Play mode display

Just like previous Coolpix digital cameras (and several other manufacturers cameras) the 5400 uses a 'rough image' thumbnail to speed the initial display of the image in play mode, this is replaced by a finer detail image once all image data has been loaded from the Compact Flash card. Press the display button to switch to a clean view with no overlaid information.

Image information pages

In addition to the above display mode there are also five other display "pages", these are accessed by simply rolling the command dial, one click per page. The first two pages cover camera settings and exposure information, the third page displays basic exposure information along with a histogram and highlighted overexposed areas of the image, the final page uses the focus confirmation sharpening filter to indicate the exact focus point on the image, the chosen AF area for the exposure as well as basic exposure information.

1: Camera name, Firmware, Metering mode, Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture 2: Exposure compensation, Focal length (native), Focus mode, Flash mode, Image adjustment, ISO sensitivity
3: White balance, Saturation, Sharpness, Digital Zoom, Lens Converter, File Size 4: Thumbnail view with overexposed areas highlighted (blinking), Filename, Basic exposure information and an exposure histogram
5: Filename, Basic exposure information, AF area selected for focus. Note that the image is sharpened in the same way as focus confirmation in record mode  

Image magnification / Thumbnail display

The 5400 provides playback magnification up to 6.0x. Magnification levels are selectable from 1.2x to 6.0x in 0.2x steps, use the zoom controller to magnify the image, press the SET button to return to normal "full size" image. Once magnified the image can be scrolled using the 4-way direction pad.
Two thumbnail views are available on the 5400, a 2 x 2 (4 image) and 3 x 3 (9 image) view. Simply push the zoom lever towards wide angle to step 'out' to each view. With a thumbnail view active you use the 4-way direction pad to navigate around the thumbs, roll the command wheel to scroll through "pages" of thumbnails.


Several of the Play mode menu options require you to select images, this is carried out on a 3 x 2 thumbnail display using the left and right arrows on the 4-way controller to move through the selection and up or down to select/de-select. Press and hold the audio record (exposure compensation) button to attach an audio clip of up to 20 seconds to the current image.