Fujifilm FinePix F40fd

Last Update: Review & Sample Photos @ PhogotaphyBlog (added on 18 October’07)

Fujifilm Finepix F40fd (announced 04 January’07) is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 04.01.07) featuring 8.3 million effective pixels, Real Photo Processor II and new Super CCD HR VI , 3X optical zoom (36 – 108 mm), IR Communication, and a 2.5 inches LCD monitor. The camera is measuring in at 95.7 x 59.0 x 23.3mm (3.8 x 2.3 x 0.9 in), weighing 155 g/5.4 oz and it’s running on NP70 Lithium Ion battery.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Reviews

PhotographyBlog reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“In summary the Fujifilm Finepix F40fd is a compact, well built and easy to use digital camera, with a number of subtle improvements on the older F20 model. It isn’t quite as responsive though…The Fujifilm Finepix F40fd is still a good point and shoot camera, but no longer a great one.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“Skin tones and the exposure of these images was pleasing. With the wide angle lens and an above average flash range of 21.3 feet, this camera performs well when shooting indoors, illuminating even larger rooms well.”
Rating: N/A

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“The F40fd is a capable compact automatic digital camera whose overall performance is in keeping with that of its main competitors in the class. The one significant advantage enjoyed by the F40fd is superior high ISO noise performance..Someone considering an F40fd right now might want to wait and see what the new kid on the block brings to the table, but if excellent high ISO noise performance is your primary concern, the F40fd has an established track record already.”
Rating: N/A

CNET.UK reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“The F40fd is user-friendly and super-quick. Face detection is patchy but useful, while image stabilisation works well thanks to the camera’s strong automatic capability. Dual-card format, customisable favourite modes and lots of presets make this an accessible and clever compact ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PopSci reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“With the best photos and excellent face-tracking, the F40fd is our overall pick. It found faces quickly and accurately, although it sometimes dropped them and locked focus elsewhere…the F40fd stands out for its ability to detect faces in low light and produce crisp images up to a stratospheric ISO 2000 light-sensitivity level -allowing us to capture attractive portraits in soft room lighting ”
Rating: ★★★★½

ePhotozine reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“The F40fd gives a decent performance at 100ISO showing good detail in the petals and that detail only starts to disappear after 800ISO where the petals change colour too. 200ISO and 400ISO hold up well and give good results. Predictably, 1600ISO shows a mass of noise and the red of the petals have darkened considerably although Fuji claim this is less than other companies as the chip they use has hexagonal pixels to give a clearer , sharper image.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ComputerActive reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“Overall, we were very impressed with the Finepix F40fd – although it’s bigger than most cameras in its price range, it produced excellent images in most lighting conditions, and the face detection certainly makes portraits easier to shoot.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“We saw some ISO noise even at the camera’s lowest sensitivity setting of ISO 100, though it’s only really noticeable on computer monitors and won’t show up in prints. At ISO 200, noise remains well under control, though at ISO 400, the sharpness of finer details starts to deteriorate, a small amount of shadow detail is lost, and you’ll start to notice that smooth objects take on a textured, or mottled look….The bottom line: Fuji’s FinePix F40fd is a nice point-and-shoot that produces decent images, though it’s a tad slow and lacks image stabilization.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“Fujifilm continues to demonstrate that it is the only manufacturer that has successfully addressed the issue of image noise. The Finepix F40fd is an attractively designed, extremely well made camera with a good range of features and outstanding image quality. It is a bit lacking in overall speed, but its exceptional low-light and high-ISO performance are better than any other compact on the market – except another Fuji.”
Rating: ★★★★½

MacUser.UK reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“Focus accuracy was good indoors and out in both cases, and although the little 3x optical zooms produced sharp shots, the edges were slightly soft on the Canon and slightly more barrelled on the Fuji. We were expecting the picture quality to be good in both cases, but were still surprised by just how good the outdoor shots looked from the Fuji. In the past, Fuji’s SuperCCD, with its octagonal-shaped photodiodes, produced sharp enough prints from their pixel density, but through interpolation lacked the fine detail of conventional sensors with a comparable number of pixels.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“The 8.3-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix F40fd has more resolution than its F-series siblings and proved through performance tests that its new 1/1.6-inch image sensor is worthy of the hype; it kept noise to a minimum and resolution to a maximum. Pictures were sharply focused and properly exposed with the help of the face detection auto focus system and the vast ISO range. Great-looking pictures are priceless, but the vehicle to get those pictures only retails for $299. The F40fd doesn’t have manual control or even a decent burst mode but will suffice for consumers who want an automatic point-and-shoot to snap great pictures.”
Rating: N/A

PCMag reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“I also found the FinePix’s video capabilities impressive. You can shoot motion JPEGs saved as an AVI file at VGA (640-by-480) quality (30 frames per second) to the capacity of the card. The quality of the video was quite good, with rich and vibrant colors even in low light. Although the camera adjusted pretty well to different lighting situations, it was a tad slow in doing so. Optical zoom is disabled while shooting video.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“The extra resolution offered on the F40fd might make it a better marketing proposition but means there are a few extra niggles in terms of noise over it’s lower resolution Fuji counterparts and with some slight shadow noise issues when viewed closely at lower ISOs. Ultimately however, the Fuji F40fd provides stunning results particularly compared with similar non-Fuji competition. So, for the price the Fuji FinePix F40fd is a little corker.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCRP reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“Photo quality is really where the FinePix F40fd struts its stuff. The camera takes sharp, well-exposed photos with accurate colors, and very little noise — even at ISO 800. The lack of noise comes with a price though, as you’re getting strong noise reduction in exchange for it. The artifacts caused by NR smudge away detail (especially in things like grass, trees, and fur), giving photos at higher ISOs a fuzzy look. At lower ISOs there’s a definite “grain” from the noise reduction that you don’t see on most cameras. Still, keeping the target audience of the camera in mind, the photos at higher sensitivities are much better than the competition, and they look great as 4 x 6 inch prints. If you take a lot of photos in less-than-desirable light, this camera is a great choice (as long as you don’t plan on printing 20 x 30 posters). The F40 surprised me by picking up very little redeye in our flash test — most unusual for a compact camera like this.”
Rating: N/A

T3 reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“Picture quality’s superb, with realistic skin tones, bold colours and bags of detail. You can shoot terrific macro shots from 7cm, while selectable ISO settings up to 1600 make it terrific for evening snapping or taking interior shots of cupboards. The F40fd starts in about three seconds, focusses in a trice, and houses a fast, responsive shutter. Whether shooting in a sunny park or dingy club, the bright, 2.5-inch LCD is superb. Battery life is impressive at 300 shots, and the memory card slot accepts SD and xD cards. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotoReview.AU reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“Flash performance varied and the test camera appeared to have difficulties establishing the correct flash levels in auto mode. In our test sequence, shots taken at ISO 400 and 1600 were correctly exposed, while the ISO 800 shot was under-exposed by approximately 2EV. Digital zoom shots were soft and artefact-affected but close-ups were competently handled… While the FinePix F40fd will satisfy many users as a snapshot camera, it performs best in moderate light levels and is likely to produce disappointing results in bright Australian sunlight, although it should handle overcast conditions and adequately-lit interiors very well. Low light shooting is limited by noise at high ISO settings and an unpredictable flash. Some experimentation may be necessary to get well-exposed pictures.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

NeoCamera reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“The Fuji Finepix F40fd’s image quality is among the top of its class. There are only a few ultra-compact digital cameras that produce nicer images. Those include the 6 megapixels Fuji F-series cameras like the F31fd, F30 and F20…Even macro shots remain sharp and without significant distortion. Colors are vibrant and quite accurate in terms of hue…The Fuji Finepix F40 is an excellent ultra-compact. Despite not being the best, the F40 produces low-noise images with plenty of details. Add to that its good speed of operation, good battery-life and you have a great ultra-compact digital camera. As a point-and-shoot model with a limited shutter-speed range it is not useful for all types of photography. However, for quick snapshots, it is among the top of its class. Its shortcomings include above average purple fringing, ridiculous continuous drive modes and a poorly placed tripod mount. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

Megapixel reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“As a high resolution, very compact camera, the FinePix F40fd should satisfy the needs and requirements of most point-and-shoot users. Easy to use, it offers a compatibility with SD memory cards — a very popular format that seems to occupy the sweet point between size, practicality and cost — and with Fuji’s own tiny memory card standard: xD. Moreover, it also offers an effective face detection system that goes a long way to ensure that photos of family and friends are correctly focused. All of which helps the F40fd produce good images from which users should get excellent prints.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DigicamReview reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“..the F40fd has great image quality. Colours are very good and in a very wide range of situations the camera will take sharp, detailed pictures with good exposure. The camera is probably great for events where fast photography is essential. The challenges that this camera will face that most others will fail at will be low light situations where you don’t particularly want to use the flash…The camera is compact and stylish, available in several colours. Some of the buttons are slightly small but the camera is simple to use, the menu system is straightforward and the buttons and controls are logically arranged.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes;
“To put it simply, if picture clarity is your most pressing concern, the F40fd is one of the best purchases you can make. The shots are razor sharp with strongly defined edges and no hints of over or under sharpening…The metallic body lends quite a bit of weight to the unit and it sits comfortably in the hand as a result, but keep in mind that it is a little too heavy to just slip into your bag and forget about. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalCameraInfo have a preview of the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd where they write;
“The Fujifilm FinePix F40fd will retail for $299 when it comes out in March. This is nearly a hundred dollars less than the recently announced F31fd that has ISO sensitivity up to 3200 and more manual control. When the F40fd is compared with other 8-megapixel digital cameras, it is fairly priced. It isn’t a fantastic bargain, but it is definitely not overpriced either. The F40fd has a nice feature set, including 8.3 megapixels, face detection, high ISO sensitivity, and a trendier looking housing; however, it lacks other features like manual control and optical image stabilization.”
Rating: N/A

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Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Samples

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraInfo
Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Sample Photos @ Pocket-Lint
Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Sample Photos @ DCRP
Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Sample Photos @ NeoCamera
Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Sample Photos @ Megapixel
Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Sample Photos @ DigicamReview

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Fujifilm FinePix F40fd User Manuals (PDF)

– Download Fujifilm FinePix F40fd User Manual
– Download Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Brochure

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Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Press Release

FinePix F40fd; a triumph of style and substance

Fujifilm is pleased to announce the launch of the FinePix F40fd, latest in its flagship range of F series compact digital cameras. Featuring Fujifilm’s proprietary Real Photo Processor II, Super CCD HR VI and hardware-based Face Detection, the new model continues the F series tradition of delivering sophisticated technology and compact, straightforward design. Added to this, ISO 2000 sensitivity at full 8.3 megapixel resolution, 3.0x optical zoom lens and 300 shot battery life make it perfect for prolific snappers or enthusiast photographers who need a high-performance take-anywhere digital camera.

In a first for FinePix cameras the FinePix F40fd features a dual memory card slot, which accepts not only Fujifilm’s traditional xD-Picture Card™ but also the popular Secure Digital (SD) card format.

The new camera also debuts a redesigned outer-shell and Graphical User Interface (GUI) system for Fujifilm’s F series. More slim line than its predecessor, at just 23.3mm deep, and available in three colours; silver, gunmetal and blue, the FinePix F40fd is even more pocketable and has a design that reflects the sophisticated technology within. Enhanced 2.5” LCD screen with Fujifilm’s wide view filter expands viewing angle by up to 25 degrees compared to earlier models. Furthermore, a new mode dial, for faster access to popular settings, improved button layout and intuitive GUI system, with pop-up prompts to guide the user through the menu, make the camera easier than ever to use.

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