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Nikon's Coolpix 5700 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Nikon announces new 8x zoom digicam! (UPDATED)
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(Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 03:02 EDT)

Coolpix 5700 couples the long reach of its powerful zoom with a 5 megapixel imager...

Nikon Inc. has today announced its new Coolpix 5700 digital camera, sporting an SLR-style body (it actually uses an electronic viewfinder, a first for the company) along with a high-res 5 megapixel CCD imager and a whopping 8x optical zoom lens. The Coolpix 5700 has quite a feature-set - a magnesium alloy body, tilt/swivel LCD screen as seen on the Coolpix 5000, pop-up flash and a hot-shoe, .NEF RAW file capability as well as TIFF and JPEG, movie capability and a whole lot more. The 8x optical zoom is a new design using Nikon's Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass, and has an equivalent zoom range of 35 - 280mm. As with other cameras sporting such long zooms, Nikon has opted for a high-resolution 180,000 pixel Electronic Viewfinder, which has a frame coverage of 97%.

The Coolpix 5700 has a burst-mode capability that offers three frames per second for the first three frames, and a shutter release lag time claimed at 70 milliseconds. Shutter speeds range from 1/4000 second to 8 seconds - or as long as 5 minutes in bulb mode. Coupled with ISO ratings from 100 to 800, a selection of metering modes including 256 segment multi, center-weighted, spot and AF spot, as well as five-area multi or spot AF or manual focusing, and a selection of programmed auto, shutter or aperture priority or full manual this is a camera that will allow a lot of control and flexibility. The tilt/swivel LCD will allow for image review (letting a group of people see the pictures at once or just letting you see a larger image), as well as getting pictures from unusual angles where you can't hold the camera to your eye. All in all, this looks to be a mighty attractive offering!

The Nikon Coolpix 5700 digital camera will ship in July 2002. Pricing hasn't been announced at this time, however full specifications follow.

Nikon Coolpix 5700
Specifications
Type E5700 digital camera
Effective pixels 5.0 million
CCD 2/3" high-density CCD; total pixels: 5.24 million
Image size (pixels)
  • 2560 × 1920 (Full)
  • 2560 × 1704 (3 : 2)
  • 1600 × 1200 (UXGA)
  • 1280 × 960 (SXGA)
  • 1024 × 768 (XGA)
  • 640 × 480 (VGA)
Lens 8× Zoom Nikkor
Focal length F = 8.9 – 71.2 mm (35-mm [135] camera format equivalent: 35 – 280 mm)
f/-number f/2.8 – f/4.2
Construction Fourteen elements in ten groups
Digital zoom
Autofocus (AF) Contrast-detect through-the-lens (TTL) AF
Focus range 50 cm (1'8") - infinity; 3 cm (0.8") - infinity in macro and manual focus modes (middle zoom position)
Focus-area selection Five-area multi AF and spot AF available
Viewfinder Color LCD viewfinder, 0.44½, 180,000-dot, high temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with diopter adjustment
Magnification 0.27 – 2.1x
Frame coverage Approximately 97%
Diopter adjustment -4 -+1 m–1
Monitor 1.5", 110,000-dot, low temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness and hue adjustment
Frame coverage Approximately 97% (through/freeze image)
Storage  
Media Type I and II CompactFlash™ (CF) and Microdrive® cards (512MB, 1GB)
File system Compliant with Design rule for Camera File systems (DCF) and Digital Print Order Format (DPOF)
Compression Compressed: JPEG-baseline-compliant (FINE-, NORMAL-, and BASIC-quality images)
Uncompressed: NEF (RAW-quality images), and TIFF-RGB (HI-quality images)
Movies: QuickTime
Exposure  
Metering

Four mode through-the-lens (TTL) metering:

  • 256-segment matrix
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • AF spot
Exposure control Programmed auto with flexible program, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual, exposure compensation (–2.0 – +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV), autoexposure bracketing
Range (ISO 100 equivalent) W: -2.0 -+18.0 EV
T: -0.5 -+18.0 EV
Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter
Speed Range 8 sec – 1/4000 sec, bulb (up to 5 min.) setting available
Aperture Seven-blade iris diaphragm
Range Ten settings in steps of 1/3 EV
Sensitivity ISO equivalent approximately 100, 200, 400, 800, or Auto
Self-timer Three- or ten-second duration
Built-in Speedlight Equipped with automatic pop-up
Range W: 0.5 – 4.0 m (1’10” – 13’1”)
T: 0.5 – 2.8 m (1’10”– 9’2”)
Sync method Automatic sync control
Accessory shoe Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock
Sync contact X-contact only
Interface USB
Video output User can choose from NTSC and PAL
I/O terminals
  • DC input
  • Audio/video (A/V) output
  • Data output (USB)
Power sources
  • One rechargeable Nikon EN-EL1 lithium-ion battery (supplied) or six-volt 2CR5 (DL245) lithium battery (available separately)
  • MB-E5700 battery pack (available separately) with six LR6 (AA) alkaline, lithium, NiCad, or NiMH batteries
  • EH-21 AC adapter/battery charger (available separately)
  • EH-53 AC adapter (available separately)
Battery life (EN-EL1) Approximately 90 minutes (as measured at room temperature [20 °C/68 °F] under standard Nikon test conditions: monitor on, zoom adjusted with each shot, flash used in approximately one third of photographs, image quality set to NORMAL)
Tripod socket 1/4" (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W × H × D) 108 × 76 × 102 mm Approx. (4.3" × 3.0" × 4.0")
Weight Approximately 480g without battery and memory card
Operating Environment  
Temperature 0 – 40 °C (32 – 104 °F)
Humidity Less than 85% (no condensation)
System requirements (Nikon View 5): Windows
OS Pre-installed versions of Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Windows 98 Second Edition (SE)
Models Only models with built-in USB ports supported
CPU 300 MHz Pentium or better
RAM 128 MB or more recommended for working with RAW images, 64 MB or more for other images
Hard-disk 25 MB required for installation, 10 MB plus double the capacity of camera memory card available on system disk when Nikon View 5 is running.
Video resolution 800 × 600 or better with High Color (True Color recommended)
Miscellaneous CD-ROM drive required for installation
System requirements (Nikon View 5): Macintosh
OS Mac OS 9.0, Mac OS 9.1, Mac OS 9.2, Mac OS X (10.1.2 or later)
Models iMac, iMac DV, Power Mac G3 (Blue & White), Power Mac G4 or later, iBook, PowerBook G3 or later; only models with built-in USB ports supported
RAM 128 MB or more recommended for working with RAW images, 64 MB or more for other images
Hard-disk 25 MB required for installation, 10 MB plus double the capacity of camera memory card available on system disk when Nikon View 5 is running.
Video resolution 800 × 600 or better with thousands of colors (millions of colors recommended)
Miscellaneous CD-ROM drive required for installation
Optional Accessories
Rechargeable battery Additional EN-EL1 Li-ion batteries are available from your retailer or local Nikon representative
AC adapter / battery charger
  • :EH-21 AC adapter / battery charger
  • EH-53 AC adapter
Battery pack MB-E5700 battery pack
Carrying case CS-CP11 soft case
CompactFlash™ memory card adapter EC-AD1 PC-card adapter
Lens adapter ring UR-E8 step-down ring lens adapter for WCE80 wide-angle converter and TC-E15ED telephoto converter
Converter lenses (requires lens adapter ring)

The COOLPIX5700 can only be used with the following converter lenses:

  • WC-E80 wide-angle converter (0.8×)
  • TC-E15ED telephoto converter (1.5×)
Wired remote cable MC-EU1 remote cord
Lens hood HR-E5700 lens hood
Flash accessories The following SB-series Nikon Speedlights can be attached directly to the camera accessory shoe without a sync cable: 80DX, 50DX, 30DX, 28DX, 28, 26, 25, 24, and 22s. The accessory shoe is equipped with a safety lock for Speedlights with a locking pin (SB-series 28DX, 28, 26, 25, and 22s). An SC-17 sync cable can be attached to the accessory shoe for off-camera flash photography. For details on attaching an external Speedlight, see the “Using an External Speedlight”
More Photos
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UPDATED 2002-05-29 04:51ET: As promised, the item has been updated to include thirteen more images of the Nikon Coolpix 5700 digital camera from various angles. A couple of minor typos have also been corrected.

Our friends at the Digital Photography Review website have a preview of the Nikon Coolpix 5700 digital camera online now.

Source: Nikon Inc.

Original Source Press Release:

NIKON® TAKES DIGITAL TO THE NEXT DIMENSION WITH INTRODUCTION OF COOLPIX® 5700

Flagship of the Nikon Coolpix Line Combines 5-Megapixel CCD and 8x Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED Lens into the Ultimate Compact Digital Camera

MELVILLE, NY, May 29, 2002 - Nikon® (www.nikonusa.com), the world leader in photography, today introduced the Nikon Coolpix® 5700, a digital camera featuring a 5.0 effective megapixel CCD and 8x Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens. The advanced feature set combined with a solid, compact body made of durable Magnesium alloy and a fully articulating LCD screen, makes the Coolpix 5700 the ultimate compact digital camera for the experienced photographer looking to expand the boundaries of digital.

This camera 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.

"Nikon continuously works to give photographers the most advanced cameras, and the Coolpix 5700 is perfect for the serious photographer looking for speed and power in a compact design," said Jerry Grossman, vice president, Marketing, Nikon Inc. "The Coolpix 5700 comes equipped with an 8x Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens for sharp images, combined with a through-the-lens electronic viewfinder so you can capture exactly what you see, as well as a RAW image mode, for manipulating your photos after they are taken. The Coolpix 5700, when combined with the Nikon System of Speedlights and accessory lenses, truly offers a complete portable digital studio."

Superior Quality from Enhanced Features
The Coolpix 5700's 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 Coolpix 5700 is the first Nikon Coolpix digital camera to include Extra-low Dispersion glass elements, which minimizes chromatic aberrations to ensure crisp, clear images. The camera features a powerful 8x Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED lens, giving a zoom range of 35 - 280mm (35mm equivalent) that extends to full focal length in two seconds for a fast change in perspective.

The Coolpix 5700 is the first Nikon digital camera to include a through-the-lens Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) to maintain a true perspective on what is captured. This EVF features a 180,000-dot polysilicon TFT LCD with an anti-reflective coating for 97% frame coverage and bright preview. The camera also includes a Vari-angle LCD screen to take advantage of the benefits of a swivel lens design for greater shooting creativity.

The camera also 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.

Fast Shooting for Even Greater Shot Selection
To ensure that the image is captured, the Coolpix 5700 has Multiple Continuous Shooting modes that can take up to three consecutive full-sized pictures at three frames per second, or at 1.5 frames per second.

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. This camera also supports other Nikon playback modes including zoom, thumbnail, histogram, focus confirmation and highlight point display. Besides capturing images, the Coolpix 5700 also records up to one minute of full-motion video with sound.

For greater flexibility when exposing the image, the camera comes with four exposure modes - Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual, all featuring a top shutter speed of 1/4,000 of a second. The Coolpix 5700 offers a wide array of image quality options to give the photographer total control in any type of shooting situation including: TTL White Balance for automatic white balance of the setting, or chose from five manual settings - Fine, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy and Speedlight; White Balance Bracketing automatically captures the image at three different balance settings with one single shutter release; Four-step Saturation Control which optimizes the image for all display applications; and Clear Image and Noise Reduction Mode.

Even More Creativity After the Image is Taken
The Coolpix 5700 features image capture in RAW mode, a first for the Coolpix line, 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 that maintains a fast and easy image transfer.

For added photographic creativity the Coolpix 5700 features a suite of software from ArcSoft®. 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 the IBM Corporation's 512MB & 1 GB Microdrive™ to offer greater choice in storage media systems. The camera comes complete with a Nikon Starter Memory Card, rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and charger that provides approximately 90 minutes of continuous operation when fully charged.

The Coolpix 5700 will be available in July 2002.

About Nikon
Nikon Inc., the world leader in precision optics, 35mm and digital imaging technology, is recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance in consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging System of consumer and professional 35mm film and digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Advanced Photo System cameras; 35mm compact cameras; Coolpix® compact digital cameras; Coolscan® digital film scanners; Nikonos® underwater photographic systems; and Nikon sports and recreational optics. The company plays an active role in supporting aspiring and advanced photographers through a variety of organizations, educational programs, events and workshops. For product information, contact Nikon at (800) NIKON-UX or visit www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

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