There aren't too many things that bothered me about
the Fujifilm Finepix F402. Even the small buttons seemed to work out rather
well, though I'm sure not everyone will agree there.
In addition to looking like a
million bucks, this camera has its controls and features very well laid out. The aluminum chassis looks especially nice, but can be a bit slippery at
times due to the sandblasted finish of the aluminum.
Before you accidentally drop this camera, be sure and put
the lanyard on the swivel stud at the side.
A case would have also been a nice addition to the
package of things which do ship with the Finepix F402, but one wasn't included. The
aluminum surface won't take to well to scratches, so spend the extra dollars if you are
contemplating buying this camera and get a case too.
Given the F402's use of the built-in flash during our testing, the realistic number of shots is probably about 70, but bright
sunny days are where this camera is best suited.
We tried a few low-light shots with the F402 and the results were
unimpressive. In the day time, in good light it works at its best. At dusk
you will find yourself limited by the camera and the results not quite as good as they should be for a 2.1Megapixel camera. For close up objects the flash
comes to the rescue and provides very image quality.
Overall we were very pleased with the FinePix
F402, though I think it will find its best place with people who have a
passing interest in photography, and lighter requirements. That is not to say the camera
will not last long, the build quality and "feel" of the unit are first rate,
it's simply that the amount of control given to
the user is very narrow. At about $350USD the Finepix F402 is on the expensive side for a 2.1 MegaPixel camera. Though
it does come in first in terms of style.
Ultimately, I'd recommend the F402 for the casual photographer and suggest
consumers looking for a more comprehensive camera scout out something a little
larger, and with a higher resolution CCD