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Fujifilm FinePix F40fd

Fujifilm-Finepix-F40FdThe Fujifilm FinePix F40fd is an 8 megapixel (super CCD HR) compact camera with a 3x Optical Zoom and 2.5 inch LCD display.

THe F40fd has ISO of up to 1600 (and up to 2000 in some modes), a shutter speed range of between 3 and 1/2000 second, has 10 megabytes of internal memory, face detection technology and both xD and SD cards.

The Fujifilm FinePix F40fd will retail for a price of $299 when it hits stores in March this year.

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Fujifilm Finepix F40fd News Release


8MP Super CCD, ISO Equivalency Speeds Up To 2000 and Face Detection Technology

Digital photographers will take great shots in any conditions with the versatile, eight MegaPixel FinePix F40fd digital camera with Face Detection Technology by Fujifilm, introduced today by FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc.

Combining unequalled performance and ease of use, the Finepix F40fd is a compact, highly portable and stylish digital camera. Its 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 Fujifilms proprietary dedicated LSI chip, which can detect up to 10 human faces in a scene in as little as 5/100s 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.

Face Forward
Life doesnt give too many second chances, and a group photo can be tough to capture. Now, the FinePix F40fd features Face Detection Technology by Fujifilm that 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 backlit conditions. Fujifilms 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 everyones eyes were open and theyre smiling, crop images for the perfect portrait and perform a variety of other functions to make sharing more fun.

Low light? No Problem!
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 Fujifilms 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 FinePix F40fd also features Fujifilms Picture Stabilization mode. Not only does Picture Stabilization reduce the blur effect from the photographers 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 FinePix F40fd choose the correct light sensitivity and shutter speed for the highest quality digital pictures, with sharp, clean and clear results.

Natural Color and Contrast, even with a Flash
At times using a flash may be necessary to help secure adequate lighting and image quality. This is when the FinePix F40fds 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 leverages the high sensitivity of Finepix cameras to enable the camera to use less flash, preventing that blasted with light effect that so many digital camera flashes leave you with. The result is pleasing, natural tones with no flash wash-out.

In addition to these advantages, the FinePix F40fd possesses a number of other impressive features:

* xD/SD Compatible slot: In a first for Fujifilm, the FinePix F40fd features a xD/SD Compatible slot which accepts not only Fujifilms traditional xD-Picture Cards but also Secure Digital (SD) cards.
* New icon-based Graphic User Interface (GUI): For a more colorful and engaging experience, the FinePix F40fd features a new GUI display. In addition to a new brighter, more colorful icon driven menu, the new GUI offers the user a more intuitive interface by displaying a simple explanation of the desired setting or mode on the LCD display when switching modes, scene positions or control settings.
* Special Scene Modes: The FinePix F40fd has 14 pre-programmed scenes, offering a one-touch setting for almost any situation.
* IR-Simple: Infrared communication via IR-simple technology for fast, easy wireless image transfer to a compatible device.
* Battery Life: Long-life rechargeable Li-ion battery (up to 300 shots).
* Fujinon Lens: 3.0x optical zoom lens.
* Single slot compatibility with both xD-Picture Card and SD storage media
* Large LCD: 2.5 wide-view LCD with 230,000 pixel VGA resolution, and Fujifilms new Wide View Filter for improved viewing under difficult lighting conditions.

By combining a high ISO setting, a eight MegaPixel Super CCD and great new features like Face Detection Technology, the FinePix F40fd is the perfect all-in-one digicam model for those looking for a first class digital camera, said David Troy, Senior Product Manager, Consumer Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc.

The FinePix F40fd will debut in March 2007 at a retail price of $299.

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd Reviews

DigitalCameraInfo has a first impressions review of the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and concludes, "This model isn’t the flagship of the line though: it doesn’t have manual control, its burst mode is terribly slow and short, and it doesn’t have the high ISO sensitivity of some of the other models. Fujifilm made a few physical changes like enlarging the mode dial, using a different type of zoom lever, and eliminating the finger grip. These changes bring both good and bad results: overall better looking but less comfortable to hold and handle. ... the card slot by the battery accepts both xD-Picture and SD memory cards. This is a huge change, as all other compact Fujifilm digital cameras before only accepted xD, but SD is the most popular and cheapest format used on the market. The IrSimple and face detection technology make the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd a very desirable digital camera, especially at its fair price of $299."

ThinkCamera has a review of the Fujifilm F40fd and writes, "The Fujifilm F40fd is a fabulous little camera. It is 8.3Mp, enough pixels for an enormous print and it's the first Fujifilm compact to take both XD cards and SDs. It copes exceptionally well with high contrast situations such as bright sunshine. The Fujifilm F40fd is a joy to use and never disappoints. I got loads of lovely photos some of which I am going to use in my camera club competitions. I've even printed some out! Praise indeed. Its 2.5in LCD has a wider viewing angle than the F30 and F31fd. I did struggle a bit to see in the very bright light but that's 'cos I'm getting old I expect. At around £169 from the web it's outstanding value. I'd buy it. (If I could hide it from my husband.)"

DigiCamReview has a review of the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes, "The increase in megapixels, from 6 to 8, doesn't seem to have any adverse effect on image quality, and like the F30, 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. For these situations it has a scene mode that allows you to try and see what a photo would be like without the flash, and yet not lose the benefits of flash photography. The camera was generally competent and fast at focusing with the focus assist lamp activating when light was low. There is a good range of image sizes but few compression options, and the camera lacks a 16:9 wide-aspect ratio mode. The camera doesn't give you many options to customise images in-camera, there are no sharpness or contrast controls for example. Purple fringing is slighly higher than average. "

Megapixel has a review of 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."

DCResource has a review of the Fuji 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."

Photography Press has a review of the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and gives it an 8 out of 10: "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."

PCMag has a review of the Fuji Finepix F40fd and writes, "The F40fd's performance impressed me. Resolution averaged 1,800 lines, which is on target for an 8MP camera. This is a big improvement over the 8MP Casio Exilim EX-Z850, which scored only 1,600 and produced slightly fuzzy images. The F40fd's 3.1-second bootup and 2.7-second recycle times were both quite good, but not the fastest we've seen. I was very happy to see that there was absolutely no shutter lag. As for the lens, there was no pincushion distortion at the telephoto end of the zoom, and just a touch of barrel distortion but nothing unusually distracting."

Neocamera has a review of the Fuji Finepix F40fd and writes, "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."

Digital Camera Info has a review of the Fujifilm 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."

Trusted Reviews has a review of the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes, "it is the F40fd’s high-ISO performance that really stands out. Fujifilm is the only manufacturer that has really cracked image noise, by a combination of larger than average sensors with larger than average photocells, and vastly superior image processing. The F40fd has a maximum ISO setting of 2000, and produces usable images at this setting, with accurate colour balance, minimal loss of detail and an acceptable level of noise. I’m not exaggerating when I say that its image quality at 1600 ISO is better than many cameras can manage at 400. ... 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."

CNET has a review of the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and writes, "Image quality is very good, with accurate-looking colors, though we did notice a minor amount of purple fringing in some photos. The camera's automatic white balance produces slightly warm images under incandescent lighting, but does a nice job of neutralizing colors when shooting under fluorescent lighting or natural daylight. There's an impressive amount of sharpness, though of course, some of this becomes obscured at higher ISOs. 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. ... The Fujifilm FinePix F40fd is a nice, but not exceptional, point-and-shoot camera. Most casual snapshooters will likely be pleased with the images they get from this model. If you're willing to spend a little more, Canon's PowerShot SD800 IS will get you optical image stabilization and an optical viewfinder."

ePhotoZine has a review of the Fujifilm Finepix F40 fd and writes, "The F40 is a very capable camera and lives up to the family name. I would like to see more simplistic names for features, but the camera is very easy to use, the features are well set out and the camera is not uncomfortable to use. I did find that as I was holding the camera, the battery door would slide open. The battery or memory card will not fall out as they are snared in the compartment, but this is annoying all the same. As it could get caught and snapped off. There is also a sensor on the door so when it is opened, the camera automatically switches off."

ePhotoZine has a review of the Fujifilm Finepix F40 fd and writes, "The F40 is a very capable camera and lives up to the family name. I would like to see more simplistic names for features, but the camera is very easy to use, the features are well set out and the camera is not uncomfortable to use. I did find that as I was holding the camera, the battery door would slide open. The battery or memory card will not fall out as they are snared in the compartment, but this is annoying all the same. As it could get caught and snapped off. There is also a sensor on the door so when it is opened, the camera automatically switches off."

DigitalCameraReview has a review of 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, but in a field where more and more of the competition are becoming equipped with image stabilization systems worth up to three stops, that advantage can be largely negated by permitting the stabilized units to shoot at lower ISO settings. An F40fd against an unstabilized competitor is no contest in a high ISO shootout – against a stabilized camera the outcome is much less certain as to image quality."

Steves Digicams review the FujiFilm FinePix F40fd and writes - 'There wasn't a whole lot of change on the F40fd from the previous model. The big differences were the upgraded 8-megapixel Super CCD image sensor, and the "Cool" new IR communication image transfer mode. That said, we fell the FinePix F40fd is and easy to use compact digicam that is full of features, and with a price tag of just $299 or less, offers a great value for a camera in this class.'

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