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...
excellent camera for those that miss their old film slr's
P. Miller, Amazon
7 September 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. I am very pleased that with the Nikon it's like having my old camara back, but with digital. It does everything extremely well, and learning the operation was simple. I especilly like the P mode.
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.
Widest Wide Angle of any P&S Camera, perfect for landscape work!
John S. Atherton "G'Pa", Amazon
7 September 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: 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).
Summary: Cambiaré mi 8400 el dia... Que exista una cámara de mínimo 12 megas Que pese menos de 400g Que tenga un visor lcd MÓBIL de más de 2" i 250.000 puntos de resolución Que tenga una lente de mínimo 26-105mm Que simultaneamente haga fotos en jpg i raw Que cuando haga fotos en raw tarde menos de 5 seg en poder volver a tener la cámara a punto PARA REALIZAR una nueva foto Que tenga compensación de vibraciones Mientras dicha cámara no exista, continuaré con mi Coolpix 8400 P.D.