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Nikon Coolpix 5400Nikon Coolpix 5400 5.1 MP Digital Camera

x 6 MB CompactFlash, English, 1y warranty, up to 110 min battery, F/2.8-4.6

Positioned the top of Nikon's COOLPIX lineup, the COOLPIX 5400 is a compact, lightweight digital still camera with 5.1 effective megapixels and a powerful 4x zoom lens. It delivers superior image quality - the hallmark of Nikon products - and features advanced ergonomics, which greatly enhance operational ease and comfort. The camera targets primarily users who demand the same degree of creative capability afforded by an SLR, will settle for nothing less than the best digital camera on the m... Read more
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JE 8:14pm on Monday, November 1st, 2010 
DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA. Great while it worked The CCD failed as in their 5700 model which was recalled and repaired at no charge. This was a very nice camera. size, features, many useful capabilities, 15 scenes slow to cycle up, no blur motion corection feature.
omro 10:00pm on Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 
The CCD sensor on this camera broke after only 15 months of careful use. I never banged the camera against anything. The CCD sensor on this camera broke after only 15 months of careful use. I never banged the camera against anything.
NDAdmin 2:34pm on Sunday, September 26th, 2010 
picture of item is incorrect The UR-E11 is indeed required to stepdown to use the ES-E28 with the Coolpix 5400.
ahowell 12:41pm on Thursday, August 26th, 2010 
Stay Away I have had this camera for 6 years. For the entire 6, I have been frustrated by the delay in writing the picture.
SuzyQ 8:39pm on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 
great first time digital camera expensive Easy to use, nice camera very poor battery ,only i hate this
!matt 6:38am on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 
Compared with other brand 5MP digital cameras, the coolpix 5400 is superior in picture quality, body design, and manual controls. solid design.
manuguy 6:27am on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 
NIKON 5400 EXCELLENT CAMERAI used it throughout a 6 month trip around suth america. it got wet i droped it several times and it still worked.
kaella 8:47pm on Sunday, June 20th, 2010 
The CCD sensor on this camera broke after onl...  Nice pics, flip-screren CCD guaranteed to fail
Niggle 11:00pm on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 
Really nice camera, worked well for 18 mo... then CCD issue. Horrible customer service! CCD recall does not cover 5400!!!
crubly 7:12pm on Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 
What can I say, had this camera for 3 years took 100s of photos, never let me down, fantastic!!!! none my first attempt in digital in 2003. Had a lot of fun with it. Still works perfectly after 27k pictures.
madams 10:23am on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 
This camera is unbeliveable for its price. It is no doubt the best camera per price ratio on the market. I have enjoy using this camera the short time I have had it. I am an insurance adjuster and take many pictures. I bought this camera after comparing and contrasting others for over a month.
ffhfghfg 12:17pm on Monday, March 22nd, 2010 
The camera worked very well for quite some time. Then images went black/blurry (CCD issue).
giannimiceli 9:26pm on Thursday, March 11th, 2010 
Nikon 5400 Very happy with the service received the camera in 2 days and got more that I expected Has served me well for years. I have owned the NikonE5400 for many years now and it has served me well. Of course it has it short comings.

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Nikon CoolPix 5400
Make sure battery is installed to retain settings. Turn camera to ON position.
Aperture Priority Setting: Turn the command dial to A and you will see a A in the lower left hand corner of your monitor White Balance: Attach your camera to the dome. Turn the lights full on and remove all objects from the dome except the flat white arch stage. Make sure all is white and bright. Press MENU once, arrow down to show all menus, arrow right, then arrow to White Balance, arrow right once, arrow down once to White Balance Preset. Arrow right while W hite Balance Preset is highlighted. Arrow down to MEASURE, then depress multi-selector to set white balance preset Metering:
Arrow down to METERING, arrow right, arrow down to CENTER-WEIGHTED, then depress the multi-selector to set the metering mode.

Image Quality:

Push the Menu button to get to the second page and select Image Quality, push right and arrow to up to Fine, then depress the multi-selector to set the Image Quality setting.

Focus Options:

Push the menu button to get to the third page of the shooting menu. Arrow down to the focus, and arrow right. Arrow right on AF Area Mode. Arrow down to Manual and depress the multi-selector to set you focal options.
Push Menu once to get to the fourth page of the shooting menu. Arrow down until you reach White Balance again. Arrow up and the highlight will disappear. Arrow right. You should now be in the setup menu. Arrow down until you get to the second page. The first item on the second page is the date. Arrow right on the date to enter date settings. Use up and down arrows on multi selector to set date. Arrow to the right to and depress the multi-selector to exit.

To Save Settings:

Arrow up to Controls. Arrow right on controls and arrow right on func. Arrow down to White Balance, and depress the multi-selector to retain settings. Push menu until you exit menu mode.
Macro-Mode: Push macro button (AF button) until the flower icon appears in the upper right hand corner of the monitor. No Flash Mode: Push the ISO button (top of camera left of the shutter button) until the No Flash icon appears beside the flower. F-STOP:
Push MODE button once and re lease. Then turn co mmand dial until the F -STOP number is F7.0.


0-360 Panoramic Optic Setup for Nikon Coolpix 5400
1) Mount Camera to tripod, securely, with lens pointing vertically. 2) Thread 0-360 Panoramic Optic (with thread adapter) to camera. (Do not overtighten.) 3) Adjust tripod until Optic is vertical (refer to bubble level on top of Optic). 4) Turn Power on, and set Mode to "A" (Aperture Priority) 5) First-time setup: Press Menu Button and set the following: Focus Options > AF Area Mode > Manual Focus Options > Auto Focus Mode > Single Speedlight options > Speedlight Control > Internal Off Image Quality/Size > FINE, 2592x1944 ISO > 100 6) Rotate Command Dial until "F8.0" appears on screen. This is your Aperture (F-stop). 7) Press Flash Button until appears on screen (Flash Off ). will appear on the screen). will appear on the screen). 8) Press AF Focus Button several times to turn Macro on. (A 9) Press AF button again to turn Timer on. (A
A note about Aperture, Depth of Field, and Field of View
Aperture- a mechanism behind the camera lens similar to the iris of your eye, opening and closing to adjust the amount of light entering the camera. The aperture opening also determines the Depth of Field of the image. Depth of Field- describes the objects in the image which are in focus, in terms of their distance from the camera. For example, a camera focused at 30m, with a Depth of Field of 8m, will have objects from 26-34m from the camera in focus. Objects closer than 26m or further than 34m will start to become blurry. Field of View- the vertical Field of View (vFOV) of the 0-360 attachment. The 0-360 has a vFOV of 115 degrees, meaning it will see from 52.5 above the horizon to 62.5 below the horizon. A smaller Aperture opening (higher F-Stop number) allows less light to enter the camera, but yields a higher Depth of Field. With a high F-Stop, the shutter speed needs to be slowed down to allow more light (else a dark photo), but will have more Depth of Field in focus. A larger Aperture opening (lower F-Stop number) allows more light to enter the camera, but a lower Depth of Field. This means the shutter speed can be faster, but fewer objects will be in focus. (With slower shutter speeds, moving objects may blur.) The 0-360 is designed to operate with a camera F-Stop of F8.0 or higher. This provides a high enough Depth of Field to allow the entire mirror to be in focus. With lower F-stops, the shutter speed can be increased, but the upper or lower portions (or both) of the mirror may not be entirely in focus. This means the image far above or far below the horizon may not be sharply focused. This may not be a problem, as many times the sky or the ground may not need to be sharply focused. With the Coolpix 5400, you should be able to get a vFOV of over 110 degrees, with good focus across the entire image. For best results, shoot a well-lit scene! With high F-Stops, you need good lighting, or longer exposure times.
10) Press 4-Way Control Pad down, to adjust focus area to below center. 11) Adjust Zoom until image of mirror just fills frame from top to bottom.
(NOTE: Depending on your camera's threads, the image may be slightly off-center. This is normal. A trick is to use a thin piece of paper or tape as a shim to align to center.)
12) Press the shutter release halfway down to set the focus. Adjust zoom again if necessary. 13) Press shutter realease fully to start the timer. You have 10 seconds to hide! 14) Advanced Users: Experiment with Bracketing to take multiple exposures at once. Then use software to composite the exposures together, yielding a higher dynamic range image.
Not Zoomed in enough! Proper Zoom Zoomed in too far!

Focus Point selected

'Donut' doesn't fill frame

'Donut' fills frame

'Donut' runs off frame
Thank you for purchasing the 0-360 Panoramic Optic! With proper care and handling, the Optic should give you years of service. Here are a few important handling instructions: 1) Do not touch, handle, or polish the mirror! While the mirror does have a protective coating, touching or rubbing on its surface can cause scratches. Use the dust blower provided to remove dust before shooting. Use lens cleaning paper or lens cloth only if absolutely necessary, and rub gently. NEVER use a paper towel or other material to clean. 2) Avoid dropping or mishandling the unit, as it is a sensitive glass optical device. 3) Store the unit in its carrying case when not in use, in an upright position and in a cool, dry environment. 4) Use care in threading the Optic into your camera, avoiding cross-threading.
The 0-360 Panoramic Optic is warranted against defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from date of purchase. This warranty does not cover damage caused by accident, abuse, misuse, exposure to the elements, or scratches to the mirror surface. If a defect in workmanship or material is discovered, will, at its option, repair or replace the Optic free of charge. Purchaser must first obtain a Return Authorization from, and return the unit properly packaged and freight prepaid.'s liability is limited to repair or replacement of the Optic only. This warranty supersedes all other warranties, express or implied.
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Please read the Care Instructions on back page.
Instructions for use with Nikon Coolpix 5400

Quick Start Guide



Technical specifications

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Positioned the top of Nikon's COOLPIX lineup, the COOLPIX 5400 is a compact, lightweight digital still camera with 5.1 effective megapixels and a powerful 4x zoom lens. It delivers superior image quality - the hallmark of Nikon products - and features advanced ergonomics, which greatly enhance operational ease and comfort. The camera targets primarily users who demand the same degree of creative capability afforded by an SLR, will settle for nothing less than the best digital camera on the market, and will not compromise when it comes to image quality. The COOLPIX 5400 also suits film-camera users who wish to take advantage of the impressive array of accessories available, to further extend their photographic potential. Any user in search of an extremely versatile, high-quality digital still camera will find the COOLPIX 5400 to be an exciting camera loaded with possibilities. Nikon's newly developed 4x Zoom-Nikkor lens, with its professional-quality 5.8-24mm (equivalent to 28-116mm in 35mm [135] camera format) focal range, offers outstanding optical performance thanks to the incorporation of an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens element to minimize chromatic aberration, and two ASP (aspherical) lenses for reduced distortion. Combined with the COOLPIX 5400's 5.1 effective megapixels, they virtually ensure remarkably clear, colorful images with excellent contrast. Nikon has equipped the COOLPIX 5400 with the all-new, highly functional Mode dial, which allows users to directly select exposure modes and set various shooting parameters. The Mode dial works in conjunction with the Command dial and the center-click Multi selector to make camera setting a surprisingly simple task - giving users the freedom to focus on capturing the images they want. The camera incorporates four exposure modes: Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] combine to give you the greatest degree of creative control possible. The COOLPIX 5400 also offers [AUTO] mode, in which the camera automatically performs settings and gives users high-quality point-and-shoot capability. And for striking images in practically any situation, the new COOLPIX features 15 versatile [SCENE] Modes - simply select the mode appropriate for the prevailing conditions, and characteristics such as exposure, focus, flash, contrast, sensitivity and white balance are automatically adjusted by the camera. The COOLPIX 5400 features many advanced digital controls - the new AE-BSS (Auto Exposure-Best Shot Selector) mode, Noise Reduction mode, Saturation Control and White Balance Bracketing among them - which are highly valuable in obtaining optimum image quality. Multiple capture modes receive considerable support from the large 64MB buffer memory, which enables the capture of up to 7 full-size (2, 592 x 1, 944-pixel) pictures at 3 frames per second (fps). To help ensure you don't miss those unexpected or fleeting moments, the COOLPIX 5400 incorporates the new 5 shot buffer mode. And the versatility of the camera is further enhanced by handy, innovative features such as movies with audio and the new Time-lapse movie mode, ideal for observational recording. The newest member of the COOLPIX family offers increased visibility even during daylight photography thanks to the new highly transmissible Vari-angle LCD monitor. And the compact, lightweight magnesium (Mg) alloy body has been designed for maximum durability and portability, and affords a secure, comfortable grip for stability during shooting. All essential accessories are supplied with the COOLPIX 5400 - a battery and charger, a CompactFlash Card, an A/V cable, a USB cable and the comprehensive Nikon View software package. The camera is also compatible with a host of optional accessories, including wideangle and telephoto converters and a newly designed fisheye converter. And the COOLPIX 5400's accessory shoe accommodates a number of Nikon's external Speedlights. This incredible collection of features and assortment of quality accessories help make the COOLPIX 5400 a truly special achievement in digital photography.

Product TypeDigital camera
Width4.3 in
Depth2.7 in
Height2.9 in
Weight0.7 lbs
Body MaterialMagnesium alloy
Main Features
Resolution5.1 Megapixel
Color SupportColor
Optical Sensor TypeCCD
Total Pixels5,260,000 pixels
Optical Sensor Size1/1.8"
Light SensitivityISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50
Digital Zoom4 x
Shooting ModesFrame movie mode
Shooting ProgramsSunset & moon, landscape, portrait mode, close-up, museum, party/indoor, back light, beach/snow, night portrait, fireworks, night landscape, dawn/dusk, panorama assist, copy, sports mode
Special EffectsBlack & White, Saturation, Contrast compensation
Max Shutter Speed1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed600 sec
Exposure MeteringSpot AF area, center-weighted, spot, matrix
Exposure ModesBulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority
Exposure RangeEV -1-18 - wide lens ( ISO 100 ) EV 0.5-18 - tele lens ( ISO 100 )
Exposure Compensation±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Auto Exposure Bracketing5 steps in 1/3 EV step
Exposure Metering Zones256
White BalanceCustom, automatic, presets
White Balance PresetsIncandescent, fluorescent, cloudy, speedlight, daylight, shade
White Balance BracketingYes
Digital Video FormatQuickTime
Still Image FormatJPEG, TIFF
Continuous Shooting Speed2 frames per second, 3 frames per second, 1.5 frames per second, 30 frames per second
Remote ControlOptional
Video CaptureQuickTime - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 180 sec - max clip duration QuickTime - 640 x 480 - 15 fps - 70 sec - max clip duration
Memory / Storage
Flash Memory1 x 16 MB flash - CompactFlash Card
Supported Flash MemoryCompactFlash
Image StorageHi TIFF 2592 x 1944 : 1 - with 16MB card Fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 6 - with 16MB card Normal JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 12 - with 16MB card Basic JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 24 - with 16MB card Hi TIFF 2592 x 1728 : 1 - with 16MB card Fine JPEG 2592 x 1728 : 7 - with 16MB card Normal JPEG 2592 x 1728 : 14 - with 16MB card Basic JPEG 2592 x 1728 : 27 - with 16MB card Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 16 - with 16MB card Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 31 - with 16MB card Basic JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 59 - with 16MB card Fine JPEG 1280 x 960 : 24 - with 16MB card Normal JPEG 1280 x 960 : 47 - with 16MB card Basic JPEG 1280 x 960 : 86 - with 16MB card Fine JPEG 1024 x 768 : 37 - with 16MB card Normal JPEG 1024 x 768 : 69 - with 16MB card Basic JPEG 1024 x 768 : 121 - with 16MB card Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 86 - with 16MB card Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 144 - with 16MB card Basic JPEG 640 x 480 : 229 - with 16MB card
Camera Flash
Camera FlashBuilt-in flash
Flash ModesForced mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode
Red Eye ReductionYes
Effective Flash Range1.6 ft - 15 ft
Lens System
TypeZoom lens - 5.8 mm - 24 mm - f/2.8-4.6
Focal Length5.8 mm - 24 mm
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera28 - 116mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, manual
Auto FocusTTL contrast detection
Auto Focus Points (Zones)5
Min Focus Range19.7 in
Macro Focus Range0.4 in - 19.7 in
Lens ApertureF/2.8-4.6
Optical Zoom4 x
Zoom AdjustmentMotorized drive
Lens Construction8 group(s) / 9 element(s)
FeaturesED glass, aspherical lens
Additional Features
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay10 sec, 3 sec
Flash TerminalHot shoe
Additional FeaturesAudio recording, built-in speaker, auto power save, digital noise reduction, DPOF support, display brightness control, AE/FE lock
Viewfinder TypeOptical - real-image zoom
Dioptric Correction Range-3 to +1
TypeLCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.5" - color
Display Form FactorRotating
Display Format134,000 pixels
TypeMicrophone - built-in
Microphone TechnologyElectret condenser
Microphone Operation ModeMono
Connector Type1 x composite video/audio output 1 x USB 1 x DC power input
Expansion Slot(s)1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II
SoftwareDrivers & Utilities
System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportMS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, Apple Mac OS 9.2, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple Mac OS 9, Apple Mac OS X 10.1.3 or later
Peripheral DevicesSVGA monitor, CD-ROM drive
System Requirements DetailsWindows 98SE/2000/ME/XP - Pentium - 300 MHz - 64 MB MacOS X 10.1.3 or later - 64 MB
Included AccessoriesLens cap, neck strap
Cables Included1 x A/V cable 1 x USB cable
Power DeviceBattery charger - external
Supported Battery Details1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 650 mAh ( included )
Run Time (Up To)110 min
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support1 year warranty
Universal Product Identifiers
Part Number25513



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