Originally Posted by Technophile
the Nikon is the best - pity then that it doesn't have image stabilisation, so you can't use it without a tripod.
Err, I think this is wrong. If there is good daylight, you can easily shoot good, sharp hand-held shots with even longer zooms. I have taken sharp hand-held pictures at full zoom with my previous Oly C-730, which has a 380 mm-equivalent zoom. (For comparison: the 8700 is up to 280 mm).