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Nikon's Coolpix 8700 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon announces the Coolpix 8700
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 00:00 EST)

Nikon USA has today announced its new Coolpix 8700 digital camera, a model that combines a high-resolution imager with a powerful optical zoom lens.

Coupling a 2/3-inch 8.31 megapixel CCD imager with an 8.9 - 71.2mm (35 - 280mm equivalent) Nikkor 8x optical zoom lens, the new model stores images on CompactFlash cards (Type-I or Type-II including Microdrives). Other features include a 5-area contrast detect AF system, macro focusing to 3 centimeters, a 235,000 pixel electronic viewfinder, a 1.8-inch LCD tilt / swivel LCD display, a built-in Speedlight flash unit and an external hot shot. Firmware features include burst modes up to 2.5 frames per second, a selection of programmed auto, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual modes, best shot select mode, autoexposure bracketing, shutter speeds from 1/8000 to 8 seconds and ISO ratings from 50 to 400.

The Coolpix 8700 offers USB and NTSC / PAL video out connectivity, draws power from EN-EL1, 2CR5 or (with an optional adapter) AA batteries, and has dimensions of 113 x 105 x 78mm. The camera weighs 480 grams without battery or CompactFlash card, and will be available in March 2004 at an MSRP of $999.95.

Nikon Coolpix 8700
Nikon's Coolpix 8700 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Type of Camera Digital camera E8700
Effective Pixels 8.0 million
CCD 2/3-inch-type CCD (total pixels: 8.31 million)
Image Size (pixels) 8M (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
Lens 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
Autofocus 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 1.2 in. [3cm] to infinity with focus confirmation indication)
Focus range 19.7 in. (50cm) to infinity; 1.2 in. (3cm) to infinity in Macro mode (middle zoom position)
Viewfinder 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. 97% (Through, Freeze), 100% (Play)
Storage System: Exif 2.2 file (uncompressed RAW [NEF] and TIFF-RGB or compressed JPEG) Design rule for Camera File system (DCF), Digital Print Order Format (DPOF), QuickTime Motion JPEG (Movie, Audio)Media: 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, Close up, Copy, Back light, and Panorama assist
User setting 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, or 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 is running,
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); AE-BSS (three modes: Highlight, Shadow, Histogram)
Exposure range EV -1.0 to +19.0 (W), EV +0.5 to +19.0 (T)
Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter; 1/4,000 (with minimum aperture) to 2 s 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. At some apertures, maximum shutter speed is 1/2,000 s.
Aperture 7-blade iris diaphragm; 10 steps in 1/3 EV increments (to minimum of f/8)
Sensitivity 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
Self-timer 10 or 3-second duration
Built-in Speedlight Shooting range: approx. 1.6 - 13.5 ft. (0.5 - 4.1m) (W), approx. 1.6 - 8.9 ft. (0.5 - 2.7m) (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
Interface USB
I/O terminal DC in; Audio/Video (NTSC or PAL selectable) out; Digital I/O (USB/Remote cord)
Power requirements One EN-EL1 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (included), MB-E5700 Battery Pack (optional) with six 1.5V LR6 (AA-size alkaline) batteries*, one 2CR5 (DL245) lithium battery (optional), EH-53 AC Adapter (optional)
Battery life (approx.) 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.
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.4 x 4.1 x 3.1 in. (113 x 105 x 78mm)
Weight Approx. 17 oz. (480g) (without battery and storage media)
Accessories included** Lens Cap, Camera Strap, AV Cable, UC-E1 USB Cable, EN-EL1 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-53 Battery Charger, NikonView CD-ROM
Optional accessories FC-E9 Fisheye Converter, WC-E80 Wideangle Converter, TC-E15ED Telephoto Converter, UR-E8 Lens Adapter, UR-E12 Step-Down Ring Lens Adapter, HN-CP11 Lens Hood, EH-53 AC Adapter, MH-53C Car Battery Charger (12V DC in), MC-EU1 Remote Cord, Case, Various size CompactFlash™ cards
NikonView 6 System requirements for Macintosh
OS: Mac® OS 9.0 - 9.2 (only built-in USB ports supported), System requirements Mac® OS X (10.1.3 or later) for Macintosh
Models: iMac™, iMac™ DV, Power Macintosh® G3 (Blue & White), Power Mac™ G4 or later; iBook™, PowerBook® G3 or later (only built-in USB ports supported)
RAM: 64MB or more recommended
Hard disk: 60MB required for installation, with additional amount equivalent to twice the capacity of the camera memory card plus 10MB required when NikonView 6 is running
Display: 800 x 600 with 16-bit colors (full color recommended)
Others: CD-ROM drive required for installation
NikonView 6 System requirements for PC
OS: Windows® 98SE, Windows® Me, Windows® 2000 Professional, Windows® XP Home Edition, Windows® XP Professional pre-installed model for PC
Models: Only models with built-in USB ports supported
CPU: 300MMX® Pentium® or faster
RAM: 64MB or more recommended
Hard disk: 60MB required for installation, with additional amount equivalent to twice the capacity of the camera memory card plus 10MB required when NikonView 6 is running,
Display: 800 x 600 with 16-bit colors (full color recommended)
Others: CD-ROM drive required for installation
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Nikon's Coolpix 8700 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8700 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8700 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8700 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8700 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8700 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8700 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
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Original Source Press Release:

NEW 8 MEGAPIXEL, 8X OPTICAL ZOOM NIKON® COOLPIX® 8700 REWRITES THE DEFINITION OF SUPERIOR QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE

Latest Coolpix Camera Establishes New Benchmark for High-End Consumer Digital Camera Market – to The Power Of 8

MELVILLE, NY, January 28, 2004 – Nikon has taken the lead in the popular and powerful “prosumer” camera category with its new Coolpix 8700 digital camera (www.nikoncoolpix.com). This remarkable new product combines 8.0-megapixel resolution with an 8x Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED lens (35-280 mm, *35mm equivalent) and legendary Nikon quality and design to bring experienced digital photographers the most versatile and capable compact digital camera available today. The Nikon Coolpix 8700’s impressive performance and stunning images will quickly establish it as the new flagship for high-end consumer compact digital cameras.

“Today’s high-end digital consumer is much more experienced, better informed and starving for the best in design, quality and overall performance. The Nikon Coolpix 8700 addresses consumers head-on with the combination of 8-megapixel resolution and the most powerful optical zoom lens in the category,” said Jerry Grossman, vice president, Marketing, Consumer Digital Products ay Nikon Inc. “With this important new product, Nikon has clearly assembled the most aggressive display of cutting edge technology, extensive features and sheer photographic power in the compact consumer market to date.”

Nikon Coolpix 8700 – “The-Power-Of-8-ography”
The Nikon Coolpix 8700 is the perfect camera for serious photographers who demand the highest level of quality and control from their compact digital camera. The camera incorporates an 8.0 effective megapixel CCD, which produces image sizes of up to 3,264 x 2,448-pixels for prints larger than 20x30-inches. For those who print their images at home, the Nikon Coolpix 8700 supports PictBridge™ technology to enable direct printing to compatible photo printers, regardless of brand. The camera also employs an 8x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, with Nikon’s own Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass, designed to get the photographer close to the subject without sacrificing image quality, color representation or sharpness.

Serious digital photographers demand a great deal from their equipment. The Nikon Coolpix 8700 is well prepared to withstand the wear and tear that comes with frequent use. The camera is constructed with a compact, lightweight magnesium (Mg) alloy body that has been designed for durability and portability, with a secure, comfortable grip for stability during shooting. Nikon has employed the highest resolution (238,000 pixel) electronic viewfinder (EVF) for extremely sharp, through-the-lens viewing. In addition, users can use the large 1.8” vari-angle LCD panel as well to review shots on the go.

The Nikon Coolpix 8700 digital camera incorporates four exposure modes to give the photographer ultimate creative control over their image capture. These modes include Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A] and Manual [M]. The camera also offers an automatic mode, which makes the Coolpix 8700 an ideal tool in situations where operation needs to be ‘point-and-shoot simple.’ For added convenience, the camera now incorporates 12 preset Scene Modes taken from the existing line of award-winning Coolpix digital cameras. Scene Modes allow for striking images in practically any shooting situation. Simply select the mode appropriate to the lighting conditions, and the camera will automatically adjust focus, flash, contrast, sensitivity and white balance. The camera has ability to capture images in RAW recording mode (NEF format) for maximum image control and manipulation after the picture is taken using Nikon Capture software.

Legendary Nikkor Optics – The Lens Matters
No matter the type or size of a camera, great pictures begin with great lenses. More professionals choose Nikkor lenses than all other brands combined. That very same quality is built into the Nikkor lens of every Nikon Coolpix digital camera, including the Nikon Coolpix 8700. The Nikon Coolpix 8700 has a zoom range of 35-280 mm (35mm equivalent). The lens incorporates two ED lens elements to produce clear, sharp, colorful images. In addition, an Optical Low-Pass Filter is optimized, which helps the new high-definition CCD image sensor to make the most out of the camera’s already outstanding optical performance. The result is remarkably clear, natural images with superior detail and contrast.

The Nikon 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). That translates to a whopping 55x optical zoom capability…a figure that is unparalleled throughout the rest of the photo industry.

Nikon Coolpix 8700 Key Features:

  • 8.0 effective megapixels (3,264 x 2,448-pixels)
  • 8x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with a zoom ratio of 35-280 mm (equivalent to 35mm–280mm in 35mm [135] format).
  • 238,000-pixel high resolution through-the-lens EVF (Electronic Viewfinder), enhances user experience with backlight illumination
  • Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] exposure control modes
  • RAW data image mode - NEF
  • Quick response - instant startup, reduced shutter release time lag and fast image processing
  • 12 preset Scene Modes, including the new Panorama Assist Mode
  • Continuous shooting of up to 5 full-size images at 2.5 frames per second (fps)
  • Macro shooting capability as close as 1.2-inches supported by Best Shot Selector (BSS) function
  • AE-BSS (Auto Exposure-BSS) for automatic selection of the best relative exposure — highlight, shadow or histogram
  • 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
  • Noise Reduction Mode for timed exposures
  • In-camera color control - Saturation control (5 steps and B&W)
  • 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
  • Large vari-angle highly transmissible advanced TFT-LCD monitor for greater visibility – even in bright sunlight
  • Hot shoe for external Nikon SB-series Speedlights and accessories

Software and Accessories – Value Matters
Nikon Coolpix digital cameras incorporate the powerful NikonView 6 photo management software to transfer, browse, edit, save and print photos. NikonView offers the exclusive One-Touch Red-Eye Fix™ software, extensive one-button emailing options and an option to create online photo portfolio templates using HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language), which can easily be added to any personal Web site or page.

Nikon also includes a software suite from ArcSoft® including VideoImpression™ to edit and share QuickTime™ movies taken with the camera and Panorama Maker™, which takes advantage of the Coolpix 8700’s Panorama Assist Mode and seamlessly stitches together multiple horizontal or vertical images to create beautiful panoramic photos.

The Nikon Coolpix 8700 provides users with all the equipment they need to begin shooting, which includes NikonView 6 image management software, USB cable, video cable, neck strap, EN-EL1 rechargeable battery and quick charger. Optional accessories include the HN-CP11 Hood for using 77mm filters, as well as the MB-E5700 power and vertical release grip for expanded shooting capability.

The Nikon Coolpix 8700 will be available at retail in March 2004 at an MSRP of $999.95. For more information about the camera, please visit www.nikoncoolpix.com.

About Nikon
Nikon...If the picture matters, the camera matters™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in precision optics, 35mm and digital imaging technology and is recognized worldwide for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging System of professional 35mm film and digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; 35mm compact cameras; Nikon Coolpix® compact digital cameras; Coolscan® digital film scanners; Nikonos® underwater photographic systems; and Nikon sports and recreational optics. Through the Nikon Spirit Initiative™, the company, plays an active role in supporting aspiring and advanced photographers through a variety of philanthropic organizations, educational programs, events and workshops. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

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