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Nikon Coolpix 8700 Camera review | Storage and Energy
Like most Nikon cameras the Coolpix 8700 also uses CompactFlash type I and II memory cards. Which means that the Microdrive mini hard disk can also be used. But I would not recommend it, from the point of view of trustworthiness. In the past the price difference between high storage capacity memory cards and the Microdrive was considerable and because of saving costs one used to buy the mini hard disk. The Coolpix 8700 is used in combination with an Ultra II 1GB SanDisk CompactFlash type 1 memory card. The biggest advantage of such a card is the speed at which data can be stored (9MB per second) or read (10MB per second). By the way the Coolpix 8700 is delivered without memory card. Personally I think it is a good move, especially with the high resolution digital cameras. The standard delivered 32MB memory cards usually are used with great enthusiasm at first, to find out quickly that the number of images in high quality (read: resolution) that can be stored is extremely limited. So another memory card is bought with more capacity and the delivered memory card finds itself lost in some dark drawer.
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It is recommendable to use the Coolpix 8700 in combination with a minimum of 256MB storage memory card, but preferably a 512MB or 1GB. The JPEG images can be stored in different compression factors and beside that the uncompressed TIFF and NEF (RAW) formats. The TIFF as well as the RAW formats are only available in the highest resolution (8 Megapixels).

Considering a 512MB CompactFlash memory card:

640 x 480 pixels (Fine) - approx. 2600 images - 190KB
640 x 480 pixels (Normal) - approx. 3950 images - 110KB
640 x 480 pixels (Basic) - approx. 5200 images - 80KB
1024x768 pixels (Fine) - approx. 1200 images - 420KB
1024x768 pixels (Normal) - approx. 1950 images - 230KB
1024x768 pixels (Basic) - approx. 3100 images - 130KB
1280x960 pixels (Fine) - approx. 790 images - 630KB
1280x960 pixels (Normal) - approx. 1400 images - 330KB
1280x960 pixels (Basic) - approx. 2600 images -190KB
1600x1200 pixels (Fine) - approx. 500 images - 960KB
1600x1200 pixels (Normal) - approx. 990 images - 500KB
1600x1200 pixels (Basic) - approx. 1750 images - 270KB
2048x1536 pixels (Fine) - approx. 310 images - 2MB
2048x1536 pixels (Normal) - approx. 620 images - 800KB
2048x1536 pixels (Basic) - approx. 1200 images - 420KB
2592x1944 pixels (Fine) - approx. 200 images - 3MB
2592x1944 pixels (Normal) - approx. 390 images - 2MB
2592x1944 pixels (Basic) - approx. 720 images - 650KB
3264x2176 pixels (HI) - approx. 22 images - 21MB
3264x2176 pixels (Fine) - approx. 140 images - 4MB
3264x2176 pixels (Normal) - approx. 280 images - 2MB
3264x2176 pixels (Basic) - approx. 560 images - 900KB
3264x2448 pixels (RAW) - approx. 40 images - 12MB
3264x2448 pixels (HI) - approx. 20 images - 23MB
3264x2448 pixels (Fine) - approx. 120 images - 4MB
3264x2448 pixels (Normal) - approx. 250 images - 2MB
3264x2448 pixels (Basic) - approx. 480 images - 1MB
As you can see in the table there are numerous choices. And if the Coolpix camera is equipped with a high capacity memory card, no problem will be experienced getting by during holidays.

The Coolpix 8700 formats the memory card to the FAT32 format. As a result the camera supports 2GB and higher storage capacity memory cards. At this moment these capacities are rare but it is a question of time before the 2GB and higher will be standard. The USB interface is used to transfer the images onto a computer. More useful is to use a USB card reader or to transfer via a PCMCIA adapter. The applied interface is USB 1.1.

The camera has a rather large buffer which is pleasant when working with the camera. It results in the fact that the camera will not slow down when capturing a certain amount of high resolution images. When the camera is set to work with the RAW or TIFF format you will find that patience is a virtue. Not really a problem in itself but it depends on the photography committed. One object is more patient than the other. The Coolpix 8700 acts with a pleasant speed, only the heaviest form of storage is a bigger challenge for the camera.

The camera uses the well-known Nikon EN-EL1 Lithium-ion battery. The battery is hidden in the handgrip of the camera and is recharged through an external battery charger. The optional Power Pack enables the camera to use some 6 AA batteries (rechargeable) or a single 2CR5 Lithium (non rechargeable) battery. Total energy capacity lies around 100 minutes. Possibilities to reach a higher capacity still lie open. I must admit the capacity of the Li-Ion battery is increased from 650 to 680mAh and undoubtedly some energy saving steps are taken but in comparison with competing digital cameras of this class, the total capacity is only average. It is recommendable to purchase a second battery to take along during holidays, and definitely in situations where there is no recharge possibility available.
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