Summary: Bought the 8400 as a "traveler" as shoot a D-200 for work. Wide angle lens for the price was my objective and the 8400 delivers on all fronts. The more use it and compare it to the D-200/D-300/D-700, the more I understand why it was priced at about 1000.00 when new.
Summary: I bought it in 2006 and have used it a lot and love it. But -- it was being discontinued at that time and all of the remaining Nikon stock was bought by Ritz and put on sale for less than half of list. So I am skeptical that it is still being sold new and am surprised at the price. As far as some comments on the shutter lag -- if the previous shot has finished saving and if you have pressed the shutter half way down to track and focus on your subject and allow the flash...
Summary: I bought this unit from Ritz Camera for $399.00, at that price it is a great value. As noted by another reviewer there is no memory card thankfully i had a few at home. The photos i shot the first time were stunning. Again if offered for $399.00 it is a no brainer for an 8mp digital camera.
Summary: This camera proved to perform better than I expected. Easy to operate, yet has so many bells and whistles. There are several tools and capabilities that come with this camera, it is very important to read the manual in its entirety in order to maximize the benefits. The basics stuff on it is so good it might deceive you into thinking you got it all.
Summary: The wide angle lens is great for taking closeups and fitting everything in the shot. The auto mode is good for outdoor shots, not so good for indoor. I am learning how to control the camera manually for taking indoor shots with low lighting situations. There are too many setup choices on this camera for the beginner. The 8400 definitely has a learning curve to the controls. It would have been a big plus to include a custom case with this camera.
Widest Wide Angle of any P&S Camera, perfect for landscape work!
John S. Atherton, Amazon
28 August 2006
Summary: I own both the Nikon 8800 and 8400. These cameras are a perfect pair with the 8800 telephoto capabilities and the 8400 wide angle. If I had to choose between the two, I'd go with the 8400. It is smaller, lighter and can be dropped in a coat pocket. Both cameras can go between full manual to completely auto. There are a good number of scene modes as well. In essence they are identical other than the zoom and image stabalization on the 8800 (necessary with the 10x zoom).
Summary: I bought this camera to replace a high MP Sony pocket camera, and I am thrilled with it. The picture quality is absolutely gorgeous in any lighting. The red eye reduction really works, and gets rid of the red-eye before it ever gets to the memory card. It has a compact flash card memory system, which is great because big compact flash cards are much more afforadable than the other types of cards.
Summary: And after having a Nikon 950 for a number years, it was time to just move up. The one thing that I did buy with my N950 was a fisheye lense, which I really enjoyed. But after a while those fisheye picture really got kinda boring, but what I really enjoyed the most out of it was the Wide Angle'ness of the lense.
Summary: If you're looking to capture "The Decisive Moment" with the Nikon Coolpix 8400, STOP---DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA!!! For that matter, carefully check any digicam or other camera with which you want to capture "action," because what you think you see, may not be what the camera has the ability to capture as an image. Let me briefly explain where I'm coming from: I made my living as a field photojournalist for 40 years.
Summary: Update 3/06: Well, after using this camera for 3 months I have to come back with the following feedback: -it is heavier and bulkier than many 5mp cameras (does not fit in a standard pocket-size portable camera bag) -sometimes people's lips come out BLACK or PURPLE in the pictures -the shutter lag time is annoying (as someone reported above).