Other than a large, 2-inch LCD and a slight boost in the optical-zoom department, thanks to a 3.4X lens that corresponds to a 38mm-to-130mm lens on a 35mm camera, there's little about this camera to get excited about. Casual snapshot photographers may find a camera that's unencumbered by features simple to use, but anyone with a creative bone in their body will probably be happier with a camera that offers more control and functions.
Although compact at 2.9 by 2.0 by 0.8 inches and 6 ounces, the FinePix F440's squarish design makes its stainless-steel body quite usable for those with larger hands that fit less naturally around more elongated designs. It helps that there's only one button on top, the shutter release, to worry about. On the back panel reside three buttons placed to the right of the LCD, and above them is a four-way controller and mode switch for selecting review, movie recording, or photo capture. The FinePix F440 powers up when you slide a raised finger grip on the front of the camera over a click.
You'll either love or hate the directional controller. Fuji eschews the common disk-shaped cursor pad in favor of a horizontal bar that shifts up and down, flanked by two smaller side-to-side buttons. The bar also controls the zoom and is actually easier to use than most zoom-rocker switches. The left and right buttons do double duty to set macro mode and flash options.
The trio of buttons near the LCD activates display options and summons the spartan menu system for shooting and playback options. It also activates a function menu used to adjust image quality; ISO settings (automatic or selectable between ISO 80 and ISO 400); and the choice of standard, black-and-white, or high-saturation chrome color mode.