Summary: The Fuji Finepix F40fd is an excellent ultra-compact digital camera with great image quality and speed of operation. The only reason the Fuji F40 does not generate more excitement is the existence of the Fuji Finepix F30 and F31fd. Other than these two models, the F40fd surpasses all ultra-compact digital cameras in terms of image quality. Its image quality even surpasses that of higher end cameras such as the just-reviewed Sony Cybershot DSC-H9.
Pros: Very low image noise, Nicely saturated colors, Good automatic white-balance, Good exposure accuracy, Excellent lens sharpness, Plenty of details, Above average battery life
Cons: Slow shot-to-shoot speed, ISO 2000 not selectable, Above average purple fringing, Poorly placed tripod-mout, Too few zoom steps
Summary: However, unlike those two cameras, the F40’s may be used in playback mode as well—you can use it to take a quick look at up to 10 faces in a picture to make sure no one has their eyes closed or is sticking out their tongue. Of the three cameras tested here, the F40 has the most solid-feeling construction. And the 2.5-inch LCD was the nicest, too. And, the F40 also lets you use both SD and xD memory cards.
Summary: A strong compact camera from Fujifilm, the high levels of chromatic aberration is the only issue detracting from the F40fd's exceptional pictures. Unfortunately there are a few minor issues in other areas that stop this from being a truly incredible camera.
Summary: The Fujifilm Finepix F40fd undoubtedly offers a number of significant improvements
to what was a great camera, the F20, which we
gave a Highly Recommended award one year ago. There's an
increase from 6 to 8 megapixels, new Face Detection feature
for better people shots, more stylish design and the much
improved zoom lever and mode dial.
Excerpt: We first reviewed the F40fd in What's New, Shopper July 2007, where it picked up a Best Buy award for its fantastic image quality and well-conceived controls. We decided to see how it fares against the current crop of premium compact cameras. The 3x zoom lens and lack of image stabilisation don't compare well to other cameras in this group, but the low price makes up for it. The F40fd's performance is less forgivable.
Excerpt: As most creatives know a camera’s megapixel size is only one factor in determining the quality of a captured image. Finepix’s new F40fd 8.3mp camera produces better photos than some 10mp models we’ve looked at – with Fujifilm concentrating on the quality of what’s captured, not its quantity.
Pros: Comfortable design. Excellent full auto mode with many functions for quick snapping, including face detection and Natural & Flash mode.
Cons: Few manual controls. Face detection baffled by glasses.