Nikon Coolpix 5400 Review

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Nikon Coolpix 5400

Features & Controls

Nikon Coolpix 5400

The Coolpix 5400 features a 4x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens with Nikon's Extra- Low Dispersion (ED) glass with a zoom range of 28-116mm (35mm equivalent) with a maximum aperture of F2.8-4.6.

Employing a 5-area Multi AF focusing system, the camera can automatically select the "best" focus point or you can select it manually. The autofocus range is 19.7 inches to infinity in normal mode or from 0.4 inches to infinity when in macro mode.

The Nikon Coolpix 5400 is compatible with Coolpix accessory lenses including the 1.5x ED glass teleconverter (TC-E15ED)(174mm*), the 0.8x Wide Angle Adapter (WC-E80)(23mm*) and the new Fisheye converter lens (FC-E9)(5.6 mm* for an unprecedented 190 degrees of coverage), as well as the Slide Copy Adapter (ES-E28) for copying slides.

Nikon Coolpix 5400

The eyelevel optical viewfinder has about 87% coverage and dioptric adjustment. The two LEDs indicate the flash and auto focus status.

Nikon Coolpix 5400

The builtin flash operates in the following modes: Auto Flash, Flash Cancel, Fill Flash, Slow Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Rear Curtain and Repeating for stroboscopic effects.

The flash working range is 1'10" - 13' 1" in Wide angle and 1'10" - 9'2" in telephoto.

Nikon Coolpix 5400

Using the hot shoe the Coolpix 5400 can be fitted with an external speedlight such as the Nikon SB-50DX shown here or the SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, or 22s can also be used. The built-in Speedlight can be cancelled when using an external flash or used in tandem.

Note that the camera can NOT control the speedlight's zoom head or use its AF assist lamp.  The camera and SB-50DX or SB-80DX can also work together without a sync cable. These flashes have an integrated slave-sensor that works with the Coolpix 5400 (and other Nikon cameras). The range of the TTL wireless flash operation is approx. 7m (23 ft.) and there is no limit to the number of flashes that can be used.

Nikon Coolpix 5400

The Coolpix 5400 features a fully articulated, 1.5", 110,000-pixel, polysilicon color TFT LCD. It can rotate 270° and tilts forward up to 180° for self-portraits. It's illuminated by an LED backlight with adjustable intensity and has a frame coverage of approximately 97% when used as a live viewfinder.

Nikon Coolpix 5400

When not in use the color LCD can be turned to face inwards and closed against the back of the camera. It can also be closed facing outwards like other cameras with fixed LCD screens.

Nikon Coolpix 5400

Controls on the rear - The AE/AF-L button is for locking the exposure and/or focus. The zoom buttons function in playback as the INDEX and ZOOM controls. The MENU button calls up the menu system. The AF button selects the desired focus mode and is the Delete button in playback. The QUICK (review) button displays the last image captured in 1/4-screen over the live preview, in playback it lets you create a smaller size image. The 4-way selector lets you navigate menus and make selections, it lets you select images during playback. The MONitor button turns the LCD on/off and controls the amount of data overlayed on it.

Nikon Coolpix 5400

The Power switch is located around the shutter release. Press the Flash or Exposure Compensation buttons to change those settings by watching the color LCD. The FUNC button lets you quickly select either one of the two user-configurable shooting modes. The unmarked dial is the Command Dial and is used to change various parameters.

Nikon Coolpix 5400

The Mode Dial has positions for Play, Auto, Program AE, Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Scene, Movie and Setup. In addition it also allows you to quickly change the Image Size or Quality, ISO speed and White Balance.

Nikon Coolpix 5400

The Coolpix 5400 is equipped with a CompactFlash Type II card slot that allows the use of any size Type I or II CF cards or 512MB and 1GB IBM Microdrives. Nikon includes a 32MB CF Type I card with the camera.

Shown here is SanDisk's speedy and spacious new 1GB Ultra CF card.

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On the right side is the DC IN jack   And on the left side is the USB port on the top and the A / V port on the bottom. The video format is user selectable between NTSC and PAL. The camera has both a microphone and a speaker builtin. The USB port can also be used with the MC-EU1 wired remote control.

Nikon Coolpix 5400

The Coolpix 5400 comes with the Nikon EN-EL1 lithium rechargeable battery pack or it can be powered by a one-use 2CR5 6V lithium battery. This is the same battery pack used by many of the Coolpix cameras. It can power the camera for approx. 100 minutes using the color LCD.

The EN-EL1 battery pack is charged outside of the camera with the supplied MH-53 charger. This is a small and compact (100-240 VAC) charger that can fully replenish a depleted pack in about 120 minutes.

Nikon Coolpix 5400

Another alternative power source for any EN-EL1 powered Coolpix is the Maha PowerBank, a $59 lightweight, external 7.2v lithium battery with more than twice the capacity of the Nikon EN-EL1 battery.

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