Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Zoom Review

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Record Mode Screens & Menus

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd

The Auto record mode is a simple "Point-n-Shoot" mode. The line of icons across the top indicates the settings of the camera. The camera is in "auto" mode and the face detection option is enabled with the auto flash on. The yellow camera indicates which power option is active (clear display). The "8M" represents image resolution of 8 megapixels, "N" indicates Normal compression, and "214" is the number of remaining frames. Below the "auto" is the battery indicator.

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd

Half-pressing the shutter release locks the autofocus, showing the setting of the flash, aperture and shutter speed values.

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd

The Manual record mode lets you select values for many exposure options - see menu below. Shown here we have set the forced flash, Exposure Compensation and Spot Metering.

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd

In Picture Stabilization mode the camera boosts the ISO sensitivity (as high as ISO 2000), allowing you to use a fast shutter speed, which helps reduce the effects of camera shake and moving-subject blur.

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd

Manual record menu options:

    EXP. COMENSATION - ±2EV in 1/3 EV steps

    PHOTOMETRY - Multiple, Spot, Average

    WHITE BALANCE - Auto, Manual Preset, Daylight, Shade, "Daylight" Fluorescent, "Warm White" Fluorescent, "cool white" Fluorescent, Incandescent

    HIGH-SPEED SHOOTING - Continuous exposure mode; on or off

    CONTINUOUS - Top 2, Final 2 or Long-Period Continuous

    AF MODE - Center, Multi or Continuous

    SET-UP - enter the SETUP menu

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd

The camera modes are selected by a rotary dial on the back of the camera. When you turn the dial, the new mode will be shown and briefly described on the screen.

    Auto - automatic settings based on shooting conditions

    Picture Stabilization - Reduces camera shake and blur

    Natural Light - Retains natural light without the flash

    Portrait - Portrait with soft overall tone and beautiful skin tones

    Landscape - Clear scenic shots

    Movie - Movie recording with sound

    Manual - Automatic mode with several manual overrides

    Natural + Flash - 2 shots taken continuously with and without the flash

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd

Pressing the "F" button brings up the PhotoMode menu where you can select the following parameters. Shown here are the selections for A/S modes. In Auto mode ISO is locked to the auto setting, and in Manual mode you can choose from Auto(1600) and Auto(400):

    POWER MANAGEMENT - Power save, Quick AF, Clear Display

    ISO - Auto (400), Auto (800), Auto (1600) or 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

    QUALITY - 8M Fine, 8M Normal, 3:2 (8M mode for 4x6" prints), 4M, 2M, 0.3M

    COLOR MODE - Standard, Chrome (vivid), B&W

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd

The F40fd's Macro focus mode allows you to focus from approx. 2.0 in. to 2.6 ft. at Wide angle or 12 in. to 2.6ft at telephoto.

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd

Movie record mode, the recording size can be 640x480 or 320x240 @ 30fps with sound. The length depends on space available on the xD Card. The optical zoom lens can be set before recording begins but it can not be used during.

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