Nikon Coolpix 5700 Review

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Nikon Coolpix 5700


First Look posted 5/29/02
full review posted 7/21/02

Introduction & Physical Views


Click to take a QuickTime VR tour of the Nikon Coolpix 5700. All photos are (c) 2001 by Steve's Digicams
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The Nikon Coolpix 5700 is the first 5.0 effective megapixel digital camera to incorporate an 8x optical zoom lens. The 9-72mm Zoom-Nikkor (equivalent to 35-280mm in 35mm photography) is an all glass optic that includes two glass-molded ED lens elements and Nikon Super Integrated Coating. The Coolpix 5700's advanced feature set combined with a solid, compact body made of durable Magnesium alloy and a fully articulating LCD screen, makes the Coolpix 5700 an excellent choice for the experienced photographer or for those that wish to be.

This is the first Coolpix to include an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), the ability to capture images in a RAW data recording mode for image control and manipulation after the picture is taken and Nikon's exclusive Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass for superior image quality. The Coolpix 5700 also records up to one minute of full-motion video with sound, for a complete digital package.

The 5.0 effective megapixel CCD captures images with multiple image quality settings at a maximum resolution of 2,560 x 1,920 pixels, which is capable of producing 16 x 20- inch prints and larger with outstanding quality. The exclusive Best Shot Selector can automatically select the sharpest from a series of consecutive shots. The camera also has an overall improved response, with a 70-millisecond shutter release lag time. The camera features a Quick Review button to review images in one quarter or full screen, right after the shot is taken.


Nikon Coolpix 5700.  Photo (c) Nikon

The fully articulating, 270°, 1.5" LCD monitor swivels in any direction for easy subject framing even in crowded situations. Stop action with top shutter speed of 1/4,000 second and 3-frames per second shooting, up to 3 frames or 1.5 frames per second, up to 10 frames. White Balance Bracketing and Noise Reduction Mode for stunning color balance and removal of digital artifacts in 1/4 second or longer exposures. Clear Image Mode gives you highly accurate color, low noise, smooth edged and wide dynamic range images at resolutions of 1280 x 960 and below.

The Coolpix 5700 sports a full range of exposure options; Program AE, Flexible Program, Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority, Full Manual, AE Bracketing of both the exposure value and white balance and Best Shot Selector. Shutter speeds from 8 to 1/4000sec plus Bulb (max. 5 minutes) and aperture settings from F2.8 to F10.3. Drive modes include: Single, Continuous High Speed, Continuous Low Speed, Ultra High Speed Continuous, 16-Shot Multi and QVGA 320x240 Movie with audio. User selectable white balance with Auto, Fine, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent and Speedlight presets as well as a custom manual mode. The ISO sensitivity can be Auto or fixed at ISO 100, 200, 400 or 800. Metering options include 256-element matrix, center-weighted averaging, spot or spot AF that follows the exclusive 5-area Multi AF focusing system.


Nikon Coolpix 5700.  Photo (c) 2002 by Steve's Digicams

The Coolpix 5700 features an automatic intelligent Speedlight pop-up flash that activates when additional light is needed. A standard accessory hot-shoe makes it easy to attach external Speedlights for greater creative lighting control.

The Coolpix 5700 captures images in standard JPEG compressed, TIFF uncompressed and Nikon's proprietary NEW raw mode to provide greater creative control even after the picture is taken. The camera comes complete with NikonView 5, an image browser software that makes it simple to organize, retrieve and print images, create a slideshow and share images via email, the Web or PDAs. Using the included Nikon Editor software found in NikonView 5, RAW mode image settings can be manipulated at the photographer's leisure once the images have been uploaded into the computer with the included standard USB interface.


Coolpix 5700 Features:

  • 5-Megapixel CCD for images up to 2560 x 1920 pixels
  • Nikkor 8x zoom (35-280mm in 35mm equivalent) with ED glass
  • Macro focus with AF as close as 1.2"
  • Fully articulating 270°, 1.5" color LCD monitor
  • Electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 180,000 pixels
  • CompactFlash Type II card slot (Microdrive compatible)
  • Record images in TIFF-RGB (uncompressed), JPEG or NEF raw
  • EN-EL1 rechargeable battery and charger included
  • Quick Review feature for instant playback
  • Programmed Auto (with Shift), Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority and Full Manual
  • Drive modes: Single, Continuous H, Continuous L, Ultra High Speed Continuous, 16-Shot Multi and QVGA 320x240 Movie with audio @ 15fps up to 60 secs
  • Coolpix-exclusive Best Shot Selector exposure mode
  • Shutter speeds from 1/4000 sec. to 8 secs (Bulb to 5 minutes!)
  • Aperture settings from F2.8 to F10.3 in 10 steps
  • 7-bladed lens diaphram for true depth of field control
  • Control of color saturation intensity
  • Five-area multifocus system, user-selectable and Spot-AF
  • 256-segment Matrix Metering, Center-weighted or Spot
  • Noise Reduction for long exposures
  • Clear Image Mode for highly accurate color, low noise, smooth edged and wide dynamic range images at resolutions of 1280 x 960 and below
  • ISO sensitivity of Auto, 100, 200, 400 or 800
  • Matrix Auto White Balance plus Fine, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Speedlight and Custom Preset.
  • AE Bracketing with white balance and exposure value
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow sync, and red-eye reduction.
  • Hotshoe for external Nikon Speedlights
  • Epson PRINT Image Matching Technology compatible
  • USB 1.1 port for image download
  • Compatible with Nikon MC-EU1 wired remote control


The Coolpix 5700 features a suite of software from ArcSoft® including PhotoStudio™ is an image manipulation package that allows users to edit, retouch or apply special effects to photos; VideoImpression™ which lets users edit and share QuickTime™ movies, Panorama Maker™, which lets users easily stitch together a number of images to automatically create beautiful panoramic photographs ready to print or email, and ArcSoft PhotoBase™ for viewing images on a PDA.

The camera is compatible with CompactFlash™ cards Type I and II as well as IBM 512MB & 1 GB Microdrives. It comes with a 32MB Nikon Starter Memory Card, rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and charger that provides approximately 90 minutes of continuous operation when fully charged.

The Coolpix 5700 is available now for $1199.95.



Physical Views

Nikon Coolpix 5700.  Photo (c) 2002 by Steve's Digicams

Nikon Coolpix 5700.  Photo (c) 2002 by Steve's Digicams

Nikon Coolpix 5700.  Photo (c) 2002 by Steve's Digicams

Nikon Coolpix 5700.  Photo (c) 2002 by Steve's Digicams

Nikon Coolpix 5700.  Photo (c) 2002 by Steve's Digicams

Nikon Coolpix 5700.  Photo (c) 2002 by Steve's Digicams





Nikon Coolpix 5700.  Photo (c) 2002 by Steve's Digicams

Here's the new Coolpix's for Summer 2002
The Coolpix 5700, Coolpix 4500 and the Coolpix 2000.




Nikon Coolpix 5700.  Photo (c) 2002 by Steve's Digicams

A trio of super-zoom cameras, the 8x Coolpix 5700,
the 8x Olympus C-720UZ and the 6x Fuji S602 Zoom.





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Coolpix 5700 Specifications

 CCD 2/3-in. high-density CCD; total pixels: 5.24 million
5.0 million effective pixels
 Image sizes FULL (2560 x 1920)
3:2 (2560 x 1704)
UXGA (1600 x 1200)
SXGA (1280 x 960)
XGA (1024 x 768)
VGA (640 x 480)
 Lens 8x Zoom-Nikkor lens
f = 9-72mm (equivalent to 35-280mm) F2.8-4.2 with macro; 14 elements in 10 groups; all glass, Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied; two glass-molded ED lens elements included
 Digital Zoom Up to 4x stepless digital zoom
 Autofocus Contrast-detect TTL AF
7,123-step autofocus control including macro range
5-area Multi AF or Spot AF selectable
 Focus modes 1) Continuous AF mode (when using LCD monitor)
2) Single AF mode (when not using LCD monitor and/or selectable from shooting menu)
3) Manual from 1.4 in. to infinity with focus confirmation indication
 Shooting distance 19.7 in. to infinity
1.2 in. to infinity in Macro mode
 Viewfinder 180,000-dot Electronic viewfinder (EVF)
0.44-inch high temp polysilicon TFT LCD with LED backlight
Mgnification 0.27 - 2.1x, frame coverage: approx. 97% (100% in play)
diopter adjustment: -4~+1m-1
 LCD monitor Fully articulating, 270°, 1.5", 110,000-dot, low-temp. polysilicon TFT LCD
LED backlight w/adjustable brightness (5 levels)/hue adjustment (11 steps)
Frame coverage: approx. 97%
 Auto OFF mode 30 sec.; can be set manually (1/5/30 min.)
 Image Storage System: EXIF 2.1 file (uncompressed TIFF or compressed JPEG) Design rule for Camera File system (DFC), Digital Print Order Format (DPOF), NEF raw mode, QuickTime Motion JPEG (Movie). Note that NEF and TIFF modes are only available at FULL image size.
 Media CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I or II
IBM Microdrive 512MB or 1GB compatible
 User setting 1) Automatic mode (default); Custom mode (3 combinations of mode setting can be memorized in #1-#3)
2) White balance
3) Exposure Metering
4) Continuous (Shooting)
5) Best ShotSelector (BSS)
6) Image Adjustment (Auto/Normal/More Contrast/Less Contrast/Lighten/Darken)
7) Saturation Control (-2~+1/Black & White)
8) Lens
9) Exposure Options (AE Lock, Maximum Bulb duration 1min/5min)
10) Focus Options
11) Image Sharpening
12) Auto Bracketing
13) Noise Reduction / Clear Image
14) Framing
 Capture modes 1) Single
2) Continuous H (3fps up to 3 frames)
3) Continuous L (1.5fps) 4) Multi-Shot 16 (16 frames @ 3fps) 5) Ultra High-speed Continuous (QVGA 15fps up to 60 secs) 6) Movie with audio (QVGA 15fps up to 60 sec)
 Exposure metering 4-mode TTL metering:
1) 256-segment Matrix
2) Center-Weighted
3) Spot and
4) Spot AF Area
 Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter
Shutter-priority: 8 - 1/4,000 sec. (when aperture is stopped down more than 1-1/3 stops from maximum aperture)
Bulb (max 5 minutes)
 Aperture 7-blade iris diaphragm
10 steps in 1/3EV increments
 Exposure control 1) Programmed Auto with Flexible Program
2) Shutter-Priority Auto
3) Aperture-Priority Auto
4) Manual; Exposure Compensation (±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps)
5) Auto Bracketing (3 or 5 steps within ±2 EV)
 Exposure range EV -2.0~+18.0 (W), EV -0.8~+18.0 (T) (ISO 100 equivalent)
 Best-Shot Selector (BSS) Camera takes up to 10 shots (at approx 2fps) and records the most detailed image of the 10 using anti-jitter logic which is effective for telephoto and macro shooting. Not available when the speedlight is on.
 ISO Sensitivity 100, 200, 400, 800 or Auto;
can be controlled in any exposure mode
 White balance 1) Matrix Auto White Balance with TTL control
2) 5-mode Manual with fine tuning (Fine/Incandescent/Fluorescent/ Cloudy/Speedlight)
3) Custom Preset
4) White balance bracketing
 Self-timer 10 sec. or 3 sec. duration
 Built-in Speedlight Guide number 39.4 (at ISO 100, ft/m)
Range: 1'10" - 13' 1" (W); 1'10" - 9'2" (T)
 Flash control Flash modes:
1) Auto Flash
2) Flash Cancel
3) Fill Flash
4) Slow Sync
5) Red-Eye Reduction
 External Speedlight Connects to builtin hotshoe. Nikon Speedlight SB-80DX/50DX/30/28/28DX/27/26/25/24/23/22s; built-in Speedlight can be cancelled when using external Speedlight(s)
 Playback menu 1) 1 frame
2) Thumbnail (4/9 segments)
3) Slide show
4) Movie with audio 5) Zoom playback (25 steps up to 6x)
Shooting information
Histogram indication & highlight point display
Peaking indication
Hide and protect attributes can be set to each image
Focus confirmation indication
RAW image playback
 Delete function Deletes all frames or selected frames
 Interface USB 1.1 interface
 Supported Platforms Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP
Mac OS 9 - 9.x, OS X (10.1.2 or later)
 Video output NTSC or PAL (selectable)
 I/O terminal Power input
Video output
Digital output terminal (USB)
Hot shoe for external Speedlight
 Special Features Fully articulating, 270°, 1.5" LCD monitor swivels in any direction for easy subject framing even in crowded situations. Stop action with top shutter speed of 1/4,000 second and 3-frames per second shooting, up to 3 frames or 1.5 frames per second, up to 8 frames. White Balance Bracketing and Noise Reduction Mode for stunning color balance and removal of digital artifacts in 1/4 second or longer exposures. Clear Image Mode gives you highly accurate color, low noise, smooth edged and wide dynamic range images at resolutions of 1280 x 960 and below. On board hot shoe for greater versatile use of flash with the capablility of connecting up to 5 Nikon Speedlights with additional accessories.
 Included Accessories Lens cap, neck strap, AV cable, 32MB CF card, USB cable, EN-EL1 rechargeable battery, MH-53 battery charger, NikonView 5, ArcSoft Suite and QuickTime software.
 Optional Accessories Wideangle Converter WC-E80, Telephoto Converter TC-E15ED, Step Down Ring Lens Adapter UR-E8, Lens hood HN-E5700, Battery pack MB-E5700, AC Adapter EH-53, Remote Cord MC-EU1.
 Power requirements Nikon EN-EL1 lithium rechargeable (supplied)
or 2CR5/DL245 one-use lithium. Optional Nikon MB-E5700 battery pack/handgrip with 6 x 1.5v (AA) batteries. Optional Nikon EH-21 AC adapter.
 Battery life Approx. 90 mins. (EN-EL1) when using LCD monitor
 Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Approx. 4.3 x 3.0 x 4.0 in.
 Weight
(without battery)
Approx. 16.9 oz.

Specifications as represented by the manufacturer






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