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.
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.