18th Nov 2004

Fujifilm Finepix 2800

The Fujifilm Finepix 2800 is an excellent buy, combining 2 megapixel resolution with 6x optical zoom (38mm- 228mm). The 2800 also includes a video mode that allows the shooting of 320 x 240 pixel movies with sound up to 60 seconds long. This combined with easy to use controls and simple USB picture transfer make this one of the best digital cameras in its price range.

The Finepix 2800 comes equipped with an electronic viewfinder (EVF), which allows exact framing of pictures without using as much battery power as the LCD screen. It also gives a better preview of lighting and depth-of-field than a traditional optical viewfinder. The EVF, however, is not without problems. It is almost impossible to see through in low-light conditions and has no diopter correction for people wearing glasses.

The two megapixel resolution is good for prints up to 8 x 10 inches when pictures are taken on maximum resolution. The Finepix 2800 offers six resolution modes, but picture quality suffers on lower settings. The 6x optical zoom is an excellent feature, but pictures can be blurry when shot handheld, especially in low light conditions. 2.5x digital zoom is also offered on the lowest resolution, for a total of 15x zoom.

The controls on the Finepix 2800 are simple to navigate and the automatic settings provide point-and-shoot ease of use. Manual controls can provide greater control over white balance and brightness, but professional photographers will miss the ability to control exposure and aperture. The macro mode allows for close up shots, but the auto focus often has trouble focusing on small objects.

The Finepix 2800 is a great buy for amateur and intermediate photographers, but it lacks the ability to fine-tune shots. Controls are easy to use, and picture quality is good, although for large prints third-party software should be used to improve resolution. Also, a set of rechargeable batteries AA batteries is desirable to replace the 4 included disposable batteries, because the EVF, LCD screen, and flash are power-hungry.

Fujifilm Finepix 2800

Features:

  • 2.11 Megal Pixel CCD (2.0 million effective pixels) with RGB filter
  • 6x Optical Zoom
  • 2.5X Digital Zoom
  • Multi-Programmed Flash with Red-Eye Reduction
  • Motion Picture Capture with sound up to 60 second at 10 frames per second
  • Voice annotation up to 30 second per picture
  • Webcam function with using the “Picture Hello” program
  • Automatic plus six white balance selection
  • Built TTL electronic viewfinder
  • 1.8-ich LCD Monitor
  • 64 zone TTL metering, Programed AE (Exposure Compensation in Manual mode)
    Equivalent to ISO 100
  • 1/2 to 1/1,500 sec. (combined with mechanical shutter)
  • Product included 16MB SmartMedia Card, 4-AA size alkaline batteries, Shoulder strap, USB Cable, FineViewer,DP Editor, AppleQuick time 5.0, Videoimpression, Adobe PhotoDeluxe HE 4.0 for Windows
  • Adobe Active Share for Windows

Specifications:

  • Resolution modes: 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
  • Optical zoom: 6x (38mm – 228mm)
  • Digital zoom: 2.5x
  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Maximum aperture: F2.8
  • Aperture modes: F2.8-F8.0
  • Removable memory: SmartMedia card
  • Maximum low-resolution images: 122
  • Maximum high-resolution images: 20
  • Delay between shots: 1 second
  • Computer memory size: 16 MB
  • Flash type: Red-Eye Reduction, Off/On/Auto, Flash Sync
  • Self-timer: Yes
  • Tripod mount: Yes
  • Image types: JPEG
  • In-camera editing: Yes
  • Mini-movie details: 320×240 pixels, 10 frames/sec, up to 60 sec, with sound
  • Connectivity: USB, Serial interface
  • Manual features: Manual White Balance, Manual Exposure Compensation
  • Special features: Mini-Movie, Macro, DPOF, Audio Recording
  • Batteries: 4 AA
  • Length: 2.8 inches
  • Height: 3.0 inches
  • Width: 3.74 inches
  • Weight: 1.0 pounds

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