nikon coolpix 4500 vs coolpix 5700

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Fred E. Lux, Jul 18, 2004.

  1. Fred E. Lux

    Fred E. Lux Guest

    I posted a question a week or so ago about the Olympus C-765 for macro
    shooting. A respondent suggested looking at the Coolpix 4500 instead. Been
    looking at it and also saw a 5700 at the local camera store. Anyone who has
    used both willing to comment on pros and cons? Take into account that the
    end product is for web publishing, so picts will be relatively low
    resolution JPEG's when they are uploaded. Watching both on e-bay and
    wondering if the 5700 is worth the extra money for my application.

    Thanks.
     
    Fred E. Lux, Jul 18, 2004
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  2. Fred E. Lux

    D.R. Guest

    I don't know the details of the models you mentioned, but do either have
    auto-focus assist function? My 4300 doesn't and is a real pain to focus in low
    light. Something to keep in mind when weighing up your options. My 4300 does
    take sharp macros in good lighting, so I'd guess those others do too. The new
    4200 (replaces the 4300) has the nice Nikkor "ED" lens and auto-focus assist
    among other things, I wish I'd waited for that model.

    A friend of mine has a cheap 3MP Olympus and man oh man is it sharp for a
    point-and-click. I didn't take note of the model though.
     
    D.R., Jul 19, 2004
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  3. I have two CP 4500s. Most of my pictures are macros. You can see
    some at:

    http://users.moscow.com/oiseming/lc_ant_p/Pic_Waw5.htm

    I don't pretend that these pictures are artistic. I think of them as
    documentary.

    If the depth of field in some of these pics seems shallow, it's
    because I was working at extreme-closeup distances, necessitated
    because some of the blossoms were minuscule to the point of being
    pin-head size.

    I haven't used a CP 5700, but I have handled one as well as its
    successor, the CP 8700. For macro shots, I much prefer the smaller,
    swivel-bodied 4500. Some of my shots would have been impossible had
    it not been for the swivel body. In particular, see the Yellow bells,
    Fritillaria pudica on this page:

    http://users.moscow.com/oiseming/lc_ant_p/Pic_Waw4.htm

    I bought my second 4500 as a backup in case something should happen to
    my regular camera. Seeing as how Nikon so foolishly decided to
    discontinue production, I rushed out and got it while the getting was
    good. :) It was a lucky stroke to get a cherry unit on eBay with
    only 550 pictures recorded on the frame counter.

    Orrin
     
    Orrin Iseminger, Jul 19, 2004
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