Nikon has delivered an excellent camera, this Coolpix 5400. The images are fresh and colourful. There are lots of settings for those who want to creatively take pictures and at the same time Nikon has broadened the possibility of automatic settings. The built-in Scene mode offers the possibility to the amateur photographer, who hasn’t dug into the matter of digital imaging, to take photos the way he or she wishes. The Vari-angle rotating LCD monitor offers huge freedom taking pictures and also the quality of the monitor is simply perfect! The older opinion of not being able to use a LCD monitor in bright daylight certainly does not apply to the Coolpix 5400. The technique of how to let an LCD monitor function very well during bright and sunny conditions was first introduced on the Nikon Coolpix SQ digital camera. It is good to see this technique worked out well and is applied to the Coolpix 5400 camera. The optical range of 28-116mm is nice, the macro capacities function very well, the exposure hardly ever fails and the quality of the camera’s body leaves behind a solid impression. The Hot Flash Shoe on the camera enables us to use an external flash, this must attract the experienced photographers among us. One, who experienced the quality of an external flash on the digital camera, does not want to be without it anymore!
In spite of the fact that the Coolpix 5400 has many settings and an answer to most photographic wishes, I would have preferred a USB 2.0 interface on the camera. The LCD monitor has a higher resolution than his successor but the monitor has decreased to 1.5-inch. Unfortunately Nikon did not choose the option of an AF-supporting light which would be a help in dim lit conditions.
The general conclusion after one week of working with the Coolpix 5400 is very positive. The camera is compact, easy to carry around and offers a high quality image quality. The combination of image quality, many photographic settings and a compact body is rare! In short: the Nikon Coolpix 5400 is highly recommendable!
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The second page features 7 options: Image Quality and Size, Sensitivity, Image Sharpening, Lens (a function to adjust the camera to the use of certain converters, Adaptors or Filters), Exposure Options (AE Lock, and Bulb/Time mode up to 10 minutes), Focus Options, and Zoom Options. The last one can be set to be either ON or OFF for the digital zoom. It also sets or clears the Aperture mode. To set the Aperture mode to f7 it works for the best. Because this way the Aperture value doesn’t change when zoom mode is being used.
The third page features 7 different options. The Speedlight option offers the choice to use an external Speedlight Nikon flash as extra light source or for example to adjust the flash intensity, Auto Bracketing and Noise Reduction, Reset mode, My Menu and CF Card Format. The My Menu mode offers you to set a personal page which shows at the most 6 favourite settings.