FujiFilm FinePix 40i Review
Image Size / Quality
Standard Test Scene
The FinePix 40i offers six resolution / image quality combinations, three at 2400 x 1800 (processed size, remember CCD is 2.4 megapixel), two at 1280 x 960 and one at 640 x 480.
To give an impression of what each combination of image
size and quality produces the table below is a cross reference of image
size against quality with an original image available for each, all images
were shot within seconds of each other of the same subject.
Crops below are of a 100% 240 x 180 area of each image.
|2400 x 1800, FINE JPEG, 1,716 KB||2400 x 1800, NORMAL JPEG, 751 KB|
|2400 x 1800, BASIC JPEG, 304 KB||1280 x 960, FINE JPEG, 603 KB|
|640 x 480, NORMAL JPEG, 66 KB|
At 2400 x 1800 the 40i doesn't allow any digital zoom, you have to switch down to 1280 x 960 or 640 x 480. At 1280 x 960 you can zoom digitally (cropping & interpolating) up to 1.88 x, at 640 x 480 you can zoom digitally up to 3.75 x. Two samples below were both shot at 1280 x 960, first with no digital zoom, second zoomed fully (1.88 x). By my calculation, at 1280 x 960 the CCD is down sampling by half, at 1280 x 960 full digital zoom pixels are almost 1:1 with the CCD.
|No Digital Zoom, 1280 x 960|
|Full Digital Zoom (@1280 x 960 = 1.88x), 1280 x 960 image|
The flash unit in the 4700Z has a claimed range of 0.4 - 2.5 m (1.3 - 8.2 ft) which should be sufficient for its intended use (casual "friends photography"), although not enough for taking group pictures. Samples below show examples of flash output. All samples below shot at 1280 x 960 to preserve bandwidth.
Colours, that's what Fujifilm have no problems with. Whether it's flash or available light photography colours always come out accurate, vivid and well balanced. Now if only they could address the noise their SuperCCD generates.
The 40i features AVI MJPEG video clip mode with audio recording. Recording a movie shoots at 320 x 240 pixels, 10 fps (audio recorded at 8 Khz, 8 bit) for a maximum of 80 seconds at a time. Here are the total recording times for each type of SmartMedia card (courtesy of the user manual):
|4 MB||8 MB||16 MB
|32 MB||64 MB|
|Available recording time in seconds||22||45||90||182||364|
You can't use macro focus when shooting a movie, however you can digitally zoom. Recording is press once to start press once to stop or until 80 seconds has passed, it then takes about 12 seconds to store those 80 seconds.
|Valley by the light of a blue moon by cjf2|
from Down in the Valley
|Lake Erie Stone Pier by yobbyt|
from Dock or Pier