Scene Menu

Pressing the MENU button in Scene record mode displays the scene mode selection menu. Each scene mode is represented by an icon, use the multi selector to select the required scene mode then press the SET button to select that mode.

Each scene mode is described below.

Scene modes

Scene exposure mode offers the same number of menu options (camera control) as Auto, that is: Image Quality, Image Size and Exposure Compensation. Other notes are:

  • White balance is set to AUTO or a pre-programmed preset
  • Flash mode can be changed (depends on scene mode, see table below)
  • Some scene modes use an image adjustment (S-curve / tone) to enhance the image
Scene Mode Flash mode Focus mode Notes
(from Coolpix 5400 manual)

• Red-eye reduction
+ Any
• Any Use for portraits. Camera uses largest possible aperture to provide narrow depth of field. Focus area can be selected.

• Red-eye reduction
+ Any
• Any Use to capture background details or the effects of candlelight and other indoor lighting. *

Night Portrait
• Red-eye reduction • Auto
• Self-timer
Use when shooting portraits against a backdrop of night scenery. NR. *

• Auto
+ Any
• Any Slowest shutter speed 1/60 sec. Use for bright subjects such as snowfields, beaches, and sunlight expanses of water.

• Flash cancel • Landscape (infinity)
• Self-timer
Use for vivid landscape shots that enhance outlines, colors,
and contrast in such subjects as skyscapes and forests.

• Flash cancel
+ Any
• Auto
• Self-timer
Preserves the deep hues seen in sunsets and sunrises. *

Night Landscape
• Flash Cancel • Landscape (infinity)
• Self-timer
Use when taking landscape shots a night. NR. **

• Flash Cancel • Auto
• Macro
• Self-timer
Use where a flash is prohibited. Best Shot Selector (BSS) is automatically enabled. *

Fireworks Show
• Flash Cancel • Landscape (infinity)

Use to capture the expanding burst of light from a firework. Slow shutter speeds. **

Close up
• Flash cancel
+ Any
• Macro
• Self-timer
Use to capture vivid colors in close-up shots of flowers, insects, and other small objects. Focus area can be selected. *

• Flash cancel
+ Any
• Any Use to copy text and line drawings from a white board or from a book or other printed matter.

Back Light
• Flash Fill • Auto
• Macro + Self-timer
Use when light is coming from behind your subject, throwing their features into shadow.

Panorama Assist
• Flash cancel
+ Any
• Any Overlays the edge of the last shot on the live view frame which helps to align the next frame. AE / AWB Lock across frames.

• Flash cancel • Any Camera uses fastest possible shutter speed to help freeze sports action shots.

• Flash Cancel • Landscape
• Landcsape + Self-timer
Used to preserve colours seen in weak natural light before sunrise and after sunset. Noise reduction automatically enabled. NR. *

* Support camera with both hands, brace elbows against your torso.
** Use a tripod or place the camera on a level surface such as a wall or table.

Mode Dial Settings Menus

The Coolpix 5400 features three dedicated settings menus accessible from the camera mode dial. This is a reflection of a similar implementation on the D100 and other Nikon based SLR's. I personally don't see the point of having these settings here, you have to come out of shooting mode which means you (a) have to turn the dial back to the correct exposure mode and (b) could easily forget and not be in a shooting mode at an important moment. All of these settings can also be changed from the shooting menu.

Select image quality and image size:
 • Image quality >
    • Hi
    • Fine
    • Normal
    • Basic
 • Image size >
    • 5M: 2592 x 1944
    • 2M: 1600 x 1200
    • 1M: 1280 x 960
    • PC: 1024 x 768
    • TV: 640 x 480
    • 3:2: 2592 x 1728

Select ISO Sensitivity:
 • 50
 • 100
 • 200
 • 400
 • Auto
Select White Balance:
 • Auto
 • White balance preset > Measure
 • Daylight *
 • Incandescent *
 • Fluorescent *
 • Cloudy *
 • Speedlight *
 • Shade *

* Can be fine tuned +/-3 levels

Shooting mode: My Menu (default)

Pressing the MENU button in one of the manual record modes (P, S, A or M) displays the "My Menu" over the current live view. This menu has six options which can be customized by the user to best fit their shooting style or situation. By default this menu has the options seen on the left.

Select the 'Show all menus' option to revert to the full Shooting menu (described below).