June 4, 2012
- Good automatic shooting
- Well-designed menu system
- Good overall image quality
- No manual controls
- Mediocre dim light shooting quality
- Poor battery life
The Fujifilm FinePix T400 is a compact point-and-shoot 16-megapixel digital camera that offers quick shooting, lots of shooting modes and good overall image quality. It lacks manual controls, has a slippery body and slightly less battery life than others.
The design of the Fujifilm FinePix T400 is fairly compact at 4.1 x 2.3 x 1.1-inches (whd) and weighs 0.3-pounds. It is a tad larger than some other compact point-and-shoots but not too large to not fit into a pocket comfortably. The plastic, however, is rather slippery, so it is a little hard to get a firm grip on the camera's body. This camera comes in three colors: black, blue and red.
On the camera's backside, there is a four way navigation-pad with a selection button. This nav pad also doubles as controls for the flash, timer, macro mode and white balance. There is also a playback, display and dedicated video record buttons. At the top of the upper right corner is a zoom toggle. The top of the T400 has the power button and shutter release. All of the buttons are clearly labeled and nicely sized. One thing worth mentioning is the shutter release requires a rather hard press to take an image.
The camera's menu system is well-designed and should be easy enough to navigate for even the most novice of photographers. Most of the camera does work in automatic mode, so there's little to adjust anyways. There is no manual focus on the T400, so the autofocus function is always enabled. There is no aperture or shutter priority modes but some adjustment to the aperture can be made. Image stabilization uses an optical method which tends to usually work better than digital methods. We found this feature to work rather well for casual shooting.
As with all other compact point-and-shoots, the Fujifilm FinePix T400 comes with several preset scene modes that include things like Landscape, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Beach, Party, Smile and several more. If you choose to set the camera to full auto instead of choosing a mode, it will select one based upon your shooting conditions.
Some specifications of the Fujifilm FinePix T400 includes a 16-megapixel resolution with a 10x optical zoom (7.2x digital zoom). The lens has a focal length of 5-50.0mm (25-280mm 35mm equivalent) and an aperture range of f/3.4-5.6. Images are shot in JPEG format and have a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3072-pixels. Movies have a maximum resolution of 720p HD. Supported memory cards include SD, SDHC and SDXC cards.
In subjective image testing, we found the T400 to be very similar to other compact point-and-shoots that we've seen. It did really well in bright lighting, especially outdoor shots. Colors were accurate, sharp and vibrant. In dark conditions, noise become evident and quality definitely dipped. For indoor dim shooting, this isn't the best camera (the same goes for video shooting too).
Battery life with the lithium-ion battery provides about 160 shots (CIPA rating). This is a little lower than other similar cameras, so a second battery might be a good investment.