Fujifilm FinePix A340 Review

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Review posted 06/25/2004

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Fujifilm's sleek new entry-level FinePix A340 and the FinePix A330 offer faster operation times and improved power consumption with new, user-friendly menu navigation. The cameras allow first-time digital photographers to capture great pictures easily, while keeping the overall experience simple and fun.

The the FinePix A340 offers picture-takers 4.0 million effective pixels, the FinePix A330 offers 3.2 million effective pixels and a 3x optical zoom to capture bright, vivid images, combined with a 3x digital zoom, for printed images that look as real as life. Both cameras offer streamlined menu navigation, a quick playback mode and a slide-powered boot-up in sleek metallic bodies.

The camera offers four scene position modes usually found in more advanced Fujifilm cameras, including portrait, night, sports and landscape settings. The macro setting on both cameras allow users to capture images of items only 4 inches away from the lens. In addition, AVI movies can be captured at a rate of 10 frames per second.

The FinePix A330 and A340 offer a 3.3 second start-up time, and an increased efficiency in frame-to-frame shooting. Both models also offer improved power consumption, taking an average of 250 images (FinePix A330) and 220 images (FinePix A340) on a new set of AA alkaline batteries, with the flash on half of the time and LCD off. By using 2300mAh rechargeable NiMH batteries, the FinePix A330 can take 540 images and the FinePix A340 can take 460 images under the same conditions.

Both new FinePix models offer consumers best-quality printed images. The first Fujifilm digital cameras to offer consumers PictBridge compatibility for one-touch at-home printing, the FinePix A330 and A340 use Fujifilm's patented Image Intelligence to maximize color quality and image clarity.

FinePix A340 Zoom Features:

  • 4.1 million pixel CCD for up to 2272 x 1704 image size
  • 3x zoom (38-114mm equiv) plus 1.7x digital zoom
  • Movie Mode; 10fps w/out sound @ 320 x 240 or 160 x 120
  • 2 - 1/2000 sec Shutter Speeds
  • 1.5" LCD Color Monitor
  • Uses removable xD-Picture cards (16MB included)
  • Compact (4 x 2.4 x 1.2 inch) and stylish body
  • Very lightweight at just 5.1 oz. (excluding batteries)
  • Powered by two AA type batteries
  • USB connectivity and PictBridge direct-print
  • Picture Cradle & rechargeable battery pack (sold separately)

The FinePix A330 and FinePix A340 will ship with FinePix Viewer, ImageMixer VCD2 for FinePix, a 16MB xD- Picture Card, two AA alkaline batteries, USB cable, video out cable, wrist strap, and a Picture Cradle adapter. The FinePix A330 will be available in March 2004 at a list price of $199.99, and the FinePix A340 will ship in May 2004 at a list price of $249.99.

Fujifilm FinePix A340

The FinePix A330 and A340 are compatible with the optional Fujifilm Picture Cradle, which streamlines image downloads to the computer and video playback when connected to a television set. It also provides a stable platform for PC-Cam mode, as well as easy downloading and rapid battery recharging of the included NH-10 Ni-MH battery pack.

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Fujifilm FinePix A340

Fujifilm FinePix A340

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The FinePix A340 and a standard CD for size comparison.

Fujifilm FinePix A340

The 3-megapixel FinePix A330 and the 4-megapixel FinePix A340.

FinePix A340 Zoom Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels 4.1 million pixels
CCD Sensor 1/2.7-inch CCD (Number of Total Pixels: 4.23 million pixels)
Number of Recorded Pixels 2,272 x 1,704 (4MP), 1600 x 1200 (2MP), 1280 x 960 (1MP) pixels
File formats Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2), Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)*Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible
Storage Media xD-Picture Card (16MB to 512MB)
Recording capacity with one 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) Still images Movie
4MP (F) 4M (N) 2M 1M 320x240
10 16 25 33 Approx. 98 sec.
Lens Focal Length Equivalent to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom 1.7X (1280 x 960 pixels), 1.4X (1600 x 1200 pixels)
Focus Auto focus
Focus Range Normal: 2.0ft to infinity, Macro: 0.3ft. - 2.6ft.
Aperture Range F2.8/F4.5 (W) F5.6/F9.5 (T)
Viewfinder Real-image optical viewfinder
Exposure control Auto / Manual EV / Scene Position Modes
Sensitivity Auto: equivalent to ISO 100 with flash off
Shutter speed 2 sec - 1/2000 sec.
White balance Automatic, Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light)
Flash Auto flash using CCD as flash control sensor
Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
Effective range: 2.0 - 11.5 ft (W) - 2.0 - 9.8 ft (T)
LCD monitor 1.5-inch amorphous silicon TFT (60,000 pixels)
Camera Terminal USB 1.1 interface, 3v power-input socket, Video out via USB socket
Power source 2 AA alkaline batteries or NH-10 Ni-MH rechargeable battery pack, AC-3V AC adapter (optional)
Dimensions (WHD) 4.1 x 2.4 x 1.2 inch (104.1 x 61.5 x 31.3 mm)
Weight 5.1 oz / 145 g (excluding battery and media)
Shooting modes Auto, Preprogrammed Scene Position, Manual, Macro, Movie
Movie Recording 320 x 240 pixels up to 60sec. / 160 x 120 pixels up to 240sec.:
10 fps, AVI (Motion JPEG) without sound
Video Out NTSC and PAL User selectable
Playback Single frame (14.2x playback zoom), 9 multi frame
Accessories included 16MB xD-Picture Card
2 AA Alkaline Batteries
Cradle Adapter for FinePix A340
Wrist Strap
USB Cable
Video Cable
FinePix Viewer 4.1
Pixel VCD Image Mixer

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer)

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