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Nikon Coolpix 8400

alaTest has collected and analyzed 208 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the flash and image quality are on the whole positive. The value for money and portability are also mentioned favorably. Opinions about the connectivity and contrast are mixed, while some have doubts about the reliability and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix 8400 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix 8400


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24mm-equivalent wide-angle lens; excellent red-eye prevention; ultra-high-speed 30fps burst mode.

Distortion at wide-angle settings; viewfinder freeze/blank-out; slow raw capture.

Photo enthusiasts who favor wide-angle photography indoors or out will love the expansive view of this 8-megapixel EVF camera.

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Nikon Coolpix 8400


Megapixels: 8, Maximum Resolution: 3264 x 2448 pixels, Included Memory: Media Card, Media Format: CompactFlash, Typ...

Widest angle we've seen on a digital camera. Extremely sharp, detailed images. High-end features plus helpful tools like red-eye removal and best-shot selector.

Bulky and slow. Flash images underexposed. Smallish LCD. Subpar video mode.

We love the Nikon Coolpix 8400 for its wide, telescoping zoom lens, which takes impressively sharp images. If you're not looking for speed or video, this slow but sharp shooter is a very good choice.

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Nikon Coolpix 8400


The eight megapixel wide angle zoom Coolpix 8400 was announced along with the Coolpix 8800 and Coolpix 4800 on 16th September in the run-up to Photokina 2004. By it's name it's clear that the Coolpix 8400 is intended as the direct successor to the 2003...

Unique 24 mm wide-angle 3.5x zoom lens ; Good image quality, not quite as detailed as the best ; Excellent automatic white balance ; Good macro coverage, although perhaps soft corners & distortion ; Virtually no purple fringing, even when pushed ; Good...

Slower than expected startup time ; Limited latitude of image parameter adjustment ; No record review histogram ; No CF card included ; AF Assist lamp not effective, can not be disabled manually ; Visible noise from ISO 100 upwards, 7mp CCD cleaner ;...

From a distortion and artifacts point of view the 8400's lens performed well, fairly low distortion and essentially no detectable purple fringing. However when compared to other prosumer cameras it wasn't quite as sharp at the edges or corners of the...


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Nikon Coolpix 8400


Photograph: Rick Rizner

High image quality ; Very wide angle lens

Uncomfortable to hold ; Middling battery life

Relatively compact, and the standard lens offers a very wide angle of 24mm.

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Nikon Coolpix 8400 review


Imaging Resource checks out the Nikon Coolpix 8400, Nikon's latest 8 megapixel prosumer digital camera which captures pictures at up to 3264 x 2448 pixels, and comes with a wide angle 3.5x zoom, a 1.8-inch swivel LCD, and excellent battery life. Though...

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Nikon CoolPix 8400


The Nikon Coolpix 8400 features the widest-angle of coverage of any digital camera available today, offering photo purists and creative photographers the answer to their search for true wide-angle photography from a compact digital camera. The Coolpix 840

The Nikon Coolpix 8400 enters the prosumer digicam market with a unique combination of 8-megapixel resolution, super wide angle zoom and excellent image quality. Its rich set of exposure controls will please the advanced shooter, while its easy to use aut

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Nikon Coolpix 8400 Review


The Nikon Coolpix 8400 is a digital camera with a rather unique selling point. The Nikon 8400 has a 24mm wide-angle lens, which is currently the widest focal length available on any compact digital camera. This does come at the...

The Nikon Coolpix 8400 is a fantastic digital camera in most respects, but frustratingly poor in a few crucial areas. As I said when I started this review, it is the only digicam to feature a 24mm wide angle lens. Other cameras offer 27mm and 28mm...

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Nikon Coolpix 8400 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Announced September 16, 2004, the Nikon Coolpix 8400 fills-in the high end of Nikon's "prosumer" lineup. It incorporates most of the features of the top-end 8800 model, minus the 8800's anti-shake system and long zoom lens. With one of the widest-angle...

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Nikon Coolpix 8400


This review has been completed using a production model Coolpix 8400. Product shots have been reshot where necessary, and all sample photos are from the production camera

Very good photo quality ; Ultra wide-angle lens ; Superb build quality, save for the memory card slot cover ; Full manual controls ; Flip-out, rotating LCD display ; Very good macro mode ; LCD/EVF usable in low light ; AF-assist lamp + external focus...

Performance could be a lot better ; No memory card included ; Above-average noise, especially at high ISOs ; Included RAW conversion software doesn't take full advantage of the format ; Manual focus feature not great; no distance shown or center-frame...

Despite that, I did really like the Coolpix 8400. Most people who need the ultra wide-angle lens probably don't care about action shooting, so the somewhat sluggish performance isn't a huge deal. For people who want to capture as much of the world as...

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Nikon Coolpix 8400 First impression


Just before the Photokina kicks off Nikon introduces a new high-qualitiy compact digital camera with a resolution of 8 Megapixels. A very interesting aspect of this Prosumer digital camera is the versatile 24-85mm (equiv. 35mm) zoom lens! Beside this...

Product Specifications

Nikon Coolpix 8400 is a high-quality compact digital camera with a 24-85mm (35mm equivalent) lens, offering an exceptional wideangle zoom capability. Ultra wideangle allows you to capture a wide range of subjects from landscapes to portraits. It therefore sports Fast (AF) AutoFocus that makes it easy to capture the unexpected moments fast and sharp. With its impressive 8.0 megapixels, it has the ability to produce images with amazingly high resolution, giving you the opportunity to use the digital zoom or crop function on your PC to a certain extend for more photographic creativity. Furthermore can this system camera offer you a variety of optional lens converters, optical filters speedlights and software to go even further in your quest for creativity. With this camera you are in control.

Audio Input


Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.6-4.9
Max Focal Length:21.6mm
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Optical Zoom:3.5
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:2/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):16.9 mm ( 2/3 ) / 16.9 mm ( 2/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

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 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Saturation / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic