That you can get a camera this good at such a reasonable price shows just how far digital compacts have come. The F40fd uses Fuji's latest-generation Super CCD-HR sensor to capture eight-megapixel images; its image processing and noise reduction are sufficient to maintain that resolution up to the top sensitivity of ISO 2000. Powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, the camera has a 3X zoom (36-108mm equivalent, f/2.8-5.1) and a 2.5-inch LCD monitor, and shoots 640x480 VGA-quality video at 30 fps. Full manual control is possible.
The new Fuji's other tricks include a clever dual-shot mode that takes a flash shot and an available-light shot in quick succession, allowing you to choose which you prefer after the fact. It supports infrared (IrDA) image transfer to compatible devices such as printers and TVs. We like that the F40fd can save files to both Fuji's xD-Picture Cards or the Secure Digital cards that everybody else uses. FYI, the "fd" in the model name stands for Face Detection. Apparently compact cameras just gotta have it.