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Nikon Coolpix 8400

alaTest has collected and analyzed 130 reviews of Nikon Coolpix 8400. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Opinions about the image quality and usability are on the whole positive. The portability and lens are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the low light performance and size. Some have doubts about the reliability and focus.

performance, lens, portability, usability, image quality

viewfinder, shutter, memory, focus, reliability

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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix 8400 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Opinions about the image quality and performance are generally positive. The usability and lens are also appreciated. Many are critical about the zoom and memory.

portability, lens, usability, performance, image quality

shutter, viewfinder, memory, zoom

87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon Coolpix 8400 8MP Digital Camera with 3.5x Wide Angle Optical Zoom LensNikon Coolpix 8400 8MP Digital Camera with 3.5x Wide Angle Optical Zoom Lens

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Wu (

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...

Dec, 2004

Expert review by : David D. Busch (

Nikon Coolpix 8400 - digital camera review


Intro With a wide-angle view that equals the perspective of a 35mm-film camera's 24mm lens, or 18mm with optional converter, the Nikon Coolpix 8400 is perfect for shooting indoors in tight quarters or for grabbing shots outdoors of an exquisite...

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.

Mar, 2005

Expert review by : Sean Carroll (

Nikon Coolpix 8400


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.

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.

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Feb, 2005

Expert review by : Phil Askey (

Nikon Coolpix 8400 Review


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 Zoom lever...

The Coolpix 8400's unique lens makes it an interesting beast, it offers a slightly wider field of view (about 10° more; 72° horizontally at 24 mm equiv.) than other prosumer eight megapixel digital cameras which start at 28 mm equiv. That extra 10° can...

Jan, 2005

Expert review by : Anush Yegyazarian (

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.

Jan, 2005

Expert review by (

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

Sep, 2004

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Nikon Coolpix 8400


Continue on to Page Two Coolpix 8400 Specifications CCD 2/3-in. high-density CCD; total pixels: 8.31 million 8.0 million effective pixels Image sizes 8M (3264 x 2448) 3:2 (3264 x 2176) 5M (2592 x 1944) 3M (2048 x 1536) 2M (1600 x 1200) 1M (1280 x 960)...

Sep, 2004

Expert review by (

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...

May, 2005

Expert review by (

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...

Sep, 2004

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

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...

Mar, 2008

Product Specifications


Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:Nikon EN-EL7, MB-CP10, EH-54 AC


Playback zoom:6
Playback zoom (max):6


Color of product:Black


Display Diagonal:1.8
Display resolution (numeric):134.000


Flash modes:Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-Eye Reduction


Focus adjustment:Auto

Lens System

Combined zoom:3.5
Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.24 - 0.85
Optical Zoom:3.2

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:50, 100, 200


Compatible memory cards:cf, microdrive

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:0.24 - 0.85 / 0.945 - 3.35
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera CCD sensor:8.31 M
Camera shutter speed:2-1/3000
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP Home Edition/Professional, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows ME, Windows 98SE \nMac? OS X (10.1.5)
Data compression:EXIF 2.2, JPEG
Dimensions (WxDxH):4.45 x 3.23 x 2.95
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):0.24 - 0.85 / 0.945 - 3.35
Lens system:Zoom-Nikkor
Light exposure type:AE-BSS
Minimum system requirements:CD-ROM \nDisplay: 800 x 600
Photo mode:Single / Continuous H / Single / Continuous H /
Power Source:EN-EL7

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Nikon View

Picture Quality

Image sensor size:2/3
Maximum image resolution:3264 x 2448
Sensor Type:CCD

Ports & interfaces

I/O ports:USB 2.0\nNTSC / PAL

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:60
Minimum RAM:64
Minimum system requirements for Macintosh:RAM: 64MB, 60MB HDD, Display: 800 x 600

Weight & Dimensions