Compact Flash Compartment
On the right side of the camera (from the back) in the hand grip you'll find the Compact Flash compartment door. As with previous Nikon's the door is constructed from a lightweight plastic and has a spring hinge. Inside is a Compact Flash Type I / II slot and a bright yellow sticker warning to insert Type I cards carefully (label to the back, which is the opposite of the 5400 and the new 8800).
The camera's connectors can be found on the left and right sides (from the rear) of the camera behind rubber doors. On the left side we have USB (2.0) and A/V Out connectors, on the right side the DC-IN connector (8.4 V).
|The Coolpix 8400 has the widest angle zoom lens of any eight megapixel (and any prosumer digital camera) its range is an impressive 24 to 85 mm which will be highly prized by many creative photographers and especially useful to certain professions such as real estate. The only downside could be that it's a little slow at telephoto (F4.9).|
(35 mm equiv.)
(wide - tele)
|Nikon Coolpix 8400||24 - 85 mm||F2.6 - F4.9||No||Motor, lever|
|Nikon Coolpix 8700||35 - 280 mm||F2.8 - F4.2||No||Motor, lever|
|Canon PowerShot Pro1||28 - 200 mm||F2.4 - F3.5||No||Motor, ring|
|Minolta DiMAGE A2||28 - 200 mm||F2.8 - F3.5||Yes, CCD||Mechanical, ring|
|Nikon Coolpix 8800||35 - 350 mm||F2.8 - F5.2||Yes, Lens||Motor, lever|
|Olympus C-8080 WZ||28 - 140 mm||F2.4 - F3.5||No||Motor, lever|
|Sony DSC-F828||28 - 200 mm||F2.0 - F2.8||No||Mechanical, ring|
Base / Tripod Mount
The 8400 has a new electronically released pop-up flash unit. It's mounted in the front of the camera and is hinged at the back so that it actually rotates upwards through 90 degrees. You can set the flash to pop-up automatically when required or released manually by pressing the flash button. The flash has a quoted range of 6.0 m at wide angle and 3.0 m at telephoto (Auto ISO) which is a fairly substantial improvement over the unit used on the 5400.
External AF Sensor / AF Assist Lamp
|On the top right edge of the camera (from the front) is the AF assist lamp (bright orange light) which is used to illuminate the subject in low light situations. Below this is the new external AF sensor which is used to give the AF system an estimated subject distance, this is then combined with the standard contrast detect system of the camera's CCD to find the exact distance.|
|The Coolpix 8400's flash hot-shoe is of the ISO 518 standard type and supports Nikon's Speedlights. New to the 8400 is full support of i-TTL and flash zoom when used with SB-600 or SB-800 Speedlights.
Supplied In the Box
|Supplied in the box are:
• Nikon Coolpix 8400 digital camera
• Battery Pack EN-EL7
• Battery Charger MH-56
• Neck strap
• USB Cable
• Video Cable (A/V)
• IR Remote Control ML-L3
• Lens cap
• CD-ROM (PictureProject)