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Nikon Debuts New Digital SLRs

Coolpix 8700 offers 8 megapixel resolution By Dave Nagel
Nikon today introduced two new models in its range of SLR-style digital cameras. The Coolpix 8700 offers an 8 megapixel resolution, while the new D70 offers a 6.1 megapixel resolution. The 8700 is expected to ship next month, with the D70 following in the spring.

The Coolpix 8700 includes an 8 megapixel resolution to produce images up to 3,264 x 2,448 pixels. It also offers an 8x optical zoom-Nikkor ED lens (35-280mm equivalent); PictBridge technology for direct printing; raw (NEF) data capture; pre-programmed scene modes; and macro shooting as close as 1.2 inches.

The D70 offers a 6.1 megapixel resolution and includes a DX-format CCD sensor; a new System LSI processor (for processing color, white balance and noise); Dynamic Buffer technology for capturing images at three frames per second for 144 frames in various JPEG modes (with the SanDisk 256 MB Ultra II CompactFlash card); program modes; simultaneous raw and JPEG capture; and a new i-TTL flash compatibility with a sync speed of 1/500 seconds. The D70 comes in two configurations, "Set" and "Outfit," The "Set" version includes the body, charger, battery, PictureProject software and neckstrap. The "Outfit" version also includes a new AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED lens.

The Coolpix 8700 will be available in February for $999. The D70 will ship this spring in "Set" and "Outfit" configurations for $999 and $1,299, respectively. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Corel Painter, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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