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Old Jun 19, 2003, 8:07 AM   #1
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Default [b]Do you recommend buying a nikon coolpix 5700?[/b]

I am thinking of buying a nikkon 5700. The occasion is a safari trip i have planned with friends to Kenya. Have a few doubts:
- Overall rating of the camera. Bad/Normal/Good/Great/Excellent
- is the 8x zoom enough for far off animal/wildlife/landscape picture taking?
- picture quality when zoom is maximized?
- Would you recommend a 10x optical zoom camera instead? Is there much difference between an 8x and 10x?
- battery lifetime? Any recommendation for extra battery?

Thanks a million everyone!
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Old Jun 28, 2003, 4:22 AM   #2
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The 5700 is an excellent camera, with very good picture quality, go thru the review by steve.
The lens zoom range is not enough, however you may buy the optional tele lens.
The difference between the 8X and 10X matters, but if you carry a telephoto auxilary lens then i don't think there would be any problem,
carry about 4 charged batteries along with you everytime in the desert.
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Old Jun 29, 2003, 9:14 PM   #3
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The Nikon Cp5700 is an excellent camera. But it will not do everything.

I tried to take pix of a bunch of seals out at sea last week & it is the first time it has not taken a good pic. Infact I didn't bother taking the shots when I looked at the monitor. A 10X optical zoom would not have been much better either. Forget the 3X digital zoom, it does not improve the actual image at all.

For the sort of work you are describing you will need a telephoto lens.

Have a great trip.

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Old Jul 10, 2003, 9:50 PM   #4
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If the place is dirsty, Nikon 5700 will have a dust problem, because the lens has an open barel style design, unlike Nikon 995 that has sealed lens (internal focus design). The 5700's lens goes in and out all the time for zoom lens. One little dust will mess up the lens zooming mechanism. I often go to the windy beach in the Atlantic ocean, I have not have any problem with Nikon 950 and nikon 995. When the sands are blowing hard in high speed, I am risking the Nikon 5700 camera badly. A conclusion is the internal focus lens is better for outdoor use. I am using my Nikon 5700 since September 2003, I am hearing already grinding noises because of dusts.
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Old Jul 11, 2003, 9:42 AM   #5
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Wow ... my question is why don't you use something like NextPhoto's Variable Adapter and a filter to protect the lens???
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