|The Nikon Coolpix 8700 is equipped with a CCD that offers 8 Megapixels of resolution. The last few months a lot has been written about the use or uselessness of a high resolution CCD and the related higher noise values. Remarkable is the emphasis that one puts on the noise and the enlargements that are made to show that there is noise visible. In practice it usually is a different story. Ok, the noise values at high resolution digital cameras are usually higher compared with the low resolution models. A fact that is almost forgotten is that noise not only has a negative value but that it also contains relevant information when printing the file. Noise values can be made clearly visible on the TFT or CRT screen, but if we finally hold the print in our hands from this file, it looks absolutely perfect and can even be enlarged and still look wonderful and true-to-life. In short, noise is present but can be approach from a positive point of view.
Coming back to the Coolpix 8700 I see a digital camera with an excellent color reproduction at which the white balance functions far above average: extremely well! The exposure likewise. The automatic exposure hardly gets it wrong, hardly any failures and shadow or bright parts are well reproduced. The detail sharpness can be called very good, the structure of certain objects is captured excellently for example the structure of a towel. The clearness of Macro images is high class after setting the right aperture. The large aperture could give some unclearness at the corners. What we notice often when taking macro shots and using the flash at the same time is the phenomenon that the flash jumps over the object because of the short distance to the object. This also happens with the Coolpix 8700; the flash is also partly obstructed by the zoom lens.
The Nikon Coolpix 8700 is a true muscleman. The camera is the present top model and knows how to handle its position. The results simply can be called: excellent. Many automatic options take over from manual settings. When I look at the test images, and compare the images taken in automatic mode with the images taken when using my own preferred settings, the first lot has my preference. The optical range in such a compact camera is a joy to work with. It would be nice if the Nikon design department is able to develop a bright lens to give the telephoto range a good lift.
I hardly have any negative comments to place on this Coolpix 8700. The camera is highly recommended for those who really want to get everything out of digital photography and improve their skills, but don't want to travel with a digital SLR camera and the required separate lenses to come to the same focal range as the Coolpix 8700. In short: a digital camera that is real value for its money!
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