Nikon Coolpix 5700 Review
Top of camera controls
Command dial - double click?
One annoyance with the command dial was that when changing settings it ignores the first click (step) of a roll. Example: to change from ISO 100 to 200 you hold the Flash button and roll the command two clicks (not one as you would expect). This appears to be by design because the first click engages the relevant display on the top LCD, the second and subsequent clicks actually change the setting. The Coolpix 4500 does not operate this way (one click to change).
Like the 5000 on which it is based the 5700 features almost the same control structure. The FUNC button can perform a variety of user programmable functions. In its default mode (user setting) it allows you to select between the four user setting modes of Auto, 1, 2 and 3. Each of the five possible FUNC functions are described below:
|FUNC programmed as||
Hold FUNC and turn
|User setting (default)||Display current user setting mode on top control panel LCD.||Select user setting:
C.A (Full Auto / A-REC)
C.1 (Programmed Auto / M-REC)
C.2 (Programmed Auto / M-REC)
C.3 (Programmed Auto / M-REC)
|Select auto focus mode:
Landscape (Infinity lock)
Macro Focus + Self Timer
|Switches through each
Select sensitivity mode:
|Display the current white balance setting on the top control panel.||Select white balance:
White balance preset
|Metering||Display the current metering setting on the top control panel.||Select metering mode:
Spot AF Area
As I commented in my 5000 review it's nice to see the manufacturers delivering the option to customize at least one camera control. I found it useful to have FUNC programmed to change White Balance.
Hold button and turn
|MODE||Toggles between shutter speed and aperture readout on the control panel. In manual exposure mode switch between shutter speed and aperture.||Select exposure mode
(as described below):
Programmed Auto (P)
Aperture Priority (A)
Shutter Priority (S)
|Display current exposure compensation value on top control panel.||Set exposure
-2.0 EV to +2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
|Illuminate the top control panel with a green light for six seconds.||No action.|
Hold down the MODE button and roll the command dial allows you to scroll through the various exposure modes (displayed as a single letter on the control panel and main LCD). Only available on user settings C.1 - C3.
Just like previous prosumer Coolpix digital cameras the 5700 only displays full stop shutter speeds (1/500, 1/250, 1/125 etc) although checking the EXIF data after the shot shows that it actually has a much finer gradation of shutter speeds available.
At shutter speeds slower than 1/4s the shutter speed is displayed in yellow to indicate possible noise in the final image. (In continuous mode Ultra HS the slowest speed is 1/30s, in Movie mode the slowest speed is 1/15s). Possible shutter speeds are:
1/4000, 1/2000, 1/1000, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8 sec *
BULB exposures are only available in Manual exposure mode. As commented on above the 5700 only ever allows the selection of full stop shutter speeds, it would have been nice to be given the option of third stop steps. 1/4000 sec shutter speed is only available when the aperture is within 1 1/3 steps from maximum aperture.
Wide: F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3,
A much larger range of apertures available at wide angle because of the relatively small maximum aperture at telephoto.
* At shutter speeds slower than 1/4 sec the Noise Reduction feature (if enabled) will take an additional shot after the main shot which it uses to 'map out' hot pixel noise. Note that when Noise Reduction is enabled you can not use BSS, Bracketing or Continuous shooting.
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