Well , I just don't know??????
I must have the only Nikon 8700 that is any good at all. I can crop an image and still get perfect results. The color is always perfect and I shoot 99% of the time at ASA 100 and have no noise problems at all. It is light and easy to use. The lens is very sharp. I had a 990 before and it was good,but not as good as this 8700.It just did not have enough resolution to crop and still get large photographs.In the REAL world of picture taking, The 8MP is a vast improvement over the 5 & 6 MP cameras.