Fuji has replaced the F30 camera with the 8.3 megapixel FinePix F40fd, featuring 3x optical zoom, hardware-based Face Detection and 300 shot battery life. It’s also the first FinePix camera to accept both its usual xD-Picture Card and the SD card.
It’s less an upgrade, more a makeover, with a redesigned outer-shell and Graphical User Interface (GUI) system for Fujifilm’s F series. It’s now slimmer at just 23.3mm deep, and available in three colours – silver, gunmetal and blue. It features a 2.5″ LCD screen and sensitivity up to ISO 2000 at full resolution. This is down to the Super CCD HR VI’s octagonal shape, which produce images at high ISOs with reduced film noise. The RP Processor II featured on the FinePix F40fd also offers double noise reduction.
The F40fd also features Face Detection technology – ensuring the camera prioritises faces in the frame above other details, just in case you’re a bit wobbly in the nightclub. There’s also an Intelligent Flash system for more natural looking images, Natural Light & Flash mode to compare images with and without flash, 14 scene modes, a movie mode (30fps) and the previously-mentioned long battery life of around 300 shots between charges.
The FinePix F40fd will be available from March 2007. Pricing will be confirmed nearer launch.