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Nikon Coolpix 5700
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Nikon Coolpix 5700

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We've given the 5700 a grade of D.

Editor's Review

Owners of the Nikon Coolpix 5700 frequently complain about the camera's overly-complex controls and precipitous learning curve. Though the camera can produce excellent landscape shots and portraits, the effort it takes to master its features will frustrate many photographers. Bottom line: Though it may appeal to some experts, the 5700 is not suited for inexperienced photographers.

Specifications

  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 8x optical/4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and TIFF file format
  • ISO range 100-800
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: 25504
  • UPC: 00018208255047
  • Release Date: Apr 07, 2003

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Nikon Coolpix 5700 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix 5700 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Nikon's Customer Service Sucks. They are Rude and not helpful (Lee Matsuyama — 03/28/2009)

My Uncle purchased the Nikon Coolpix 5700 new in September of 2005. The Camera was used only one time when he and my Aunt came to California for a visit. When he went back to the state of Washington the Camera was put away until February of 2009 when he came down for a visit to California. Anyway he presented the Camera to me as a Gift because he knows I like to take pictures. Well I tried to use the Camera this month. (March 2009) to my surprize I couldn't see the LCD screen. It was all black. Meaning I couldn't see the Image of the Item I wanted to shoot.
(photograph) I then tried to look thru the view finder and it too was black. Nothing... I tried to take a random picture and the picture was also black. Well I phoned Nikon and the first person I spoke with said the Camera is old and I should buy a new model. Well this Camera new cost well over $1500 bucks... The second person I spoke with said that this model and the model Coolpix 8700 are junk and he said Nikon knows that these Cameras have alot of problems. Something with some kind of sensor..
He told me to send the Camera to Nikon's repair shop to see if it can be repaired.
Well my Camera is with Nikon (El Segundo Calif) haven't heard anything yet... but I am not counting on them fixing it under the Re-call on this Camera....
After speaking with many people from Nikon this Company in my views just doesn't care about their customers... Never would I recommend one of their products...
Also the battery needed for this Camera is no longer available from Nikon. You need to purchase an after market battery if you are looking for a spare....

Keep away from Nikon.. And if you call the Customer Service Tech. support, Be sure to take a Chill Pill.. They will work your last nerve

  • 3.0 out of 5
battery life (patty price — 06/05/2008)

yes i have the same problem. i can only get about five photo's before my battery dies. i have two batteries but they just wont stay charged. forget doing video's!

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love my Camera (Rick Kaz — 12/01/2007)

I love my Nikon 5700, it takes the best pictures, I had an Nikon FM-2 35mm for 25 years and this Camera is just as good maybe even better. I solved the battery problem by buying the add on battery pack, while it is a bit expensive it is well worth it I can use the camera for months on same set of batteries. I shoot about 150 to 300 pictures a month on average. I am looking at the D80 or D40x for my next step, but as look as I get Calender quality shot from the 5700 I may not ever change.

  • 4.0 out of 5
If it dies, you may get a free repair (J Kronman — 10/27/2007)

My Coolpix 5700 just died—bleary, off-color images. A little research revealed that this is a known problem with a Sony CCD and Nikon will repair it for FREE. Check with the Nikon web site for info or search on this topic.

Up to the time it died, I had been satisfied with the service I have gotten from this camera. I especially like the SLR-like viewfinder, which many cameras these days don't offer.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Happy shooting (Harsha Pilapitiya — 05/18/2007)

I love the flexibility of this camera but the battery is the worst I have used. It gives only 30 - 45 minits of shooting [ELN 1] The Bigger battery is not available in Sri Lanka & the agent is not properly supplied.

  • 2.0 out of 5
5700 DIED last night, during photo shoot/studio (Tom — 02/12/2007)

I HATE this camera. I have since Day #1...but thought I could just work thru it, ge used to it, etc. So...I deliberately used it 4-5 times per month in a studio setting.

Last night: The picture? Horizontal lines only; baely identifiable as a picture. Changed out CF card/same result.

Sensor failure? Also- no drops/etc./babied.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nikon 5700 (Thomas — 01/26/2007)

Extremely good photos when I mastered the complex controls. This camara performs Almost Professional and way ahead the rest at the time.
I love the quality and small portable size too.
Cons: Not easy to learn all the combinations.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Piece of Crap (Kris — 12/20/2006)

Flash does not work. It will not engage in the closed position and is always open and not working. How much did I pay??? Oh that's right one penny too much...never again

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad Service/Cheaply Made!!! (Bill — 12/16/2006)

I am done with Nikon. My 5700 was my pride and joy but after 1 year it just stopped working. Would not power on. Sent it to Nikon and 180.00 later it was sent back. I took 10 photos and then the viewfinder/screen went crazy. Distorted images, fades to black, and even no picture. Well, Nikon took it back again and said it would be covered because of the recall. Well they have had it for 2 months now and I just get the same story-PARTS HOLD!!! There goes getting the great family photos of the 2 kids for X-MAS. I am going out to buy a Canon this weekend. Thanks Nikon. My fill flash on my 6006 also broke after getting it back from being cleaned at Nikon. What service.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Entirely too fragile (Faith Hart — 10/30/2006)

This camera takes beautiful pictures but must be handled with care. After two "lens error" problems that are an expensive repair, I've decided it's simply not worth the cost and in spite of paying a lot of money for this camera, it's going to be retired. I got some great pictures with the 5700 when it was actually working, but I'd never buy another one.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Fade to Black -Resolved- Nikon repairs for free (Klaus Hubrich — 10/03/2006)

On 8/25/06 when I turned the camera on the viewfinder was completely black except for camarea data in white print. NO PICTURE

Repair shop told me it would cost $200+ to fix.

Found this service advisory at their web site:

http://www.nikonusa.com/email_images/nikonusa/service_advisory/coolpix.html

"While only a limited number of COOLPIX 3100, 5700 and SQ digital cameras are affected by this advisory, if your camera presents symptoms that can include (1) images with a strong color tint, (2) images that are totally black and/or (3) images with visible defects, Nikon will, upon confirmation that the problem is associated to this Service Advisory, service your camera free of charge."

I sent my Coolpix 5700 to Nikon and they made good on their commitment to quality.

  • 4.0 out of 5
There's a warranty repair program for the 5700 right now (Rex Skidmore — 09/28/2006)

I bought this camera new about one year after it was on the cover of every magazine and the dealer pricing was reduced. Since buying it, I have learned to use this camera properly by reading at dpreview dot com.

Because the lens on the CP5700 extends when powered on, many people have broken the focus gears when the camera turns on inside a camera bag. It cost me $120 or so to have it repaired. I then bought the UR-E8 adaptor and leave it on the camera.
Some photogs use a laser pointer to help in very low light shooting situations. I've found that this camera out-performs others in low light.

There is a known issue with the sony-made CCD that causes extremely distorted or black images. This is being repaired for free, including cameras that are out of warranty. Search the Nikon website for the proper form and instructions to send in the camera.
Mine was returned to me after one week at the in-state repair facility. THIS is a rare occurrence of corporate responsibility, and Nikon really should be recognized for doing the right thing. Thank you to Nikon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Expensive door stop (Rick Patscheider — 09/10/2006)

It took quite a long time to learn how to take decent pictures that I was pleased with but it was all for not because the camera died. There are no images on the view finder or LED display anymore. Unfortunately I did not discover this until I was out of the USA on vacation.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great shots; Recurring Gear mechanism breaks (Douglas Dersch — 09/04/2006)

I returned my camera as DOA when it arrived and received another new one. Now after 3.5 flawless years this camera's gear mechanism broke as well. The camera is capable of taking really great shots, but the gear mechanism will break and the repair is $200-300. My film based Nikon cameras are 15 & 20 years old and have never failed. Nikon probably has fixed this problem in their current cameras, but it looks like the ones that are a couple of years old all have weak gearing.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Fade to Black (Klaus Hubrich — 08/28/2006)

Viewfinder replays pix that I took an hour ago with the camera on a tripod with great clarity but now when I turn the camera on the viewfinder is completely black except for camarea data in white print. NO PICTURE

Cost $200+ to repair. Paid too much to trash it so I will find a repair station. Never again Nikon.

  • 2.0 out of 5
mine just broke too! (Dennis — 08/12/2006)

I have had this camera for just under 2 years now. It has worked fine up until my vacation this week when I wanted to take a photo and turned the camera on and the viewfinder was completely black, like the lens cap was on, but it wasn't! It's great if you want all of your pictures to be black, but I prefer a little more detail. And now that I know it will cost $200+ to repair, only to take the chance it might break again soon after, I just bought a Canon Elph SD500 instead for $250. 7.1MP and should prove to be much more reliable. I think the $250 I spent on a newer & better camera was a wiser choice than spending the same amount repairing this one that I paid nearly $600 for. Shame on you Nikon for making such a crappy unreliable product!

  • 3.0 out of 5
I used to love it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera and I quickly fell in love with it, but what happened to quality? If you pay $700 for a camera, it should last more than two years. Non-functioning cameras with $200 repair estimates at this age are not something I expect from a company like Nikon. When it breaks again, I'll be buying another brand.

  • 2.0 out of 5
3 years and it is toast! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved this camera for the great outdoor photos you can take with it, but I'm extremely disappointed that Nikon would make a camera that lasts only 3 years before the chip dies, costing $250 to repair.

  • 2.0 out of 5
If it's moving, don't bother shooting it. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The 5700 is just about as useless as anything I can imagine for shooting spontaneous shots at weddings or other events in moderate to low lighting conditions. The most frustrating "feature" is the shutter delay. Between the time you press the shutter release and the time the shutter operates the shot is gone. I can't believe the number of images I get where the person of interest has moved part way or completely out of the frame by the time the shutter releases. Even for ordinary use this camera is not for beginners. The user guide is a jumble. Anyone thinking of getting familiar with the 5700 in a short while is fooling themselves. Buying this camera was my worst photo equipment decision ever. After many years of successful Nikon film camera work I thought I could rely on Nikon to be a producer of quality digital photo products. A very wrong assumption. If you're shooting stationary subjects in broad daylight with the camera on a tripod so all fingers are free to either push buttons or turn pages in the manual, then the 5700 may be for you. If you're shooting anything else, don't buy the 5700.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Real bad camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

People, be aware of a lens error. Most Coolpix cameras have a bad reputation with lens errors. It cost you a lot of money to fix and it's not under warranty.
Please don't buy!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Decent camera but not built to last (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My Coolpix 5700 now gets a "lens error" whenever it is switched on, and it won't operate at all, nor even switch off again until you remove the batteries. A quick google search reveals that this is a chronic problem with this and other Nikon models (the lens gearing in Nikon cameras is evidently quite fragile), so I don't know if it is worth trying to have it repaired. Additionally, the flash on this camera has never functioned (it never would pop up), although the camera always thinks that it needs the flash even in the brightest daylight, so it never takes any pictures at all (instead showing a cryptic "SB" error message when you press the shutter) unless the flash is first manually turned off. As a workaround, I have always kept it in one of the "user preset" modes in which the flash was disabled. I don't like to use the build-in flash anyway, so this was not a big deal for me, but the "lens error" is evidently fatal. I now see many other user comments online about these same problems, and about Nikon's unresponsiveness on the issues. Some of these cameras have died after just a few weeks, so I guess I beat the odds by getting two years of moderately heavy use out of mine. As my CoolPix 990 also died after just two years, I don't think I will ever buy another Nikon.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Horrendous autofocus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After having enjoyed an F601 I decided to stick to Nikon by making the 5700 my first digital. Although it takes great shots of landscapes that are very well lit, its auto focus capabilities with dim light conditions are a great disappointment. This makes it useless for indoor events such as weddings, or outdoors night events. Its manual focus is useless, and its viewfinder has a quite poor resolution. Terrible choice for its huge price. Things would have been different had they put a focus aid (I am not asking much, am I?). Lastly, its communication with an external speedlight is extremely poor.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not good like the old Nikons (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After 30 years using Nikon film cameras I bought the 5700 as my first digital. Big disappointment. Difficult to use, annoying focus lag, long shutter delay. Soon after the warranty was up, the main chip in my 5700 went out and cost $250 to repair.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Internal Flash Failure (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got the camera as a christmas present last year (2004). It has had very light use and now the internal flash has failed. It will not work in any of the flash modes. It is apparently going to cost over $200 to get it fixed. Some people who have had the same problem report it has reoccurred after Nikon fixes the problem.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Needs handling with kid gloves (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

A leading camera repairer told me it all depended on luck - as to whether or not I faced a steep repair bill. Looking at it - I believe it needs careful handling. I think it may be a good idea to select a decent, high capacity card - and leave it in the camera - downloading from the USB cord. Take out the continuous autofocus, which pulses continuously, placing strain on the gears. Slowing down the zoom speed seems to make the action more positive.

I have a Leica Digilux 1 - have also owned a Fuji 6800. I would say that if you need a professional camera - get a digital SLR - I got mine 2nd hand at a reasonable price. It's good, but you need a digital SLR if you want for instance, to get good results at higher ISO ratings. I have a good film scanner and a 35mm SLR, if I wanted critical results, I would use them. Bridge cameras usually have no more than F8
as a minimum aperture for instance. No digital camera that I could afford, can offer me what I can get from the film/scanner option.

Take the Nikon 5700 for what it is - a darned good compromise.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Busted. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The speedlight breaks. Quickly and randomly. Don't expect to even be able to focus pictures without disabling the flash after that happens.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Never Again (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned the 5700 for a little over a year and shoot everything from scenic, train action and flowers. I have found close-up photography almost impossible unless you like pressing button A, holding your left foot up and hope by then the camera will focus. I will never buy an auto focus camera again, especially after this one. Having just completed a photo assignment to shoot wildflowers I found the 5700 99% of the time focusing on background rather than the flower no matter how I set the camera. Using manual focus is a joke. Overall picture quality is great on images that are in focus. Batteries do not last very long. The action train images I shoot are fine provided you have a higher than normal flash card when shooting. I also have the speedlight failure problem and have to manually raise the flash when that error occurs. Would I buy another Nikon 5700 - NO!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent quality in RAW (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Learning curve is steep unless you have miles of
spare time. Autofocus at close quarters can be
infuriating. Manual focus works but is not
easy to handle. Now shoot almost entirely in RAW,
only drawback loading time but results excellent.
DSLR is answer but too bulky for my purposes.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Takes great pictures under ideal conditions (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The 5700 is my first try at digital after years of medium format and 35mm photography. Photo results are great providing everything is set up correctly After purchasing a book and and a "cheat Sheet" I finally am starting to understand this camera. I wish I had purchased a digital SLR to have the flexability of additional lens. Don't attempt any photos of rapidly moving objects since the 5700 is slow to react to instantaneous shots.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Still the best - learn it and love it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned this camera for over two years. It took some time and experimenting to learn to use it, but once I did, watch out! I can take awesome night shots with star trails and aurora borealis. I can take fabulous stop-action shots at sporting events. The macro settings are out of this world. Anyone who whines about this camera being too complex would be better off with a simple point-and-shoot to start with. If you are an true artist, this is the camera that can do it all.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst Nikon I Ever Purchased (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

If you really need a true Autofocus camera the Coolpix 5700 is not for you. It's no wonder Nikon removed it from their website. This was my 5th Nikon camera over the years and by far the biggest disappointment.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Takes great pictures buy something else (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

At times it takes fantastic pictures, other times I have yet to figure out what happened. The auto focus is too slow, it is terrible at low light or action shots, don't even bother buying this used or at a great discontinued price look somewhere else.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Beware of speedflash fault (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Owned the camera for 16 months, after 7 months speedlight warning flashed in viewfinder, preventing automatic photos, unless auto flash turned off as it wouldn't autofocus, repaired under warranty only for the exact same fault to reoccur after another 9 months. Now waiting for advice from retailer but I want my money back.
Wholeheartedly agree camera is over complex and slow at autofocusing, though picture quality is good at anything that doesn't move!!!
Paid over $1300 over here in UK, $419 sounds a steal but would reconsider what I want in future.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Takes Great Portrait Pics as long as you don't need to stop to "freeze the moment"... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have used this camera at weddings, on vacation, and at many other family get togethers and vacations. Bottom line is this: the lens can't be beat, the camera takes great shots in the sun/daylight. Don't ever try to take it to a wedding, sports event, etc... where you are trying to stop the action. By the time the camera focuses, the shot is gone gone gone. You can't take the shot indoors either because the focus takes so long, the shot it gone gone gone (did I say that already). I paid over a $1000 when it was new. I know this camera is going for around $500 now, however, I just bought the Sony cybershot DSC-1. It's great. You should consider another camera over this. Don't even give it a second change. It's older technology, the instruction manual is huge, you just don't need all the manual BS this camera is packed into it. Believe me, Nikon could have done a lot better.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Slow to focus in low light. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

8x zoom is good. Lens extension when turned on is very difficult, as if the gears inside are made of cheap plastic, and are meant to wear off after 1 year use.

  • 4.0 out of 5
takes great out door pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

In auto mode is very good. but found menu and settings are very tricky. Now I have problem. My picture today is not good.1/3 rd part of topside is becoming black. I am trying all settings but picture output is same. help me
sastry india

  • 2.0 out of 5
Do not buy this camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I wasn't asking much from a camera and so to get less than average expectations is a shock considering I paid for a Nikon.
Do not buy this camera if you expect to have any sense of spontaneity when taking a picture. Do not even consider using it at night or in a darkened setting. The exposure takes forever
leaving you with a picture that has already past. The quality of the pictures are good enough if, for example, you are photographing an outdoor scene where there's little movement close by. The worst aspect of this camera is the sense of frustration when trying to capture a moment and you thought you did the right thing by buying a Nikon (remembering back to your old F3) and feeling ripped off. If you have all the time in the day for a camera to find its focus, this one is for you. Otherwise, be smart and buy something else. Trust me.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Read the Book or Take a course (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've now had the 5700 for about a year. I was a little intimidated by all the controls and settings. Until I really familiarized myself I was just taking average pictures and making mistakes.
The auto focus is slow and hunts a lot losing the moment. Taking pictures at an air show or car race is not a job for an amateur with this camera. This is just like your computer how much do you actually use and how much do you know, The owners manual is thick. Who reads that all the way through? Reviewing your mistakes in the book or taking a digital photography course will make the camera shine. I now compare my pictures with what I had in the beginning and what a difference. If you don't know what an F-stop is this camera is not for you. No beginners Please.

  • 4.0 out of 5
If you can play the accordion the 5700 is for you (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

For sure the picture quality is great. But after 2 years I still can't get used to having so many key controls around the front (left side) where I can't see them. I tend to use the 5700 as a studio camera, and it does a fantastic job. But for on the fly pictures I revert back to my 990 or 995

  • 3.0 out of 5
takes average pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Takes average pictures but really good at some points. outdoor in natural light is excellent but not indoors or bad light conditions especially if you are new to photography.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Do you want a digital camera to let out your creative side? This is it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Most digital cameras let you take pictures and if you are lucky sort out red eye and the like with different modes. This camera gives you full manual control when you want it - quick and easy programmed mode when you don't along with shutter and aperture modes. Read the manual and go take good photos - for the price you really can't do better! I have used one of these for over two years now in our busy newspaper offices and I can only say buy one now!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent camera, but not for beginners (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This camera has been wonderful for me, however, it has so many different settings and such a thick manual, it is most definitely NOT a beginner's camera. All in all, I give it high marks though. It's faster than my old digicam, but still has some sluggish response times.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic pictures!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
There are a lot of "experts" that will always whine about some subjective nuance that they can't tolerate. I'm not one of them. This camera rocks! Read the instruction manual while you use it. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to automate to your needs with enough presets for any occasion. Manual focus if needed (hooray) and an ED lens. I own 7 Nikons and 10 or 15 lenses and not one ED lens because they're so expensive! I bought this instead of a D7 because of the lens and no one has been able to tell my pictures from a borrowed D7. I have one picture that was taken inside Texas Stadium that is my sweetie backlit from the sun coming in the stadium roof. 3D metering and no flash rendered detail from the threads in her gloves 5' away to the fine lettering on signs several hundred yards away, all perfectly exposed automatically! It doesn't get any better than this. And, you can blow it up to 16 X 20 if you want. How big are you printing now? Yeah, me too. When it was new, this camera was a steal at $1,000, it's OUTRAGEOUS at $500! Look no further, get one today.
  • 3.0 out of 5
Extremely slow autofocus, unpredictable focus... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I expected more from Nikon having owned Nikon F series film cameras for years. Lack of manual focus ring very disappointing. Picture quality good but exceedingly clumsy manual focus control...
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