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Compact digital camera offering exceptional wide-angle 24-85mm* zoom, the clarity of 8.0 effective megapixels and a range of other advantages.
* 35mm equivalent

Introduction, Shooting Modes, i-TTL Speedlight and Image Control,
New Batteries and Accessories, Specifications + Press Release, Image Samples

Sept 17th, 2004. Update: Nikon Canada has today announced the manufacturer's recommended retail price (MSRP) for the Nikon Coolpix 8400 at $1099 CAN. The camera is expected to be available by October.





Sept 16th, 2004. Nikon has today introduced the Nikon Coolpix 8400, a digital camera featuring 8 megapixels of effective resolution and a versatile 24-85mm (35mm equivalent) zoom capability, fast AF, and a number of other new features.

The Nikon Coolpix 8400 is the first in the industry to be equipped with a built-in 24-mm wideangle lens. With a focal range of 24-85mm in 35mm terms, the Coolpix 8400 offers an impressive wide-angle zoom capability, allowing you to capture a wide range of subjects from landscapes to portraits.

With the optional new Nikon optical lens converter WC-E75 (.x75), the Nikon Coolpix 8400 offers wideangle lens coverage equivalent to an 18mm lens in 35mm terms. (Architecture, Landscapes, Interiors)

The Coolpix 8400 also allows macro shooting from as close as 3cm (1.2 inches), enabling the user to fill the screen with small objects with fine details.

The Nikon Coolpix 8400 becomes one of the most advanced models in the Coolpix line. Along with the simultaneously announced Nikon Coolpix 8800, the Coolpix 8400 offers TTL flash capability when used with Nikon's external SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlights.

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Nikon Coolpix 8400 Major Features

  • 8 megapixels of effective resolution delivered by 2/3-inch-type CCD

  • 24-85mm equiv. coverage; f/2.6-f/4.9; 10 elements in 7 groups; two glass molded ED lens elements

  • Newly adopted JPEG EXTRA recording mode offers higher image quality with less compression (compression rate: 1/2)
  • New TTL compatible (SB-600 and SB-800) flash hotshoe to accommodate attachment of external dedicated Nikon SB-series Speedlights. Supports TTL, Auto Zoom, Red-eye reduction and AF assist function with Nikon SB-600 and SB-800 series flash units

  • Quick response: fast startup and shutter release

  • New convenient top and rear of camera control dials (SLR type). Comfortable grip for a firm hold when shooting

Nikon Coolpix 8400 Top View

  • Fast - Passive Priority Hybrid Auto Focus System: Ranging AF using AF ranging sensor and contrast-detect TTL AF with AF-assist illuminator. Manual 9-area multi AF selectable as well
  • New 1100 mAh EN-EL 7 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery (approx. 240 shots), and Nikon MH-56 charger. Optional Li-Ion EN-EL7e battery pack with 4 step power level check
  • New D-Lighting feature in Playback mode compensates only the underexposed areas of a picture without altering the properly exposed areas

  • Advanced Red-Eye Reduction feature: the camera automatically removes most instances of red-eye

  • Continuous shooting (Continuous H) up to five full-size images at 2.3 fps

  • Real-Time Histogram display helps you choose the best exposure value
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection for fast download

  • 1.8 inch vari-angle 270° TFT-LCD monitor, 134,000 pixels. Brightness and hue adjustment

  • Wide range of optional system accessories including: Battery grip MB-CP10, Wideangle Optical Lens Converter Attachment WM-E75 (18mm equiv.), New Telephoto Optical Lens Converter TC-E3PF / TC-E3ED, Fisheye Converter FC-E9, Lens Hood HN-CP12, and new dedicated thread in Coolpix Filters FF- CP10NC (Skylight), FF-CP10CPL (Circular Polarizer), FF-CP10ND4 (Neutral Density)

  • 15 versatile preset Scene Modes or Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] exposure modes for creative control

  • AE-BSS (Auto Exposure-BSS) for automatic selection of the best relative exposure - choose from highlighted or shadowy areas
  • Saturation control (5 steps and B&W), settings for in-camera color control

  • 5 shot buffer mode retains the last 5 shots when the shutter button is continually pressed and then released in order to capture unexpected or fleeting moments

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8.0 effective megapixels
The 2/3-inch-type CCD realizes 8.0 effective megapixels, which makes images of exceptionally high definition possible - even when cropped.

24-85mm (35mm equiv.) optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix 8400 offers a versatile 24-85mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.6-f/4.9 optical zoom lens capability. The Nikkor lens is constructed of 10 elements in 7 groups, and features two glass molded ED lens elements that minimize chromatic aberration.

Two ED lens elements minimize chromatic aberration

Durable, ergonomic design
The Coolpix 8400 comes in a compact, lightweight, easy-to-handle magnesium alloy body. The camera's ergonomic design and style come from famed industrial designer Giorgetto GIUGIARO (Same as Nikon D2H, D70)

Mg Alloy inner body of the Coolpix 8400

New Controls Dials

The Coolpix 8400 features a convenient mode dial on the top of the camera (similar to Coolpix 5400), with settings for
manual exposure control modes (P, S, A, M), Scene, Movie, Setup, Image Quality, ISO, White Balance (WB) and Playback options.

Top mode dial

A new thumb control wheel dial on the top right back of the camera, allows for quicker and easier access to selecting features and changing settings.

Rear thumb control wheel dial

The Coolpix 8400 also features a multi selector pad on the back of the camera. The multi selector is used to navigate through the camera menus.

Multi selector

Professional creative control

Nikon's exclusive image processing technology provides natural color reproduction, detail and gradation. The Coolpix 8400's 256-segment Matrix Metering system helps ensure ideal exposures in even the most challenging lighting conditions. For added control, the Coolpix 8400 also offers Center-Weighted, Spot, and Spot-AF area metering.

LCD Monitor and Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)

The Nikon Coolpix 8400 offers a 1.8-inch-type, 270° Vari-angle LCD monitor with 134,000 pixels, which makes it easy to view and compose shots from above the head, from the waist or other imaginative angles. A 5 step brightness adjustment is available for different viewing conditions.

The 235,000 pixel Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) provides high resolution for greater contrast and clearer image display. There is a diopter adjustment dial available: -3 to +1m

Exposure contro
The Nikon Coolpix 8400 offers a variety of exposure control options, including: Programmed Auto (P), Shutter-Priority Auto (S), Aperture-Priority Auto (A), and Manual (M), as well as exposure compensation ( ±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps ), and auto exposure (AE) bracketing.

Scene Modes

For ease of use, the Coolpix 8400's Scene shooting mode offers a menu of fifteen "Scenes", each corresponding to a common situation, such as a backlight subject, sunset or interior shot.
Simply select the mode appropriate to your lighting conditions, and the camera will automatically adjust the aperture, shutter speed, focus, flash, contrast, sensitivity and white balance.

Scene mode selections

The Scene Modes include: Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night landscape, Museum, Fireworks show, Close up, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist, Sports and Dusk/Dawn.


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