Fuji F440 Pictures

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Scott, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. Scott

    Scott Guest

    My wife just bought a Fuji F440 4 megapixel camera at Best Buy. We
    like the features on it and it's ease of use, but after snapping a
    number of pictures, I'm less than thrilled with the picture quality.
    Setting it at the highest resolution (4MP setting), there always
    seems to be a reddish tinge when using the flas...and flesh tones
    don't look quite natural, no matter how carefully I edit using PSP 8.
    When printing them out, the quality appears less than pictures printed
    from my Canon 3.2 megapixel camera. The XD card is a little awkward,
    since it will not fit in the built-in media reader in her Gateway
    notebook (but an SD card will fit). The camera was $179 ($120 off at
    Best Buy). Does anyone have a personal opinion of this camera?

    We're thinking of returning it and investing $329 in a Canon SD-400 4MP.

    Any thoughts? I guess you get what you pay for.

    Scott, Aug 26, 2005
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  2. Get yourself a USB click drive with a built-in xD card reader.
    I chose this camera because of it's size and the possibility of using two of
    them as a stereo camera.
    The 440 and 450 went out of production this spring - replaced by the 455 and

    The white balance is slightly different for each camera. There is a reddish
    tinge on one an a slight greenish tinge on the other. Have you checked the
    manual about white balance?

    As a stereo camera it works quite well but a vertical or square image is
    better suited for desktop viewing or printing and a larger (wider) camera is
    probably can be used as these kind of camera have a wide-angle lens. Zoom
    doesn't work with stereo.

    It's smallness tempts you use snap one-handed but steadying with a second
    hand is often necessary.

    Think about a hinged screen - Fuji!

    All-in-all I'm very pleased with my cameras.
    DAVID TENNYSON, Aug 26, 2005
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  3. Scott

    David Chien Guest

    1) I'd compare vs. the many official and review sample images online
    first -- if the color balance is significantly off, you may just very
    well have a defective unit.


    eg. if the white balance sensor on some cameras is moved off
    position from the hole it is located in, it will pickup a different view
    than what the lens sees, then white balance to something different.

    2) The camera is decent, but the lens itself + sensor won't get you the
    absolute 'best' 4MP image possible.

    Still, even if you look at the Canon SD400 at the reviews in
    www.dpreview.com and www.imaging-resource.com, you'll see that although
    it is decent, the test images, esp. resolution charts, have what they
    call spherical abberation (a white glow around black areas) across the
    image due to the super-small lens design.

    It's an average camera that is okay, not great.



    I had the F450, then bought a Sony P150, set both to 5MP mode and
    compared identical scenes side-by-side. Result? Sony P150 (now
    replaced by newer P200) easily beats the F450 in image quality, color
    saturation, etc. across the board.

    The F450 image looks 'soft' and weak in comparison, although I was
    still able to get very good shots from it on average during trips and so
    forth. (the trick? You have to point the center focus on an area where
    the exposure can be automatically adjusted to get the 'best' exposure
    for that scene. The AE is definitely not anywhere as smart as the Sony
    or other cameras, and it can be fooled easier. Thankfully, it acts just
    like a spot exposure, so you can easily adjust the image.)


    Now, if you're after a 5MP, you may also want to look at the
    similar, but higher image quality Panasonic FX9, with image stabilizer.
    (otherwise, they're about the same)



    Personally, me? I'd go for at least a Sony P150/P200 or something
    with faster AF, more manual control features, a smart 7MP mode, great
    colors printed (esp. straight from a home printer like the 6-color photo
    printers from Epson, esp. Epson RX500 all-in-one), etc. for <$300 on
    ebay.com and elsewhere.

    Why? even if you never use the 7MP mode, any higher-resolution
    digicam will produce a better, sharper lower-resolution image when set
    to that mode. Thus, the 1/3/5MP images that this 7MP digicam produces
    are very sharp indeed!

    (You can see this by taking any 16MP Eos1ds mkII image, downsizing
    it to 5MP and you'll see how juicy sharp it is vs. a 5MP image taken by
    a regular 5MP camera. All of that extra detail helps make a great
    lower-res image.)

    Also, superior battery life -- the Fujifilm & Canon will run out
    after 150-200 shots max. The Sony? I easily fill 1GB cards with 7MP
    photos + videos over the course of 6+ hours at a party, and still find
    that it has enough power to keep it going for playback at home. Easily
    300+ shots on a single charge = never worry about battery life on the go.

    Fujifilm cameras were nice in their days of the F40i/F401/F410/F420
    era vs. others on the market, but today, better cameras are simply
    passing them by with faster AF, more features & MP, etc.

    As much as I liked using the older models, the Sony P150 was simply
    better for me, image-wise.


    I'd also look at the Sony T1/T3/T33/T5/T7 series as well in a 5MP.
    The latest Sony T5 is a gorgeous example of a crisp 5MP digicam that
    does it all well - big 2.5" screen, fast AF speeds, very good image
    quality, etc.


    The older models, T1 through T33 are good, cheap off ebay.com at
    $200-250; the T7 is out new, but $500 for a 5MP is a bit too much,
    despite the super-slim size & weight.
    David Chien, Aug 26, 2005
  4. Scott

    Scott Guest

    I didn't feel comfortable keeping the Fuji F440, and Best Buy was
    nice enough to waive the "15% restocking fee" if we swapped it for
    another camera of the same or higher value. My wife chose the
    Canon A520 4 megapixel for $249.00. As it turned out, we're
    very happy with the quality of the pictures on the Canon and
    with it's abundance of features. There's also a benefit to using an
    SD card with the Canon. Not only are they cheaper than XD cards,
    but the SD card fits neatly into the built-in media slot on the
    side of her new Gateway notebook...for fast image transfers.

    Scott, Aug 28, 2005
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