Nikon Coolpix 8700 Review
Features & Controls
The Coolpix 8700 features a big 8x optical 9-72mm (equivalent to 35-280mm) F2.8-4.2 with macro; 14 elements in 10 groups; all glass, Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied; two glass-molded ED lens elements included.
Employing the Nikon
exclusive 5-area Multi AF focusing system, the camera can automatically select the
"best" focus target or you can select the desired focusing zone manually. The autofocus
range is 19.7 inches to infinity in normal mode or an amazing 1.2 inches to infinity when
in macro mode.
The Coolpix 8700 supports a complete series of affordable accessory lenses, which
expand the camera's zoom range from 7mm-420mm. The Coolpix 8700 is compatible with
Coolpix accessory lenses including the 1.5x ED glass teleconverter (TC-E15ED)(420mm), the
0.8x Wide Angle Adapter (WC-E80)(28mm) and the new Fisheye converter lens (FC-E9)(7mm).
The WC-E80 is comprised of two elements in two groups and weighs approx. 17.5 oz (500g). It is a wide angle conversion lens with a magnification factor of 0.8x. When used in conjunction with the Coolpix 8700's lens at full wide angle it is equivalent to 28mm in 35mm camera format. The combined maximum aperture is f/2.8 with the Coolpix 8700 at full wide angle. The combined minimum focusing distance is 1.10 inches. It is provided with front and rear lens caps and a protective, soft case.
Note: These lenses are shown here mounted on a Coolpix 5700 camera.
The TC-E15ED is comprised of four elements in two groups (including one ED lens) and
weighs approx. 9.6 oz (275g.) It is a telephoto conversion lens with a magnification
factor of 1.5x. When used with the Coolpix 8700's lens at full telephoto it is
equivalent to 420mm in 35mm camera format. The combined maximum aperture is f/4.2
with the Coolpix 8700 at full telephoto zoom. The combined minimum focusing distance
is 16.54 inches. It is provided with front and rear lens caps and a protective,
The builtin flash automatically "pops up" when needed and has a Guide number 39.4 (at ISO 100, ft/m). It operates in the following modes: Auto Flash, Flash Cancel, Fill Flash, Slow Sync and Red-Eye Reduction.
The flash working range is 1'10" - 13' 1" in Wide angle and
1'10" - 9'2" in telephoto. And new on the Coolpix 8700 is an AF-assist lamp, mounted
on the popup flash arm.
Using the ISO hotshoe the Coolpix 8700 can be fitted with an external speedlight such as the Nikon SB-50DX or SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, or 22s can also be used. The built-in Speedlight can be cancelled when using an external flash or used in tandem. (When using an external flash the internal flash must be "popped up" because the flash sensor is on the flash arm.)
The camera and SB-50DX or SB-80DX can also work together without a sync cable.
These flashes have an integrated slave-sensor that works with the Coolpix 8700 (and
other Nikon cameras). The range of the TTL wireless flash operation is approx.
7m (23 ft.) and there is no limit to the number of flashes that can be used.
The Coolpix 8700 can be connected to studio lighting by use of the Nikon AS-15
hot shoe to PC adapter. This allows connection to any flash with a standard PC sync cord.
The Coolpix 8700 employs an electronic viewfinder (EVF.) This
is a 238,000-dot low-temp 0.44-inch TFT color LCD with 97% frame coverage (100% in
playback) and has dioptric adjustment.
The Coolpix 8700 features a fully articulated, 270°, 1.8",
134,000-pixel, polysilicon color TFT LCD. It is illuminated by an LED backlight with
adjustable intensity and has a frame coverage of approximately 97% when used as a live
When not in use the color LCD can be turned to face inwards and closed against the back of the camera. It can also be closed facing outwards like other cameras with fixed LCD screens.
Note that either the EVF or LCD must be turned on as there is no conventional optical viewfinder, so if you like to carry the camera "powered up and ready" just set the Auto-Off value to 30s or 1m and let it go to sleep to save power. A quick tap of the shutter button wakes the camera up and it's ready to shoot in about three seconds.
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