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FujiFilm FinePix F402 Digital Camera Review

FujiFilm FinePix F402 Digital Camera Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Fujifilm must have been looking towards style conscious consumers when they designed the F402 because it is endowed with more sex appeal than a digital camera really ought to have.
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External Mfg. Website: FujiFilm Dec 11 2002   Max Page  
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Sample Images from the F402

Sample images & one movie

The best way to test out a camera is to look at the raw images it produces. To illustrate this we've snapped a few shots of the city at each resolution setting the FinePix F402 supports, from 640x480 all the way up to 2304x1728. You can compare these images to our other digital camera reviews to get a sense of how well the F402 handles the task. All images were shot with the camera on fully automatic settings without flash.

The FinePix F402 is also capable of capturing short low-resolution AVI format movies. There is an 8 second clip you can download to get a sense for the image quality there (10FPS). Open up the the full-size images in their uncompressed state by clicking on the thumbnails below.

640x480 (0.3M)
125KB
1280x960 (1M)
330KB
1600x1200 (2M)
405KB
2304x1728 (4M norm)
768KB
2304x1728 (4M fine)
1.58MB
8sec (320x240) AVI film clip
1.28MB

Some more pictures to give you a feel for how the camera handles different settings and macro.
2M - macro 2M - scenery 2M - macro

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 sensor.

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Contents of Article: FujiFilm FinePix F402
 Pg 1.  FujiFilm FinePix F402 Digital Camera Review
 Pg 2.  A closer look at the F402
 Pg 3.  Power Requirements and Longevity
 Pg 4.  — Sample Images from the F402

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