The Fuji Finepix F440 is a handy, slim digital camera that can slip easily into your pocket. It is easy to use too. This type of digital camera will appeal to people who are looking for a camera that is straightforward, with no fuss. It will cope with all the usual photo opportunities of holiday snaps, photos for the family album, as well as all the usual social gatherings and get togethers. It also has a touch of style too.
The Finepix F440 has four megapixels and a 3x optical zoom lens. Whilst that is nothing out of the ordinary is it perfectly adequate for general use.
74.5 X 62.3 X 21.3mm
To test the Finepix F440 I took a variety of pictures outdoors. All the pictures turned out well and I was particularly impressed with the reproduction of the colours found in each scene. One failing that is quite common with digital cameras is that they tend to lose detail in scenes with high contrast where there is a mix of light and dark colours. Again the Finepix F440 handled this well. The darker areas tend to suffer more than most, but this camera performed well. If anything it was more prone to losing detail in lighter areas.
The colour test is an area where the camera performs very well. The colours are bright and have plenty of depth to them.
Indoors the quality of the shots was in line with those produced by many other models. The pictures were not quite as sharp as I like to see and there was also a touch of red eye found in the indoor portrait. The indoor portrait also shows up a loss of detail in the dark area in the hair. This is a very common trait though and there are very few digital cameras that I have tested that are able to overcome this problem.
The macro shot is clear enough but there is a blue colour caste to the picture. This may or may not be important to you as the majority of people likely to buy this type of camera macro photography is probably not an area of prime importance.
For composing images and accessing the menu system there is a 2" LCD screen. This is a good sized screen above the average size that you will find on a digital camera. If you prefer there is an optical viewfinder as well that you can use for composition.
When you first use the Finepix F440 you are likely to want to simply turn the camera on and start taking pictures. You can do this by leaving the camera in automatic mode. In this mode the camera makes all the key decision for you to help ensure the photographs are properly exposed. There are situations where digital cameras need a little help. With this in mind there are scene modes for Portrait, Landscape, Sports and Night Scene shots. You can access these modes through the menu system.
The built in flash unit has a maximum range of 3.6m when the zoom lens is not being used. When the zoom is in use the range drops down. The flash modes available to you are Automatic - where the camera decides if the flash is need or not, Red-eye Reduction, Always on, Always off, Slow Synchro and Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro. Slow synchro is normally used for night shots where you would like the background illuminated as well as the subject.
For close up photography there is a macro mode that allows you to focus from 9cms away. To back up the optical zoom there is a 3.6x digital zoom feature. To help you preserve the memory you can add 30 seconds of voice memos to each picture. For when you would like to appear in the picture yourself there is a ten second self timer. As well as taking colour pictures you can also choose to take them in black and white or with a chrome effect.
You can shoot movies with the Finepix F440 as well. To be honest the movies are a bit limited with a maximum resolution of 320x240 and at a rate of ten frames per second. The maximum length of a movie is one minute at this resolution or you can choose three minutes duration at a lower resolution of 160x120.
More advanced features give you access to ISO equivalents between 80 and 400. Exposure compensation is also available as are white balance settings of Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light(Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White) and Incandescent light.
All the necessary cables and software are supplied by Fuji to connect the Finepix F440 to a television set, a computer and a PictBridge compatible printer.
The FinePix F440 Zoom comes complete with a PictureCradle. This is used to recharge the battery and upload images as well.
Ease of Use
On the whole I find Fuji digital cameras some of the easiest to use and the Finepix F440 is no exception. Controls for zoom, macro and flash can all be found on the back of the camera. The control buttons are laid out well and as ever the Fuji menu system is very easy to get to grips with. With this type of camera you can be up and running in minutes and there is no need to spend time with your head in the manual before you get started.
You can pick up a Finepix F440 for around £165. That is considerable cheaper than the Canon IXUS 40, another slim and stylish, four megapixel digital camera.
I like the look of the Finepix F440. Slightly squarer in shape than a typical digital camera its dimensions are 74.5 X 62.3 X 21.3mm. It is a fairly lightweight model too weighing in at 150g. I sometimes find that the smaller models are just too small to be able to get of grip of when I take a picture, but perhaps owing to the shape of this camera I didn't find that problem this time around.
Batteries and Memory Cards
The Finepix F440 runs on a rechargeable lithium ion battery. Fuji supply one with the camera together with a charger. Spare batteries can work out to be expensive so you need to make sure that the battery is fully charged before you set off to take any important shots.
Images are stored on xD Picture cards. Fuji supplies a 16mb card as part of the package. You will seriously need to consider upgrading the memory card to a high capacity card when you buy the Finepix F440. A 16mb card soon becomes full when you when you are taking 4 megapixel shots and shooting movies. Click here to compare xD card prices.
Points I like:
Good build quality
The price is right
Good outdoor photos
Where it is not so hot:
Macro shots have a blue caste
Indoor shots only average
All in all the Fuji Finepix F440 is a likeable camera. Although the indoor shots are not of the highest quality I did reel off some indoor party shots that were good enough for me. It is well designed and easy to use. When comparing the price against other models such as the Canon IXUS 40 I would say that the Finepix F440 offers good value for money.
Fuji Finepix F440 Front View
Fuji Finepix F440 Back View
Fuji Finepix F440 Top View Sample Menus
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