Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Zoom Review

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Review posted 9/05/2007

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Digital photographers will be able to capture great shots in various conditions with the versatile, 8-
megapixel FujiFilm FinePix F40fd digital camera. It offers powerful features like Face Detection Technology, 2.5-inch LCD, and Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens.

Combining quick performance and ease of use, the Finepix F40fd is a compact and stylish digital camera. It's packed with features that make it easy for new photographers to get great pictures, and experienced digital camera buffs will love the advanced photographic capabilities that result in exceptional performance. These include Face Detection Technology by Fujifilm, a hardware based system using Fujifilm's proprietary dedicated LSI chip, which can detect up to 10 human faces in a scene in as little as 5/100's of a second, and Dual Shot Mode, a convenient function that takes two shots in rapid succession, one with flash and one without, letting the user decide on the best picture.

Life doesn't give too many second chances, and a group photo can be tough to capture. The F40fd's Face Detection Technology makes it easy. It sets the correct focus and exposure automatically, regardless of where subjects are located within the frame. Face Detection Technology can even perform flawlessly in difficult focusing and lighting conditions, such as off-center subject faces, low light situations, and even back lit conditions. Fujifilm's Face Detection Technology also enhances playback functions with the ability to zoom in on each detected face automatically. Now users can check to make sure everyone's eyes were open and they're smiling, crop images for the perfect portrait and perform a variety of other functions to make sharing more fun.

Frequently, pictures taken in evening environments, birthday parties or any dim-lit situation can create
problems for some digital cameras. The FinePix F40fd allows users to effortlessly capture the moment as their eye sees it, with tremendous clarity and low noise, using Fujifilm's Real Photo technology. Thanks to the 6th generation FinePix Super CCD-HR chip and the RP processor, the Finepix F40fd can utilize ISO settings of up to 2000, capturing stunning images even in low light while preserving the natural color and clarity of the shot.

To make it easy for consumers to achieve blur-free results, the F40fd also features Fujifilm's "Picture
Stabilization" mode. Not only does Picture Stabilization reduce the "blur" effect from the photographer's
hand-shake, it also adjusts for subject movement, and compensates for low light shooting, making it a
comprehensive solution to prevent blurry photos. This easy-to-identify, automatic setting lets the camera
choose the correct light sensitivity and shutter speed for the highest quality digital pictures, with sharp,
clean and clear results.

At times using a flash may be necessary to help secure adequate lighting, the F40fd's Intelligent-Flash
system, or "i-Flash" comes into play. i-Flash detects subtle lighting differences within a scene, and then
varies the flash intensity accordingly. It also uses the high sensitivity settings of the camera to enable
it to use less flash power, preventing overexposure that so many flash units leave you with. The result
is pleasing, natural tones with no flash "wash-out".

Like many of Fuji's 2007 models, the FinePix F40fd features an xD/SD Compatible memory card slot which accepts not only Fujifilm's traditional xD-Picture Cards but also Secure Digital (SD) cards.

FinePix F40fd Features:

  • 8.3 million pixel Super CCD HR sensor
  • Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens (36-108mm equiv)
  • Compact and stylish metal alloy body
  • Movie Mode; 640×480 30fps w/sound AVI format
  • Auto, Manual, and 15 Scene modes (including Picture Stabilization)
  • Intelligent Face Detection technology
  • Large 2.5" LCD color monitor with approx. 100% frame coverage
  • Shutter speeds from 3 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (depends on shooting mode)
  • ISO equivalent from 100 - 1600 (Up to ISO2000 in Anti-blur/Natural Light mode)
  • The Continuous capture modes (Top-2, Final-2, Long-period) Maximum of 1.3 fps up to 2 frames.
  • Includes approx. 25MB of internal memory
  • Uses removable xD-Picture Card or SD memory cards
  • Powered by rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • USB 2.0 (High-speed) connectivity and PictBridge direct-print compatible

The FinePix F40fd is available now with a retail price of US$299.

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The FinePix F40fd and a standard CD for size comparison.

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The FinePix F40fd and the 9-megapixel FinePix A900.

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FinePix F40fd Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels

8.3 million pixels
CCD Sensor 1/ 1.6-inch Super CCD HR
Number of Recorded Pixels Still image: 3,296 × 2,472 / 3,504 × 2,336 (3:2 format) / 2,304 × 1,728 /1,600 × 1,200 / 640 X 480 pixels
Movie: 640 × 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.), 320 × 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
Storage Media Internal memory (approx. 25MB)
xD-Picture Card or SD Card ( 16MB - 2 GB )
File format Still image : JPEG (Exif Ver.2.2 )
Movie : AVI (Motion JPEG )
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Recording Capacity with (256 xD Picture Card (not included) Still images Movie
8MP(F) 8MP(N) 3:2 3MP 2MP 0.3MP
640×480 320×240
63 126 126 257 409 1,997
Approx. 223 sec. Approx 7.3min
Lens Fujinon 3 XOptical zoom lens , F2.8 - F5.1
Lens Focal Length f=8.0mm - 24.0mm, Equivalent to 36-108mm on a 35mm camera
Focus Auto Focus( Single,Continuous, Center,Multi)
AF assist illuminator available
Focus Distance Normal : approx. 60 cm to infinity
Macro:Wide Angle: Approx. 7cm to 80cm

Telephoto: Approx. 30cm to 80cm
Shutter speed 3 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (depend on Shooting mode)
Aperture Wide-angle:F2.8 - F8, 10 steps in 1/3 EV increments
Telephoto:F5.1 - F8, 10 steps in 1/3 EV increments
Sensitivity Auto /Equivalent to 100/200/400/800/1600(standard output sensitivity)/(up to ISO2000 on Anti-blur/Natural Light mode)
Exposure control TTL 256-zones metering(Multi/Spot/Average)
Exposure mode Programmed AE
White balance Automatic scene recognition
Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light), Custom
LCD monitor 2.5 inches, Aspect ratio: 4:3, Approx 230,000 pixels, Coverage Approx. 100%
Flash Auto flash
Effective range: (ISO AUTO): Wide-angle: approx. 0.6 - 6.5m / 2.0 - 21.3 ft

Telephoto: approx. 0.6 - 3.5m / 2.0 - 11.5 ft

Flash mode : Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.

Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro.
Self-timer Approx.10sec./ 2 sec. delay
Video Output NTSC / PAL selectable
Digital input/output USB High-speed
Power supply NP-70 Rechargeable Battery, AC Power Adapter AC-5VC
Dimensions 95.7(W)� 59.0(H)� 23.3(D) mm/3.8(W)� 2.3(H)� 0.9(D) in.(excluding accessories and attachments)
Weight Approx. 175 g/6.2 oz.(excluding accessories, batteries and Media Card)
Digital Zoom Approx 6.90 X
Shooting Modes Normal : Auto, Picture Stabilization, Scene Position ,Macro, Movie, Burst/Continuous,
SP: Natural Light,Natural Light& with Flash,



Museum,Party,Flower Close-Up,Text

Continuous : 1.Top-2 ( max.1.3 frames/sec., up to 2 frames)

2.Final-2 ( max.1.3 frames/sec)

3.Long-period ( max.0.6frame/sec. Up to

memory card size)
Movie Recording 640 × 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
320 × 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec.

With monaural sound, AVI format (Motion JPEG)

* Zoom function cannot be used during movie recording.
Voice Memo Up to 30 sec.WAV format
Photography functions Intelligent face detection, power management,Best framing,Frame No.memory
Playback functions Intelligent face detection,Slide show,Trimming, Single frame, 9 Multi-frame , Sorting by date,Image rotate, Voice Memo
Automatic playback, IR Communication
Optional accessories xD-Picture Card ™ : 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB,256MB,512MB,1GB,2GB
AC Power Adapter AC-3VX

Battery Charger BC-70

* Specifications as represented from manufacture, subject to change without notice.

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