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I bought this camera over 18 months ago and it is still going strong and the picture quality is far better than others makes that have a higher pixel count. The battery is a lithium ion rechargable battery and the camera comes with a recharger that is plugged into the mains power and a small led lights up when charging and goes off when fully charged. The camera itself is a nice grey and silver combination with the back being a darker colour with a large viewing screen. It has survived many knocks and drops with little visible wear and tear and many of these could have been prevented if I had used a case to store it in. The camera has many different modes and even the standard auto mode takes great quality pictures. Other settings can be used for different times such as party, fireworks, underwater and sport which takes very fast pictures that still remain in focus. I tend to choose the 2 picture mode where two pictures are taken one after the other, one with flash and one without. This is very useful if you are not sure whether a better picture would be produced with or without flash. This is good for evening pictures where sometimes the natural light is enough but at others it needs a little more help. The playback feature on the camera allows for the pictures to be viewed close up with one picture at a time but you can also zoom out here to view 9 pictures at a time which allows you to scroll through and find a specific picture far quicker. Pictures can be edited on the camera with fatures such as zooming and cropping being available which keeps the original picture but creates a new one that can be printed to the same high quality and fits the standard picture sizes. Pictures can be deleted individually or set at a multi delete feature that reduces time when deleting numerous pictures. The camera is compatible with sd and xd cards and a 2gb sd card will hold over 1000 pictures. The 8.3 mega pixels produce a high quality image and is just as good as many other far more expensive cameras. It is easy to zoom in and out when taking and viewing pictures by flicking the dial on the top to the left or right. It also has very accurate face recognition technology that will pick up every face even in a group photo and it makes sure that each face is in focus. Despite the fact that there are many newer cameras on the market boasting supposedly far better features and mega pixels, I would buy this camera again as I have been so impressed with the quality and for the price it is fantastic!
my boyfriend bought me this camera after i lost it's predecessor, the fuji film f30 on the tube one night. oops. i've always owned fuji - my first camera was a finepix f401, which was a cute square shape and took pretty decent photos - it even survived being dropped in a pint of beer! after that great start, the f30 was a nice step up with more manual options and a better range of picture choices. the f40d is much the same - it's slightly more geared up the to automatic market with a range of pre selected scene modes, from fireworks (which is the only mode to over long exposure shots, unlike the f30 which had two) , underwater, party, portrait, landscape etc. the scene modes are actually pretty decent, and the general auto mode is great for quick snaps. part way between a point and shoot and an slr, the manual settings offer a degree of extra usability, and the large screen is great for viewing photos. i would say this is great camera to buy if you're ready to start taking more control over your photos and looking to branch out into manual settings. quality wise it's very well built, has suvived many falls and drops well. it's annoying that unlike the f30 you have to take the battery out to charge it, but it is a lithium ion which is better in my opinion than double a's. [Originally posted on www.ciao.co.uk]
FujiFilm Finepix F40FD. This camera is amazing. I bought it around 12 months ago and never looked back. It takes crystal clear photos even in low light and has a really powerful zoom feature. The camera comes in silver with some black parts on the rear, two lenses that zoom out on the front side and a number of buttons on the back. It doesn't come with a protective case but it does come with all of the software and drivers for uploading photos to your computer. It also has a 2.5 inch LCD screen which is very clear and bright. The camera has many different function modes for taking your photos, these are: Auto, Natural Light, Manual, Image Stabilisation, Self Portrait and Video. I find the Image Stabilisation mode the easiest and it takes the best photos. The macro feature can be used on all of the modes, giving you excellent quality close ups and the flash is also very powerful, without being too glary or too dull. The battery life is also extremly good, it takes around 300 photos before the battery will need charging. It uses a lithium-ion battery instead of AA/AAA batteries, making it much longer lasting. The photos do come out very well, they can be grainy though if you don't set the camera up properly and use the wrong mode for the wrong situation. It won't take the most professional photo in the world as it's only really a snap-shot camera but the photos are excellent, they're not low quality at all. When I bought mine it cost me just shy of £100 brand new, although the price has dropped significantly now. They can be picked up for £60-£80 which is amazing for the precision of the camera and quality of the photos. If you're looking for a very high quality snap-shot camera but without the high quality price tag, you've found it.
We purchased the Fuji F40fd in June from Amazon for use a family camera, to use to take photos on holidays, weddings, family occasions etc and have been very pleased with the results. Firstly its design is modern and attrative, however our main reason for purchasing this camera was its impressive features for the price. I read that most Fuji cameras only take xD cards, however this took an SD card which we already had from a previous camera, this was a big plus. The 8 million megapixels is ample for our needs, we only ever print photos out 10x8" max and this produces great quality results. Our old digital camera took an age to take a photo once you press the take picture button, however this camera almost instantly takes the photo which to me was a big plus. We used our old camera on a tour in New York and was forever missing things due to the delay in taking the photo. Our new F40fd will mean we never miss a shot. The display on the back is large enough to see the photos and to take the picture. I would have liked there to have a been a view finder to look through as it can be difficult to see the screen when very sunny. We used the automatic photo function which took some good shots and it has autofocus and face detection technology which takes much better and clearer photos, overall I would recommend this as a good family camera with some nice little added features.
I bought a Fuji F40fd recently to replace a Fuji F10 which had started to go on the blink. The F10 was very very good in low light without flash and was very quick to start up. I assumed the F40fd would be as good, if not better. Sadly it's not a big step forwards, and in some respects it's worse. It is slower to start up, slower between shots and the image seems slightly soft by comparison (there may be tweaks available - but I'm using the out of the box settings). The LCD display is better than the F10 however, and the camera is slightly smaller. But the F40's battery life shorter. Having said all that, the F40 is not a bad camera and is pretty good at low light compared to much of the competition, but I don't think it's as exceptional amongst it's peers as the F10 was when it was launched. My recommendation would be to try one, but try other cameras also before deciding.
I never tite of using this camera - quite simply, it's fantastic! It is very user friendly (even my young kids can operate it with ease) and can be used by a "point-and-shoot" style user or someone with a little more experience because there are plenty of options to play around with. You can take photgraphs or shoot films (it is a shame that you are unable to zoom in or out when taking video footage though). The zoom is powerful and the menus easy to use (I have never picked up the manual). You can adjust the settings from portraits to scenic shots, there are various options for the flash and a frame which focuses attention on the face of your target. It is lightweight and compact which is a bonus and it pretty hard wearing (it has been dropped/bumped once or twice but it has never showed). The quality of the pictures is top notch. I have struggled with other cameras because my hands shake constantly and the photos blurr but this camera does not pick that up at all. The red eye reduction occasionally doesn't work though. The battery life is excellent, I have used it for hours and it hasn't even run down. The battery is removed from the camera and charged by placing it in a holder which is then plugged in. If you buy a spare battery you can leave the other charging and still use your camera using the spare! I would definitely recommend this item to anybody, whatever your level of expertise.
This digital camera works very well in all kinds of surroundings and you can change the style of picture by the different options such as natural light, 2 photos at once as well as a movie option and a automatic option. This camera also has face detection which enables the camera to pick up faces and use this to improve the quality of the photo. The downfall of this camera is that the photos dont always look good with distance photos being a problem. But apart from that the camera is definately one i recommend as it has served its purpose for me so far. The thing i like best about it is the fact that you can change the type of photo it takes like iIsaid earlier about the natural light option. I paid £155 for my camera from www.amazon.co.uk, the battery life is approx. 6-8 hours, battery is rechargable and the internal memory holds 12 photos.
The FinePix F40fd features stunning, slim-line design, 8.3 megapixel high-performance Fujifilm Super CCD sensor, 3x optical zoom lens and an easy-to-view 2.5-inch LCD monitor. The FinePix F40fd also features low-light performance of ISO 2000 at full resolution and Fujifilm's unique Intelligent Flash system, which enables users to capture natural looking images without the 'washed out' effect that can be the result of traditional on-camera flash.
Fujifilm's hardware-based Face Detection technology captures up to ten faces in a frame in as little as 0.05 seconds, optimizing focus and exposure to take the best portrait shots. Face Detection sets imagination free to compose photos without the need to manually set the camera to get the best photo; a simple push of the shutter button is all that is required. In playback mode, Face Detection can be used to maintain faces as the key focus of a photo when cropping or zooming in.