Summary: Apparently the CCD and batteries used by Nikon on many of their Digital Cameras are manufactured by Sony. The Nikon 5700 is under a Nikon "voluntary recall". Kind of like "don't ask, don't tell". The 5400 has the same issues but repairs / replacements are much less "voluntary" in nature. Lots of bad press about it on the web and two-thirds to four-fifths of the cameras selling on eBay are sold in "As is Condition & Final" or "For Parts" with no returns allowed.
Summary: I bought this camera 1 year and 10 months ago. Used only occasionally, never took it out in the rain or snow. The CCD just died the day after Christmas ... All the pictures I take come out completely black. Everything else seems to work (the lense, flash, LCD...) After a bit of googling it appears that many people are experiencing the same problem...
Summary: Like the others, my camera just stopped working, without any abuse on my part. Nikon recalled the 5700, which had a similar problem, but won't recall the 5400. I won't be buying another Nikon, even though I really enjoyed it while it worked. It broke just in time for the holidays. Thanks for standing by your product, Nikon. ETA: I sent it in to Nikon and they fixed it in about a week without charging me. It is as good as new!
Summary: Ref Nikon Ans. ID 13688 Bad Sony CCD sensor. This camera is terrific until it reaches it 1 1/2 birthday. At this time the camera will no longer take images. Nikon is aware of this problem with the 5700 model but will not honor the 5400. If you don't beleive me just google Nikon 5400 recall. Hopefuly I can prevent you from going through what I have experienced.
Summary: Bought the camera a couple of years ago. Worked great (used about 10 times)until a couple of weeks ago, then froze up. Sent it in for repairs to Nikon Service Center and was informed today it will cost me at least $150.00 +shipping and handling to have fixed as it's out of warranty. I was not informed what was wrong with the camera. This camera was well maintained and looks like it just came out of the box.
Poor quality Bad Service. Nikon COOLPIX 5400 Digital Camera [5MP 4xOptical]
14 September 2009
Summary: Make sure that if there are problem with the product your are buying that your seller has a return policy... you would think that at least you would have minimum 14 days by law to return a product... well not with this seller.
Summary: This is a brilliant five star camera only spoilt by problems that arise with flash operation when the Wide Angle Converter is fitted. The Coolpix 5400 does not produce satisfactory photographs in flash mode with this lens fitted because the lens blocks the cameras photocell sensor. The lens also blocks the cameras inbuilt flash giving a shadow. There is no obvious indication of this problem in the sales literature.