The new 8 megapixel Fujifilm Finepix F40fd is a successor to the 6 megapixel F20. As the "fd" nomenclature signifies, the F40fd also includes Fujifilm's facial detection technology that uses a dedicated processor to detect up to 10 faces in a picture efficiently. The camera also features a 3x optical zoom and 2.5 inch, 230K pixel LCD. The F40fd will come available in March 2007 for $299.
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The sixth generation Super CCD-HR processor looks as if it will continue Fujifilm's reputation of providing low noise images at higher ISO settings. In this case, the F40fd will be able to shoot up to ISO 2000.
A "Dual Shot" mode takes two shots, in succession, one with the flash and one without. After the shot is taken, the images are displayed side by side for the photographer to choose which one to keep
The Picture Stabilization feature adjusts the sensitivity and shutter speed to counter-act blur caused by hand shake. The camera takes into account subject movement and low light conditions.
If you do need to use a flash, the F40fd also includes Fujifilm's i-Flash which can vary the flash intensity according to the scene conditions. It also utilizes the high ISO capability of the camera to provide shots that are not too washed out.