Nikon Coolpix 5400 Review
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).
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)
|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
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.
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.
Supplied in the box are:
EN-EL1 (680 mAh)
|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 *
|Lens Adapter *
|Lens Adapter *
|Lens Hood *
HN-CP10 (77 mm thread)
|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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