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Nikon Coolpix 5400


Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer

Updated for a very demanding group, the Nikon Coolpix 5400 boasts a set of features not found in many other digital cameras in that configuration. It has a number of interesting improvements over the Coolpix 5000 that it replaces. First, it retains the wide-angle at 28mm (35mm equivalent) but now zooms to a pleasant portrait focal length of 116 mm. Since most pictures I take are either of landscapes or portraits, I personally prefer these zoom focal lengths instead of, say, 35-140mm. I therefore find that the Coolpix 5400 zoom lens is ideal in a compact digital camera. The Coolpix 5400 is setting a new standard in zoom focal lengths that other camera manufacturers will probably follow.

Other notable improvements over the Coolpix 5000:

  • 5 megapixels resolution;
  • the addition of 15 Scene Modes to automatically record images in various popular shooting situations such as portraits, panoramas, and landscapes;
  • bulb is now extended to 10 min.;
  • 5 shot buffer;
  • macro is now at 1 cm/0.4 in. (twice closer than in the 5000)

Whereas the Coolpix 5000 was basically a professional photographer's camera requiring a good understanding of exposure control, the 5400's scene modes now allow beginner amateurs to start easy. The long 10 min. bulb should allow for interesting night shots. The 5-shot buffer allows capture of the 'decisive moment.' An incredible macro at 1 cm further advances Nikon's well deserved reputation for providing the best macro capabilities in the industry. The swivel LCD makes macro photography very convenient. Advanced photographers have aperture priority, shutter priority and fully manual modes for total creative control.

In its specifications, the Nikon Coolpix 5400 comes close to the 'perfect' compact camera. We would have liked to see an AF assist light similar to that on the Coolpix SQ, and a larger maximum aperture.

The Nikon Coolpix 5400 should appeal to advanced amateur photographers.

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Nikon Coolpix 5400
QuickFact™ Sheet
  The Nikon Coolpix 5400 Home Page  
  Image Sensor 5.1 effective megapixels
1/1.8 in. CCD
  Lens Zoom Nikkor  
  Focal Length 5.8-24.0mm (28-116mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Maximum Aperture F2.8  
  Optical Zoom 4x  
  Macro 1 cm / 0.4 in.  
  Auto Focus
Contrast-detect TTL AF: 5-area Multi AF or Spot AF selectable
Continuous AF mode (when using LCD monitor), Single AF (when not using LCD monitor and/or selectable from shooting menu), Manual Focus (from 0.4 in. to infinity with focus confirmation indication)
  Shutter Speed
AUTO and Programmed Auto (P): 1/4,000 (with minimum aperture) to 1 sec.
Shutter-Priority Auto (S) and Aperture-Priority Auto (A): 1/4,000 to 8 sec.
Manual (M): 1/4,000 to 8 sec., and Bulb/Time limit (up to 10 minutes)
Ultra High-speed continuous mode: 1/8,000 to 1/30 sec.

  Exposure Control Programmed Auto with Flexible Program, Shutter-Priority Auto, Aperture-Priority Auto or Manual, AE-BSS (three modes; Highlight, Shadow, Histogram)  
  Shooting Modes Auto, Programmed Auto, Shutter-Priority Auto, Aperture-Priority Auto, Scene (Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Back Light, Sports, Panorama Assist, and Dawn/Dusk), Manual; Movie with sound (70 sec. 640x480 or 180 sec. 320x240); Continuous 3fps  
  Exposure Compensation
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Auto Exposure Bracketing
  Light Metering 4 mode TTL metering: 1) 256-segment Matrix, 2) Center-Weighted, 3) Spot, 4) AF Spot  
  White Balance Matrix Auto White Balance with TTL control, 6-mode Manual with fine tuning (Daylight, Incandescent, Flourescent, Cloudy, Speedlight, Shade), Preset; White Balance Bracketing  
Real-image zoom viewfinder
Diopter adjustment: -3 ~ +1m(-1)
  LCD 1.5 in. LCD (134K pixels); 97% coverage; brightness/hue adjustment  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto or Manual (ISO 50, 100, 200, 400 equivalent); can be controlled in any exposure mode  
  Storage Media CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I or II (incl. IBM 512MB/1GB Microdrive)  
  Battery Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery with Battery Charger  
  Included Accessories
16MB CF Card
Li-Ion Battery; Battery Charger
A/V Cable, USB Cable
Software CD-ROM (NikonView)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 108 x 73 x 69 mm /
4.3 x 2.9 x 2.7 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 320 g / 11.3 oz.  
  MSRP US$599.95  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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