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.
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.
excellent camera for those that miss their old film slr's
P. Miller, Amazon
13 October 2006
Summary: I switched to digital a few years ago, and my little Olympus was fine for outdoor shots, but I missed my old Pentax Spotmatic, especially indoors without a flash. I got this camera because of the recent lowered price.
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...
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.
Summary: This my 3rd Nikon Coolpix. 995, 4500 and now the 8400. Excellant photos, controls and the wideangle is terrific. Nothing short of what I expected. I could go on and on about its great auto and manual features. However, just a word of what I don't like.
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: 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.
Widest Wide Angle of any P&S Camera, perfect for landscape work!
John S. Atherton "G'Pa", Amazon
5 August 2005
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.