We tested the color reproduction of the F440 by taking several exposures of our standard GretagMacbeth color chart. The chart has 24 different color tones. We analyze the accuracy of the camera’s color rendering in comparison to the chart using Imatest Imaging Software. The graph below displays the Imatest readout of the F440’s reproduced colors. The outer square of each color tile represents the camera’s produced color. The inner square shows the color-corrected version. The small vertical rectangle is the ideal color that the camera should produce.
The additional graph below further analyzes the tonal reproduction of the FinePix F440, providing a linear analysis of each rendered tone. The squares represent the ideal color and the circles represent the actual color produced by the F440. Obviously, the closer these two shapes are, the more accurate the camera is at producing that particular shade. Unfortunately, the mean color error between the ideal and the produced tones on the FinePix F440 is quite high, at 12.9.
The camera’s color production translates into a 4.65 overall color score, which is average at best. The cooler tones fared well, while the reds and oranges show some discoloration. The FinePix F440 over-saturated images slightly at 102.3 percent, which is common in digital cameras to enhance skin tones and enliven colors.
**Still Life Scene
**Below is our vengefully colorful still life scene, captured by the Fuji FinePix F440.
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Resolution / Sharpness ***(2.64)***
The Fujifilm FinePix F440 has 1/2.5" Super CCD with 4.23 total and 4.1 effective megapixels. We test each camera’s resolution to determine an actual megapixel count, measuring the camera’s performance in practice. We record several images of our International Standards Organization chart, uploading the exposures into Imatest Imaging Software to observe the detected pixels and overall sharpness. If a camera receives a pixel count within 70-80 percent of its advertised megapixel count, we classify it as having a "good" performance level. If it is within 80-90 percent, it is "very good." Any score above 90 percent is rare and "excellent."
Unfortunately, the F440 didn’t even reach the "good" classification, as it scored approximately 65 percent of its true megapixel count. Our tests indicated that the camera uses 2.64 megapixels of its CCD to capture images, a significant decline from its advertised 4.1 effective megapixels.
Noise-Auto ISO ***(3.2)***
The FinePix F440 received a 3.22 overall score for noise in the automatic ISO settings. While this is not a good score, it isn’t the worst we’ve seen from compact digital cameras. As light is compromised, many images become garbled with noise, as can be viewed in the still life picture when its studied closely.
Noise-Manual ISO ***(3.6)***
For cameras that include manually selectable ISO speeds, we test the noise levels at each rating. Since the FinePix F440 has settings at 80, 100, 200, and 400, we tested noise at each level using a GretagMacbeth color chart and Imatest Imaging Software. Importing the individual results into a regression analysis, we determined the camera’s overall manual noise score: 3.6. The results are depicted in the chart below, with the horizontal axis representing the ISO ratings and the vertical axis representing the noise levels.
As is evident in the graph above, the F440 shows significant decline in clarity when available light is diminished. This is common to many point-and-shoot digital cameras, and the result is often grainy, distorted images, even when the fixed flash is utilized.
Speed / Timing
Start-up/First shot (7.65)
The F440 takes 2.35 seconds to start up and take its first shot. This is about average for a compact digital camera and should not drastically hinder most point-and-shooters.
Shot to shot (6.71)
As was stated before, there is no burst or continuous shooting mode included on the F440, so users will have to rely on the camera’s 3.29 second shot-to-shot time.
Shutter to shot (8.4)
The FinePix may take its time between shots, but it doesn’t have much shutter delay. The camera takes 0.03 seconds from the time the shutter release button is pressed to the actual exposure. This is by far the most impressive performance feature on the F440.
The front of the Fujifilm FinePix F440 is a pared down, clean, and unobstructed surface that emphasizes the few features included on the front face of the camera body. In the upper left corner of the camera is the Viewfinder Window; small, concise and flush to the camera body. The most dominant feature is the Fujinon 3.4x optical zoom lens, which consumes the front left side of the camera body. This lens retracts when not activated into the camera body and is covered by an automatic lens cover. Slightly to the right of the lens, at about ten o’clock (on the lens ring) is the self-timer lamp, which also displays the power on/off for the camera during startup and shutdown. To the right of the lens is a grip for the user’s right hand, a feature which doubles as the power on/off switch. If the power switch is moved to the right, the lens will extend out from the camera body and the camera will start up. When the switch is pushed to the left, the lens retracts and power is switched off. Again, this camera does not react well to being turned off and on quickly; often, when switched off and then immediately back on, the camera will simply remain off and miss the cue. Its lower left corner features a small, in-camera microphone for audio. In its upper right-hand corner, the user will find the in-camera flash for the F440, which is set far enough into the camera body to be out of the reach of the fingers gripping the camera’s right side. On the bottom of the camera body, beneath the lens ring, the user will find a USB port for optional docking and connection to a personal computer. The playback speaker is on its left, the tripod socket to its right. To the right of the tripod socket is a port door, which, when slid to the right, exposes the battery and memory card slot. The battery in this camera is a lithium-ion, and the memory card included is a 16 MB xD-Picture Card.
The back of the Fujifilm FinePix F440 predominately features the 2.0 inch LCD screen, a large sized screen when considering the small, compact nature of the camera body. The LCD screen is situated in the lower left corner, above which the user will find a circular viewfinder window with its lamp located directly between the LCD and viewfinder. Zoom levels can be perceived while using this real image optical viewfinder. However, it is best to refer to the LCD screen rather than taking a risk with a viewfinder that shows only 78% of the final shot captured to the memory card.Running along the top of the LCD screen and to the right of the viewfinder is the mode switch. This selects between photo, movie, and playback modes. The switch is well designed, with deep grooves for comfort, and distinct, universal symbols for each setting, which make access and alterations quick and simple. To the right of this switch is the macro button, which enables the user to focus on close subjects. It should be noted that macro mode essentially renders the viewfinder on this camera useless; in this mode, the viewfinder and the LCD images will be radically different. Alongside of this feature is the camera’s zoom toggle. Press up or down to alter focal length. Although small, this control is functional and logical, and readily accessible. To its right is the camera’s Flash control and beneath the macro, zoom and flash controls, there is a slight grip for the thumb of the right hand to rest on when not activating controls on the back of the camera body. Beneath the grip, running along the right side of the LCD screen, are a series of three buttons. The top button of the three is the Photo Mode F button, engaging one of two onscreen menus. Under this button is the Menu/Ok button which allows the user to initiate partial manual control, as well as presets and other settings. Finally at the base of the camera, in the lower right corner, is the Disp/Back button. Running along the right edge on the lower half of the camera body is a vertical bar that appears to be designed for grip during shooting and control alteration. **** **Left Side ***(6.0)***** The left side of the camera body has only one feature, the DC in port, which is inappropriately exposed and located at the bottom of the Fujifilm FinePix F440 body.
Right Side ***(8.0)***
On the right side of the Fujifilm FinePix F440 camera body the user will only find an eyelet for a wrist strap, located in the middle of the camera body. This eyelet swivels, which makes it less likely to tangle or twist.
On the top of the camera body the user will find the FinePix F440’s shutter button; large and traditionally placed, the logical position should be ideal for point-and-shooters.
The viewfinder for the Fujifilm FinePix F440 is located in the upper left corner on the back of the camera body, above the LCD screen. Its placement may lead to slight grease buildup after use, leaving unflattering smears across the screen. This drawback aside, the feature is small but functional, with a light for engagement placed directly beneath. The real image optical viewfinder allows the user to actually register the zoom that's being engaged while looking through it. However, the visible image within the viewfinder will not be accurate when using macro mode; its image accuracy rating is only 78 percent of the final captured image because the image captured by the LCD and CCD are separate from that of the real image viewfinder.
LCD Screen ***(7.5)***
The LCD screen on the back of the Fujifilm FinePix F440 is sizable considering the meager size of the overall camera frame. The F440 features a 2.0-inch screen, formed from 154,000 pixels. The LCD monitor displays 97% of the recorded image; a far more accurate rendering of the scene than the 78% viewfinder perspective, but still not a perfect replication.
The flash is located on the front of the camera in the upper right corner of the camera body. The included flash settings are: Auto Flash, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, and Red-eye Reduction w/ Slow Synchro. The control, although small, is on the exterior of the camera body, which allows for adjustments to be made without having to enter a menu; an appreciated placement for anyone tired of slogging through endless sub-categories. The flash settings appear on the LCD screen in large format, in the upper left hand corner of the screen. The flash is effective from 2-11.8 feet.
Zoom Lens ***(7.0)***
The zoom lens on the Fujifilm FinePix F440 is retractable and located on the right side of the front face of the camera body. The zoom lens is a 3.4x optical zoom lens, with the control located on the back of the camera between the macro and flash buttons. The zoom lens is equivalent to a 38-130mm lens in 35mm format. There is an additional 3.6x digital zoom.
Model Design / Appearance (7.0)**
Fuji's new Fujifilm FinePix F440 is clean and uncluttered. It has been cleared of extraneous controls and features, leaving the user with a few essential applications for point-and-shoot use. The camera is thin and sturdy in form, with retractable components (LCD, flash, and lens) made flush and concealable within the camera body. Spare in design, the F440 features small, accessible controls and a viewfinder. The docking unit for the FinePix F440 has controls for engagement and a Playback/USB switch on its back. On the front of the camera, the user will find the USB port and DC in terminal. Overall, the camera is well-designed, containing a logical layout, large 2.0-inch LCD screen, and minimal features that contribute to its organized, simplistic look. My only major concern with the design is the lack of a cover for the USB port, an oversight that increases the potential for damage during rough use and when attaching the camera to a tripod.
Size / Portability ***(8.0)***
The size of the Fujifilm FinePix F440 is perhaps the camera’s single strongest attribute at 2.9 x 2.5 x 0.8 inches (5.8 inches3). The general form is both compact and sturdy; however, there are some extraneous features that could potentially snag or be damaged. The body of the camera is dense and compact, making it easily dwarfed by a large palm. The camera will also slide effortlessly into a pocket when not in use, aiding in transport. The F440 weighs 5.3 ounces without the battery and memory card. Due to the camera’s diminished size and condensed shape, the F440 will appeal consumers searching for a well-crafted digital camera that can be taken on trips or excursions without excessive worry or hassle.
Handling Ability ***(7.5)***
The handling on the F440 is well-designed, displaying a user-friendly layout that allows for quick access to essential shooting features and advanced options, such as flash or macro mode. The lack of external control features makes handling the camera smoother than other competing models, although the absence of immediate control may be frustrating for some users accustomed to exterior options. Fortunately, there are grips on both the front and back of the camera, and the flash is placed far enough out of the way that the chance of obscuring it with a finger is greatly diminished. The viewfinder is small, but is still usable in most circumstances. With the light located directly beneath the eye, the user can actually see the lamp when using the viewfinder—-sometimes a distraction, sometimes an asset.
Control Button / Dial Positioning / Size ***(7.5)***
The control buttons on the F440 are small, but there aren’t that many of them. The elimination of the four-way controller helps to reduce potential frustration and control clutter on the back of the camera body. This forces Fuji to instead use the Macro and Flash buttons as the left and right toggles within menus, and the zoom doubles as an up-and-down toggle when scanning through options. The buttons are easily within finger-reach due to the small size of the camera body, contributing to easy activation and control. Within the menu, controls are both fast and simple to access, without the undue stress of tedious sub-controls. There is a problem though with the power switch on the front of the camera body: its function does not always sync up well with a user’s intention. When turned off and then quickly back on, this camera will frequently fail to respond to the change, an aggravation for the point-and-shoot user looking to use the camera in quick capture situations.
There are two separate menus available to the user of the Fujifilm FinePix F440. The first is the F menu. This is accessible through the topmost of three buttons located on the back of the camera body and displays the camera’s essential shooting controls. Once entered, the F menu allows the user to access Quality, ISO, and Color/Effect options. A second menu is more generalized, offering Self Timer, Shooting mode, EV, White Balance, and Set Up options. Such settings as EV or White Balance cannot be altered unless the camera is in Manual mode.
Ease of Use ***(7.0)***
Even though the camera body is small and potentially awkward for large handed users, I found that it was actually quite simple to use. I did find that the power on/off slide on the front of the camera body needs improvement, and its lack of responsiveness is worrisome. I like that Fuji has split some of the camera’s functionality into two separate menus; I just wish that ISO would be placed within the shooting menu. However, the F440 is highly portable and ideal for users looking for a budget-friendly camera with a sleek design for the occasional trip or vacation.****
**Auto Mode ***(7.5)*
When the camera is set to Auto mode, the user is not able to control the few settings that are available. That means no macro mode, flash, or color settings—-honestly, only a few less options than the Manual mode offers. This camera is obviously designed for the point-and-shoot user, and shouldn’t really be seriously considered by any camera enthusiast who demands excessive manual or hybrid control. Auto mode is straightforward and simple without complicated sub-menus or multiple possibilities. A series of presets are also available which mimic the structure of the Auto Mode setting, but allow slight modifications to be made in general lighting or shooting situations; Night, Sport, Landscape, Portrait, and Auto are all available.
Movie Mode ***(3.5)***
The Fujifilm FinePix F440 is capable of recording movies onto the xD-Picture Card, and allows the user to shoot at up to 10 fps at a resolution ratio of 320 x 240 in either AVI or JPEG format. The maximum recording time for 320 x 240 is 60 seconds, with the recording time for the 160 x 120 format allowing for 180 seconds. There is a counter in the upper right hand corner of the LCD screen to allow the user to view the remaining amount of space and time available when using this feature - a nice and thoughtful addition for those users who've been cut short without knowing. Audio is recorded along with the video image, and is available during playback via the speaker, "practically" placed on the bottom of the camera. When recording in movie mode, it is important to not cover or mask the microphone, as this will inherently bring distorted audio.
Drive / Burst Mode ***(0.0)***
There isn't a Drive or Burst mode available on this camera. This is a surprising setback considering the popularity of this feature on other camera models, but due to the limited set of features and incredibly low price, it shouldn't come as too much of a shock.
Playback Mode ***(6.5)***
When the camera is set in playback mode, the user is able to control the speed and selection of automatic playback, viewing individual images using the four-way controller. The user can also choose to view images in a lineup, multi image window, or individually during playback. There is also a playback zoom feature, which allows the user to control the zoom levels on a single shot frame, and is represented by a zoom scale bar on the left side of the LCD screen. It is possible to set zoom levels at four positions up to 14x digital during review.
Custom Image Presets ***(5.0)***
There is a limited selection of preset shooting modes available for the user of the Fujifilm FinePix F440. The user can select between Auto, Manual, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, or Night modes. This is an extremely disappointing list of options for a camera that has such a restrictive selection of manual control. Without manual options or image presets, the F440 begins to approach a disposable-camera interface.
There are only a few manual control options available when shooting with the Fujifilm FinePix F440. These manual controls are perhaps enough to please point-and-shoot users looking for a simplified imager with basic control and functionality. Although, any engaged user or well-versed photographer will likely find the lack of controls and features restrictive. The features which can be manually controlled by the user are: Exposure Compensation, Flash, White Balance, and ISO.
Auto focus is the only setting available for the user of the Fujifilm FinePix F440; it lacks the option for manual focus adjustment. There is a Macro mode for close subjects, focusing as close as 3.6 inches from the front of the lens. Partially depressing the shutter prior to a shot will set and lock the focus and exposure. In the normal shooting mode, users can focus as close as 2 feet and as far as the camera can see. If the user is unsure of whether focus is being engaged, Fuji has included sound bubbles in their manual. Descriptive and motivational statements such as "Bebeep" for focus complete and "Click" for photo taken should help orient any perplexed consumer.
There is no manual control available for focus, which is not surprising considering the small camera is obviously marketed towards the miniature-crazed point-and-shooter drawn to a large LCD screen and CCD chip.
The metering for this camera utilizes a Multi Segment metering system, which essentially breaks the frame into a grid, and measures the dispersal of overall lighting in the scene. The Fujifilm FinePix F440, however, does not allow the user control over light metering.
The exposure settings for the Fujifilm FinePix F440 are located within the shooting menu, and allow the user to control the exposure compensation for the camera. Most point-and-shoot cameras that allow for exposure compensation settings have a range from -2 to +2. Oddly, Fujifilm has chosen to equip this camera with an exposure scale of -2.1 to +1.5, with incremental steps of 0.3 EV, allowing for 13 steps of exposure.
White Balance ***(6.5)***
The white balance for this model is controlled in the shooting menu through a series of presets. Unfortunately, the F440 does not include a customizable white balance setting. Users can select between Auto, Fine, Shade, Daylight Fluorescent, Warm White Fluorescent, Cool White Fluorescent, and Incandescent. With the expansive selection of presets, it’s a shame that the F440 doesn’t allow the user to control white balance manually.
The ISO settings for the camera are placed away from the White Balance and Exposure options, distinguishing between shooting menus within the general digitized menu configuration. ISO settings are accessed through the F button, which is placed above the menu control on the back of the camera body. The user can select among ISO ratings of 80, 100, 200, and 400, the equivalent of what the camera sets up in Auto mode. Many compact digital cameras offer an abbreviated range in the automatic mode, so the F440 exceeds expectations in its available automatic ISO range.
Shutter Speed ***(0.0)***
While no manual control of shutter speed is available, a shutter range of 1/2000th of a second to 2 seconds is available, allowing the user to shoot in a variety of lighting situations. With 2 second speed, the user may wish to use a tripod in order to reduce the camera movement that longer shutter speeds inherently produce.
The F440, unfortunately, has no manual aperture settings. This isn't too surprising when considering the intended point-and-shoot market, but it is nevertheless disappointing when any feature is completely outside user control. The camera determines the appropriate aperture within an f/2.8 to f/7.4 range.
Picture Quality / Size Options ***(6.5)***
The picture quality and size settings are located within the FinePix menu, and allow the user to select among 4M, 2M, 1M, and 0.3M options. When in 4M shooting mode, the user can select settings of 2304 x 1728F or 2304 x 1728N (slightly lower quality). 2M is 1600 x 1200, 1M is 1280 x 960, and 0.3M is 640 x 480.
Picture Effects Options ***(6.5)***
There are a couple of standard inclusions in the Picture Effect presets on the Fujifilm FinePix F440. Within the FinePix menu, the user can select between Standard, Chrome, and Black/White color parameters.
*The Fujifilm FinePix F440 comes with FinePix AX software for image editing, allowing the user to use a personal computer as an image control center prior to printing captured images.
*Jacks, Ports, Plugs (6.0)
*With the Fujifilm FinePix F440 the user is allowed to access images either through the USB or A/V out ports. The user will also find a battery slot and an xD memory card slot. There is also an accessory AC Power cord and cradle for the camera to be used during playback or web camera engagement.
*Direct Print Options (6.5)
*The Fujifilm FinePix F440 is PictBridge enabled and capable of direct printing to any PictBridge compliant printer using the included USB cable.
This camera comes with a 16 MB xD-Picture Card for still and video footage, although the camera will accept larger cards of up to 512 MB. The F440 saves still images as JPEG files, while sound clips are stored as AVI files. **
**Other Features (6.5)
**Web Camera – *The F440 can be set into the included cradle and connected via the USB port to a personal computer, allowing for audio/video real time to be sent via the Internet to other web camera users. This feature is rarely offered on lower priced models*.******
The FinePix F440 comes with a sizable 1/2.5-inch, 4.1 MP CCD, video potential with audio, six different format settings, some manual control options, and a 3.4x optical zoom rating. For a relatively inexpensive camera, retailing online for $249.95 (USD), the F440 may not be a bad bargain. There are some significant options included, with web cam capabilities, preset options, and an impressive 2.0-inch LCD screen, although the F440 falls short in some critical areas. When it comes down to it, a 4 MP camera with a 2-inch LCD for under $250 (USD) is a bargain by today’s standards; however, with the way the market is developing and as high-end digital cameras continually drop in price, it may not be a bargain tomorrow.
[Nikon Coolpix 3200*](../content/Nikon-Coolpix-3200-Digital-Camera-Review.htm) – *Selling for $199.95 (USD), the Nikon Coolpix 3200 contains a 1/2.7-inch, 3.2 MP CCD, slightly smaller than the sensor used in the Fuji F440. The Coolpix 3200 stocks seven format settings between both video and still images, with potential audio recording available, and it also records in QuickTime format. The Coolpix 3200 contains a slightly smaller 3x optical zoom lens. A number of preset options are available as well as manual control for EV. The Coolpix 3200 is a stronger camera, providing more flexibility within settings and overall control over the image then the F440. The Coolpix 3200 also packs 14.5MB of internal memory.
[Canon PowerShot A85*](../content/Canon-PowerShot-A85-Digital-Camera-Review-.htm) – *The Canon PowerShot A85 retails for the same price as the FinePix F440. Relying on a 1/2.7-inch 4.2 MP CCD, the A85’s imager is comparable to the F440. The A85 comes with a 3x optical zoom lens and records in seven modes. The A85 will also capture audio and video footage simultaneously in QuickTime format. The PowerShot A85 allows for focal control, preset scene options, white balance, exposure and flash control. Also the A85, unlike the FinePix F440, contains a burst capture setting for added speed and recording capabilities. The A85 comes packaged with a 32MB CF memory card, which is twice the size of the Fuji‘s packaged media card. While the A85 is also direct print compliant, the 1.8" LCD is slightly smaller then the F440’s 2" display, on a larger overall frame.
[Fujifilm FinePix S3100*](../specs/Fuji/FinePix%20S3100.htm) – *The FinePix S3100 currently retails online for slightly less than the F440, around $244.95 (USD); however, it should be noted that this camera has a much different shape and larger body, based more on the traditional 35mm styling. The S3100 has a 1/2.7-inch, 4.23 MP CCD, with a much larger 6x optical zoom lens. The S3100 records in six formats and quality settings, with audio and video capabilities comparable to the F440. The S3100 also lacks manual focus control, and the focus controls that it does have are less effective or on par with the F440. The S3100 ships with a 16MB xD memory card and also has an Electronic Viewfinder, which mirrors the LCD screen. Even though this camera has a larger body, the user is forced to deal with a smaller, 1.5 inch LCD screen.
[Olympus Stylus Verve*](../content/Olympus-Stylus-Verve-Digital-Camera-Review-.htm)*– The Stylus Verve was heavily marketed upon its release, advertising the camera’s body design and style: bright candy colors and compact size. These point-and-shoot cameras each come with 1/2.5-inch, 4.2 MP CCD, although the Stylus Verve contains a smaller 2.0x optical zoom lens. The Verve does have the potential to record still and video images in eight formats, but only four seconds audio clips can be recorded. Scene presets, manual white balance and exposure compensation, and a 16MB memory card complement the Verve’s 1.8 inch LCD, but there is no viewfinder. **
Who It’s For
Point-and-Shooters - *This camera is definitely intended for the point-and-shoot consumer. With basic controls at an affordable price, it's a good choice for beginners.*
Budget Consumers - *As mentioned, the camera’s low price, compact size, impressive LCD display, and 4.1 megapixel imager make the F440 a strong buy for the price. *
Gadget Freaks - *This camera is a straightforward point-and-shooter; if it’s gadgets you seek, better look elsewhere. *
Manual Control Freaks - *The F440 is not designed to appease the manual user. With minimal control, the point-and-shooter may not feel constrained, but users accustomed to controlling their camera will feel instantly claustrophobic. *
*Pros/Serious Hobbyists - *For the pro or serious hobbyist, there would really be no reason to look to this camera other than as a relatively disposable vacation accessory.
With the Fujifilm FinePix F440, the consumer receives a 1/2.5-inch 4.1 MP CCD, and a petite camera body that is small enough to comfortably fit within the user’s pocket. This camera has hybrid capability at the most basic level, with a monaural speaker for real time audio recording. The user can record to the included 16 MB x-D memory card, but will get no internal memory. It is possible to record in up to six different format ratios. The user can control exposure and white balance settings, along with ISO, but otherwise, manual controls are minimal. The power switch is finicky and unresponsive but the other controls are logical and intuitive, small as they may be. There are two separate menus, one for shooting, and the other for overall camera control. The layout would be greatly improved if the ISO setting was moved to the shooting menu. However, all in all, if the user is seeking an inexpensive, point-and-shoot camera at $249.95 (USD) with video/audio potential and direct print capabilities, this camera is a contender, especially to those who prefer a slim and concise model.
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