number of Nikon’s external Speedlights.
The Coolpix 8700 is scheduled to be released in Australia in March 2004. Pricing has yet to be announced. Full specifications are available from