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This is great camera. Not state of the art now but now available a good prices. I bought mine on the way out through the airport. Size was very important after excellent picture quality. I wanted to have high quality full screen pictures which would be zoom-in-able and occasionally produce high-resolution prints. The choice was between the Fuji and the Ixus. The fuji won on size - its marginally thinner so fits nicely in a pocket - but mostly on batteries. The canon has its own battery, which inevitably has to be charged before first use. The Fuji takes AAs. You do need to use the supplied rechargeables (or get higher capacity ones - spares are always useful) but you can go with regular disposable batts so its usable straight out of the box. Also if you get caught short you can buy batteries - although it eats its way through a couple of duracells in no time. Functionality is good, picture quality excellent and a full resolution photo can be printed at A4 size and still look like a wet film photograph (I have an Epson stylus 600 printer). This has been the best gadget purchase ever. You definitely need more storage. I also got the blue/16mb edition but have now got 2 64mb cards. SM cards are now ridiculously cheap and each one at the highest res will store 77 pictures. Storage media could be a factor in the decision - if you're all compact flash you may wish to keep to that system. Don't bother with a mains adapter just got more batteries. Mains leads can only be used within about a metre of the socket - batteries can be used anywhere. Downloading is easy; software is supplied although you can use it without it. Just connect it to a USB port and it becomes another drive. Contrary to another opinion here, I am pretty sure that you can have MP3 music and pictures on the same card - audio however takes up a lot of space. I have to say mine did pack up once but it was fixed by Fuji very quickl
y and hasn't had a problem since. You do need to look after it though. I don't think its very shock proof - I think a knock is what caused the stoppage I had.
I bought the Finepix when it was a clearance offer from Scottish Power. It was to replace a Jenoptik basic camera. The camera is very easy to use and the menu lets you set up your preferences very easily. The syle and size make it a very eye catching camera when you use it, and the quality of the pictures are superb, though they do have a tendency to be a bit on the dark side, so a decent photo software package is essential. The other failings are that the red eye reduction does not work very well and a zoom lens would be useful. But if you take yhe package as a whole, digital camera, MP3 player and video recorder then it is a fun package. Like most digital cameras it does go through batteries quickly so always make sure you have plenty of spares. Also the price of the smartmedia cards have relly dropped lately, so it is not as expensive to have a couple of spare cards as it used to be.
This is my second digital camera.After reading the dooyoo opinions I decided to buy the 40i.I wasn't disappointed,it makes my old kodak dc240 look like a brick.Small enough to fit into my pocket yet it has a 1.8 inch LCD monitor. The camera features a max image file size of 2400x1800 pixels,5 flash functions,auto exposure,varible speed shutter and supports digital print order format. Software included is fast and simple drag and drop.However only works through a USB port. My personal favourite feature is the movie recorder.With a 64mb smart media card (£30 approx as camera only supplied with 8mb)you can record over 6mins with sound. The mp3 player plays around 12 hours with the rechargable batteries supplied (with recharger) Overall this is an excellent digital camera for the amateur.Its cool looks will appeal to the fashion conscious and at £350 (Dixons online)is good value.Downside is small 8mb card and no a/c adapter (£20/£30)
My boyfriend bought himself a camera for our holiday last May and I was so impressed by digital cameras that I decided to go out and buy my own. In July, I bought the Fujifilm Finepix 40i for £399. I absolutely love this camera. It is smaller than my boyfriends and more compact. It easily fits into your pocket and I find I can take it anywhere. If you are thinking of buying this camera then there are a few vital facts which may be useful. The camera is made for a USB port. If you have parallel port like myself you will have to buy the proper USB converter. Luckily, my boyfriend bought me it (mainly because I had no idea what I was looking for!). I think it cost just over £20 from a local computer shop. Unlike a normal camera, you do not need to take your pictures and have them developed. So, although the camera is quite expensive, you will save on developing. Of course the downfall with this is that you will not be able to put your photos in an album and show people without printing them yourself. This works out expensive and annoying unless you have a top class and expensive printer. Although, I do find this a fault of a digital camera, it is also brilliant as the majority of my photos were never any good anyway. I have albums of people's feet and where the lighs been wrong etc. This way, I have been able to put all my photos onto one cd with my cd re writer and can show any of my friends the photos on the pc. Now, you may be thinking what does this camera have to offer that the others on sale don't. I will be comparing this camera to my boyfriend's- Fujifilm Finepix 4800 (£599). The camera comes in a silver colour but I have the limited edition blue version. The camera is easy to use and very simple to get the hang of. It has a number of features including a 16mb smartmedia card. The card is large enough for you to take many pictures. I bought a 64mb card (approx. £50) which was definately worth it though.
There is a function to be able to take 80 second videos but it uses a lot of the cards memory. It is amazing clear and the sound is fantastic. You can watch and see your photos and videos straight away, which is very useful. Added features include a self timer and settings to change the size and quality of the photos. There is also an MP3 player. If you have MP3's on your pc then the player is fantastic, as you can download your songs and listen to them through the camera. The batteries have a 12 hour life when using the MP3 player. In comparison to my boyfriends camera, I prefer the Fuji Finepix 40i. There is only one thing which his camera has which is a digital zoom. This camera misses that, so if you are a long way away the photos are not that good. However, we have rarely had any good photos using the zoom, as they often lose their clearness. In conclusion, this is fantastic little camera with many added features. It is at a good price and I would definately recommend it.
I purchased this camera in November 2000, on holiday in the States. It cost me 450 pounds at the time. It is my first digital camera, and I was swung towards buying one by the ease of sending photos around the world with email. I was originally considering the Canon IXUS camera and this model. The fact that the Fuji has 4.3 megapixels (slightly more than the Canon) swung it for me. Additionally, the Fuji can capture short movies (as MPEG files) and is touted as an MP3 (music) player. I must say I have used the movie feature occasionally, with no problems, but I have never bothered with the MP3 player so I can't vouch for it. Now to the pictures themselves. They are a real treat, crisp, clear and record everything in wonderful detail. It is possible to choose between 3 resolution sizes, and furthermore, to select FINE or NORMAL image quality within each choice of resolution. Even the lowest settings give good results, and the highest settings are beyond most users needs I suspect, unless you are blowing pictures up to poster size. There is a digital zoom function, but no optical zoom, which is a shame. The digital zoom only works if you have not selected the highest resolution setting on the camera. The software bundle is intuitive to install and use on my laptop (PC, Windows 98). A cable to connect camera to computer via USB port comes as standard and is easy to use. In addition, I bought a PC Card device which allows one to read the Smart Card from the camera by inserting it into the PC card slot on the laptop. This saves camera battery life whilst downloading the pictures and also makes the whole process quicker. The battery life is pretty good, 2 recharable AA's lasting about 3 weeks on average for me. But constant image downloading to the laptop takes its toll as discussed above. In summary, an excellent camera, good software and charger. Buy a PC card redaer, and extra memory and you'll be sorted
I bought this camera because I thought it looked nicer that the Ixus that I wanted. The deal on the shiny blue one with a 16Mb card was too good to resist (relative to the Ixus), but I think the £500 I paid is probably a little steep, but when you're buying something new and close to the top of its range, you have to pay for it. Since Xmas 2000 when I was allowed to unwrap it, I must have about 300 pictures and little chunks of video stored. This is helped by the fact that we have a new baby to take pictures of, but this is where the digital camera comes into its own. You can take loads of pictures, then bin the ones you don't like, without having to wait for your pictures to come back from Boots. The camera itself is simplicity itself to use - once you've figured it out. Its easy to use if you want to point and press, but if you want to fiddle around with the exposure and whatnot, a short trip to the manual is needed, but really only once as its menu system is good and easy. The picture quality can be very, very good. A lot of pictures came out blurry at first, but that is because they were taken in low light and the camera can get down to a slow exposure time. Once the basics of digital photography were learnt (hold it very steady for about a second) then the quality improved dramatically. Getting the pictures onto my PC is really easy. Its simply a case of plugging the camera into the USB lead that I leave attached to the PC, switching it on and the software starts up and shows me the pictures on the camera. Drag and drop them onto the hard disk and its done. I haven?t had a chance/reason to use the MP3 player aspect of the camera because you can?t mix pictures and sound on the same card. What would be great would be the ability to load the card with music and delete songs one at once when I want to take pictures. I could always buy another card or two, but I spent all my money on the ca
mera! The upshot is that I?m really pleased with it, but having never owned a digital camera before, I have nothing to really compare it with. Its small and light and can get everywhere, so I use it a lot and maybe will get my money?s worth.
When you are paying out the sort of money the makers of digital cameras are asking for, then you expect to find yourself sat with a pretty darn good piece of equipment after the exchange. With this, the FinePix 40i, Fuji fulfill that expectation admirably. This little baby does virtually everything but make coffee and sweep up after itself! Not only does it take pictures but also video clips with mp3 playback as well, all of which is combined into the sexiest, sleek, stylish casing I have ever seen. The build quality of this camera is excellent and with its tiny dimensions (around 3.5(W) 3(H) 1(D)) and 7oz weight it is one of the more compact cameras of its kind as well. The picture quality is also superb, although in some shots the colours can be slightly on the 'warm' side, but generally they are excellent. iewing of the images can be either through connection to a television, although most will opt for conenction to a PC through the USB port where the camera acts as an additional drive for all intents and purposes. Video images here are saved as AVI files and can be treated as such just as if you were working on your hard drive. You can also load mp3 files onto the camera using this connection, although you have to use the Fuji Audio downloading software to acheive ths, but tis is easily done and you are then able tolisten to these files using walkman style headphones. So there you have it. Fuji have managed to bring together a digital camera, capable of taking still photos, movies and playing mp3s as well. The build quality is superb, the picture quality good and everything about this camera is easy to use. At £550 it is a little expensive, but I always say you get what you pay for - and this is certainly the case here - in a good way. Seriously consider this camera if you are in the market for this type of thing.
This is the second digital camera that l have owned. The previous one was a quite bulky low pixel one and once the novelty had worn off, l very rarely used it. The FinePix 40i is an ideal camera for me and has had me taking more photos in the last five months, than in the last ten years. The camera is so small, that it fits easily into your pocket and can be carried with you, so that you have it when needed. The rechargable batteries last for over 100 photos at a time. (In fact, l dont know how long they last because l bought a spare set and swop them over after use, so they have not yet 'died' on me.) For the 'buffs' amongst you, this camera is packed with features. It even takes movie clips with sound and plays MP3's! For those like me who just want to point and snap, it works very well, with excellent quality images. I bought an additional smart media card for the camera, so can now take over 200 photos at a time. This is ideal as you can view the photos from the camera and only save the ones that you want. This means that you can take five or six 'snaps' and choose the best. With a laserjet printer the quality is at least as good as photo's from a traditional camera. Saving the images to CD means that you can give pictures of galas, parties etc to friends at low cost and store them without using up space on your computer. I would think that this would be an ideeal camera to use at a wedding, or similar event. As you could easily take and store 100's of pictures of a 'special' day and have them easily available to bore your friends with. (Has anybody actually watched a wedding video?) The saving on hiring a photographer would even pay for the camera! Three tips. 1. Buy the special edition (blue) model, it is the same price as the standard one (silver). It has the same features, but double the size of the smart media card. 2. If buying an ad
ditional SM card, other makes than Fujifilm work just as well and are nearly half the price. 3. The normal price is £499.99, but l have noticed that three times since January, high street chains have done a 10% off the price of digital cameras deal, so it is worth holding out for an offer. Or mention it to the staff and ask for it anyway! As you may have guessed, l really like this camera!
Finepix 40i On my way back from Edinburgh, I found myself , as usual in Dixons, looking at the digital cameras. I had been considering buying one for some while, but was concerned at the expense of any with enough resolution to be any good, and small enough to carry around most of the time.Then I found the Fujifilm Finepix 40i. Technical Specifications: Don't be fooled by the box advertising this camera has a 2.5 megapixel ccd, and the stated resloution of 4.3 Mpixels is done in software. It has the equivelant light sensitivity to 200 ASA film so is ideally suited to outdoor photography. Taking Photos: Using the finepix 40i, couldn't be simpler, I didn't refer to the manual to take simple snaps, except to see which way round to insert the smartcard. However, as default, the camera is set at a very high resolution, and this uses a lot of disk space. I reset the resolution to 640 × 480 and normal compression wth the help of the instruction manual. This resolution gives a very useable 49 pictures on the 16Mb card provided with the special edition version (the standard version comes with an 8Mb card). Reading the manual in more depth reveals just what this little marvel can do. For more complicated lighting conditions, different compositional problems, and to use the video (with sound) function, the manual is essential. PC Software Although the installation instructions are quite confusing as they are on several different loose pieces of paper, the software provided with the camera is very impresive. Once the usb driver is loaded onto the machine, downloading from or to the camera is very fast. With the software installed, new pictures are detected and thumbnails are displayed. Also provided is software to convert CD's to MP3's and download them the camera.. What I like about it: What I really like about is the size, its very small
and light. This along with the belt pouch provided, makes the camera very portable. Drawbacks: The only real drawback is the rather underpoewered flash. If you want to take pictures after dark at anything greater than a few feet, forget it. Conclusion: All in all I would recommend this camera to anyone with a website to maintain or who likes to carry around a camera and snap away at anything that moves. It has re-awakend my interest in photography and with film processing proces what they are, it will pay for itself in about a year.
I bought a fuji 40 i digital camera in Jan 2001 after reading various reviews of similar products. It has not been a disappointment at all. The multifunction element is very good ie high resolution 4.3M pixel Digital camera combined with digital video and MP3 player. It is very compact and therefore easy to carry around and USE. The interface with the PC via USB connection is fast and works well with the software supplied. My son drooped it onto a hard floor and it still worked! so 10 out of 10 from me
The FinePix 40i combines three of the most popular technologies of the moment: high-resolution stills and digital audio playback (MP3), as well as offering an enhanced movie clip capability. In common with a number of previous Fujifilm digital cameras, the 40i is also likely to attract much attention for its remarkably small size and beautiful design. The FinePix 40i is an ultra-compact digital camera featuring the high-resolution 1/1.7-inch Fujifilm 2.4-megapixel SuperCCD. Still images are captured in 2400x1800, 1280x960 or 640x480 and saved in Exif v2.1 JPEG format. It can also record and playback up to 80 seconds of motion-JPEG as 320 x 240 AVI video with sound. The FinePix 40i is housed in a highly durable metallic silver or blue metal body that fits easily into your pocket or purse. When the camera is not in use the lens is protected by a built-in metal lens cover. The 40i is also a very fast camera; it processes and stores even the largest images as fast as you can press the shutter button. The FinePix 40i is true multimedia device and functions as both a digital camera and an audio player for MP3 files. Shown here with the included remote control and ear buds. You can use other third-party headphones that have stereo mini-plugs.
The audio remote control has volume up/down, rewind, fast forward, play, pause and stop buttons as well as an LCD info display that shows the battery condition, track number, volume info, audio mode and playback indicator. The audio system has a 2-level bass boost circuit and playback can be set for normal, repeat all or repeat track. The remote also serves as a camera control. In still image mode it can trip the shutter and operate the digital zoom. In playback mode it can control the slideshow functions. It cannot be used in movie mode. The 1.8-inch color LCD monitor has 110, 000 pixels of resolution and can be used for preview or review purposes. It is also used to change the camera and exposure settings via the onscreen menu system. The 40i also has a small eyelevel optical viewfinder so you can take pictures without using the color LCD. The FinePix 40i is true multimedia device and functions as both a digital camera and an audio player for MP3 files. Just like other MP3 audio players, users can download music to the FinePix 40i via its USB port and playback near CD-quality music. All MP3 controls (play/stop, forward/back, volume) are on a tethered remote into which the FinePix 40i's provided headphones - or the user's own - can be inserted for private listening. As an added bonus, the remote control can be used with the camera to take and then view captured pictures, along with controlling the camera's digital zoom.