DCRP Feature: Nikon Coolpix 5700 / Minolta DiMAGE 7i Shootout
by Jeff Keller, DCRP Founder/Editor
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 31, 2002

When I realized that I had both the Coolpix 5700 and the DiMAGE 7i in my possession at the same time, I wanted to try another head-to-head shootout, similar to the one I did with the Coolpix 5000 and Olympus E-10 last year.

These photos were taken in a variety of lighting conditions, at Mission Dolores and Crissy Field here in San Francisco.

Clicking on the thumbnail will show an 800 x 600 version of the photo. Do not judge the photo quality using either of these reduced-sized images. To see the original, full-size image, click on View Full Size Image below each thumbnail. To see the settings used for the picture, click on View EXIF Data.

Photos were taken in Program mode, ISO 100, with everything else at their default setting. I used a tripod for the indoor shots. These are unedited, straight out of the camera.

For more sample photos, check out the Coolpix 5700 and DiMAGE 7i galleries.

If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, let me know. Please don't write asking which I think is better! I put these up so you, the reader, can make this decision!

There has been some talk about this test being unfair because it was shot using automatic settings. The problem with tweaking the settings manually is that whichever side "loses" in the comparison will claim that the settings used weren't the best ones. In other words, it won't be fair then either. I probably won't be doing these side-by-side comparisons again in the future.

Nikon Coolpix 5700 Minolta DiMAGE 7i
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Tripod. First one was overexposed, so this one was shot at -1EV.

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I could've done a better job with this one.

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