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: 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'
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.
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
Summary: 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 8400 provides users with 8.0 effective megapixel performance and a versatile ultra-wide 24-85mm (35mm equivalent) zoom Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass lens.
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: Tanto di cappello per la cura con la quale Nikon ha scelto i materiali e provveduto a un perfetto assemblaggio. Buona, per una compatta, anche l’ergonomia e l’impugnabilità della macchina. La focale di 24 mm offerta dallo zoom della 5400 solletica i desideri di tanti appassionati. C’è, naturalmente, da sopportare un po’ di distorsione a barilotto.
Pros: - Costruzione, robustezza corpo macchina, - Qualità delle immagini, - Zoom che parte dal 24 mm, - Qualità delle lenti, - Controlli manuali, - Macro fino a 3 cm, - Autonomia batteria
Cons: - Prezzo elevato, - Velocità con TIFF e RAW, - Registrazione video limitata a 60 secondi, - Nella modalità “scatto continuo” si oscurano LCD e mirino, sicché diventa impossibile seguire soggetti in movimento, - Picture Project, il nuovo software tuttofare che Nikon ha incluso nella confezione, non è gran che per la gestione dei file RAW