Nikon has today announced the new five megapixel four times optical zoom Coolpix 5400 (the Coolpix 5000's sucessor). The Coolpix 5400 is especially interesting because it offers a wide angle 28 mm equiv. four times zoom compared to the typical 35 or 38 mm equiv. Other noteworthy specifications include 1/1.8" sensor (the Coolpix 5000 used a 2/3"), ISO 50 - 400 sensitivity, up to 10 minute Bulb exposures and front or rear flash sync. I can't however see RAW format support, which is a pity. Available "Summer 2003" with a list price of $799.

UPDATE 2/June/2003: Thanks to our contact at Nikon for confirming that the Coolpix 5400 will indeed get RAW image format support via a firmware update in "Spring 2004" (we assume this will be timed around PMA 2004).

Press Release (Nikon USA):


Wide-Angle Coverage, 4x Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED Lens And Assortment of New Creative Features Focus On "Digital Artistry"

MELVILLE, NY, May 28, 2003 (12:01 AM EST) - Nikon, the world leader in photography, today answers the call of creative digital photographers with the new 5.1-megapixel Nikon Coolpix 5400 ( This exciting advanced digital camera adds a new dimension to the popular Coolpix line of digital cameras and combines a host of enhanced features and design elements. With superior 4x Zoom-Nikkor ED optics, wide-angle coverage and the exclusive new Best Shot Selector (BSS) feature, the Nikon Coolpix 5400 provides the ideal tool for digital photographers who are serious about the art of photography. The durable and lightweight Nikon Coolpix 5400 is the perfect tool to enhance any advanced photographer's creative imagination.

"The Nikon Coolpix 5400's unique combination of legendary Nikon quality and exclusive new features take 'digital artistry' to an entirely new level. The camera's unique features, like ultra close macro from less than 1/2 inch, to Time-lapse Movie Mode and incredibly sharp Nikkor ED glass, allow the photographer to expand their own creative horizons in very unique ways," said Jerry Grossman, vice president, marketing, Consumer Digital Products and Compact Cameras, Nikon Inc. "The Nikon Coolpix 5400 is the epitome of Nikon photography incorporating rugged construction with intuitive design and the latest technology to produce incredibly versatile digital camera for creative photographers."

Legendary Nikkor Optics - It Starts With the Lens

The lens on a digital camera plays a vital role in making the highest quality photos. The Nikon Coolpix 5400 employs a 4x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens with Nikon's Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass with a zoom range of 28-116mm (35mm equivalent) for incredibly sharp, vivid images. More professionals choose Nikkor lenses than all other brands combined, including the overwhelming majority of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers, and that same quality is built into the Nikkor lens of every Nikon Coolpix digital camera, including the Nikon Coolpix 5400.

The Nikon Coolpix 5400 produces high quality images at sizes of up to 2,592 x 1,944 pixels for prints well beyond 16x20-inches in size. The camera allows for extremely fast operation and split-second precision with its enhanced Continuous Shooting Mode. The Nikon Coolpix 5400 will now fire 7 pristine, full-sized images, at a rate of 3 frames per second. In addition, there is an all-new 5 shot buffer mode, with 64 MB buffer, enabling the user to capture the last 5 images of a fleeting moment.

'Digital Artistry' - Digital Photography, Your Way

The Nikon Coolpix 5400 offers the ultimate in full creative control for the photographer. The Coolpix 5400 employs a host of new and exciting features, including:

  • High Speed Operation: The Nikon Coolpix 5400 is among the fastest and most responsive in its class with minimal shutter lag and high-speed Autofocus. The camera offers a vast range of shutter speeds from 1/4,000 second up to 10 minutes.
  • Shooting Control: Choose from Programmed Auto (P), Shutter-Priority Auto (S), Aperture-Priority Auto (A) or full Manual (M) exposure modes. The camera's ISO ranges from 50 to 400, with noise reduction options.
  • 256-Segment Matrix Metering: Nikon's legendary metering system gets shots other brands of camera just can't. Plus, you can choose Center-Weighted, Spot and Spot Autofocus metering.
  • Ultra Macro: The Nikon Coolpix 5400 is capable of shooting subjects as close as 0.4 inches with extreme detail and clarity. Ultra Macro is supported by the exclusive Best Shot Selector (BSS) feature, which automatically chooses the sharpest of three images.
  • Auto Exposure AE--BSS: Depending on whether you want the best Highlight, Shadow or Histogram detail, users can choose one using the appropriate AE-BSS setting. The camera will automatically select the best relative exposure from a series of shots based on user-selected choice.
  • 7 Mode Flash, including: Rear Curtain Sync and Repeating Flash Modes introduce Coolpix photographers to creative flash photography and stroboscopic image capture. Users can attach an additional Speedlight to the built-in hot-shoe and take advantage of Nikon's wireless Speedlight system.
  • Vari-Angle LCD: The Nikon Coolpix 5400's enhanced, fully-articulating LCD allows the photographer to shoot at virtually any angle in order to get the best shot. The LCD is also optimized for easy viewing in bright sunlight.
  • Versatility: 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.

* 35mm equivalent

Intuitive Design - Easy Operation

Nikon Coolpix 5400 photographers will have complete and immediate access to important camera settings at one's fingertips without having to navigate through the menu system with the addition of a new command dial based on the award-winning Nikon D100 design. The new command dial will leave 5400 photographers free to seek out their next great shot. Nikon has also incorporated 15 Scene Modes into the Nikon Coolpix 5400 to allow for convenient point-and-shoot operation of the camera.

The Nikon Coolpix 5400's enhanced Movie Mode can record up to 180 seconds of QuickTime™ video (at 15 frames per second) in Movie (320x240) Mode and 70 seconds in TV Movie (640x480) format with audio. With the optional AC adapter and a keen imagination, the camera can now produce incredible time-lapse movie sequences, shared as QuickTime™ movies, by capturing motion jpeg files showing slow-moving objects or events over a long duration such as a sunrise to sunset or a flower blooming.

Get the Red Out! - NikonView 6 and Nikon's Exclusive One-Touch Red-Eye Fix™ Software

The Nikon Coolpix 5400 features the latest version of NikonView 6, complete with Nikon's new and exclusive One-Touch Red-Eye Fix software, which instantly fixes red-eye with the touch of a button from most typical red-eye digital photos.

One-Touch Red-Eye Fix™ software recognizes and fixes red eyes, without desaturating the image and without affecting other red items within the photo. Nikon is the only photo manufacturer offering this powerful one-touch red-eye removal tool, which is great for beginners yet powerful enough for more advanced photographers.

The Nikon Coolpix 5400 also includes a host of exciting programs from ArcSoft® including PhotoStudio™ for image manipulation and enhancement, VideoImpression™ for editing and sharing QuickTime movies, and Panorama Maker™, which lets users easily stitch a number of images together to create beautiful panoramic photos. The camera also comes with PhotoBase™, which allows photos and slide shows to be downloaded and displayed on the screen of a PDA.

The Nikon Coolpix 5400 includes the new NikonView 6 software CD-ROM, shoulder strap, USB cable, video cable, a Lexar 16 MB "Speed Rated" Starter Memory Card and a Li-Ion rechargeable battery and quick charger.

The Nikon Coolpix 5400 will be available in Summer 2003 at an MSRP of $799.95.

Nikon Coolpix 5400 specifications

Sensor 1/1.8" 5.2 million pixels
Color filter array RGB (Primary)
Effective pixels 5.1 million
Image sizes • 2592 x 1944
• 2592 x 1728 (3:2)
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Image format • TIFF (8-bit RGB)
Lens • 4x optical zoom
• 28 - 116 mm equiv.
• F2. 8 - F4.6
• 9 elements in 8 groups
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Auto focus • 5-area Multi AF
• Spot AF
Focus modes • Continuous AF (with LCD monitor on)
• Single AF
• Manual focus
Focus range • Normal: 0.5 m - Infinity (1.6 ft - Infinity)
• Macro: 1 cm - Infinity (0.4 in - Infinity)
• Manual: 1 cm - Infinity (0.4 in - Infinity)
Shooting modes • Auto
• Scene
• Program AE
• Shutter Priority AE
• Aperture Priority AE
• Manual Exposure
• Movie clip
Scene modes • Portrait
• Party/Indoor
• Night Portrait
• Beach/Snow
• Landscape
• Sunset
• Night Landscape
• Museum
• Fireworks Show
• Close Up
• Copy
• Back Light
• Sports
• Panorama Assist
• Dawn/Dusk
User setting • White balance
• (Exposure) Metering
• Continuous (Shooting)
• Best Shot Selector (BSS/AE-BSS)
• Image adjustment (Auto/Normal/More Contrast/Less Contrast)
• Saturation control (-2 ~ +2/Black & White)
• User setting (two combinations of mode setting can be memorized in #1-#2)
• Image quality/size
• Sensitivity
• Image sharpening
• Lens
• Exposure options (AE Lock/Maximum Bulb/Time duration)
• Focus options
• Zoom options
• Speedlight options
• Auto bracketing
• Noise reduction
• Reset
• My menu
• CF Card Format
Drive modes • Single
• Continuous H (3 fps; up to 7 frames)
• Continuous L (1.5 fps; up to 18 frames)
• Multi-shot 16 (consecutive 16 frames at 2 fps)
• Ultra HS (high-speed) (QVGA-size images; 30 fps; number of frames selectableup to 100 frames)
• 5 shot buffer (1.5 fps)
Movie modes • Movie with audio: TV movie mode (VGA-size images640 x 480 pixels) at 15 fps; up to 70 sec.or Small movie mode (QVGA-size images320 x 240 pixels) at 15 fps; up to 180 sec. are selectable
• Time-lapse movie mode

• 256-segment Matrix
• Center-Weighted
• Spot
• AF Spot

Exposure compensation +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
• AE-BSS (Highlight, Shadow or Histogram)
Shutter speed • 8 - 1/4000 sec
• Bulb up to 10 mins
Aperture • 6-blade iris diaphragm
• 10 steps in 1/3 EV steps
Sensitivity • Auto ISO
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
White balance • Auto (Matrix TTL)
• Daylight *
• Incandescent *
• Fluorescent *
• Cloudy *
• Speedlight *
• Shade *
• Manual preset
• White balance bracketing
  * can be fine tuned
Self timer 10 or 3 secs
Flash • Internal
• External (hot-shoe)
Flash modes • Auto
• Flash Cancel
• Red-Eye Reduction
• Anytime Flash
• Night Portrait (Slow Sync, front curtain)
• Rear-Curtain Sync
• Repeating Flash
Internal flash range • Wide: 0.5 - 4.5 m (1.6 - 14.8 ft)
• Tele: 0.5 - 2.8 m (1.6 - 9.2 ft)
External flash • Hotshoe connects to external Nikon Speedlight SB-80DX/50DX/30/27**/23**/22s
• Built-in Speedlight can be canceled when using external Speedlight(s)
Viewfinder Optical with dioptre adjustment
LCD Monitor • 1.5" TFT LCD
• 134,000 pixels
• Record view frame coverage: 97%
• Playback frame coverage: 100%
Playback • 1 frame
• Thumbnail (4/9 segments)
• Slide show
• Movie with audio
• Enlarged playback (up to 6x)
• Shooting information
• Histogram indication and highlight point display
• Hide and protect attributes can be set to each image
• Focus confirmation indication
Power • Nikon EN-EL1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (included)
• Optional AC adapter
Storage • Compact Flash Type I/II
• 512 MB / 1 GB IBM Microdrive supported
• 16 MB Compact Flash card included
Connectivity • USB 1.1 (computer / remote)
• A/V out
Dimensions 108 x 73 x 69 mm (4.3 x 2.9 x 2.7 in)
Weight (no batt) 320 g (11.3 oz)
Included accessories Lens Cap, Camera Strap, AV Cable, 16MB CompactFlash™ Card, USB Cable UC-E1, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, Battery Charger MH-53, Nikon View CD-ROM
Optional accessories Fisheye Converter FC-E9, Wideangle Converter WC-E80, Telephoto Converter TC-E15ED, Slide Copy Adapter ES-E28***, Step-Down Ring Lens Adapter UR-E9, UR-E10 and UR-E11, Lens Hood HN-CP10, AC Adapter/Battery Charger EH-21, AC Adapter EH-53, Car Battery Charger (12V DC in) MH-53C, Remote Cord MC-EU1, Soft Case CS-CP16

** Set “Speedlight control” to “Auto” or “Internal off” when using an SB-27 or SB-23
*** Recommended for use with 1.1x digital zoom or higher