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Nikon Coolpix 5400 5.1 MP Digital Camera w- 4x Optical Zoom by Review Summary ,  Dec 31, 2015

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Nikon Coolpix 5400 5.1 MP Digital Camera w/ 4x Optical Zoom
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 63 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.4
Returned or considering to return: 12.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Manual5.0   exceptional
Image4.4   above average
Size4.1   below average
Price2.9   mediocre
Light1.8   mediocre
Focus1.5   mediocre
Speed1.5   mediocre


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Focus

Focus:
"After 340 photos I was unable figure out how to take an in focus photo at a range of 2 to 4 feet without a flash."
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"the horrible focus issues had me regretting my purchase days after the $700 transaction."
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"I bought this camera with some trepidation after reading bad reviews about problems with focus in low light conditions."
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"Manually focusing is a pain and without some kind of light to assist with low light focusing, I can not recommend this camera and will be returning it."
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"For those who are having problems focusing in low light I have to ask, are you shooting on a tripod or by hand?"
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"Very good all around performance, a few small problems (no Focus Assist light and fairly small LCD are some) but overall a solid camera with a lot of features and unbeatable at the price."
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"The pictures were perfectly exposed and in focus most of the time--very few badduns."
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"I can literally touch the subject with the lens and still get focus most of the time in good lighting.4."
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"Low light focus isn't much of a problem, particularly at wide angle."
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"Auto focus will be 97-100% accurate in average or bright light, but if the light is very dim, then the auto focus quits working."
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"I shoot in bright natural light and the auto focus worked very well."
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Image

Image:
"A photo of a piece of transparent sticky tape I'd pulled off an envelope showed paper fibers in such detail, it seemed that by zooming in just one step further, actual atoms would appear in the image...Still, all told, I'm sorely disappointed, and so this camera is going back to Amazon for a refund."
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"After 340 photos I was unable figure out how to take an in focus photo at a range of 2 to 4 feet without a flash."
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"the flash is not usable in this setting and incorrect settings will result in blurred images."
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"The dull 1.5 LCD screen is also a step in the wrong direction (if you can even see the image on it)."
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"This camera takes stunning images with ease."
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"Now, I am just your average user, 4 kids and want good pics of them."
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"I have always used to LCD screen, which has a little more than 90% accuracy (your photo will be larger than what you see on the LCD screen)5."
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"If your looking for a good point and click with lots of features and good image quality for less than a hundred this old lady will treat you right."
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"The photo program is really great, too."
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Light

Light:
"Finally it is not a good camera for low light areas."
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"I bought this camera with some trepidation after reading bad reviews about problems with focus in low light conditions."
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"Manually focusing is a pain and without some kind of light to assist with low light focusing, I can not recommend this camera and will be returning it."
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"For those who are having problems focusing in low light I have to ask, are you shooting on a tripod or by hand?"
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"Very good all around performance, a few small problems (no Focus Assist light and fairly small LCD are some) but overall a solid camera with a lot of features and unbeatable at the price."
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"Another shortcoming: the autofocus in dim light problem that has been amply documented by other reviewers."
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"The LCD is fine for all but the visually impaired, and excellent in bright sunlight (light that many LCDs have trouble in)."
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"Low light focus isn't much of a problem, particularly at wide angle."
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"Auto focus will be 97-100% accurate in average or bright light, but if the light is very dim, then the auto focus quits working."
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"I shoot in bright natural light and the auto focus worked very well."
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Manual

Manual:
"It has delivered consistent, fine images and allows many pre-set modes to shoot as well as manual control."
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"To fully get the best out of it you'll need to be patient and read the manual, but out of the box shots on full auto are superb anyway."
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"i love the option of manual controls for more creative shots."
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"It has delivered consistent, fine images and allows many pre-set modes to shoot as well as manual control."
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"Has a ton of manual features, which is great with digital season experiment and learn about shutter speed, aperture etc."
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Price

Price:
"I'm just disgusted that so much money has been invested in a camera that I've never enjoyed using."
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"Yes, this is cheap after the $200 rebate, but it's a camera that wasn't great when it was new and is definitely way out-of-date by now, and its picture quality just doesn't do justice to the Nikon brandname."
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"I find this to be inexcusable in a camera sold at the original price point of the 5400."
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"Before I get into that, I must first say that if you're a beginner user or searching for your first digital camera, the 5400 is probably not for you and I would recommend investing your money on a high end Canon which focuses on point and shoot, quick and easy, no fuss photos."
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"Really, the only major drawbacks to this camera in my opinion, are the optical viewer and the price."
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"Also keep in mind that most accessories are extremely cheap as well.6."
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"The 5400 is the 5000's replacement and is superior in most ways, and 4 years later, I have my hands on it for a quarter of what the 5000 cost in 2002.In my opinion this is the best wide-angle digicam currently available at the price of $250 used."
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"I should have waited for the d70 for just a little more money (actually I now have a d70 and it is amazing!"
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"Adorama did not send this item, as it was at a very good price."
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"Very good all around performance, a few small problems (no Focus Assist light and fairly small LCD are some) but overall a solid camera with a lot of features and unbeatable at the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Its video feature is pretty low quality and grainy though."
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"Feels high end quality and easy to hold."
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"If your looking for a good point and click with lots of features and good image quality for less than a hundred this old lady will treat you right."
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"The picture quality is outstanding."
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"It is easy to use and top notch quality...The seller packed it REALLY well and I got it within about 4 days...I was blown away by his efficiency."
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Setting

Setting:
"the flash is not usable in this setting and incorrect settings will result in blurred images."
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"The camera has all kinds of settings, but they aren't realy good, the indoor settings have a slow shutter speed so the pictures almost always come out blured or they don't work with the flash."
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"THe Nikon CoolPix 5400 has great features, takes clear, crisp photos.... and I especially love all the scene modes it has.... and I love the macro setting."
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"With a mode dial, a command dial to shift shutter speed or other settings, and other dials and buttons, it's easy to get at all the features here."
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"I learned the best setting is M, it has a fairly quick shutter speed, and you can turn the flash on, off, or there is a good red-eye reduction setting."
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"Menus can be customized to show what you adjust frequently and you can store two different user settings using the function button.5-shot buffer is great."
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Size

Size:
"- LCD is visible even in direct sunlight, and its small size saves the battery- Flip-and-twist LCD is one of those How did I ever get by without one of these before things- Panorama assist is nice, unfortunately it only supports JPEG and not RAW- High quality build, except for the battery & CF compartment covers- Black cameras just look so much cooler than silver onesWhat I don't like about this camera:- Slow lens (max f 2.8, decreases with telephoto)- ISO 50-400 (small 1 1 8 sensor would be too noisy at higher sensitivities)- HORRIBLE low-light camera - no AF assist lamp and if the autofocus even works at all under normal incandescent room lighting, you'll be lucky- Vignetting in the upper left corner at full wide angle and maximum aperture- Colors on the LCD look washed out - many photos that look dull on the LCD actually look fantastic, causing you to question whether the photo you just took is any good- Tripod mount is not centered underneath the lens and is plastic- Doesn't support USB 2- Slow CF write speed- Camera is unresponsive while draining the buffer onto the CF card- Only supports 2GB CF cards max- Locks up too frequently (seemingly every 75 shots when I shoot in RAW and keep taxing the buffer) - have to reinsert the battery and I usually lose a couple of the photos I just took- Slow shutter response and shot-to-shot time - terrible for sports or any kind of action- Very awkward in my hand - I have normal-sized hands and I simply cannot hold this camera securely with one hand."
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"Very good all around performance, a few small problems (no Focus Assist light and fairly small LCD are some) but overall a solid camera with a lot of features and unbeatable at the price."
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"Compounding the problem of the 5400's inept autofocusing is the small, grainy LCD."
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"- Fast startup time- Smaller than the G5, too large for a pocket but small enough for a sweatshirt pouch- Good battery - rated only 680mAH but still lasts quite a while, charges quickly, and is easy to pop in and out compared to other cameras that use 4 AAs- RAW support with 1.4 firmware (download from Nikon's website)- Nice array of buttons, not a lot of poking around in the menus necessary, common functions all have a button."
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"What I like about the Coolpix 5400:- Nice 28mm wide angle- 5mp is plenty for the 1 1 8 sensor size - do you really think a current 8mp camera can resolve 8mp of detail onto a 1 1 8 sensor?"
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"Images are generally very good, but the lcd is so small, you won't find it very useful for composition."
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"The small size of the LCD - It provides excellent performance in bright ambient lighting, but it's just too small for effective evaluation of the image after capture is completed."
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Speed

Speed:
"Downside--its old tech and very slow firing up and getting ready for the next shot."
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"I rarely used this camera because it's so SLOW and inconvenient to use."
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"- LCD is visible even in direct sunlight, and its small size saves the battery- Flip-and-twist LCD is one of those How did I ever get by without one of these before things- Panorama assist is nice, unfortunately it only supports JPEG and not RAW- High quality build, except for the battery & CF compartment covers- Black cameras just look so much cooler than silver onesWhat I don't like about this camera:- Slow lens (max f 2.8, decreases with telephoto)- ISO 50-400 (small 1 1 8 sensor would be too noisy at higher sensitivities)- HORRIBLE low-light camera - no AF assist lamp and if the autofocus even works at all under normal incandescent room lighting, you'll be lucky- Vignetting in the upper left corner at full wide angle and maximum aperture- Colors on the LCD look washed out - many photos that look dull on the LCD actually look fantastic, causing you to question whether the photo you just took is any good- Tripod mount is not centered underneath the lens and is plastic- Doesn't support USB 2- Slow CF write speed- Camera is unresponsive while draining the buffer onto the CF card- Only supports 2GB CF cards max- Locks up too frequently (seemingly every 75 shots when I shoot in RAW and keep taxing the buffer) - have to reinsert the battery and I usually lose a couple of the photos I just took- Slow shutter response and shot-to-shot time - terrible for sports or any kind of action- Very awkward in my hand - I have normal-sized hands and I simply cannot hold this camera securely with one hand."
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"i was torn between this one, the olympus 5060 zoom, and sony dsc-v1 (since discontinued).i wish i had listened to the repetitive negative reviews regarding the 5400's slow to non-existent low-light AF."
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"With a mode dial, a command dial to shift shutter speed or other settings, and other dials and buttons, it's easy to get at all the features here."
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"I would recommend either buying a fast CF card or taking pics on 'Normal' with 5 MP combination, else it takes time between two consecutive shots."
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"however, i can't get past the slow AF issue to fully love this camera."
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"I learned the best setting is M, it has a fairly quick shutter speed, and you can turn the flash on, off, or there is a good red-eye reduction setting."
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