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Nikon Coolpix 5400 vs 5700 (cycling related)(5 posts)

Nikon Coolpix 5400 vs 5700 (cycling related)Sadlebred
Dec 26, 2003 8:42 PM
I think a bunch of you know that I run a website based in Atlanta called Southeasterncycling.com (that's http://www.southeasterncycling.com). I've been looking at digital cameras for quite a while now and think I've narrowed my choice down to the Nikon Coolpiz 5400. The 5700 has some more advanced features that I don't need, and I've read that it's harder to learn to operate. Although I consider myself a decent photographer, I want a camera that is easy to operate. I (think) chose the 5400 b/c it is within my price range, all of the reviews I've seen on it are really good, and well, that's about it.

So, does anyone have a Coolpix 5400? If so, what is your opinion of it. This will be my "good" digital camera to do race photos and other "big" pictures with for my web page as well as print. I plan on purchasing a smaller digital camera to carry with me when I ride. The 5400 is just too big to fit into a seatpack.
I recommend the Canon S400 (smaller digicam) for rides.jtferraro
Dec 26, 2003 10:24 PM
I just bought it and am looking forward to sliding it into my jersey pocket and providing some nice ride reports!

-Jeff
ditto on the S400kgg
Dec 26, 2003 11:01 PM
I bought one for my wife and she loves it. I also bought her the little 4"x6" dye-sub printer they make. She can make prints straight from the camera without ever going to the computer. It's perfect for her, and it does take very nice photos. And it's super-tiny. The drawbacks are that there is very little in the way of manual control, so it may be hard to get the picture you want on occasion; it has relatively low sensitivity (~ISO 50 they say), so in low light shutter speeds tend to be long; and it is so small that it can be difficult to make sure you're holding it horizontal. But, I'd buy it for her again.
I recommend the Canon S400 (smaller digicam) for rides.MellowVelo
Dec 26, 2003 11:35 PM
I agree - I do a club website and the S400 takes great pictures regardless of it's compact size. It's a perfect camera for ride shots.

http://www.siskiyouvelo.org
Canon Powershot A80Saddle_Sore
Dec 28, 2003 6:46 AM
I have just been bought one of these and it does me fine. It is easily small enough to fit into your Camelbak or jersey, has plenty of shooting modes (macro for component close-ups, fast shutter for action shots etc) and seems easy to use with or without the 1.5" LCD screen folded out.

I haven't managed to upload any images yet because the CD that came with the camera had a virus on it! Someone at Canon obviously slipped up there :-(