Nikon Coolpix 8400 Review
Top of camera controls
On top of the camera you will find the power switch at the front surrounding the shutter release button. Directly behind this are the FUNC, flash mode and exposure compensation (audio clip) buttons. Just behind this is the backlight button. On the rear edge of the camera are the camera mode and command dial. Slightly confusing is the fact that some settings are changed by pressing a button (eg. flash mode), some by holding a button and turning the command dial (eg. exposure compensation).
Press this button to move through the flash modes one at a time:
Auto with red-eye reduction
Flash on (Fill flash)
Rear curtain sync
Press this button to activate the Control Panel LCD backlight, this will stay on for approximately eight seconds.
Camera Modes / Settings (Mode Dial)
Enters a dedicated play mode, use the 4-way controller to browse through images, turn the command dial to change display detail / mode and the zoom controller to magnify.
Camera has complete control over exposure, point-and-shoot operation, the majority of manual features are disabled, you can't alter exposure compensation, ISO or use RAW mode. You can set flash mode, macro and image size / quality.
Program Auto Exposure
Shutter Priority Auto Exposure
Aperture Priority Auto Exposure
Allows you to record a movie clip or time-lapse movie. Movie clips have two size options of TV movie (640 x 480, 30 fps, max 60 sec) or Small movie (320 x 240, 15 fps, limited only by storage) both with audio. A time-lapse movie is recorded by taking one shot at set intervals (30 sec - 60 min), no audio is recorded.
|SET UP||Set Up
Enters the camera's setup menu where you can make changes to overall camera settings and customizable features.
|Image Quality /
Displays a single menu which allows you to select the current image quality and size, use the command dial or 4-way controller to scroll through settings.
8M (3264 x 2448)
5M (2592 x 1944)
2M (1600 x 1200)
1M (1280 x 960)
PC (1024 x 768)
TV (640 x 480)
3:2 (3264 x 2176)
Displays a single menu which allows you to select the current ISO sensitivity, use the 4-way controller to select a setting.
Displays a single menu which allows you to select the current White Balance, use the 4-way controller to select a setting.
White Bal Preset > [Take reading]
* Can be fine tuned +/-3 levels by rolling the command dial
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