Features & Controls
Like the zoom magnification, the aperture range is limited, providing neither a very small aperture nor an extremely wide setting to help out in low-light situations.
- f3.4 (wide) - f5.6 (telephoto)
- 1.4 feet - infinity (wide)
- 6.5 feet - infinity (tele)
To combat blurry photos, the camera uses sensor-shift technology, moving its 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor in response to camera movement. To help capture shots in low light without using the flash, you can take advantage of higher ISO settings. You can set this manually when shooting in Program mode, from ISO 100 to ISO 3200. However, if you choose ISO 3200, the camera will change the image size from Large 4:3 to Small 4:3. Even so, you can't expect top-notch results. Even on the low-resolution 3-inch LCD, zooming in on a shot taken at ISO 1600 clearly showed rampant digital noise and chromatic aberrations (color spots).
This side view shows the 10X zoom lens at full magnification. The body is quite slim, at 1.1 inch deep without the lens extended, making it very pocketable. The indentation in the middle of the panel is for attaching the wrist strap. There are no ports on this or the opposite side of the camera body - the USB port is on the bottom.
The small flash on the T400 doesn't have a specified range, but in my testing it was quite limited. At roughly 10 feet the light fell off dramatically, limiting its use to very close subjects. In many situations, you can't expect it to light up a background nearly as well as it will the faces in a portrait, for example.
The 3-inch LCD has a modest resolution of 230,000 dots. That's enough to enjoy looking at your photos and movies, but the sharpness and color saturation won't wow you.
The controls on the back are very basic. Note the rocker button at top right that operates the zoom. If you've grown accustomed to a zoom ring around the shutter button, this might take a little getting used to.
There are no buttons on the top of the camera ,except the shutter button and power button. There is no zoom ring around the shutter button, as previously mentioned - you use a rocker button on the back panel for zooming.
Between the battery/memory card compartment and the tripod mount on the underside of the camera is the mini USB/AV port. No need to open a door or pull back a flap to access it. If you want to play back movies or photos on your TV, however, you'll need to purchase an optional AV cable (not included). While convenient, having no cover causes some concern of debris or moisture of entering this open port, and possibly causing issues.
The Finepix T400 supports the usual memory card suspects: SD, SDHC and SDXC. The camera has no internal memory. The memory card slips in next to the battery behind a hinged door on the underside of the camera.
Battery life of the rechargeable Li-ion battery is a disappointing 160 shots. To charge the battery you leave it in the camera and connect the camera to the charger via USB cable. This makes charging a spare pack difficult, however you can top off the battery with any powered USB port (slower), or with the included USB/AC Adapter (faster).
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