Fujifilm FinePix T400 Review

3.5
February 5, 2013 | Matt Grayson |

Image Quality


All images in the review were taken at full resolution on the finest setting unless otherwise stated. Images at this setting give a file size of over 7Mb. Cutting down to Normal file size gives results of around half that.

Noise

Being a budget digital compact camera, we didn't hold many high expectations going into the noise test. However, initial readings look ok with low ISO images looking a lot more balanced than other digital compacts - including other Fujifilm cameras. That's an odd way of putting it and what we mean is that although the colours are noise free, there's not the usual sharp, clean lines that we have come to expect, an over-zealous processor - in part - being responsible. The results are a little “rough around the edges”. Put it this way, the edges aren't as sharp or clean as we've seen recently on other cameras, but it still looks ok. Moving up to ISO 200, fine salt and pepper grain begins to appear, which is expected but still unfortunate.

The great news is that although colour noise does become noticeable at ISO 400, it's only really at full magnification. Looking at the pictures at normal viewing size, they look good. There's a big leap downward at ISO 800 with spots of bright blue appearing all over darker areas of the frame while JPEG artefacts litter the entire picture. By ISO 1600, the noise reduction software has given up and gone to bed. The images at this setting have a blue cast all over them and noise reduction simply can't cope. In an effort to thwart it, the camera reduces the resolution for the ISO 3200 setting and it works to a degree. It manages to remove one type of noise that is caused by over heating pixels affecting neighbouring pixels. However, the sacrifice is high image resolution.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

Focal Range

The Fujifilm FinePix T400's 10x optical zoom offers a focal length of 5-50mm or 28-280mm in 35mm terms. At wide-angle there's a slight amount of barrel distortion but we couldn't detect any pincushion at full zoom.

28mm

280mm

Sharpening

While the Fujifilm FinePix T400's processor sharpens images when saving to the memory card, they certainly benefit from a little extra in an editing suite such as Adobe Photoshop. However, if the noise is too high in the image, the sharpening will exacerbate the problem.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

File Quality

The Fujifilm FinePix T400 has 2 different image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options.

Fine

Normal

Chromatic Aberrations

We found examples of chromatic aberration on some images. We noticed that a few of the examples were either lens flare or a mixture of the two. It's not actually the worst we've seen and it happens on the very fringes of the frame.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations 3 (100% Crop)

 
 

Macro

According to the Fujifilm website, the close focusing of the T400 is 3cm. We didn't get that close in any of our macro shots and it was constantly a battle of trying to focus, moving back a little, trying again, moving back a little. If we'd been shooting wildlife, such as an interesting lizard, it would have taken too long.

However, because of the focal length along with the distance between lens and subject, we got less barrel distortion than we see on lenses that go closer and wider.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

The Fujifilm FinePix T400 does get vignetting at wide-angle which is made worse by the flash. There's also a slight amount at full zoom as well. Using flash follows the same routine by making the dark corners slightly darker.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (28mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (28mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Wide Angle (280mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (280mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

The Fujifilm FinePix T400 does give red-eye but all is not lost. The red-eye removal feature in the Main menu works quite well. We didn't get the bright red eyes that is normally seen. The red was quite dark, but definitely there.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red Eye Reduction

Red Eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

As well as being able to take photographs at night in any mode, the Fujifilm FinePix T400 has two specific Night modes. One is for use with a tripod and selects a lower ISO. Usually, we find that the white-balance can't cope and the image we take in Program mode is better. However, we discovered that while the first part is true, the T400 doesn't have long enough exposures in Program mode so our test shot came out underexposed. The Night scene and Program mode both used ISO 100 for low noise but the camera allows longer exposures in Night mode.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

   

Night Scene

Night Scene (100% Crop)

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