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  FujiFilm F410 FinePix Digital Camera
- 3.1 million effective pixels -- 4th generation Super CCD HR produces ultra high resolution files with 6.0 million pixels
- Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens
- 4.4x digital zoom
- New Photo-Mode button for quick access to colour mode, quality and sensitivity settings
- 3 colour modes -- standard, chrome and B&W
- Slim, light-weight design
- Easy to use controls
- Movie recording with sound
- Includes Picture Cradle for easy connection to your computer
- Enjoy colour prints up to 11 x 14
- uses xD-Picture Card for storage
- Multilingual menu
- Long life, rechargeable battery

This camera is about the same size as a cigarette pack and easily fits into pockets or purses. One of the more interesting features oddly enough is the power button. I am mentioning this for two reasons, one it took me about 15 minutes to try and figure out how to turn it on before looking it up in the manual and secondly, I feel the switch which is actually more of a panel on the front than a switch, is a clever way to prevent accidental power up while in a pocket or purse. The switch is a panel on the front of the unit that physically has to be slid open to power on the camera.

Should you forget to turn it off, the camera will shut off on its own at the default setting of two minutes without activity. While on the topic of the battery, I would like to point out that I used the camera for about a week, testing all sorts of image and video settings and it didn't seem to wear the battery down at all. This tells me that the camera makes very efficient use of its power source. The manufacturer website indicates that you can get anywhere from 240 to 550 pictures on a single charge.

Images and videos are stored on a very very small memory card not much bigger than your thumbnail. The camera comes with a 16mb memory card which will hold about 25 pictures at the highest resolution or 90 seconds of video. The card can also be read using various card readers and is swappable with many other cameras and PC devices.

The dispay window on the back is among the clearest I have ever seen on a digital camera and unlike some digital cameras does actually show the exact iage you are shooting in the window. All of your picture administration options are very simple to use and well laid out. I didn't even need the manual to be able to play with the numerous features and settings.

All of this is fine and dandy, but what about the picture quality? Although the picture quality was excellent in both photo and video modes, I was a little dissapointed in the quality of the video in both video and audio aspects. The quality is excellent, but I don't think it quite matches the quality of the previously reviewed Fuji Camera (FinePix 601) in this e-zine.

If you are looking for a good quality basic home use camera, this camera is good bet. I would certainly recommend purchasing a much larger memory card though. Why these cameras ship with only a 16MB card is a wonder. The software that comes with the camera is very easy toinstall and use as well. A USB connection to your computer is required.

Good camera, good quality and good price.

Review ID Number: 421
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Review Date: 2003-06-16
Reviewer: Brad Lawryk
Rating: 8 out of 10
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