Nikon Coolpix 8400 Review
Rear of camera controls
The rear of the 8400 isn't that different to the Coolpix 5400, it's had a slight re-organization and tidy up but the overall layout is similar. The AE/AF-L and zoom controller are located 'under your thumb' and adjacent to the command dial. Below this are four buttons and the four way controller beside the LCD monitor. Below the LCD monitor are the AF/MF and EVF/LCD selector buttons.
|Shooting mode||Play mode|
|Program shift / exposure value
Turn the command dial in Program AE mode to shift the exposure. In other manual modes it is used to select shutter speed or aperture.
Change information overlay page:
EXIF data page one
EXIF data page two
EXIF data page three
Thumbnail image, histogram, exposure
Exposure, AF area
No function / Select AF area
Press Right or Up to browse forward through images on the CF card, Left or Down to browse back through images.
Auto Exposure / Auto Focus Lock
|W / T||Zoom
Changes the lens focal length, there are a total of 13 zoom steps from wide to telephoto.
Press Tele to magnify the image (up to 10x) or Wide to enter a thumbnail index mode (two levels, either 2x2 or 3x3).
Enters the current mode menu (all menus described in detail later in this review).
Press once for a quarter size 'quick review' of the last shot, press again for a shooting priority play mode.
|No function||Quick Playback Zoom
Press to display a quick 3x enlargement of the image with a 9x9 grid indicating the current area.
Erase the currently displayed image, requires confirmation from a Yes/No dialog.
Press to toggle through record display overlay modes:
Normal with live histogram
Just AF bracket and thirds grid
Just AF bracket
Toggles the display overlay on or off.
Hold the AF button and turn the command dial to focus manually. A single press of the AF button selects Focus mode (listed below).
Auto Focus (normal range)
Infinity Focus (locked)
Macro Auto Focus
Toggles between the EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) and LCD monitor. This happens automatically when the LCD monitor is opened or closed (if in EVF mode).