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Fuji have this to say about the camera:
"The FinePix F440 Zoom is both small and beautiful. It has a 4.1 million pixel CCD, a 3.4x optical zoom lens and a 2.0-inch LCD monitor. The ultra-compact body is small enough for any pocket and stylish enough for any occasion."
You can find more information on their website.
The Camera: It's
very compact and slim and made out of stylish silver metal.
Size Comparison: Compared to the Casio Exilim EX-S100.
Specifications / Features:
Average-poor box contents - a large memory card and a small case would have been nice - the inclusion of the docking station shown below will make transferring pictures easier.
Battery usage: Battery life is quite decent considering the small size of the battery, which is rated at 565 mAh.
Menu Options / Modes: The camera mode is selected using the back switch - this switches between play, video and photo mode.
Photo mode/menus: The menu button brings up the menu screen as shown on the right below:
Screen / LCD display in photo mode: (shown on the left) The screen is a decent resolution and updates smoothly - the colours appear fairly accurate. There is no live histogram available but the screen is clear and the text and menus are easy to read. The screen doesn't 'gain up' in low-light, making it unusable at times. Optical Viewfinder: There is a small optical viewfinder.
Photo menu options are: Self-timer, shooting mode (manual, auto, portrait, landscape), exposure and white balance. Exposure and white balance are only availble in "Manual" mode.
Function menu options are: Image size, ISO setting, Colour mode (Black and White, Chrome (increased saturation/contrast), Standard).
Setup menu options: (shown on the right, above) Image display, power save, format, LCD, beep, shutter, date/time, time difference, frame number, usb mode, start-image, language, video system, reset.
Playback (Review) mode/menu: The menu button brings up the menu screen as shown on the right, below:
Playback mode: Scrolling through the photos is fairly quick. The zoom is quick.
Playback menu options: Erase, protect, playback (slideshow), voice memo, trimming, set (volume, LCD).
Picture Size / Quality: There are the following choices regarding image size and compression: 4M Fine / Normal, 2M, 1M, VGA. You can fit a small number of images on the 16mb internal memory - a larger memory card is definitely recommended, unless you want to use the lower image sizes / higher compression options in order to fit more pictures in memory. There is a good choice of image sizes, but there is a limited choice regarding image compression.
A larger memory card is relatively cheap, and highly recommended, I would recommend at a bare minimum a 128mb or 256mb memory card, and preferably a 512mb memory card, or larger, especially considering the relatively low prices - the larger the memory card, the more photos you will be able to take. If you are likely to go on holiday then the largest memory card you can afford would definitely be worth investing in, as you don't always know when you will next be at a computer. Listed below are links to memory cards that will work with the Fujifilm FinePix F10:
Speed: The camera is quick to switch on and take photos - the camera is quite quick to focus although poor at focusing indoors (not as good as the Casio S100 for example). The screen updates are quick and smooth (in good light). The playback mode is quick. Playback mode allows you to zoom quickly to view the detail. The camera shutter response seemed quicker than normal when pre-focused. Shot to shot time is quick, and there is no additional slow down when using the flash.
Ease of use: The camera is easy to use. The controls on the back of the camera are very easy to use. The camera is very compact - but easy to hold and use, although be careful not to drop the camera! The menus are very responsive, very easy to use, and the options are big enough and easy enough to see clearly. The modes are easy to access, quick and simple - there's a fully automatic mode as well as some scene modes for simple point and shoot operation.
Ergonomics and Buttons: (Feel, placement, labels, etc) The buttons are easy to use, and they are in a good position. There seems to be a limited amount of buttons - for example a delete button would be good, as would a self-timer button. The buttons feel okay, the shutter release is quite decent. The buttons are labelled fairly well - although some may find them a little bit small. I thought the camera felt good ergonomically, and was the correct weight - it seemed a decent weight and felt well built. The only issues I have are that there is no delete button, and other cameras with 4-way controllers seem easier to use in playback mode.
Image Quality: Here are some sample photos/video(s) taken in various settings, such as Inside, Noise, Outside, Zoom, Macro, Movie to demonstrate the quality of pictures taken and also show different features of the camera. Larger versions of these photos, plus more photos are available in the new gallery!
Inside: The camera has good colour, with high saturation. It coped fairly well with the group photo. The camera had a hard time focusing in low light, I couldn't get it to focus for the photo of Heather above. Red-eye wasn't too much of a problem. Noise was quite low.
Noise: Noise is generally a bad thing - it removes detail, and gives a grainy effect over the image. With digital cameras noise can be a real problem as digital camera noise is often made out of blue, red or green dots. As the ISO setting increases, pictures tend to have more noise. Noise is most noticeable in dark areas of photos. The camera has an Automatic mode for ISO levels, and manual ISO settings (ISO80, 100, 200, and 400) - below you'll find the noise test image, plus actual pixel crops from the image taken at different ISO settings.
Noise levels appear low at ISO80 and ISO100. At ISO200 noise becomes more noticable and at ISO400 noise seems quite high, but acceptable in these test photos.
Outside, the camera excelled with excellent and rich saturated colour, with good contrast and detail. Noise seemed low. I didn't notice jpeg artefacts in the images.
Zoom: This camera has a 3.4x optical zoom lens and a built in 3.4x digital zoom - in the case of this camera the digital zoom is only available when using the smaller image sizes. Generally it's best to avoid using digital zoom as it degrades the quality of the image and, often, better results can be obtained by using a photo package such as Adobe Photoshop. I've included examples below to show what the zoom is capable of.
Lens noise and zoom: The lens noise is about average, not overly loud, but not especially quiet. The lens is fairly quick at going from wide to telephoto if you hold the zoom down, but if you change the zoom in steps - there are about 9 steps between wide and telephoto - this gives you very good control of how you frame your subject.
Other Image Quality issues: Purple fringing seemed very low.
Macro: To use this camera in macro mode, you switch to macro mode in the scene mode - this allows you to be 9cm away from the subject. You can use the flash in macro mode.
The macro mode is average - the camera does a good job of toning down the flash (as can be seen in the noise test above), colours and detail are quite good.
- 10fps with sound - limited to a maximum length of 60 seconds.The movie
is recorded as an AVI file. The quality of the movie(s) is good although
the size, framerate and limited length is very poor.
Summary: The Fujifilm FinePix F440 is a decent ultra compact digital camera, and will appeal to those who prefer saturated, colourful images with low noise. The camera is aimed squarely at the point and shoot market, and I think it does well in that respect, as there are very few controls that go beyond the basics. The large 2" screen, fast operation, good image quality and ultra compact body will definitely appeal, however the poor low-light focusing and high saturation may not be to everybody's tastes. The Fujifilm FinePix F440 is a good camera and would suit someone looking for rich saturated colours and a highly pocketable design - however there are quite a few limitations, such as poor video mode, limited controls, and a screen that is poor in low-light. Overall a mixed bag, but recommended for outdoor use.
* Recommended for outdoor use, but definitely not recommended if you spend a lot of time taking photos indoors under low-light conditions - due to poor low-light performance. It's a good ultra compact camera, but there are definitely better ultra compact cameras out there, such as the Olympus Mju Digital, Sony Cybershot DSC-L1, Casio Exilim EX-S100, Canon Digital IXUS 30/40/50 etc.
What I like:
What I don't like:
Remember to have a look at the test photos in the new gallery.