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Nikon Coolpix 5400 | Digital Camera Review | Control
No doubt that it must have been a real challenge for the Nikon designer team to find a way to integrate all the different functions and modes in a conveniently arranged manner! The Coolpix 5400 is a camera with photography as its priority! The Command Wheel which is turnable to the right and left side is as clear as possible. The buttons at the backside of the camera are easy to manage with one fingertip. They are placed a bit higher than the body of the camera and nearly all of them within reach of the thumb of your right hand. The multi-functional Selector at the back adds speed and flexibility, also because of the Confirmation button in the middle.

Only 3 seconds are needed to activate the camera, which is rather fast. Flipping out the LCD monitor and using the Menu button one can look through the many different pages of the menu with great ease. Each menu contains 2 to 3 pages with the different settings. On the right side next to the Command Wheel, a very useful turning wheel has been placed that lets you quickly check for example the Aperture figure, when the camera has been set to the Aperture Mode.
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The optical Viewfinder has a dioptre mode so that people wearing glasses are able to use the Viewfinder without wearing them. This is possible when the defect on the eyes is not that severe. The optical Viewfinder has a focus frame in the middle with a parallax correction above it. The necessity of the viewfinder in combination with the excellent LCD monitor is disputable because the performance of LCD monitor is perfect under all conditions. The range of the optical viewfinder is around 80%. The range of the monitor 97%, so the expression: “What you see is what you get” does certainly refer to the LCD monitor of the Coolpix 5400.

The included software on CD-Rom is the Nikon View version 6 from Nikon itself and the versatile Adobe Elements 2.0. The last one introduces the user into the world of digital imaging. The well known image-editing software Adobe Photoshop is a bit difficult for the starting and amateur photographer. Adobe Elements should be looked at as a package which offers image-editing on consumers in stead of business level. Nikon View 6 is the latest version of the Nikon View Program. This program offers everything to quickly and easily view all the images, to send them to family and friends and to manage the images.
In general the Nikon Coolpix 5400 is easy to handle. One, who has already experienced working with for example an analogue reflex camera, will recognize the different settings straight away. The Command Wheel shows most of the main settings very clearly. The well known shortenings: P/S/A/M are: Program / Shutter priority / Aperture priority / Manual. The Scene Mode is a new function compared to the Coolpix 5000. This mode has 15 preset scenes ready to be called up for different typical shooting conditions such as: Landscape, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow etc. Beside the video mode, set up and recording quality, the ISO mode enables the setting of ISO at 50 providing a pretty good noise reduction. The low ISO number reduces the noise to an absolute minimum!

The Nikon Coolpix 5400 is a camera that has both convenience and quality! The camera is compact, light weighted and offers everything an enthusiastic photographer needs! Also the professional photographer will appreciate the Coolpix 5400 as a useful “extra” Camera. The optical range starting at 28mm has a surplus value regarding other models of different brands of digital cameras.
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