Summary: very happy and satisfied. doing a job at the wildlife refuge and i got to seeing a lot of people taking pictures of birds so i decided i would try it so i bought me a nikon 5400 off ebay to start off taking pictures of birds it worked well for what the camera was design for but not like the ones with the hogh powered zooms. so im happy with it. i carry it every where i go now so i can take picture at random.
Summary: I decided to purchase this camera to upgrade from my Kodak. I do not like all the options and not having a manual come with the camera to supply needed information, which you need to figure out how to operate the camera.. I did not like getting the camera with no CF card when I got the camera due to the fact it does not operate with out the card and the seller left out this information, the seller did finally send a CF card 15 days after I bought the camera and 10 days...
Summary: My 5400 was a birthday gift from my wife. She purchased it from an online store (NOT Amazon, as she should have done)who called her for "confirmation" at which time the salesman talked her into a very expensive (over $200) filter add-on which is nearly useless and could be bought elsewhere for under $30. I should have waited for the d70 for just a little more money (actually I now have a d70 and it is amazing!).
Summary: Overall the 5400 works well. Nikon still has some of the the best macro capabilities (very important to me) out there, but the 5400 is not as good as the 4500, 995, etc, rotating body style cameras. When in macro mode, the autofocus wants to hunt. The lens on the 5400 protrudes from the camera body and moves in and out when zooming. The bulk of the camera and protruding lens tends to shadow the maco subject more than the rotating body Coolpix cameras.
Summary: i've had this camera since Dec 03. i did extensive research, comparison shopping, and hands-on playing before purchasing this camera. i was torn between this one, the olympus 5060 zoom, and sony dsc-v1 (since discontinued). i wish i had listened to the repetitive negative reviews regarding the 5400's slow to non-existent low-light AF.
Summary: The Coolpix 5400 is a model that's nearly two years old and, in digital photograpy terms, it's already a dinosaur. It takes good-quality pictures, better than most tiny point-and-shoots, but compared to Nikon's newer advanced compact digital cameras (8400, 8700, 8800, etc.) and the latest G-series from Canon, it's a very lackluster performer. I also have issues with the very small (1.5") LCD screen.
Cons: Slow writing to CF card. Fast fill-up of buffer in 5M Pixel fine mode. Unlike Canon this model do not have 3M or 4M Pixel mode only 2M Pixel or below. No shutter sound loudness adjustmen like Canon or Sony. No mechancial shutter sound selection Like Canon