The Fujifilm FinePix T400 was announced in January 2012, it has a similar specification to the T200. It has a 10x optical zoom lens and is available in black, blue, pink and purple for £89.95.
Fujifilm FinePix T400 Features
The T400 has a 16 megapixel sensor and 10x optical zoom lens, a 35mm equivalent of 28-280mm. To keep blur to a minimum there is CCD shift image stabilisation and sensitivity up to ISO 3200.
6 scene SR-Auto mode automatically detects and selects the appropriate camera settings from the following: portrait, landscape, night, macro, night portrait and backlit portrait. Face Detection (up to 10 faces, 8 can be registered in the camera) adjusts focus and exposure to ensure bright, clear results for detected faces, with red-eye removal and blink detection. Smile and shoot mode releases the shutter when a face is detected. Other shooting modes include motion panorama, natural light & with flash and tracking auto focus.
Pictures and videos can be tagged to upload to Facebook and YouTube when the camera is connected to your home computer. Images can also be ranked from 0 to 5 so you can easily find your favourites.
Movies are recorded at 720p HD with optical zoom available. Recorded videos can be edited, trimmed and joined in camera. There is also an optional kit so you can connect the camera to a HDTV to playback images and videos.
14 megapixel CCD sensor
10x optical zoom (35mm equiv: 28-280mm)
CCD shift image stabilisation
3.0 inch LCD 230k dot screen
Motion Panorama Mode
720p HD video recording
3cm minimum focusing distance
Slim metal body
Available in black, blue, pink and purple
Fujifilm FinePix T400 Handling
The T400 has a slim, plastic body, small enough to carry in your pocket. It doesn't offer much in the way of grip, the Fujifilm logo on the front is ridged, with a dotted area for your thumb on the rear. At 3 inches, the screen is a decent size, but its 230k dot resolution doesn't make your pictures look as good as when viewed back on your computer.
The menu system is easy enough to navigate, with many of the camera settings changed by pressing the menu button. Other buttons on the camera include the d-pad, display / back, movie record, playback and zoom rocker, all placed on the rear. On top is the power button and shutter release.
The battery has a CIPA rating of 160 shots, we managed just over 100 and a small number of HD videos during testing. We tested the camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average.
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo
Shot to Shot (without flash)
Shot to Shot with Flash
Continuous shooting records at full 14 megapixel resolution, but only three shots at a time.
Fujifilm FinePix T400 Performance
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Fujifilm FinePix T400 Sample Photos
Sample Photos - The T400 takes a well exposed, colourful pictures. Portraits have good skin tones and a free of red-eye when using the flash, with landscapes having decent blues and greens.
Fujifilm FinePix T400 Lens test images
Lens Performance - Images have a good amount of detail, although they are a little soft around the edges at both ends of the lens. Purple fringing is evident in contrasting areas, but is fairly well controlled. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3cm, we struggled to get as close as that, but we did manage a good macro shot.
Fujifilm FinePix T400 ISO test images
ISO Noise Performance - There is no noise at ISO 100, with a little appearing at ISO 200 and a little more at ISO 400. The step up to ISO 800 sees a significant decrease in image quality, with some white dots and chroma noise appearing. The white dot issue disappears at ISO 1600, but a very soft image is produced with plenty of detail missing. As you'd expect, noise worsens even more at ISO 3200, but the image size is restricted to 4 megapixels.
Fujifilm FinePix T400 White-balance test images
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, both the AWB and incandescent presets have taken excellent pictures. The AWB preset has also coped well with our fluorescent lights, with fluorescent preset 1 having an orange cast present, preset three has a green cast, but preset 2 has taken a decent picture.
Panorama | 1/125 sec | f/8.4 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Panorama mode - Panoramas are impressive, with a good amount of detail when viewed full size - they are stitched together perfectly.
Fujifilm FinePix T400 Digital filters
Digital Filters - The T400 has three colour modes to select from, those being standard, chrome and black & white, examples of each are above.
Video - Below is a video recorded at 720p HD, optical zoom is available for use during recording, you have to dig through the settings to enable it, an example is on the ePHOTOzine Youtube Page.
Value For Money
The Fujifilm FinePix T400 is available for £89.95. Below are a number of cameras with 10x optical zoom, the Canon IXUS 500 HS has 12x zoom. The T400 is cheaper than all of the given options.
The T400 is a budget compact camera, packing an ample 10x optical zoom, good image quality and impressive panoramas. Having previously recommended the T200 we were expecting big things from this model, but the build quality is a bit disappointing. The T400 is plastic, lacks the rubber grip on the front and there isn't a mode dial, as on the T200. The T400 is also let down by its low resolution screen and poor battery life. Putting this aside, at its price level, the Fujifilm FinePix T400's image quality and optical zoom makes it a respectable camera at this price.
Fujifilm FinePix T400 Pros
AWB performs well
Image quality is good for a budget camera
Good amount of optical zoom in a compact body
Available in a good range of colours
Fujifilm FinePix T400 Cons
Battery life is poor
Body isn't as good as the T200
Screen resolution isn't particularly high