Nikon 8700 vs 5700I currently have a cp5700. I have an opportunity to get a deal on a cp8700. He will trade his 8700 for my 5700 plus $120. Is this camera worth it?
If you are doing fullsize prints it may be worth it..depending on the condition of the CP8700, but for doing online VT's, you have no reason to upgrade to the CP8700.
I have both the CP5700 and the CP8700 and see virtually no difference in online quality. I do all my tours with dial-up in mind though, so I have not compared fullscreen 5700 vs 8700.
The 8700 is an old camera. It was replace with the 8400 and the 8800 (both are never models) You most likely should be looking as the D50 and Nikkor 10.5mm (6+2) or the Sigma 8mm (4 Shots in rotation).
You could also look at the Canon 350D and Sigma 8mm combination.
Smooth is obviously the expert here, and I am a nobody in comparison to his knowledge of panos..but I am not sure I would rate the CP8700 as an "old" camera. We waited a long time for 8 mega pixels (or it felt like a long time). The differences between the 8700, 8400, 8800 are so minor (in my opinion), I am not sure why Nikon even had all 3 models..other than to suck a little more money out of those that need to have the newest cameras....but then again, I just now upgraded from the 995, so what do I know..lol
I guess if I lived in an area where the competition was actually something to worry about, I might would have to consider upgrading to the D70 series, but as it is, I don't see myself doing that for another 2 years or so. Yes, I know there will have been 14 new models between now and then, but the D70 will be new to me :) .......and I will be able to get it new for $400.
On another note, I purchased an almost new 5400 on ebay that came in a package deal with the FC-E9, the wide angle, new memory cards, batteries etc. for a price I couldn't pass up..but I don't need the 5400..as I have 2 CP8700. I will be selling on ebay, unless someone here wants to make an offer. If so, please make the offer through private message. I don't want to take away from the forum and create an auction environment