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A new flagship for the Nikon Coolpix series
with 8.0 effective megapixels and an 8x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens

Jan 28th, 2004. Nikon has today introduced the Nikon Coolpix 8700 Digital camera, with 8 megapixels of effective resolution and an 8x optical zoom Nikkor ED lens. The Nikon Coolpix 8700 is a successor to the popular Coolpix 5700, and becomes the new flagship digital camera in the Nikon Coolpix line-up.




Coolpix 8700 Major features

  • 8.0 effective megapixels

  • 8x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED lens (equivalent to 35mm-280mm in 35mm [135] format).

  • Continuous shooting of up to 5 full-size (3,264 x 2,448-pixel) pictures at 2.5 frames per second (fps)

  • Quick response: fast startup, reduced shutter release time lag and fast image processing

  • 12 versatile preset Scene Modes

  • Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] exposure control modes

  • Macro shooting capability as close as 3cm (1.2 in.) supported by convenient Best Shot Selector (BSS) function

  • AE-BSS (Auto Exposure-BSS) for automatic selection of the best relative exposure - choose from highlighted or shadowy areas

  • Large vari-angle 270° highly transmissible advanced TFT-LCD monitor for greater visibility - even in daylight
  • Nikon's exclusive 256-segment Matrix Metering, complemented by Center-Weighted, Spot and Spot AF area metering

  • Fast, accurate Five-Area Multi Autofocus with the new AF-assist illuminator that assures sharp focusing in difficult compositions and low light
  • Fast shutter speed of 1/4,000 sec. (available in all exposure modes) and maximum 10 min. Long-time exposure modes (Bulb and Time)

  • Noise Reduction mode for long-time exposures

  • Saturation control (5 steps and B&W) for in-camera color control

  • 5 shot buffer mode retains the last 5 shots when the shutter button is continually pressed and then released in order to capture unexpected or fleeting moments

  • Interval Timer Shooting takes a series of successive still images at preset intervals

  • Movie - TV movie (640 x 480 pixels; 30 fps) with audio, Small movie (320 x 240 pixels; 15 fps) with audio, or Sepia movie (320 x 240 pixels; 5 fps) with audio, or Time-lapse movie (640 x 480 pixels; 30 fps) without audio

  • Accessory flash hotshoe to accommodate attachment of external Nikon SB-series Speedlights

  • The high resolution EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) enables clear image display with backlight illumination

  • Tough, lightweight magnesium (Mg) alloy body featuring highly ergonomic design

  • Extended battery life of approx. 210 images with Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, and 240 images with 2CR5

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Nikon COOLPIX 8700 Feature Highlights

8.0 effective megapixels: The 2/3-inch-type CCD realizes 8.0 effective megapixels, which makes images of exceptionally high definition possible - even when cropped.

8x optical zoom: The 8x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens (f/2.8 - 4.2) offers a focal range of 8.9 - 71.2mm (equivalent to 35 - 280mm in 35mm [135] format). The lens incorporates two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that minimize chromatic aberration for sharp, clear images.

Advanced image processing technology: Nikon's exclusive image processing technology ensures natural color reproduction, detail and gradation. Its 256-segment Matrix Metering system enables optimal exposures in even the most challenging lighting conditions, while its Matrix Auto White Balance neutralizes color deviations created by ambient light sources.

Exposure control: The Coolpix 8700 offers Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A], and Manual [M], as well as Exposure Compensation for extended exposure control. Moreover, the camera's AE-BSS mode analyzes the tonal range and gradation of each image from a series of 5 consecutive shots and then automatically selects the one with the best relative exposure.

Macro Function: In Macro Mode, the Coolpix 8700 delivers sharply focused images of subjects from as close as 3cm (1.2 in.).

BSS (Best Shot Selector): This convenient function automatically selects the sharpest image from a series of consecutive shots - especially valuable during macro or telephoto shooting.

RAW mode image recording: For those who desire more creative freedom when editing, the Coolpix 8700 offers RAW data image mode.

Built-in Speedlight: The Coolpix 8700 offers various flash modes, including Auto Flash, Flash Cancel, Red-Eye Reduction, Anytime Flash, and Night Portrait (Slow Sync Flash)

System compatibility: The Coolpix 8700 is compatible with a broad range of quality accessories, including Wideangle Converter WC-E80, Telephoto Converter TC-E15ED, Fisheye Converter FC-E9, Remote Cord MC-EU1 and Lens Hood HR-5700. This also includes Lens Hood HN-CP11, which accommodates the attachment of a lens filter (77mm dia.).

The Coolpix 8700's flash hotshoe works with a broad range of Nikon's external SB-series Speedlights for even more flexibility in flash photography. The AA Battery Pack MB-E5700 is also compatible with the Coolpix 8700. (Offers vertical shutter release feature as well)

MB-5700 Vertical release grip
and AA battery pack (option)

Versatile functions
12 Scene Modes: Users can enjoy flexibility with 12 Scene Modes: Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night landscape, Fireworks show, Close up, Copy, Back light, and Panorama assist.
Just select the mode appropriate to the subject and the Coolpix 8700 ensures the optimum exposure for the composition.

Continuous shooting: Enjoy continuous shooting at 2.5 (H) or 1.2 (L) frames per second, or use the new Multi-shot mode to capture 16 consecutive frames in a single image. Interval Timer shooting is also possible.

Movie modes: The camera offers four movie modes: TV movie (640 x 480 pixels; 30 fps) with audio, Small movie (320 x 240 pixels; 15 fps) with audio, Sepia movie (320 x 240 pixels; 5 fps) with audio, and Time-lapse movie (640 x 480 pixels; 30 fps).

Support functions: The Coolpix 8700 offers convenient functions for you to help take beautiful shots. Framing guides are displayed on the LCD monitor for ideal composition, and the real-time Histogram display helps you to choose the best exposure value.

Durable body: The Coolpix 8700 has a lightweight magnesium alloy body that is ergonomically designed for comfortable operation.


Vari-angle LCD monitor: The 1.8-inch-type 134,000 pixel Vari-angle LCD monitor ensures high visibility and makes shooting from almost any angle a possibility.

Electronic Viewfinder (EVF): The improved 235,000 pixel Electronic Viewfinder provides high resolution for greater contrast and clearer image display.

Nikon View 6 Software
The supplied Nikon View Software allows users to browse uploaded images in thumbnail format (for a comprehensive view) or in an enlarged format (for closer inspection).

The software also allows users to adjust the color balance, change the size of images for e-mailing or web posting, run a slide show of selected images and print them directly. Nikon View offers the ease of use that hobbyists require, the features that professionals demand and the adaptability everyone needs in order to serve in a diverse array of commercial and industrial applications.


Nikon Coolpix 8700 Specifications

Model Specifications

Nikon Coolpix 8700

Effective pixels
8.0 million
2/3-inch-type (total pixels: 8.31 million)
Image size (pixels)
M (3,264 x 2,448), 5M (2,592 x 1,944), 3M (2,048 x 1,536), 2M (1,600 x 1,200), 1M (1,280 x 960), PC (1,024 x 768), TV (640 x 480), 3:2 (3,264 x 2,176) selectable


8x Zoom-Nikkor; 8.9 - 71.2mm [35mm (135) format equivalent to 35 - 280mm] f/2.8-4.2 with macro; 14 elements in 10 groups; all elements are made of environmentally friendly glass; Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied; two glass molded ED lens elements included

Digital zoom

Up to 4x


Contrast-detect TTL AF with AF-assist illuminator; 5-area Multi AF or Spot AF selectable

Focus modes

1) Continuous AF, 2) Single AF, 3) Manual Focus (from 3cm [1.2 in.] to infinity with focus confirmation indication)

Focus range

50cm (19.7 in.) to infinity (8); 3cm (1.2 in.) to infinity in Macro mode (middle zoom position)


0.44-inch type, 235,000-dot, polysilicon TFT color LCD viewfinder

Diopter adjustment

-4 to +1m-1

LCD monitor

1.8-inch type, 134,000-dot High Transmissive Advanced TFT LCD monitor with brightness and hue adjustment

Frame coverage

approx. 95%

Storage System

Exif 2.2 file (uncompressed RAW [NEF] and TIFF-RGB or compressed JPEG


CF Card Type I/II, Microdrive™ Card

Shooting modes

AUTO, SCENE, Custom 1, Custom 2
Scene modes Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night landscape, Fireworks show, Close up, Copy, Back light, and Panorama assist

User setting

1) White balance, 2) (Exposure) Metering, 3) Continuous (Shooting), 4) Best Shot Selector (BSS/AE-BSS), 5) Image adjustment (Auto/Normal/More contrast/Less contrast), 6) Saturation Control (-2 to +2/Black & White), 7) User setting (two combinations of mode setting can be memorized in #1-#2), 8) Image Sharpening, 9) Lens, 10) Exposure options (AE Lock, Bulb/Timed release),
11) Focus options, 12) Zoom options, 13) Speedlight options, 14) Auto Bracketing, 15) Noise Reduction, 16) Reset, 17) My Menu, 18) CF Card Format

Capture modes

1) Single, 2) Continuous H (2.5 fps; up to 5 frames), 3) Continuous L (1.2 fps; up to 12 frames), 4) Multi-shot 16 (consecutive 16 frames at 1.5 fps), 5) Ultra HS (high-speed) (640 x 480 pixels; 30 fps, up to 100 frames), 6) 5 shot buffer
(1 fps), 7) Interval Timer Shooting, 8) Movie: TV movie (640 x 480 pixels) with audio at 30 fps; up to 35 seconds, or Small movie (320 x 240 pixels) with audio at 15 fps; up to 180 seconds, Time-lapse movie (640 x 480 pixels) at 30 fps; up to 35 seconds; Sepia movie (320 x 240 pixels) with audio at 5 fps; up to 180 seconds are selectable

Exposure metering

4-mode TTL metering 1) 256-segment Matrix, 2) Center-Weighted, 3) Spot,
4) Spot AF area

Exposure control

1) Programmed Auto with Flexible Program [P], 2) Shutter-Priority Auto [S],
3) Aperture-Priority Auto [A], 4) Manual [M]

Exposure Compensation

±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps

Auto Exposure Bracketing

3 or 5 frames within ±2 EV


three modes: Highlight, Shadow, Histogram

Exposure range

EV -1.0 to +19.0 (W), EV +0.5 to +19.0 (T)


1/4000 sec to 2 sec in Auto mode and Programmed Auto (P), 1/4,000 to 8 s in Shutter-Priority Auto [S] and Aperture-Priority Auto [A], 1/4,000 to 8 s and Bulb/Time (up to 10 minutes) in Manual [M], 1/8,000 to 1/30 s in Ultra HS (high-speed) mode


7-blade iris diaphragm; 10 steps in 1/3 EV increments (to minimum of f/8)


Approximately equivalent to ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, and Auto (auto gain to ISO 200 equivalent)

White balance

1) Auto White Balance with TTL control, 2) 6-mode Manual with fine tuning (Daylight/Incandescent/Fluorescent/Cloudy/Speedlight/Shade), 3) Preset,
4) White Balance Bracketing


10 or 3-second duration

Built-in Speedlight

Shooting range: approx. 0.5 - 4.1m (1.6 - 13.5 ft.) (W), approx. 0.5 - 2.7m (1.6 - 8.9 ft.) (T)

Flash modes

1) Auto Flash, 2) Flash Cancel 3) Red-Eye Reduction 4) Anytime Flash, 5) Night Portrait (Slow Sync Flash)

Accessory shoe

Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock. External Speedlight Hotshoe connects to external Nikon Speedlight SB-800/50DX/30/22s; built-in Speedlight can be canceled when using external Speedlight(s)

Playback menu options

1) Full-frame, 2) Thumbnail (4/9 segments), 3) Slide show, 4) Movie with audio, 5) Playback zoom (up to 6x); File information; Shooting information; Histogram indication and highlight point display; Hide and protect attributes can be set to each image; Focus confirmation indication; RAW image playback


USB, I/O terminal DC in; Audio/Video (NTSC or PAL selectable) out; Digital I/O (USB/Remote cord)

Power requirements

One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1 (included), Battery Pack MB-E5700 (optional) with six 1.5V LR6 (AA-size alkaline) batteries*, one 2CR5 (DL245) lithium battery (optional), AC Adapter EH-53 (optional)
Battery life 210 images (EN-EL1)/240 images (2CR5). Measured at 20°C [68°F] with fully-charged batteries under standard Nikon test conditions; monitor on, zoom adjusted with each shot, flash used about once every three shots, image quality set to Normal.


(W x H x D) 113 x 105 x 78mm (4.4 x 4.1 x 3.1 in.)


Approx. 480g (17 oz.) (without battery and storage media)

Accessories included

Lens Cap, Camera Strap, AV Cable, USB Cable UC-E1, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, Battery Charger MH-53, Nikon View CD-ROM

Optional accessories

Fisheye Converter FC-E9, Wideangle Converter WC-E80, Telephoto Converter TC-E15ED, Step-Down Ring Lens Adapter UR-E12, Lens Hood HR-E5700, Lens Hood HN-CP11, AC Adapter EH-53, Car Battery Charger (12V DC in) MH-53C, Remote Cord MC-EU1, Soft Case CS-CP11, Various size CompactFlash™ cards


Press Release, Jan 28th, 2004 - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX 8700 Digital Camera.

With an impressive 8.0 effective megapixels and a powerful 8x zoom lens, the COOLPIX 8700 is positioned as the lineup's newest flagship model. It delivers unmatched image quality - a hallmark of all Nikon products - and offers an advanced ergonomic design which greatly enhances operational ease and comfort.

The camera primarily targets users who already explore advanced forms of photographic expression, but are unsatisfied with current compact digital cameras. The COOLPIX 8700 meets their demands, especially those that require state-of-the-art image quality, higher zoom power and even greater portability and ease of use. Anyone in search of an extremely versatile, high-quality digital still camera will find the COOLPIX 8700 loaded with possibilities.

The COOLPIX 8700 carries an astonishing 8.0 effective megapixels for ultrahigh-definition photography. The clarity of your images is ensured by the professional-quality 8x Zoom-Nikkor lens. With its 8.9 - 71.2mm focal range (equivalent to 35 - 280mm in 35mm [135] camera format), the lens incorporates two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens elements to minimize chromatic aberration and give you clear and crisp image reproduction. In addition, the Optical Low-Pass Filter is optimized, which helps the new high-definition CCD image sensor make the most the incredible optical performance. The result is remarkably clear, natural images with unparalleled detail and contrast. The basic performance of the COOLPIX 8700 has also improved. This includes faster start-up time, faster data recording, shorter release time lag and a new AF-Assist illuminator for quick AF operation in low light.

The camera incorporates four exposure modes: Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] combine to give you the greatest degree of creative control possible. The COOLPIX 8700 also offers [AUTO] mode, in which the camera automatically selects appropriate exposures and shutter speeds, giving users high-quality point-and-shoot capability. And for striking images in practically any situation, the new COOLPIX features 12 versatile [SCENE] modes. Simply select the mode appropriate to your lighting conditions, and the camera is able to automatically adjust the focus, flash, contrast, sensitivity and white balance.

The COOLPIX 8700 features many advanced digital controls, such as BSS (Best Shot Selector), AE-BSS (Auto Exposure-Best Shot Selector) mode, Noise Reduction mode, Saturation Control and White Balance Bracketing. These are often crucial to obtaining optimum image quality. To help ensure that you don't miss those unexpected or fleeting moments, the COOLPIX 8700 also has a 5 shot buffer mode. Versatility is further enhanced by handy, innovative features such as movie capability with audio and the Time-lapse movie mode, which is ideal for observational recording.

The newest member of the COOLPIX family comes equipped with a large, Vari-angle LCD monitor for increased visibility - even during bright daylight. Moreover, the improved high-resolution EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) offers greater contrast and a clearer images. And the compact, lightweight magnesium (Mg) alloy body has been designed for maximum durability and portability, with a secure, comfortable grip for stability during shooting.

New Framing guides on the LCD monitor offer an optional means of achieving ideal composition, and the new real-time histogram display lets you select the best exposure value while shooting. For those who desire more creative freedom when editing, the COOLPIX 8700 also offers RAW data image mode.

The COOLPIX 8700 comes loaded with all the essential accessories: a battery and charger, an A/V cable, a USB cable and the comprehensive Nikon View software package. The camera is also compatible with a host of optional accessories, including wideangle, telephoto and fisheye converters. It can also be fitted with a Lens Hood that uses lens filters. In addition, the COOLPIX 8700's accessory shoe accommodates a number of Nikon's external Speedlights.

This incredible array of features and quality accessories helps make the COOLPIX 8700 a truly special achievement in digital photography.


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