Nikon Coolpix 5700 Review
Record mode display
Below you can see an example of the live preview image on the LCD just prior to taking a shot (in manual record mode C.1 - 3). Overlaid onto live view image are the current camera settings. In this example we have: User Set 1, Flash cancel, AF Lock good, Macro focus, Normal sharpening, ISO 200 sensitivity, NORMAL image quality, Center-weighted average metering, Program exposure (shifted), 1/60 sec shutter speed, F4.3 aperture, +0.3 EV exposure compensation and 190 frames available on the storage card (at the current image size / quality combination).
The only difference between the left and right image are the AF Area brackets overlay, in Automatic AF Area Mode the camera selects the AF Area closest to the camera (which is indicated only when you half-press the shutter release). In Manual AF Area Mode (my preference) you select the AF Area manually (using the 4-way direction pad), the camera will use this area for focusing.
|Automatic AF Area Mode||Manual AF Area Mode|
Immediate Review after shooting
After fully depressing the shutter release the 5700 provides a review of the image as it is saved to the storage card (you can choose to disable this), at this stage you can cancel (delete) or pause.
|Image review just after shooting, the on screen icons indicate that the trash button can be used to discard this image or the flash button can be used to hold the image on-screen.||Option to discard the image before it is saved to the storage card.|
Quick Review provides you with two different ways to review the last image taken. Pressing the Quick Review button selects the different modes: mode one (quarter) > mode two (full - play mode) > shooting mode.
Mode one simply displays a quarter size "thumbnail" of the last shot over the live view, mode two switches to a full screen display which can be used to view image information as well as magnification and browsing through images, this is essentially identical to Play mode. During either of these review modes the camera is still in "shooting priority", that is a half-press of the shutter release will cancel them and return to shooting mode.
|Quick Review mode one, quarter size thumbnail, live view remains in the background.||Quick Review mode two, full size review with all the same functionality as full Play mode (detailed later).|
The 5700 inherits Nikon's focus confirmation feature, this works by applying a strong sharpening mask to the live image preview to emphasize the current focus point. It could be likened to a "digital ground glass". By default, focus confirmation is only used in manual focus mode, although you can enable it in auto focus mode (menu option).
|Focus confirmation off||Focus confirmation on|
The 5700 no longer displays the focus distance in manual focus mode, instead there is an on-screen 'ruler' which indicates where the current focus position is between macro and Infinity. By default focus confirmation is enabled for manual focus mode, this makes seeing the focus point much easier. Note that Nikon has removed the numeric distance display in manual focus mode, some users will miss this.
|Manual focus: deliberately out of focus||Manual focus: better focus|
Busy Warning / Activity indicator
Just like the Coolpix 995 the 5700 will warn you if it is too busy to be used because it is writing images to the storage card (normally after a burst of images or writing a RAW or TIFF file). There's also the CF card activity icon which will appear in the top left of the screen during a buffered write processes.
|Busy Warning||CF card activity icon (top left)|
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