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Nikon Coolpix 5400
Nikon Coolpix 5400

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Nikon Coolpix 5400

Editor's Review

The versatile Nikon Coolpix 5400 brings a wide-angle lens to the popular 5-megapixel advanced camera category. While the 5400's feature set is similar to the Canon G5 and other advanced cameras, its wide-angle lens (the 35mm film equivalent of 28-116mm) sets it apart from the crowd. This wider field of view will likely appeal to landscape photographers and those who shoot in confined areas.


  • 5.1 megapixels (effective)
  • 4x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and TIFF file format
  • ISO range 50 - 400
  • Proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: 25513
  • UPC: 00018208255139
  • Release Date: Jun 19, 2003

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Nikon Coolpix 5400 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix 5400 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
ironic twist (a — 09/25/2008)

I loved the camera at purchase. Great little video feature, excellent in extreme close-up work. Then it fritz one day and displayed error msgs at startup. Interestingly (as noted in other reviews) this happened just as the warranty expired. Paid way too much to have it repaired, twice. It worked fine until my children took it on vacation and were involved in traffic accident where it apparently bounced around the car interior. Now no power... nada, zip, zero, nothing. I should have quit before I laid out the cash for the repair.

  • 1.0 out of 5
A useless camera (Mike — 01/25/2008)

This is without a doubt the worst camera I have ever owned. It will not focus in low light, the image quality is poor. It frequently locks up requiring the battery to be removed. I will never buy a Nikon again. Look at Canon instead.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't buy this camera unless you like non-functioning cameras and nonexistent service. (H. Herbert — 08/31/2007)

You do not want to get any Nikon cameras from the last 4~5 years. Most of them use the SONY CCD sensor, which has been failing like crazy as of late. Of course, for the 5400, Nikon finally fessed up and decided to issue a service advisory. But the company's repair record is so spotty that I've decided never to buy a Nikon again. They tried to "fix" my sensor the 1st, and ended up breaking the control system. My camera is now in for its 3rd "redo."

Don't buy this camera unless you like non-functioning cameras and nonexistent service.

  • 1.0 out of 5
good pics, while camera lasted!! (brent — 04/15/2007)

This camera takes excellent pictures when it worked. We had this camera about 2 years. Then the lcd screen went black. I took it in for service, and the ccd card and the ribbon went bad. It was around $225.00 to repair. Very disappointed in the longevity of this camera. BUYER BEWARE!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
bought 2 wished i went Canon (Phil — 02/22/2007)

first one battery hatch broke 45 to repair, second one (both ebay bought)worked OK did its job then out of the blue DISTORTION set it cant use worth a damn, view finder screen shows ok but when picture gets taken garbage up to 200 to repair, camera performed as a mid lower end model but recommend Sony or Canon before you buy this one also go to ebay pick out the best pictured auctions then ask the seller what he used good wAY TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH. CHEER'S

  • 2.0 out of 5
Nikon got fooled and so will you (geo — 02/07/2007)

This camera came to me new and lasted for 5000 pictures or 6 months . The ccd melted and the camera only took pictures of black shades of dark. I sent it in for repair and Nikon gave me a new camera. The problem is a ccd in epoxy was not fixed — it should be in ceramic. Instead I have a new camera waiting to outlast my warantee's expiry date to melt again . Any kind of humid warm weather will melt the epoxy ccd.

To add insult to injury Nikon sent me back the camera by United Parcel Service. UPS found that this item was repaired under warranty so they charged me their standard $110.00 brokerage fee for nothing —- ie no customs duties cause it was a repair. Nice Nikon zaps me with a defective camera and UPS rips me off on top just for fun — this sucks

  • 1.0 out of 5
As if it was waiting to get the warranty to get over (Neha — 12/06/2006)

Terrible camera, doesn't give good pictures in low light and finally it stopped working after giving me 13 months of terrible results. It's pictures and LCD has just backed out. Nikon has given me a quote of $150. I buy a new Cannon or any other camera rather than spending $150 on this trash. Will never look at Nikon again.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera in low light (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I dont know what the rest of you know about photography, but use this camera for cave photography were there is zero light what so ever. You have to hold the auto focus down to focus the camera. This camera holds up to some of the worst conditions ever, and works great.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great pictures with average light (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Have taken hundreds of pictures for ebay listings of clothing, objects, shoes etc. Have tried 6 digital cameras before purchasing this one. I noticed after about 7 months of use that the focus light kept blinking even in good light, pictures were out of focus. Sent it into Nikon for repair and wow what a difference. It now focuses in low light and the color rendition of all colors is great. Tried out the Nikon D50 SLR and finally resold that on ebay because it could not hold a candle to the 5400 for true color reproduction. Only complaint is the small size preview screen and the inability to focus in very low light, a focus assist is the only feature it lacks for all around use. Probably has more features that a person will ever use. I like it!

  • 1.0 out of 5
On Board Flash is a Joke (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm a professional photographer by trade. I purchased the Coolpix 5400 as a fairly small and light weight camera I could easily take on vacation. During the day in bright light, it's fine but as soon as the light of day fades, so does the performance of this rather pricey camera. The on-board flash is horrible! With subjects close by (i.e. within 10 ft) the flash washes everything out. Beyond that distance, the flash is a joke. Using an accessory flash unit would defeat the purpose by I bought the camera in the first place. Don't waste your money. Buy a Canon! The little 2.1 Meg Canon I purchased earlier does a way better job than this joke Nikon. I guess the joke's on me, isn't it?

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera - Great price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I think the reviewers here don't have a clue about photography. Gee, my pictures are blurry in low light without a flash. Do you have any idea what shutter speed is??? My camera won't focus in the dark, no duh! Too complicated for a surgeon/engineer? I wouldn't want this guy operating on my heart! Give we a break. If you want to take great picture, you are going to have to think a little. No camera will do the thinking for you. The expert reviewers gave this camera great reviews because they know how to use a camera. The HQ users gave it a poor review because they are morons...especially the surgeon/engineer.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Awful performance and gave nikon a bad name (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just don't know if I have the defective piece or what. The camera takes OK pictures when it has flash on, but whenever I want to take pictures in any other setting without flash or light in background etc, pictures come out totally blurred as if It is being distracted by my heartbeats. My hand is as steady as it should be, but still the pictures come out blurred.

I don't know what I am doing wrong... All this in Auto Focus mode, where it should have worked as POINT and CLICK camera.

I am very disappointed with this camera..

  • 3.0 out of 5
too complicated (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am quite experienced with digicams, having owned them since 1996 when I got my Casio 700. Then I went to Coolpix line in 1999 with the CP900 2MP which I stole for $949 on line. This CP 5400 is great if you don't mind the usual issues of poor low-light autofocus and such, which all digicams have problems with, AND if you have 10's of hours to spend studying (not just reading) the manual-textbook. You have to spend lots of time practicing, learning and mastering the highly complex workings of this camera to get decent pics in adverse lighting conditions. You will be disappointed, as was I, if what you really need is a P & S like most of us do 95% of the time. I tried for 2 years to understand the multiple dials and A, P, M settings, but just couldn't get them to work, and often had blurry, crappy photos that had to be deleted. When I nailed it, though, results were astounding. It is a bit heavy and large to carry with you at all times like I do.

I'm a surgeon and an engineer, so I hope my failure wasn't because I'm not smart enough, but that is what it seems like. I'm getting a simple P & S that is lighter. I may miss the ability to get the occasional stunning family photo, but I may get a D200 or something like that later.

  • 2.0 out of 5
macro lighting not good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

when using the macro for close-up photos the flash is not good. Either it washes out or flash is above the item photographed. Must get another flash and use it off camera. Expensive this way. Focus is not good if you are shooting a plain colored object with no contrast. When backing up it and zoom in it will focus on the background and not the subject being photographed

  • 2.0 out of 5
Do Not Buy The Coolpix 5400 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

For the most part the Coolpix is a fine camera...IN THE DAY TIME. When the sun gets low in the sky or shooting indoors the 5400 is a mess. There is no auto assist light so in low light the camera cannot focus before it takes a picture. A couple of the scene modes can help, but they change the quality and the hue. If all you want is a camera that works during bright sunny days, buy this camera it works great. For everyone else this is a waste of time and money.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not what I expected (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I have struggled with low light photos without any success. I was advised to get the wide angle lens ($225) but it blocked the flash so now the camera dealer wants me to add a flash ($369) but advised me that I would have to adjust the WB to get a good picture indoors. Sorry. Life is too short and I am not pumping another $700 into a camera that won't shoot indoors.