Nikon Coolpix 5700 Review
The new eight times zoom, five megapixel Coolpix 5700 was announced on May 29th, 2002 as part of a trio of new Coolpix digital cameras from Nikon. The 5700 marks the next logical progression from the Coolpix 5000 and adds a big eight times optical zoom lens. This instantly raises the 5700 to the top of the prosumer digital camera pile, the nearest competition coming from Minolta's DiMAGE 7i (seven times optical zoom, five megapixel) and Sony's DSC-F707 (five times optical zoom, five megapixel).
As you can see from the shot above the 5700 is instantly recognizable as being based on the 5000 'backend'. Indeed there is much about the 5700 which is similar to the 5000, however there are some other important differences which are detailed below.
Coolpix 5700 compared to Coolpix 5000 (differences only)
|Nikon Coolpix 5700||Nikon Coolpix 5000|
|Camera controls||Top, Rear, Lens barrel||Top, Rear, Below LCD|
|LCD monitor||1.5" 110,000 pixel, flip-out & twist||1.8" 110,000 pixel, flip-out & twist|
|LCD 'soft buttons'||No||Yes|
|Status LCD||Top of camera, illuminated||Rear of camera|
|Lens||35 - 280 mm equiv. (8x), F2.8 - F4.2||28 - 85 mm equiv. (3x), F2.8 - F4.8|
|Lens accessories||0.8x wide angle, 1.5x tele, thread adapter, hood||0.21x fisheye, 0.68x wide angle, 2.0x tele, 3.0x tele, thread adapters, hood|
|Macro range||3 cm (1.2 in) - Infinity||2 cm (0.8 in) - Infinity|
|Max shutter||1/4000 sec 1.3 stops from max aperture||1/4000 sec only at F2.8|
|RAW format||Yes (Nikon NEF)||No|
|JPEG type||EXIF 2.2 (ExifPrint)||EXIF 1.1 + Epson PIM|
|Continuous||Continuous H, Continuous L,Multi-Shot 16, Ultra High-Speed Continuous||Continuous H, Continuous L, High-speed Continuous, Ultra High-Speed Continuous, Multi-Shot 16|
|Flash||Electronic automatic pop-up||Fixed internal|
|Flash range||Approx. 4.0 m (13.1 ft) @ Wide||Approx. 3.0 m (9.8 ft) @ Wide|
|Viewfinder||180,000 pixel electronic viewfinder||Optical|
|Weight (inc batt.)||512 g (18.1 oz)||414 g (14.6 oz)|
|Dimensions||108 x 76 x 102mm (4.3 x 3.0 x 4.0 in)||102 x 82 x 68 mm (4.0 x 3.2 x 2.7 in)|
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