Fuji FinePix F40FD 8.3 Megapixel Digital Camera - was 229.99 - now 99.99 at Play.com - HotUKDeals
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Face Detection Technology built-in to the camera's processor
RP 'Real Photo' processor II and new Super CCD HR VI
ISO 2000 sensitivity at full resolution
8.3 million pixels
3.0x optical zoom
Long-life battery (up to 300 shots)
IR Communication (IR simple)
VGA movie capture of 30 frames per second with sound
PictBridge compatible for direct printing without a PC
xD/SD compatible slot for both xD-picture card and Secure Digital (SD) card

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#1
Just noticed this is also 99.99 on Amazon and 94.82 on E-Buyer. But with 5% off and Quidco it's still cheaper with Play.com I think.
#3
I had the F20 and F30; both fantastic cameras, and this gets good reviews. Voted hot - nice find!
#4
Been at this price for a while, I think it was posted about 3 weeks ago. Very good price though for a good compact camera. Not voting as it's already been posted, but it is a good deal.
#5
I have had this camera for about 6 months now. It is a superb camera. Got it for doing ebay and it is great. I paid almost £200 for it so this is a great deal:whistling:
1 Like #6
Great camera, upgrade the firmware to 1.10 from the fujifilm website and it can support SDHC cards upto 8gig too. Got a play.com 4gig one in mine and it takes 900 shots on the highest quality :)

http://www.fujifilmusa.com/JSP/fuji/epartners/ServiceSupportSoftwareContent.jsp?dbid=872419&prodcat=862214&sscucatid=664260
#7
its been this price for awhile now. bought it about 2 months ago. excellent camera.
#8
Hi
you can buy this item less expensive in ebuyer
link:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/132694
#9
Sandman`
Great camera, upgrade the firmware to 1.10 from the fujifilm website and it can support SDHC cards upto 8gig too. Got a play.com 4gig one in mine and it takes 900 shots on the highest quality :)

http://www.fujifilmusa.com/JSP/fuji/epartners/ServiceSupportSoftwareContent.jsp?dbid=872419&prodcat=862214&sscucatid=664260


Cheers for that info. Just ordered one now knowing it supports SDHC cards. This will replace my Fuji F700 that has served me well. I sent my F700 off to Fuji for repair outside of warranty and they replaced the CCD free of charge. Now that's service! :thumbsup:
#10
Its this price in Asda, was tempted but its a little chunky and not as good as the F30 in low light conditions. £200 is far to much to pay for this its probably ok at £99 but there is a lot of choice out there around this price point.
#11
Got the f45fd from Argos about 6 months ago when they were doing it for £89.99... Same camera, but in a nice blue! It was for my sister and she loves it. I did a lot of research before getting this one - great reviews and a really good all-rounder. About the only better deal was the £80 Sony W55 through John Lewis when they had the £20 off vouchers.
#12
I had several Fujis (F610, S5600z most recently), and they were good cameras. But there is something that disagrees with me about Fuji's apparant policy of bringing out new models every couple of months or so. It's the same 'upgrade path' type policy used by Apple computers, that gives the consumer as little as it can get away with and keeping the good stuff back for upgrade sales. It renders your newly bought camera pretty much worthless in a couple of months when everyone would rather buy the newer model.
Good camera, but as usual with Fuji i'll wait to see what the next model will bring.
#13
Scribbles
I had several Fujis (F610, S5600z most recently), and they were good cameras. But there is something that disagrees with me about Fuji's apparant policy of bringing out new models every couple of months or so. It's the same 'upgrade path' type policy used by Apple computers, that gives the consumer as little as it can get away with and keeping the good stuff back for upgrade sales. It renders your newly bought camera pretty much worthless in a couple of months when everyone would rather buy the newer model.
Good camera, but as usual with Fuji i'll wait to see what the next model will bring.




might as well wait forever technology progresses :whistling::whistling:
#14
£229, that's some good price establishment! I doubt this camera would ever have been £229
banned#15
Scribbles
I had several Fujis (F610, S5600z most recently), and they were good cameras. But there is something that disagrees with me about Fuji's apparant policy of bringing out new models every couple of months or so. It's the same 'upgrade path' type policy used by Apple computers, that gives the consumer as little as it can get away with and keeping the good stuff back for upgrade sales. It renders your newly bought camera pretty much worthless in a couple of months when everyone would rather buy the newer model.
Good camera, but as usual with Fuji i'll wait to see what the next model will bring.


I agree with your sentiment, but to be fair regarding F40 it is pretty well known that this replacement for the F30/31 was in fact a backwards step.

The bit I don't understand about digital photography is why people get sucked into the idea that their 6MP camera today needs replacing with a 12MP in 2 years time. I have film cameras that are over 50 years old and still take the same class of picture today as they did in the 50's. In fact with the improvement in film quality, I would say better.

The F30/31 are one of the very few digital cameras that IMHO will go down as one to have for the future. A bit like the Olympus Trip. The F40 is okay, but a step in the wrong direction and in line with what you were saying.
#16
Trosticles
Got the f45fd from Argos about 6 months ago when they were doing it for £89.99... Same camera, but in a nice blue! It was for my sister and she loves it. I did a lot of research before getting this one - great reviews and a really good all-rounder. About the only better deal was the £80 Sony W55 through John Lewis when they had the £20 off vouchers.


I'm waiting on Argos trimming the price again as it's now up against all these competitors' discounted price & looking overly expensive - prefer the blue that it comes in at Argos cos I'm shallow.
#17
mattmerch
might as well wait forever technology progresses :whistling::whistling:


I agree with you, to a point. But when I buy a camera, I like it to have a lifespan.
Canon upgrade their cameras in one mp steps usually. I had a Powershot and it gave me a good three years of life and got 60% of it's purchase price when I sold it. With Fuji, there are usually three or more models per mp. The strategy obviously being 'why sell a camera per person, when you can sell three?'.
I bought the S5600, and was left devastated that I didn't hold out for the 5700, 5800 etc. You could easily buy three fujis to the one Canon.
#18
Bought this camera at asda on saturday for £90 plus 50 free prints and a 3 year warranty.
#19
Bought this camera 2-3 weeks ago. Very happy about my purchase, takes good pictures, really nice and camera itself is tiny comparing to Olympus Sp-510uz (I think that was the model of my Olympus), which my girlfriend managed to lose somewhere (It's a huge camera).
Updated firmware in a few minutes and works fine with SDHC cards, bought 8GB one from play.com
#20
Lyrrad;1991521
regarding F40 it is pretty well known that this replacement for the F30/31 was in fact a backwards step.

The bit I don't understand about digital photography is why people get sucked into the idea that their 6MP camera today needs replacing with a 12MP in 2 years time.

All they're doing is cramming more pixels on to the same tiny sensor and hoping clever electronics will mask the loss in quality. Compact cameras peaked about 2 years ago when they reached the 6mp mark and pretty much everything since has relied largely on gimmicks to persuade gullible upgraders.
Buy an F20 or F30 (or even an F11), it'll do the same job for much less.
And if you want to see real advancement, check out the new Sigma DP 1 that uses a DSLR sensor in a (fairly) compact body. Main downside is cost and fixed lens, but it could start a worthwhile trend.
http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews_sigma_dp1.php
#21
But if you must you can get an F47 fd for similar price direct from Fuji.
Refurbs, but the quality is superb, they always look completely as new and have a 6 month guarantee. Most have probably been shop and show demos.
https://secure.fujifilm.co.uk/shop/consumer/digital/digital-cameras/view-all
#22
So, aimed at those who know their cameras, what would be the very best 'jack of all trades' Fuji camera for a person with £100 >> £150 to spend?
#23
I was going to buy this camera but some of you have put me off lol

I need a camera as im traveling america. Any suggestions around the £100 mark?
#24
sburley

And if you want to see real advancement, check out the new Sigma DP 1 that uses a DSLR sensor in a (fairly) compact body. Main downside is cost and fixed lens, but it could start a worthwhile trend.
http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews_sigma_dp1.php


Man, that Sigma a minging camera!

If Amy Winehouse used a camera...it'd be that Sigma.

http://www.photographyblog.com/images/pma2007/pma2007_sigma_dp1_10.jpg

Q: "Ashamed of your camera?"

A: "Erhmm....Yes, *but* err.... it's got a big sensor?!"

I couldn't put my kids through the embarrasment of whopping that one out at the school play (but if I *had* to, I'd go the whole hog & wear a huge kipper tie, unfeasibly flared Bay City Roller trousers & grow huge sideburns)....it looks like it was designed by a chick called Olga in a former Soviet eastern block country.
#25
Donleeone
I was going to buy this camera but some of you have put me off lol

I need a camera as im traveling america. Any suggestions around the £100 mark?


Hello again, I wouldn't worry about it too much, the only thing that some people are saying is that in some aspects it's maybe not quite as good as the older models. This is not to say that this is a bad camera, and unless you're quite lucky you'll struggle to find the older models (new ones) around much. In this price range I would suggest that this is probably one of the better cameras out there. You know from your deal request thread that I'm a bit of a Canon fan, but I also know that you'd prefer something that doesn't take AA batteries and you really don't want to spend too much. If you can find an Ixus 70 that you can afford then my Canon bias would go for that, but I've not been able to find you one. If you've changed your mind about AA batteries, then the Canon Powershot range is very good. It's just a shame that you weren't shopping at Easter or you could have made use of the Canon cashback offers. I got my Powershot A720is for a couple of quid over £100 and it's excellent.

If anybody else wants to help Donleeone, his deal request thread is here
#26
hi Mike, again!

Im sure you know how it is. You are ready to buy something but theny uo have the doubt in your mind "can i get something else thats better for cheaper?" its an endless cycle that goes round it my head. I done it with my TV my Console etc etc!! I will probably just buy the F40 and never look at a camera thread again. But still thanks for your help, really appreciate it!!
1 Like #27
HankMcSpank;1999044
Man, that Sigma a minging camera!

If Amy Winehouse used a camera...it'd be that Sigma.

http://www.photographyblog.com/images/pma2007/pma2007_sigma_dp1_10.jpg

Q: "Ashamed of your camera?"

A: "Erhmm....Yes, *but* err.... it's got a big sensor?!"

I couldn't put my kids through the embarrasment of whopping that one out at the school play (but if I *had* to, I'd go the whole hog & wear a huge kipper tie, unfeasibly flared Bay City Roller trousers & grow huge sideburns)....it looks like it was designed by a chick called Olga in a former Soviet eastern block country.

Oddly enough I care more about optical performance rather than looks although to be honest I prefer the DP1 looks over most other compacts - despite being around twice the cost of even the most expensive compacts it doesn't go for the 'please steal me' design most now currently use. If buying that type of camera to use in place of an SLR I prefer it to be discrete which the DP1 is.

John
#28
Donleeone
hi Mike, again!

Im sure you know how it is. You are ready to buy something but theny uo have the doubt in your mind "can i get something else thats better for cheaper?" its an endless cycle that goes round it my head. I done it with my TV my Console etc etc!! I will probably just buy the F40 and never look at a camera thread again. But still thanks for your help, really appreciate it!!


I think the problem here is that there are a quite a few decent cameras at this price point, most of the cameras from decent brands are capable of taking pictures that you'll be more than happy with. Take a look at Flickr, and you can search for photos taken by a particular camera, that might give you an idea of there quality. Also, once you've narrowed it down, go along to Jessops and they'll be more than happy to let you have a go with a few cameras. It might be that you hate the interface of one, or don't like the look of another. You don't have to buy it from them, just say "Thanks for all you help, I'll bring my wife next week to have a look", and then find the best price on the internet.

The bottom line is that there probably isn't a best camera for £100, because it's based on personal opinion. There are certainly some cameras that aren't, and some that might be. I love my Canon A720is and think it's the best camera for the money I paid - but that's because I like Canon, wanted AA batteries, and wanted a bigger than average (6x) image stabalised optical zoom. Lots of people wouldn't even consider it as the best option, simply because they'd prefer a proprietory battery rather than AA's, or they must have a really slim camera to slip in a pocket. This is why it's so difficult to say what camera to buy. Yes, there will be other good cameras/offers next week, but you'll get a camera that'll be excellent for the money you want to spend. It's always possible that there will be some offers over the Bank Holiday weekend, so it might be worth holding out until then.

Once again though, the F40fd isn't a bad camera, and it'll suit you fine, just remember to budget for a spare battery if you think you might need one, and with a memory card, you could be adding another £20 on.
#29
Donleeone;2001158
hi Mike, again!

Im sure you know how it is. You are ready to buy something but theny uo have the doubt in your mind "can i get something else thats better for cheaper?" its an endless cycle that goes round it my head. I done it with my TV my Console etc etc!! I will probably just buy the F40 and never look at a camera thread again. But still thanks for your help, really appreciate it!!


This review rather helpfully gives you a range of competing devices at the bottom to the F40fd:

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/fuji/finepix_f40fd-review/index.shtml

I think it's not a bad camera for the price, I haven't seen anything which is head and shoulders better around here although I don't particularly close attention.

John
#30
Johnmcl7
Oddly enough I care more about optical performance rather than looks although to be honest I prefer the DP1 looks over most other compacts
John


I care about optical performance too (much more so than my flippant last post would suggest - I'm verging on being a camera bore), but really....that is one butt ugly camera - it's like they've gone back 12 years in design.

It's a marriage made in heaven when a manafacturer releases a top performing, top specification camera that has great styling too.

It doesn't look that compact either...you may as well just be done with it & buy an SLR (cheaper too) .
#31
None of my cameras have had their pictures affected by their styling, I think Sigma have got the design spot on as this is not a point and shoot camera, it's aimed at different market entirely and has the looks to match. Most of the SLRs have virtually no styling and are entirely governed by their function, this is one of the main areas the DP1 is targetting as a second camera for those who don't want to lug about their SLR gear the whole time. Where the camera does genuinely have problems is with its image quality, the foveon sensor isn't well suited as a general purpose sensor and there's a lot of issues caused by the large sensor being so close to the lens.

It is a very compact camera, around the size of an LX2 or GR100 which are using tiny sensors in comparison. The smallest SLR currently is the E-420 with the 25mm pancake lens (50mm effective) which is a far bigger camera, there's no way you could get that in a coat pocket.

John
#32
HankMcSpank;2001615
I care about optical performance too (much more so than my flippant last post would suggest - I'm verging on being a camera bore), but really....that is one butt ugly camera - it's like they've gone back 12 years in design.

It's a marriage made in heaven when a manafacturer releases a top performing, top specification camera that has great styling too.

It doesn't look that compact either...you may as well just be done with it & buy an SLR (cheaper too) .

The Sigma has its market, it'll appeal to people who like Ricoh GRs and run around war zones hoping their camera might deflect the odd stray bullet that comes their way.
It is overpriced, but it's taken so long to reach the market that Sigma's R&D bill will require some serious payback. But the hope is the other guys will now realise their smiling face chasing mistakes and look at bringing out cheaper mass market alternatives that'll appeal in both styling and ultimate IQ.
#33
Johnmcl7;2001856
Where the camera does genuinely have problems is with its image quality, the foveon sensor isn't well suited as a general purpose sensor and there's a lot of issues caused by the large sensor being so close to the lens.

Looks pretty good to me?
http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews_sigma_dp1_3.php
#34
Now reduced to £89.99, and reposted here

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