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Connections

When you first get the Coolpix 5400 in your hands spend a few minute locating all of the connectors, the reason I mention this is that they're illogically placed all around the body. It's almost as though Nikon were running out of surface real estate and simply had to put the connectors where they could. Why oh why we couldn't have all the connectors in one place behind a proper hinged door I'm really not sure. In any case, in the images below from top left (viewed from the rear); DC-IN (top right side of camera), A/V out (bottom left side), USB (top left side).

 


Lens

The Coolpix 5400 features an all new four times optical zoom lens but maintains the 5000's wide angle 28 mm which will I'm sure be popular with many hunting for wide angle capability in a high resolution digital camera (real estate is one application which comes to mind). Compared to lenses from the 'other two' cameras in competition the Coolpix 5400 is the only one to have native sub 30 mm wide angle, however the Canon's lens is faster (larger max. aperture) at both wide angle and telephoto. The lens extends 15 mm (0.6 in) at wide angle and 33 mm (1.3 in) at telephoto.

Lenses compared (all Prosumer, 5 mp, 4x zoom)

Camera Wide angle
focal length
(equiv.)
Telephoto
focal length
(equiv.)
Wide angle
max aperture
Telephoto
max aperture
Sony DSC-V1 34 mm 136 mm F2.8 F4.0
Canon PowerShot G5 35 mm 140 mm F2.0 F3.0
Nikon Coolpix 5400 28 mm 116 mm F2.8 F4.6


Base / Tripod Mount

On the base of the Coolpix 5400 is a metal tripod mount surrounded by a rubber 'shoe'. The location of the mount is good for ensuring a flat placement on a tripod plate, however it's not in line with the center of the lens making it less useful when shooting panoramas from a tripod. The rubber shoe in my opinion wasn't large enough as the camera tended to pivot or wobble around it, it's also not as sticky as the rubber used on the hand grip.


Internal Flash

The Coolpix 5400's flash unit sits above and to the left of the lens, just to the right of this is the flash exposure sensor (a far better location than the 5000). The flash has a specified range of 4.5 m (14.8 ft) at wide angle and 2.8 m (9.2 ft) at telephoto.


Flash Hot-shoe

The Coolpix 5400 has a standard Nikon flash hotshoe and supports a variety of Nikon Speedlights; l Nikon Speedlight SB-80DX/50DX/30/27/23/22s. Note that the hotshoe can also be used to trigger third party flash systems or studio flash systems (via an adapter), although these will probably only work correctly in manual exposure mode.


Box Contents

Supplied in the box are:

 • Nikon Coolpix 5400 digital camera
 • 16 MB Compact Flash Card
 • Battery Pack EN-EL1 (680 mAh)
 • Battery Charger MH-53
 • Neck strap
 • USB Cable
 • Video Cable (A/V)
 • CD-ROM
 • Manual


Nikon Accessories

Battery Pack
EN-EL1 (680 mAh)
Remote Cord
MC-EU1
Slide Copy Adapter
ES-E28, req. UR-E11
Fisheye Converter *
FC-E9 (0.2x) req. UR-E10
Wide conversion lens
WC-E80 (0.8x) req. UR-E9
Tele conversion lens
TC-E15ED (1.5x) req. UR-E9
Lens Adapter *
UR-E9
Lens Adapter *
UR-E10
Lens Adapter *
UR-E11

 

Lens Hood *
HN-CP10 (77 mm thread)
Remote Cord
MC-EU1
Slide Copy Adapter
ES-E28, req. UR-E11

* Note that images of actual accessories was not available at time of publication, thus line drawings used instead
** Partial list

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