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Old Feb 4, 2004, 3:57 PM   #1
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Default Nikon 5700 or 5400??

I'm new to digital camera and have been going back and forth between the 5700 and the 5400. Recently, the price of the 5700 has come down because Nikon is getting to release the 8700. Can someone tell me if the 8x optical zoom really noticeable when compared to the 4x? Does it justify the additional cost? My plan is to post photos for family and friends to view online. Also, are there any mechanical issues with either one? Thanks for helping a newbie.
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Old Feb 4, 2004, 5:34 PM   #2
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I own the 5700 and love the 8X zoom. It is one of the main reasons that I bought the 5700. It is nice to reach out there and touch someone.

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Old Feb 5, 2004, 7:01 PM   #3
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If you are like most of the people who shoot with a digital camera, you will find out that you take far more pictures with a digital camera. You also try more different shots. with that said your next thing will be the need for more zoom.
The max zoom on the 5400 is 116mm (28mm *4.1x)
The max zoom on the 5700 is 280mm. (35mm * 4x
The 5400 would have to have a 10X zoom to equal the zoom of the 5700.

Both are nice cameras but
You always opt for the longer zoom

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Old Feb 5, 2004, 9:28 PM   #4
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I have the 5400 and it is OK, it has a smaller sensor that the 5700.

ISO differences
This makes it a stop slower in ISO range it goes from 50-400 the 5700 is faster from 100-800.

Zoom range differences
It's zoom goes from 28 to 116mm the 5700 goes from 35mm to 280mm. (35mm equivelancey). With the wide adapter is gets to 24mm and with the tele adapter it gets close to 200.
Its wide capability was one of the features that attracted me to it

burst mode
The 5400 has a 64meg internal buffer and can quickly take 5 images in burst mode before having to stop and write out
The 5700 I believe can do 3.

Flash control
The 5400 can shut off the internal flash and fire an external unit.
the 5700 seem to not be able to shut of the internal flash(correct me If I am wrong) when firing an external strobe

Viewfinder.
The 5400 has an almost usless optical viewfinder, makes you use the LCD for almost everything, the 5700 has an EVF.

Bugs
The 5400 still has no RAW capability, and it does lock up during the final part of writing to the CF card.

Personal
I do like the 5400 camera, but not Nikons "customer service". For point & shoots I also use the Sony DCS-v1(another family menbers) It is also a nice camera and they seem a bit more responsive to queries and actually helping.

Hope this helps
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Old Feb 6, 2004, 3:28 AM   #5
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I've also considered the Sony DSC-V1 but heard that the write speed to the memory stick is slow. Supposedly, CF has more of a selection when it comes to write speeds. Its nice to have an option to select a faster CF is desired.

Has anyone experienced or know of any mechanical issues with the 5700? I’m planning to stick with the manufactures standard warranty and not spend extra cash for the extended warranty. Is this a good choice? Thanks for everyone’s response so far.
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Old Feb 6, 2004, 7:23 AM   #6
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My 5700 internal flash can be set not to fire when using an external flash. I would also add that with either you will have a learning curve to use the camera. The 5700 is a great camera but it is will take some effort to use all the functions of the camera.
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Old Feb 6, 2004, 3:45 PM   #7
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I pay the few extra $$ for the 5700 - there is a HUGE difference between 3x zoom and 8x zoom - and you will probably find opportunities to take advantage of this.
Plus - if you missed the $100 rebate that Nikon offered on the 5700 that ended at the end of January - don't dispair. The bad news is the $100 rebate expired - the good news is, they are now offering a $150 rebate.
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