25th Sep 2005

Fuji Digital Camera FinePix A205 & FinePix S7000

We all know Fuji’s reputation for making great 35mm film, now It’s time to see how my Fuji digital camera review grades them in the digital camera performance department.

Fuji, a Japanese word meaning: “Manufacturers of some very impressive digital cameras in the mid price range” (just kidding), has 7 digital cameras ranging in price from…

Fujifilm FinePix A205 2.1MP

FinePix A205 2.1MP

A low $128 for their Fujifilm FinePix A205, with lightweight specs that include:

  • 2.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical/2.5x digital zoom, autofocus only, auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format only
  • ISO 100 only
  • Movie mode (no sound)

Fujifilm FinePix S7000 6.3MP

Fujifilm FinePix S7000

All the way up to their $629 Sumo Wrestler, the Fujifilm FinePix S7000 with:

  • 6.3 megapixels (effective)
  • 6x optical zoom/variable digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and RAW file format
  • ISO 160 – 800
  • Movie mode with sound

The remaining models fit somewhere in-between with varying specs but nothing that you can’t find on nearly any competitor’s camera.

HP Fujifilm FinePix S7000

For this particular Fuji digital camera review, I decided to focus on the $629 FinePix S7000 for a very technical reason: It’s a fine looking camera that you’d be proud to whip out at you kid’s next soccer game!

Seriously though, despite a couple of flaws, such as the fact that 16mb xD-Picture Card that’s included with the Fuji S7000 can only store 10 images at the camera’s highest resolution (you can fix that by upgrading to the 64mb card which will store 40 best-quality JPEG images), and the brain dead decision to ship the camera with standard non-rechargeable AA batteries (buy 4 AA NiMH batteries and a charger), this is a very advanced camera for the price. Actually, for the price, it BETTER be a pretty advanced camera because there are a lot of competitors in that price range that do bang up job of putting out a great camera.

What I like best about the camera, besides its good looks and the way it fits in my hand, is the outstanding picture quality. Its interpolated 12-megapixel mode produces breathtaking images that can be substantially cropped without losing their quality.

I’m just a little bit miffed that this otherwise well-designed camera does not CompactFlash cards that are larger than 2GB. Of course, you can buy spares.

Compares well with the Competition

This camera compares well to the $739 Nikon Coolpix 5700, and the Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom, with a street price of $449.89. Interestingly enough, it also compares favorable with it’s own cousin, the $319 S5000 with a 6-megapixel resolution, 6x optical zoom/variable digital zoom, auto and manual focus, program and manual exposure, JPEG and RAW file format, ISO 160 – 800, and movie mode with sound.

Maybe my next Fuji digital camera review will take a closer look at the S5000. In the meanwhile, do check out the S7000 if you have $600 dollars or so that you’re willing to invest.

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