Fujifilm FinePix F401 Zoom Review

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FinePix F401

Full review posted 09/27/02

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Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. continues its introduction of new cameras with the FinePix F401 digital camera. The FinePix F401's ultra-slim, trend-setting metallic body is sure to turn heads. It is one of the smallest 2.1-effective- megapixel zoom digital cameras in its category and features Fujifilm's third-generation Super CCD sensor and optional PC-sync cradle. The F401 is the perfect solution for those looking for excellent picture-taking performance, advanced multimedia features and pocket-sized convenience.

The FinePix F401 third-generation Super CCD image sensor system reflects significant advancements in the company's digital imaging technology history, enabling the camera to offer consumers such advantages as images with 2304 x 1728 (3.98 million) recorded pixels and ultra- high ISO sensitivity. Fujifilm's new, proprietary image processing method, known as Pixel Data Coupling Technology, along with a new noise reduction technology enable the FinePix F401 and other third-generation Super CCD models to deliver ISO sensitivities all the way up to 1600 in one megapixel mode while minimizing CCD "noise."

The Fujifilm FinePix F401 features a third generation Super CCD sensor system with 2.1 million effective pixels, the FinePix F401 can record 2304 x 1728 (3.98 million) pixels for clear, colorful 11 x 16-inch prints. This stylish, lightweight metal body camera measures a mere 3.3" W x 2.7" H x 1.1 "D and weighs only 6.5 ounces without batteries. One of the smallest zoom digital cameras in its class, the FinePix F401's ultra-slim body houses the camera's Super EBC Fujinon 3x optical, retractable zoom (with up to 3.6x digital zoom) lens, enabling picture- takers to capture detailed close-ups.

The FinePix F401 can capture a total of over 13 minutes of 320x240 AVI digital video with sound on a 128MB SmartMedia card at 10 frames per second (maximum per clip is 120 secs) or email-ready 160 x 120 resolution at 10 fps. With the camera's built-in microphone, picture takers can attach 30-second voice notes to each photo, allowing users to further enhance their memories or photo albums with narration.

The F401's automatic shutter speeds range from 1/4 to 1/1000 of a second with adjustable ISO sensitivity of 200/400. It also includes a high sensitivity one-megapixel (1280 x 960) mode at ISO 800/1600 that features Fujifilm's Pixel Data Coupling noise reduction technology for crisp, clear photos. Enabling picture takers to capture just the right image, the camera offers continuous, full-resolution shooting at three fps up to four frames or a special last-four-frame-only continuous shooting mode which enables photographers to record the last four frames of the subject after releasing the shutter button - a great feature for sports and action photography.

The FinePix F401 can also operate as a PC-cam permitting users to experience video conferencing via computer with friends, family or co-workers.

FinePix F401 Zoom Features:

  • 1/2.7" 2.1 Million Effective Pixel Super CCD
  • Up to 4.0 Million Output Pixels (2304 x 1728)
  • Fujifilm's new 3rd generation Super CCD
  • 3x zoom (38-114mm equiv) plus 3.6x digital zoom
  • Movie Mode; 320 x 240: 10fps, up to 120 sec's
    160 x 120: 10fps, up to 480 sec's, all with sound
  • Continuous Shooting Mode; Top-4 frame cont. up to 4 frames @ 0.3 sec. intervals
    Final-4 frame cont. up to 4 frames @ 0.3 sec. intervals w/i 8 sec.
  • Voice Memo - up to 30 sec. Picture Annotations
  • Auto or Manual exposure control
  • 1/4 - 1/2000 sec Shutter Speeds
  • ISO Modes; 200/400 and 800/1600 (1 MegaPixel Mode only)
  • 1.5" LCD Color Monitor
  • Uses removable SmartMedia cards (4-128MB)
  • Optional USB / Battery Charger Cradle (sold separately)
  • Weighs only 6.5 oz. (excluding battery)

The FinePix F401 is available now for about $399.99.

Fujifilm FinePix F401

In addition, an optional PC-sync PictureCradle, for fast camera-to-computer photo transfer via USB cable, PC- cam videoconferencing and easy recharging of the camera's battery is available for $79.99.

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The Fujifilm FinePix F401 and a standard CD for size comparison.

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FinePix F401 Zoom Specifications

Sensor Type 1/2.7-inch 3rd Generation Super CCD in an interwoven pattern

Number of total pixels: 2.11 million
Number of Effective Pixels: 2.1 million

Number of Recorded pixels 2304 x 1728 (4.0 million via 'SuperCCD' interpolation)
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480 pixels
File format Still image: JPEG (Exif 2.2, DCF compliant, DPOF-compatible)

Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)

Audio: WAV format

Storage Media SmartMedia Card (3.3V, 2MB to 128MB)
Lens Super EBC Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens
Zoom 3x optical 5.7mm - 17.1mm
(equivalent to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera)

Digital zoom: 3.6x

Focus TTL contrast-type type Autofocus
Focus Range Normal: 2.0ft to Inf.
Macro: 0.3 to 2.6 ft
Aperture F 2.8/7.0(wide angle) F 4.8/11.6(tele)
Viewfinder Real-image optical viewfinder w/ approx. 80% coverage
Sensitivity ISO 200/400 equivalent;

ISO 800/1600 equivalent (only at 1,280 x 960 pixel mode)

Shutter Speed 1/4 - 1/2000 sec.(depends on shooting mode)
Shooting modes Auto, Manual
Exposure Modes Programmed AE
Exposure compensation in Manual Mode
Exposure Control 64 Zone TTL Metering; Exposure compensation
White Balance Auto, 6 positions selectable in Manual Mode (Fine, Shade, Daylight Fluorescent, Warm White Fluorescent, Cool White Fluorescent, Incandescent Light)
Flash Effective range:
  • Wide: 15.7 in. - 11.5 ft
  • Tele: 15.7 in. - 6.6 ft

    Auto flash using flash control sensor

    Flash mode (auto, red-eye reduction, forced flash, suppressed flash, slow syncro)

  • Self-timer Approx. 10 sec.
    Movie: 320 x 240: 10fps, up to 120 sec's
    160 x 120: 10fps, up to 480 sec's

    AVI� (Motion JPEG) with sound.

    Voice Memo WAV format, Monaural, up to 30 sec's
    LCD Monitor 1.5-inch low temp. polysilicon TFT (114,000 pixels)
    Playback Single frame (with 14.4 x Playback zoom), 9 multi-frame
    Video Output none
    Camera Terminal USB Interface, power-input socket, cradle socket
    Power Source NP 60 battery (1035mAh) or AC-5V AC adapter (included)
    Battery Capacity LCD On, 1/2 Flash: approx. 200
    LCD Off, 1/2 Flash: approx. 450
    Dimensions 3.3 (W) x 2.7 (H) x 1.1 (D) inches
    Weight 6.5 oz. (without batteries/SM card)
    Included Accessories 16MB SmartMedia storage card, Li-ion NP 60 battery, hand strap, USB cable, AC Power Adapter AC-5VHS/AC-5VS(w/6.6 ft. cord), CD-ROM with FinePix Viewer, Picture Hello video conferencing software and USB Driver

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