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FinePix 1400 Zoom

Posted 5/8/2000


Fuji FinePix 1400

The Fuji FinePix 1400 Zoom is an entry-level digital camera that delivers incredible image quality. The stylish silver and black plastic body is both lightweight and highly durable. The camera's 3x optical zoom lens is smooth and quiet in operation and has a sliding cover that protects it when you're not taking pictures. The 1400 Zoom is small enough to slide into your pants pocket or it can easily be carried around for hours with little to no fatigue.

The 1.31 million pixel CCD imager yields finished images with a maximum size of 1280 x 960 pixels in three different levels of JPEG compression (Fine, Normal or Basic). The user can select to capture in either the 1280 x 960 or 640 x 480 image size depending on your end use or storage capability. The sensitivity of the imager is rated at ISO 125 with EV compensation of +1.5 to -0.9 available in the manual record mode. White balance is also user adjustable with an automatic setting and six other presets when in manual operation. Exposure metering is via Fuji's 64-zone TTL (through the lens) system.

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Fuji FinePix 1400

The FinePix 1400 Zoom has a 1.6-inch color LCD but no monochrome data LCD, any changes made in manual mode must be accomplished on the color LCD.   Outdoors in the sunlight it is difficult to see and even indoors it can be a challenge as the lettering is quite small.   It's OK for reviewing images (except outdoors), a 4x zoom playback option lets you scroll around the magnified picture. If used as the viewfinder the refresh rate is near realtime, there is no jerky display or smearing as the camera is panned around.

Fuji FinePix 1400

The obviously "different" styling of this camera is apparent from this view. It somewhat resembles the Olympus cameras but it's the first we have seen of this design from Fuji.

Fuji FinePix 1400

The bottom of the camera is flat and works well on a tripod but the tripod socket is not positioned in the center of balance or the nodal point of the camera.

Fuji FinePix 1400

The optical viewfinder is large but it has a fairly narrow viewing angle. There is no diopter adjustment. Left-eyed shooters will find their nose dead-center in the color LCD. The LED indicates autofocus condition and when the camera is processing an image.

Fuji FinePix 1400

The controls are minimal and clearly marked. The DISP button turns on the LCD display or cycles through the available display options in record modes. In Play mode it toggles you from full screen to thumbnail index mode. The lightning bolt is the flash control, it cycles through the modes (auto, off, forced on, redeye and slow-sync). The CANCEL/BACK and MENU/EXE buttons are for navigating the menus and confirming or canceling actions.

Auto Mode Menu

Fuji FinePix 1400

In auto mode you can enable macro mode or the selftimer or change to manual mode. The Selftimer otpion is only available in auto mode.

Manual Mode Menus

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Macro mode On/Off EV compensation +1.5 to -0.9
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White Balance Options Mode: Auto or Manual or Setup

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FinePix 1400 Specifications

Camera FinePix 1400 Zoom
Sensor Resolution (Pixels) 1/2.7 inch, CCD, 1.31 million pixels
Image Dimensions 1280 x 960 or 640 x 480
Compression Levels Fine, Normal, Basic
Sensitivity - ISO equivalent ISO 125
Lens Type Fujinon glass aspherical
Lens - Focal Length
(35mm equivalent)
38 - 114mm
Lens - Aperture Range f/3.5 - f/9.5
Filter Threads none
Shutter Speed Range 1/4 - 1/1,000 sec
White Balance Auto, Sunny, Partly Sunny, Daylight Flourescent, Cool White Flourescent, Warm White Flourescent, Incandescent
Exposure TTL, Automatic (64-segment)
Exposure Compensation +1.5 to -0.9 EV, 0.3EV steps
Self-Timer 10 seconds
(only useable in Auto Recording mode)
Focus Autofocus
Focus Range Normal:   31.5 inches to infinity
Macro:   3.9 - 31.5 inches
Storage SmartMedia 3.3v, 4MB Standard
Image Capacity 6 - 69 (4 Meg card)
File Format JPEG
Image Capture Time
(High Res)
1.5 - 2.5 seconds
Data I/O High-Speed USB
Playback Features 4x Zoom, Image Resize, DPOF
Video Output No
Flash Range Wide:  7.9 in - 11.5 ft
Tele:   2.6 ft - 11.5 ft
Flash Modes Auto, Forced On, Off, Red-eye reduction,
"slow synchro" flash
Viewfinder Optical and color LCD
LCD Screen 1.6", color TFT, with 55,000 pixels
Power Four (4) AA cells, alkaline, NiMH or NiCd
5VDC Input Jack Optional AC power adapter
Size 2.6 x 4.9 x 1.5 inches (HWD)
Weight 13.4 ounces (350g)
Software Adobe PhotoDeluxe 3.0, Acrobat Reader 4.0, QuickTime 4.0, USB drivers, Exif Viewer and DP Editor
Optional Accessories Floppy-disk adapter, USB card reader
8, 16, 32, 64MB SmartMedia cards

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