Your first intelligence test when picking up the C-40Z is finding the SmartMedia compartment, it's cunningly tucked away at the back corner of the camera beside the battery compartment. The door itself hinges upwards to reveal the SmartMedia slot.
I'm always careful not to favour one type of media to another but it's clear that if the C-40Z has an Achilles heel, it's storage capacity. This is a four megapixel digital camera, in SHQ mode you'll get approximately 46 images on a 128 MB SmartMedia card (the largest available at the time of writing this review). Compare this to other compact digital cameras which support Compact Flash and/or Microdrive.
The C-40Z has an extending 2.8x, F2.8 - F4.8 lens with an equiv. focal length range of 35 to 98 mm. Its slightly strange vertically offset lens elements (note, they're closer to the top of the lens barrel than the bottom) is remarkably similar to the extending Canon lens used on Toshiba's PDR-M81 and Sanyo's DSC-AZ1, all lenses have identical specs but on the Toshiba and Sanyo are labelled as a Canon lens. Is this another case of Canon OEM lenses labelled as different things by different manufacturers?
Base / Tripod Mount
Supplied In the Box
Availability of accessories may vary by region.
|SmartMedia Additional SmartMedia cards, available up to 128 MB in size.||MA-2 PCMCIA adapter.
Access SmartMedia cards (up to 32MB) as an external hard disk on PCMCIA compatible computers.
|MAFP-2 Floppy adapter.
Flash Path adapter allows SmartMedia cards (up to 32MB) to be read in a 3.5" drive (with drivers).
4 x NIMH batteries and battery charger
|PT-012 Underwater housing
Allows the C-40Z to be used underwater (to a depth of 30m). Available only in certain regions.