Excerpt: Great compromise between the convenience of a point-n-shoot and the image quality of a dSLR. Only modification I have added is a polarizing lens. Takes great pics, just check out my profile for examples!
Excerpt: Sales of 8-megapixel compact cameras have no doubt taken a hit from the ever-tumbling prices of digital SLRs. Although an 8-megapixel model has a higher resolution than an entry-level 6-megapixel SLR, the physical size of the sensor is much smaller, so tonal smoothness and noise levels suffer as a result, and outright definition is no better.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: 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.
Cons: Bulky and slow. Flash images underexposed. Smallish LCD. Subpar video mode.
Conclusion: 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 be especially useful if you shoot a lot of architecture, landscapes, real estate etc.
Pros: 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 ergonomics, sticky rubber on hand grip, Excellent build quality, full metal body, Smallest and lightest eight megapixel prosumer, Timed night exposures of up to 10 minutes, Timelapse feature, Wide range of accessories availa...
Cons: 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 not proportional, Lens slow at telephoto (F4.9), PictureProject RAW conversion crashes, Slightly clunky menu system, Play on mode dial, not shooting priority 'single button'
Excerpt: Take a look of indoor shots? Frustrated
by lenses that start at 35mm or above? Sure, there
are a couple of cameras that are 28mm, but if you wanted
to go wider you needed to attach a clunky conversion
Pros: 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 sensor, No redeye, Customizable menus and buttons, Supports external flash and numerous conversion lenses/filters, RAW image format supported, Useful D-lighting feature
Cons: 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 enlargement, VGA movie mode is time-limited to 60 seconds, Expensive
Excerpt: 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) PC (1024 x 768) TV (640 x 480) Lens 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens f = 6.1-21.6mm (equivalent to 24-85mm) F2.6-4.9 with macro; 10 elements in 7 groups (one ED lens and two aspherical lenses); all glass, Nikon Super Integrated...
Summary: 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 lenses, and whilst 4mm doesn't sound like much, it does make quite a big difference at this field of view. Lovers of wide-angle photography should obviously strongly consider the Nikon Coolpix 8400.
Summary: The Nikon CoolPix 8400 has more than enough features to satisfy the majority of amateurs. It’s a pleasure to use, produces excellent results and stands out from the crowd by virtue of its 24mm wide-angle. At a street price of close to £500, and less on the internet, it’s great value and well worth your consideration.
Summary: Physically, the Coolpix 8400 looks like a chunky version of the 5-megapixel Coolpix 5400 but has a wider angle of view, an electronic viewfinder and larger monitor, plus an LCD data display on the top panel. The menu systems are identical in both cameras but the 8400's flash pops up and the mode dial sits above the command wheel on the top left corner of the camera body. . .
Pros: 24-85mm equivalent lens, Nine selectable focus areas in manual; five in auto, VGA movie clips up to 60 seconds at 30fps, Flash hot shoe for iTTL Speedlights
Cons: Complex menu system, Noise at high ISO settings, Slow to process large files, Untethered lens cap [BG05]