All I can say is WOW.
I’ve spent a few hours this evening playing with my new “toy” . a
Nikon Coolpix 8700. After many years of struggling along with a
2nd-generation Kodak 290 (a good-enough digital camera in its day),
I finally bit the bullet and made the investment in the Nikon. My
criteria was a combination of ease-of-use (I am NOT a photographer)
combined with excellent macro capabilities, so that I can produce my
own slides for all but the most persnickety juries, my website, and
various ad and promotional campaigns. All I can say is that this
After about 10 test shots, I felt increasingly comfy with the
controls and the macro capabilities. The white balance was excellent
right out of the box, and the image stabilization was good. At 8
megapixels, the resolution is truly awesome. The detail of jewelry
pieces, stones, etc. are just plain outstanding.
As someone who remains photographically challenged, I was amazed at
the truly decent quality of pictures I was getting with relatively
little effort. Definitely worth the investment. Over the weekend,
I’ll try to get some of them posted to my website so you can see what
So for those of you thinking about taking the plunge and getting a
digital for your jewelry, consider this one. It’s the newest of the
mid-range Nikon models, with the same body as the 5700. Lenses are
improved and processor is significantly improved (5 MP in the
earlier version compared to 8 MP here - the difference between good
resolution at 8x10 vs 11x14, basically).