Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by witters, Sep 17, 2003.
Anyone own this? It seems to meet my needs as a day to day camera but has mixed reviews.
I've was considering one of these as it seems to take the best bits of the old 5000 and improve on them. I know a few people with the 5000 and its a really great camera, lovely to use, so the 5400 is going to be a definite improvement. The main downsides I can see are the lack of AF assist lamp, operation speed and lack of a distance read-out in manual focus mode.
Think I'm gonna hold fire on buying for the moment as I want to see what the EOS300D does to the market - especially to secondhand dSLR prices.
Yes I have purchased a Nikon Coolpix 5400. My previous digital camera was Sony 3.2 megapixel and I was going to purchase a 5 megapixel Sony model but they were out of stock.
The only bad thing I can say about the coolpix is that its REALLY slow to save the photo to the card. It was taking 40 seconds but I have purchased a 512Mb Sandisk Ultra II memory card and its cut that time in half. Still 20 seconds is a long time. The camera wont do anything while its saving the photo so you cant take another one.
I have found a VERY thorough online review of this camera. E-mail me if you want the link.
I have a 5400. Don't understand the 40 second save; I would have guessed a second or two at the most. I haven't however tried using RAW (available through firmware update released about a month ago) - perhaps that's what PepeDuran means.
If yu want a reasonable wide angle without carrying around accessory lenses, this is one of the few cameras that has it. The range of accessories is also quite good. But a smaller camera would be easier to carry around with you all the time.
The extreme closeup capability is one of the best.
I'm also fairly settled on using compactflash cards rather than SD.
I am also impressed with the ongoing support Nikon gives its serious camera customers over the years. I don't believe Canon or Sony are so commited to long term support of individual camera models.
Choosing a camera involves choosing compromises that suit you. 5400 is still the best choice for me. For me, the wide angle on nearly every other compact digicam is unacceptable. Reviewers don't give this any weight, because it's an "abnormal" feature. But the real reason is that it's cheaper not to offer a decent wide angle.
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