Kyocera's 4-megapixel Finecam M410R, which sports a 10X zoom lens, may look like another me-too megazoom digicam, but the company says that speedy performance provided by a technology it calls RTune sets this model apart. We found that to be partly true, and when you add in the Finecam M410R's acceptable design and feature set, you have a serviceable midrange-to-advanced snapshot camera. Made of black plastic, the Kyocera Finecam M410R weighs 15 ounces with batteries and media installed, and it's fairly compact for a 10X zoom model. Its construction quality feels decent, and the grip is comfortable and secure.
A rear-mounted, four-way pad with a center Set button controls most of the Finecam M410R's functions, and the rest of the buttons and dials are well placed. The camera's menu system is fairly logical, but we disliked having to drill so far into it to change the exposure mode, the metering mode, and the ISO. The position of the top-mounted main command dial also caused us to inadvertently change shooting modes several times.
More unusual than its big zoom range is the Finecam M410R's ability to shoot continuous photo sequences at 3.3fps (frames per second) without ever pausing or slowing to clear the buffer, a benefit of the RTune image-processing engine.
The camera's exposure-mode options include programmed auto, shutter priority, aperture priority, and four automatic scene modes. You can choose from evaluative, center-weighted, and spot light metering, and you can use an easily accessible exposure compensation function to adjust your exposure plus or minus 2EV. When you activate exposure-compensation, an image histogram automatically appears on the LCD or in the electronic viewfinder, which is a nice touch. You can also set the camera to display the histogram full-time in record mode. White-balance choices include auto, four presets, and custom. Light-sensitivity settings range from ISO 100 to ISO 800, which is unusually high for a consumer digicam.
This Kyocera captures still images in JPEG format only at two compression settings and four different resolutions. An impressive movie mode lets you record 640x480-pixel video with sound at 30fps in clips as long as your card capacity allows.
A lens-adapter ring ships with the Finecam M410R, allowing you to mount 52mm accessories such as filters and conversion lenses.