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Old Jul 2, 2003, 11:50 AM   #1
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I am considering upgrading from my Olympus C-3000. I have tried the Nikon CoolPix 5700 and Minolta Dimage 7i. Sales people have given me mixed comments on both. I have read Steve's reviews of both and need some help deciding. I am leaning towards the 7i but am undecided if I should go for the 7hi. Any comments from more experienced users would be appreciated.

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Old Jul 2, 2003, 1:19 PM   #2
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Any of those cams will do you very well. Personally I'm falling more and more in love with the 5700 - the more pics I see the more I like it.
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I agree with Steve, I would select the Nikon 5700.
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Old Jul 2, 2003, 1:53 PM   #4
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The magazine I subscribe to recently printed (full page) a foto taken using the 5700 - the detail was staggering, right up there with film. It's one of the best digital images I've seen.
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It depends...

Cameras are comparable in function, features and image quality.

Dimage 7i is closer to digital SLR...imho.

Nikon has edge in zoom. 8x v. 7x.

Dimage 7i has 49mm lens thread. It makes it "relatively"
easy to add lenses.

Dimage 7i is bigger. 5700 is more compact.

It boils down to your personal preferences and what
you hope to achieve with your photography.

Personally, I would lean more towards 7i only because
it is more "D-SLR like" than the 5700.

In the interest of full disclosure, for a short time, I once
owned a 5700 but have not seen or used the 7i.

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Old Jul 2, 2003, 5:38 PM   #6
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I too am undecided. I agree, the pics from the 5700 are great. My main reason for not choosing it because I want manual focus. If I am trying to shoot through a wire fence ( baseball park) will I be able to focus on the subject in the field and not the fence?
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Old Jul 3, 2003, 12:27 PM   #7
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My main reason for not choosing it because I want manual focus.
I'd be amazed if the Nikon didn't!!
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The 5700 has manual focus, but its done in a fly-by-wire system where there is an up and down button which chagnes the focus. Some (all?) the Dimage 7 family has system more like a lens on the 35mm.

At least that is what I've read, I've never touched either camera. I think you should go to a store and try them both out. A full service place will let you take a picture or two with them.

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FYI :
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_...n5700_pg3.html
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The Focus button selects the desired mode (autofocus, infinity, macro self-timer) and when held enables Manual Focus by rotating the command dial.

One thing I think you may know already :
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_...nikon5700.html
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Manual from 1.4 in. to infinity with focus confirmation indication

The D7/D7i have no focus confirmation in manual mode ( I guess &Hi the same) , but have a 4X “loupe” mode (Electronic magnification) which allows very precise manual focus.
This mode is very easily and quickly operated. It’s very rare that I use MF, but when I use MF, I use this mode .
- You focus manually at 4X display,
- halfpress the shutter: the full frame is brought back , rezoom if needed
- lift your finger: 4X again
- fullpress , shoot of course …


http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_.../dimage7i.html
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The DiMAGE 7i's 4x Electronic Magnification can enlarge the central area of the image in the viewfinder during manual focusing - an important feature when image sharpness is critical
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