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FinePix 40i

First Look posted 9/25/00
Full Review posted 10/1/00

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The FinePix 40i is an ultra-compact digital camera featuring the high-resolution 1/1.7-inch Fujifilm 2.4-megapixel SuperCCD. Still images are captured in 2400x1800, 1280x960 or 640x480 and saved in Exif v2.1 JPEG format.  It can also record & playback up to 80 seconds of motion-JPEG as 320 x 240 AVI video with sound.

The FinePix 40i is housed in a highly durable metallic silver or blue metal body that fits easily into your pocket or purse. When the camera is not in use the lens is protected by a builtin metal lens cover. The 40i is also a very fast camera, it processes and stores even the largest images as fast as you can press the shutter button.

Fujifilm FinePix 40i

The FinePix 40i is true multimedia device and functions as both a digital camera and an audio player for MP3 files. Shown here with the included remote control and ear buds. You can use other third-party headphones that have stereo mini-plugs.

The audio remote control has volume up/down, rewind, fast forward, play, pause and stop buttons as well as an LCD info display that shows the battery condition, track #, volume info, audio mode and playback indicator. The audio system has a 2-level bass boost circuit and playback can be set for normal, repeat all or repeat track.

The remote also serves as a camera control. In still image mode it can trip the shutter and operate the digital zoom. In playback mode it can control the slideshow functions. It can not be used in movie mode.

Fujifilm FinePix 40i

The 1.8-inch color LCD monitor has 110,000 pixels of resolution and can be used for preview or review purposes. It is also used to change the camera and exposure settings via the onscreen menu system. The 40i also has a small eyelevel optical viewfinder so you can take pictures without using the the color LCD.

Fujifilm FinePix 40i

On the top is the flash mode button, combination Power and Audio switch and the shutter release. All other controls are located on the back.

Fujifilm FinePix 40i

The bottom is flat with an off-center tripod mount and the battery/SM card access door.

Fujifilm FinePix 40i Fujifilm FinePix 40i

Here's the left and right side views, note speaker for audio playback.

Fujifilm FinePix 40i

The small Mode Dial switches between Record, Playback and Movie modes. Next to that is two buttons and an up/down switch for navigating menus, controlling the digital zoom and picture review. The DISP button turns the color LCD on and off and controls the onscreen data overlays. The BACK and MENU/OK buttons are also used for operating the camera's menu system.

Fujifilm FinePix 40i

Closeup view of the controls on top of camera. On the left is the flash mode button. The Power button when flipped to the left enables the MP3 audio player. The large silver button is the shutter release.

Fujifilm FinePix 40i

The I/O ports include a high-speed USB for download or upload. Software is included that lets the computer "see" the camera as a USB Mass Storage Device for easy upload or download of images or song files. The A/V Out port lets you connect the camera to a TV set and has adjustable NTSC or PAL format. The Remote jack is for the included remote control for playback of MP3 song files and remote control of some camera functions. The DC IN jack is for the optional AC power adapter.

Fujifilm FinePix 40i

On the bottom of the camera is the combination battery and SmartMedia card compartment. Included with the camera is a set of two high-capacity NiMH rehargeable batteries and and a wall charger. Any capacity 3.3v SmartMedia card may be used, a 16MB (8MB in some areas) card is included.

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The FinePix 40i is a very compact camera indeed.

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Fujifilm FinePix 40i Specifications

Image Sensor: 2.4-megapixel 1/1.7 inch Fujifilm SuperCCD with primary color filter.
Color Depth: 10 bit x 3 colors.
Recording Pixels: 2400 x 1800
800 x 600
640 x 480
320 x 240 AVI movie @ 10fps
Sensitivity: ISO 200 equivalent
File Formats: Exif v2.1 JPEG (compressed), AVI, DPOF.
Quality Levels: Fine, Normal or Basic in 2400 x 1800
Fine, Normal in 1280 x 960
Normal in 640 x 480
Recording Modes Single shot
Self-timer (10s)
Movie (motion-JPEG) AVI, up to 80 secs
Storage Media: SmartMedia 3.3v (2MB - 64MB)
Lens: Super EBC Fujinon 8.3mm (36mm on 35mm camera) F2.8
Focusing System:
  Type: TTL contrast detection autofocus system
  Focusing Range:
    Autofocus 1.6ft (50cm) to infinity in normal mode.
2.3in (6cm) to 1.6ft (50cm) in Macro mode.
Exposure Control:
  Metering System: 64-zone TTL metering
  Exposure Modes: Program AE
  Exposure Compensation: +1.5 to -1.5 EV (1/3 steps)
Shutter Electronic shutter: approx. 1/1000 sec. to 1/4 sec.
Flash Built-in auto flash. Automatic, Flash-On, Flash-Off, Slow-sync, Red-eye.
        Flash Effective Range 1.3ft - 8.2ft (0.4m - 2.5m)
White Balance Auto, Sunny, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1, 2, 3
LCD Monitor 1.8 inch, low temperature poly-silicon TFT color LCD with 110,000 pixels. Adjustable brightness control.
Review Mode Images can be played back fullscreen
Fullscreen with zoom
Edited (resized)
and Deleted.
Interfaces Audio/Video output terminal (NTSC/PAL)
USB terminal
Remote control
DC input terminal.
Power Sources Two AA size batteries, NiMH rechargeables included.
Dimensions 3.4(W) x 2.8(H) x 1.1(D) inches
Weight approx. 7.4 oz. incl. batteries and SM card.

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