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Nikon Coolpix 5400

alaTest has collected and analyzed 618 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the image quality and usability are generally positive. The lens and value for money are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some less positive comments about the flash and shutter. There are mixed opinions on the viewfinder and responsiveness.

portability, value for money, lens, usability, image quality

focus, low-light, battery, shutter, flash

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix 5400 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix 5400 review by PC Magazine


Smaller and lighter than the Canon PowerShot G5 and Olympus C-5060 Wide Zoom, the Nikon Coolpix 5400 packs lots of power and takes good pictures. ...

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Nikon Coolpix 5400


Solid metal-alloy construction; well-rounded feature set; excellent image quality.

Small LCD; relatively short-lived battery for an enthusiast camera.

When the 5400 is good, it's very, very good. It's just missing a few features that enthusiasts crave.

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Nikon Coolpix 5400 Digital Camera Camera


WHAT'S HOT: The Coolpix 5400 looks similar to its Coolpix 5000 predecessor, but it has several updates, including 15 new scene modes (the 5000 had none) and a 4X zoom lens (up from 3X). Starting at 28mm (35mm equivalent), the lens is wider than most...

The rechargeable lithium ion battery held out for 338 shots (about 2 hours) in our tests. That's near the average for cameras priced at $500 or more. The camera comes with a small external battery charger that requires you use a 6-foot-long cord; it's...


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Nikon Coolpix 5400 Camera Review - PCWorld


The Coolpix 5400 takes fantastic pictures, and it can handle nearly any shooting situation. But pausing to remember where each of its many features is buried can cause you to miss some shots.

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Nikon Coolpix 5400


The Nikon Coolpix 5400, announcedat the end of May 2003, is the immediate successor to the Coolpix5000 it has a very similar design and maintains the Coolpix 5000's uniquewide angle zoom lens, although in the 5400 this has been extended to fourtimes...

Average resolution for a compact five megapixel, good color response ; Wide angle (28 mm equiv.) compact four times zoom lens ; Virtually noise free ISO 50 setting, noise kept under control at higher ISO ; Excellent Nikon Matrix metering ; Good Image...

Some lens distortion, although expected considering zoom range ; Corners of the image can occasionally appear soft ; Average auto focus speed ; Weird performance issues (shutter beep, record review off) ; Poor buffering, locks camera towards end of...

The Coolpix 5400 is a worthy successor to the 5000. It does away with many of the image quality complaints aimed at that camera, maintains the 28 mm wide angle zoom and adds a little more telephoto with the four times optical zoom lens. Features wise...

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nikon coolpix 5400


The 5.1-megapixel Nikon Coolpix 5400 is equipped with a new 4x Zoom-Nikkor lens with wide-angle coverage from 28mm to 116mm (35mm equivalent) and comprised of Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements. This lens produces incredibly sharp and vivid images a

June 14, 2004 - Nikon USA has posted the

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Nikon Coolpix 5400 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Nikon is one of the few companies that you can say truly needs no introduction in the world of photography. Their name has been identified with professional and high-end amateur photography for a good five decades now, and they've been very successful...

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This Month in Digital Cameras


Excellent photo quality ; every manual control imaginable ; support for external flash and add-on lenses ; best macro mode on market

No AF illuminator ; interface is clunky and hard to use ; small LCD ; no Raw file mode ; strange shutter-lag and buffering issues

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Nikon Coolpix 5400


This review is now completed. All product photos have been re-shot where necessary, and all photos are from a production-level camera

Excellent photo quality ; Amazing expandability in terms of lenses, flashes ; Lens is wider than most ; CompactFlash Type II slot ; Tons of manual controls ; Rotating LCD display ; Interesting timed bulb mode lets you keep shutter open for up to 10...

Bizarre shutter lag & buffering issues (firmware update needed?) ; Clunky, sluggish interface ; No AF illuminator, poor low light focusing ; Does not fully support Nikon Speedlites ; Small LCD ; No RAW mode yet (most of competition has it) ; Flimsy...

All-in-all, the Coolpix 5400 is definitely worth a look -- just don't forget the competition.

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"I really love this camera."


It's a great camera, takes excellent pics and it's very handy. I would recommend this camera to anyone.

Small, Professional, quick.

COmpact flash memeroy, USB not standard

Product Specifications

Positioned the top of Nikon's COOLPIX lineup, the COOLPIX 5400 is a compact, lightweight digital still camera with 5.1 effective megapixels and a powerful 4x zoom lens. It delivers superior image quality - the hallmark of Nikon products - and features advanced ergonomics, which greatly enhance operational ease and comfort. The camera targets primarily users who demand the same degree of creative capability afforded by an SLR, will settle for nothing less than the best digital camera on the market, and will not compromise when it comes to image quality. The COOLPIX 5400 also suits film-camera users who wish to take advantage of the impressive array of accessories available, to further extend their photographic potential. Any user in search of an extremely versatile, high-quality digital still camera will find the COOLPIX 5400 to be an exciting camera loaded with possibilities. Nikon's newly developed 4x Zoom-Nikkor lens, with its professional-quality 5.8-24mm (equivalent to 28-116mm in 35mm [135] camera format) focal range, offers outstanding optical performance thanks to the incorporation of an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens element to minimize chromatic aberration, and two ASP (aspherical) lenses for reduced distortion. Combined with the COOLPIX 5400's 5.1 effective megapixels, they virtually ensure remarkably clear, colorful images with excellent contrast. Nikon has equipped the COOLPIX 5400 with the all-new, highly functional Mode dial, which allows users to directly select exposure modes and set various shooting parameters. The Mode dial works in conjunction with the Command dial and the center-click Multi selector to make camera setting a surprisingly simple task - giving users the freedom to focus on capturing the images they want. The camera incorporates four exposure modes: Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] combine to give you the greatest degree of creative control possible. The COOLPIX 5400 also offers [AUTO] mode, in which the camera automatically performs settings and gives users high-quality point-and-shoot capability. And for striking images in practically any situation, the new COOLPIX features 15 versatile [SCENE] Modes - simply select the mode appropriate for the prevailing conditions, and characteristics such as exposure, focus, flash, contrast, sensitivity and white balance are automatically adjusted by the camera. The COOLPIX 5400 features many advanced digital controls - the new AE-BSS (Auto Exposure-Best Shot Selector) mode, Noise Reduction mode, Saturation Control and White Balance Bracketing among them - which are highly valuable in obtaining optimum image quality. Multiple capture modes receive considerable support from the large 64MB buffer memory, which enables the capture of up to 7 full-size (2, 592 x 1, 944-pixel) pictures at 3 frames per second (fps). To help ensure you don't miss those unexpected or fleeting moments, the COOLPIX 5400 incorporates the new 5 shot buffer mode. And the versatility of the camera is further enhanced by handy, innovative features such as movies with audio and the new Time-lapse movie mode, ideal for observational recording. The newest member of the COOLPIX family offers increased visibility even during daylight photography thanks to the new highly transmissible Vari-angle LCD monitor. And the compact, lightweight magnesium (Mg) alloy body has been designed for maximum durability and portability, and affords a secure, comfortable grip for stability during shooting. All essential accessories are supplied with the COOLPIX 5400 - a battery and charger, a CompactFlash Card, an A/V cable, a USB cable and the comprehensive Nikon View software package. The camera is also compatible with a host of optional accessories, including wideangle and telephoto converters and a newly designed fisheye converter. And the COOLPIX 5400's accessory shoe accommodates a number of Nikon's external Speedlights. This incredible collection of features and assortment of quality accessories help make the COOLPIX 5400 a truly special achievement in digital photography.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Run Time (Up To):110min

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash/CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Close-up / Copy / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset & moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:16MB/32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.6
Max Focal Length:24mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Contrast compensation / Saturation
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical