i read that long ass thread about the nikon coolpix 5700 and the sony f717...1st off thanks for helping me understand the cameras alil bit more...im in the same situation and i need to make a decision asap.. im leaning towards the sony just because i have a 3.3 and im comfortable w/sony but if the nikon is better then pls say so. the only things that i didnt understand in that thread is the severely technical parts...so in semi laymans/ beginning photographer terms can u tell me which is better. most of my future work will be hopefully commercial or fashion work..im not too concerned about that now, im mostly concerned about learning more about my cameras.. i also just started taking classes in 35mm...im doing the beginner ish right now..black and whites etc... i have a nikon fm-10. anyway...any info is helpful. im trying to self teach myself alot of things until i can find the right resources to help me along..shit hopefully ill make a career out of it 1 day..thanks.