In the Spring of 2004 I requested review samples of all of the then recently announced 8 Megapixel digicams from each of the major manufacturers —Sony,Minolta,Olympus,CanonandNikon. Each of them supplied either pre-production or full production cameras (some both), with the exception of Nikon. I also ended up purchasing two of the cameras from local dealers because I liked them enough to want to do long term evaluations.
Nikon’s representative kept promising to send me an 8700, but afternumerouse-mail exchanges and phone messages one never arrived. I pushed hard (harder than I normally would have) because I had a deadline for a major print magazine review. I even tried to obtain one from Nikon in another country, but was flatly turned down.
In the end I went to a friendly local dealer and borrowed one of their demos, because I felt it was important that my print review include all available competitors in this market segment.
Because I had published online reviews of the other four manufacturer’s cameras, when none appeared on these pages for the Nikon 8700 I was accused on an anti-Nikon bias by some people. Nothing could be further from the truth. There’s no 8700 review here because Nikon never got around to (or decided not to) send one to me. I wasn’t able to do a full review, comparable to that of the other cameras, because the dealer couldn’t lend me their sample for long enough.
That’s the simple story. Make of it what you will.