Nikon Coolpix 5700 review final update completed|
(Thursday, August 8, 2002 - 12:21 EDT)
Dave wraps up his in-depth look at Nikon's 5 megapixel, 8x optical zoom digicam...
I posted the production-model test images from this camera a bit over a week ago, just before heading out of town on a business trip. I've now completed a full update of the review, with final test conclusions, and updated timing figures based on the production unit.
Readers considering buying this unit will be pleased to learn that the production camera showed much better shutter lag times than did the prototype I initially tested. (This is the first camera I've tested where shutter performance differed substantially from prototype to production.) The 5700's full autofocus shutter lag was about average among the cameras it competes with, but it's prefocus lag time was indeed faster than most. Not as fast as Nikon's published specs would indicate, but still pretty good. (I measured an average "best time" of 0.094 seconds, vs Nikon's published figure of 0.070. Times were highly variable though - ranging as high as nearly 0.2 seconds, and reaching a low (one shot only) of 0.79 seconds.)
Overall, a very impressive camera, and one I think Nikon will sell a lot of. Check it out!