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Nikon Coolpix 8700 8MP Digital Camera with 8x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Aug 2, 2015

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Nikon Coolpix 8700 8MP Digital Camera with 8x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 52 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 7.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Color4.3   average
Image4.0   average
Lens3.8   above average
Light2.1   mediocre
Focus1.8   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"The camera would turn on, show a fully charged battery icon, then it would not focus while taking photos, and after 1 or 2 attempts at capturing a shot, it would shot off saying battery exhausted."
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"Be warned, though, any camera that requires a proprietary battery can pose problems for the tourist traveler."
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"I was initially put off by the proprietary battery requirement for this camera, but I solved that problem with the purchase of the EH-53 AC adapter."
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"The battery life was dissapointing and required that I purchase 3 additional battery packs."
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"As for the battery Its not bad but it ain't great."
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"So I decided to take advantage of the chips and batteries that I had and buy another -- I'm not sorry."
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"I recommend a small camera pack and extra battery so you can swap out when needed."
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"*Size is decent for Compact SLR*Decent noise levels*Allows the use of a Compact Flash Card*Easy to contact and get ahold of customer service reps* Good battery life* Decent shutter lag* very informative settings screen on top of cameraCONS* Most shots have to be manually prepared for in the camera to get a great shot."
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"I do recommend getting a second battery and the lens hood to eliminate lens flare under most conditions."
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Color

Color:
"And I also find myself Photoshopping for corrections (either blurring, color correction or SOMETHING).No it's not perfect, no it's not horrible."
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"I know that Nikon included a note with this camera which says to download the software update, which corrects color problems when converting raw files in nikonview."
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"I love the color that I get with this."
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"I wanted a camera that took good crisp, clear shots, with good color."
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"The color, I love the color."
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"Color reproduction is generally quite good, but dark and midtone colors between blue and red - especially those between magenta and red - will often appear to be qualitatively very different in the photo from what they do to the eye."
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Focus

Focus:
"The camera would turn on, show a fully charged battery icon, then it would not focus while taking photos, and after 1 or 2 attempts at capturing a shot, it would shot off saying battery exhausted."
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"At first I thought it was just me--too much coffee, maybe--but my tests are showing a definite focus problem."
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"Camera repair shop simply said, Yes, focus is a problem with this camera, which wasn't much help."
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"Focus is extremely slow--as long as 25 seconds--and the camera keeps hunting."
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"So have complained about low light, autofocus this is only a problem, If you're shooting an auto all the time."
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"One major problem with this camera is its focusing system."
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"I don't know much about photography and admittedly don't understand all the bells and whistles it offers but it does work great on mostly automatic focus."
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"Autofocus is normally pretty good, but as one approaches close-up shots with long focal length and moderate or low light, it fails quite regularly."
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"One can see it 'hunt' right through the perfect focus and choose something not even close."
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"Positive features:-Take great picutres-Auto focus work very well-Got a lot of features to offerNegative features:-Using 1G fast 80x recording speed compactflash still it pauses about 4 seconds to record the pic."
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"..The Sony has much better AUTO features, and way better focusing abilities...I bought this camera because of the power and size of the lens...It will fit through a chain link fence, where as the Sony will not, and I am constantly behind fences at sporting events, The Size of the Sony 8meg was just too big to throw into my pack, the Nikon is easier to carry and has an unbelievable lens range for a camera of this size...35-280 is the best of the bunch in the 8meg range...So..my humble opinion, if you want a compact 8meg...this camera is a good tool, just be ready to study and practice with it...If you want 8megs and an easy auto camera, with better focus and much better pictures of people then get the Sony8meg...This Nikon has frustrated me from day one and I am pretty good at photography...I own six digital cameras and this is my first Nikon...Nikon does have an incredible range of accesories for this camera and it is a keeper, I will just have to keep practicing with it and try to figure out why the Hue seems too blue for me...It takes incredible photos of landscapes and the outdoor shots are wonderfull, the lens range is worth keeping it alone...It is so much smaller than my Sony F717...8megs is better for printing 13x19 high quality...No pixelation with my Canon S9000...So...Nikon=serious tool and learning curve....Sony=Auto mode point and shoot with not much study practice...I now own both so I know...If you aint gonna practice with the Nikon then Get the Sony 8meg or 5meg...Hope this is helpful...cause these are thousand dollar choices."
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Image

Image:
"I have scanned a number of slides and am sure that this camera produces an image, that is is better than one from a 35mm, but one quickly misses the control one is used to shooting manually with an SLR."
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"There is a problem with distance and blurry pics as reported in other reviews, but this can be over came by learning to use shutter speed and other finite details."
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"Dont misunderstand, this is no dought a wonderful Camera, but I have to compare these Images to My Sony 5meg all the time and this camera is just not as easy and doesnt take photos of people as well."
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"it also has a 5 shot BSS (Best Shot Selector) that selects the sharpest photo of the 5 shots that it takes and saves the best."
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"I was in Disneyland taking a photo of some guy on the Matterhorn and was able to get an unreal closeup that came out crisp."
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"And only in the case of images that would be over 20 inches on a side is the advantage of high resolution one that makes the Pentax a better choice."
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"I won a photo contest using this camera and I was so happy."
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"The image quality is wonderful."
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Lens

Lens:
"This puts it at a great disadvantage to real through the lens slr's."
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"The multi-element zoom lens is not well sealed and easy to get blowing sand in the zoom mechanism."
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"If you think you would regret getting a fixed lens over an SLR, these options may satisfy the urge to get 'just a little closer' or 'just a little bigger'.In general, non-slr digital cameras have a slight delay between the clicking of the button and the snapping of the picture."
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"This puts it at a great disadvantage to real through the lens slr's."
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"Next that nice Nikon 8X zoom lens is sweet, it ain't a Ziess for sure but it is one of the better lenses I've used."
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"As for myself, I'm going with a d-SLR since I want 1) high-quality lens, 2) lens choices, 3) little to no shutter lag, and 4) accessory choices."
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"If you think you would regret getting a fixed lens over an SLR, these options may satisfy the urge to get 'just a little closer' or 'just a little bigger'.In general, non-slr digital cameras have a slight delay between the clicking of the button and the snapping of the picture."
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Light

Light:
"It is light weight, not that easy to use but still ok."
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"Autofocus is normally pretty good, but as one approaches close-up shots with long focal length and moderate or low light, it fails quite regularly."
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"The low light problem only exists in auto mode."
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"So have complained about low light, autofocus this is only a problem, If you're shooting an auto all the time."
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"Autofocus is not reliable in a low light (what camera thinks to be a low light -- and this is not what you expect)."
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"I upgraded from the Coolpix 5700 in order to take pix in low light situations, something the 5700 completely fails at."
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"On the other hand, Macro shots are mind blowing, all my natural outdoor light shots are fantastic."
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"I do lots of hiking and wanted something light and durable to travel with me from Patagonia peaks to Saharan sands."
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"If you learn to control shutter speed and aperture you should have no problems in shooting in low light."
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"The AF assist light is wonderful, as is the close-up capability."
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"However, very light, good optics."
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Photo

Photo:
"The camera would turn on, show a fully charged battery icon, then it would not focus while taking photos, and after 1 or 2 attempts at capturing a shot, it would shot off saying battery exhausted."
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"If I have one complaint about this camera, it is the photos it takes in low-light."
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"Dont misunderstand, this is no dought a wonderful Camera, but I have to compare these Images to My Sony 5meg all the time and this camera is just not as easy and doesnt take photos of people as well."
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"In Auto it produces excellent Quality photos."
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"The tele lens is unreal, I have taken long range photos by just hand-holding the camera that came out pretty nice."
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"Plus, I scrap my own children's photos, using the fine setting on this camera, and they are perfect!"
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"Good quality photos in outdoor lighting."
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"If you are going to shoot photos at the full resolution though, I recommend getting the largest CF card you can afford..."
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SLR

SLR:
"I have owned three film SLR's and I could never recommend trading to this camera from a film SLR."
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"This puts it at a great disadvantage to real through the lens slr's."
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"If you think you would regret getting a fixed lens over an SLR, these options may satisfy the urge to get 'just a little closer' or 'just a little bigger'.In general, non-slr digital cameras have a slight delay between the clicking of the button and the snapping of the picture."
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"However, I am looking for a truedigital SLR just to compensate for the lack of a decent sports mode inthe 8700."
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"This puts it at a great disadvantage to real through the lens slr's."
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"If you think you would regret getting a fixed lens over an SLR, these options may satisfy the urge to get 'just a little closer' or 'just a little bigger'.In general, non-slr digital cameras have a slight delay between the clicking of the button and the snapping of the picture."
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"This is an excellent camera which takes photos as sharp as any 35mm slr."
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"I highly recommend this camera to those who choose not to go with a digital SLR."
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