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Nikon Coolpix 8400
Nikon Coolpix 8400

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Nikon Coolpix 8400

Editor's Review

The Nikon Coolpix 8400 brings wide-angle capability to the Coolpix line of digital cameras. With a 24-85mm lens, the Nikon 8400 offers a wider field of view than any other compact digital camera, making it ideal for landscapes and indoor shooting. Rounding out this impressive package is an 8-megapixel image sensor, 3.5x optical zoom, and a swiveling LCD screen.


  • 8.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3.5x optical/4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG
  • TIFF and RAW image formats
  • ISO range 50-400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2004

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Nikon Coolpix 8400 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix 8400 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon 8400 (J Tait — 02/12/2007)

A workhorse that has now taken over 10,000 pictures. Replaced F70 35-200mm and haven't missed it a bit. Whilst not the smallest digital it fits the hand so the SLR users will like the feel. excellent fingertip controls whilst looking through veiwfinder. Personal settings great. Ue the flip/swivel LCD all the time. Wide angle is fantastic. Deliberately chose wide angle over zoom to capture those cathedrals and mountains etc. 8mp allows digital zoom at desktop.Now looking for replacement and haven't found what I want yet at 10mp.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good tool for research (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I used this camera to take pictures of archival documents. Some archives allow you to use it because of the "archive" feature which permits you to take pictures without flash. The pictures turned out fantastic. As well, I used it to take tons of pictures of microfilm images projected onto a microfilm reader. They also turned out excellent. One of the really great features is wide angle. One can stand almost directly in front of a large document and snap the shot. Again, you could see the appeal of this feature if you were working in an archive setting. Lastly, though the camera boasts many features for the very experienced photographer - the easy to use pre-set buttons allowed me to begin using the camera right away. And yes it is equally easy to use for snapshots of anything from family events to detail close-ups of flowers etc.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love this camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Previous to purchasing the 8400, I had a Coolpix 775. I bought it many years ago, when it was the "latest and greatest" and never really had a problem with the camera! Always loved's just that it was only 2MP...and I wanted something a little more savvy. So, when I went to purchase another...I went for the Nikon again, and attempted to get the "latest and greatest" again!!! I LOVE THIS CAMERA!!! I'm definitely a novice user...and my pictures are still fabulous! It has tons of great features, but the one I've really come to love is the plain old "point and shoot" auto feature!!! No thinking required...and I capture all the great moments. Battery life seems great...shutter speed is very fast...I really have no complaints!!! Another quality Nikon product!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
(anonymous — 07/18/2006)

how to say;
it is a good camera i have.
I had a sony 4.13 megapixel and this Nikon really better.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent 24mm Wide Angle Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I always looked forward to the day when i could take 24mm wide angle shots from a 'high quality' Digital point and shoot camera, without the bulk of a 'full blown Digital SLR' The new Nikon 8400 so far has lived up to nearly all my expectations. My experience over the last two weeks has reinforced my feeling toward the camera, Images are as good as it gets, and at a whopping 8MP! Typically i have opted for shooting at 5MP on the JPEG 'EXTRA' format, but the camera will also store images in RAW OR HIGH, (these are not compressed.) The various image and shooting modes are too numerous to go into detail here. (the English manual is 160 pages in total )Generally the camera performed very well showing no signs of the 'Dreaded Purple Fringing' I have to say that it prefers daytime lighting to lowlight conditions Which has been noticed in previous Nikon Digital Camera's. Colours were well balanced and pleasing to look at,Sure verticals would converge if you tilted the camera too much , but if your interest lies toward the 'Wide Look' (and mine does) rather than the Telephoto , then this camera could well be what You've been looking for . My only gripes (and there are a few) is, the Battery life seems much shorter than my Canon G5,the bundled software Nikon 'PictureProject' is very basic, and for some reason the Embedded ArcSoft Panorama maker would not run no matter what i did ,all that aside i love what this camera can do. I give it the 'thumbs up' ,(and i never thought i would part with my trusty Canon G5), that is until i had the chance to 'road test' the 8400, This is so good God is probably using one !