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Nikon announce 8.0 million pixel COOLPIX 8700

Nikon announce 8.0 million pixel COOLPIX 8700 - The Coolpix 8700 is Nikon's first 8-megapixel prosumer camera.

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Nikon announce 8.0 million pixel COOLPIX 8700With an impressive 8.0 effective megapixels for ultra high-definition photography, a powerful 8x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens, ensuring clarity of images, the Coolpix 8700 also delivers an advanced ergonomic design, which greatly enhances operational ease and comfort.

The 8.9 - 71.2mm focal range (equivalent to 35 - 280mm in 35mm [135] camera format), incorporates two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens elements to minimize chromatic aberration and provides clear image reproduction. In addition, the Optical Low-Pass Filter is optimized, enabling the new high-definition CCD image sensor to offer the best possible optical performance.

The basic operation of the Coolpix 8700 has also improved. Including 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. Plus a 5 shot buffer mode. Versatility is further enhanced by features such as movie capability with audio and the Time-lapse movie mode, 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 clearer images. Whilst 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 camera is supplied with standard accessories, but 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.
The camera will be available form March. Estimated RRP £899.99

Major Features

  • 8.0 effective megapixels
  • 8x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED lens (equivalent to 35mm-280mm in 35mm [135] format).
  • Nikon's updated, advanced image-processing algorithm on the system LSI for clear, crisp, color-accurate images
  • Continuous shooting of up to 5 full-size (3,264 x 2,448-pixel) pictures at 2.5 frames per second (fps)
  • Quick response: instant start up, 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
  • 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 colour 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 shoe to accommodate attachment of external Nikon SB-series Speedlights
  • Large vari-angle highly transmissible advanced TFT-LCD monitor for greater visibility - even in daylight
  • 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 approximately 210 images with Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, and 240 images with 2CR5
  • System versatility, featuring compatibility with a wide range of COOLPIX converter lenses (Fisheye/Wideangle/Telephoto), a new filter-attachable Lens Hood and other accessories
  • Nikon View Software is a highly versatile application for easy image transfer to computer, editing, e-mailing and printing
  • Included accessories: Lens Cap, Camera Strap, AV Cable, USB Cable UC-E1, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, Battery Charger MH-53, Nikon View CD-ROM

Feature Highlights

Image quality
8.0 effective megapixels: The 2/3-inch-type CCD realizes 8.0 effective megapixels, making 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 colour 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 colour deviations created by ambient light sources.

Creative potential
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 an exceptional degree of exposure control. Moreover, the camera's [AE-BSS] mode analyses 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: Offering various flash modes, including Auto Flash, Flash Cancel, Red-Eye Reduction, Anytime Flash, and Night Portrait (Slow Sync Flash) System compatibility: 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 diameter). The Coolpix 8700's accessory shoe works with a broad range of Nikon's high-quality external SB-series Speedlights for even more flexibility in flash photography. Battery Pack MB-E5700 is also compatible with the Coolpix 8700.

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.
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: 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.

Sophisticated design
Sturdy 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 Vari-angle LCD monitor ensures high visibility and makes shooting from almost any angle a possibility.
EVF: The improved Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) provides high resolution for greater contrast and clearer image display.

Nikon View 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 colour 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 in a diverse array of commercial and industrial applications.


Specifications

Effective pixels 8.0 million
CCD 2/3-inch-type (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 moulded 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 3cm [1.2 in.] to infinity (8) with focus confirmation indication)
Focus range 50cm (19.7 in.) to infinity (8); 3cm (1.2 in.) to infinity (8) in Macro mode (middle zoom position)
Viewfinder 0.44-inch type, 235,000-dot, polysilicon TFT colour 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(tm) 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); 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. 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
Interface 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.
Dimensions (W x H x D) 113 x 105 x 78mm (4.4 x 4.1 x 3.1 in.)
Weight Approx. 480g (17 oz.) (without battery and storage media)
Accessories included (May differ by country or area) 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(tm) cards
*1.5V FR Lithium, 1.2V NiMH, or 1.2V NiCd batteries can also be used.

Nikon View System Requirements

Macintosh
OS Mac(r) OS 9.0 - 9.2, Mac(r) OS X (10.1.2 or later)
Models iMac(tm), iMac(tm) DV, Power Macintosh(r) G3 (Blue & White), Power Mac(tm) G4 or later, iBook(tm), PowerBook(r) 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 Nikon View is running
Display 800 x 600 with 16-bit colors (full colour recommended)
Others CD-ROM drive required for installation

Windows
OS Windows(r) 98SE, Windows(r) Me, Windows(r) 2000 Professional, Windows(r) XP Home Edition, Windows(r) XP Professional pre-installed model
Models Only models with built-in USB ports supported
CPU Pentium(r) 300MHz or higher
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 Nikon View is running
Display 800 x 600 with 16-bit colours (full colour recommended)
Others CD-ROM drive required for installation

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