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|Fujifilm Finepix 2800 Zoom Mini-Review|
The 2800 Zoom is a powerful camera, which couples a 2.0 million pixel CCD with a huge 6X optical zoom lens for flexible shooting. The enthusiast photographer looking for high resolution stills, sharp lens and great value for money will love this camera. As well as high photo quality, the FinePix 2800 Zoom also offers multimedia features, including a video clip capability, voice captioning on images, webcam and video-conferencing. - Fuji 2800 Zoom Fuji site. - Check Latest Price on Amazon.co.uk
Size comparison (compared
to a standard 35mm automatic pentax):
Includes: (everything except the box)
Sample Pictures: (full size versions can be viewed in the photo gallery)
Macro: - works
from 10cm - 80cm
/ 10fps with 8khz mono sound up to 60 seconds
Memory, settings and compression: The camera fits an impressive number of photos on the 16mb memory card - set to 2mp, normal compression, most images are around 380kb- I managed to fit 38 photos and 1 2mb movie with sound onto the card. 2mp, fine compression pictures tend to take around 770kb - and fits around 20 photos on the 16mb smart media card. Photos taken on the Fine setting do tend to keep slightly more detail, and are slightly sharper, so it probably is worth using - when printed however, I doubt you would notice, unless you enlarged it to a4. Smart media cards are cheap, 64mb available for £13, 128mb available for £21 inc vat, 256mb does not seem to be available however. (prices from ebuyer.com correct at 29th Feb 04) The compression ratio is good because you can fit more on the memory card, but not so good because there could be more detail in the pictures that you are missing out on - applying a slight sharpen to the images tends to make them look slightly crisper in some cases.
eg: left normal compression, right fine compression (actual pixels)
Manual mode lets you set the white balance, and 'ev' from -1.5 to +1.5. Pictures size/quality can be changed between 2M (1600x1200) fine/normal/basic, 1M (1280x960) fine/normal, VGA (640x480) normal. LCD brightness can also be set. Continuous mode takes 4 pictures in quick sucsession 2 every second.
Conclusion / Summary / What I think:
Summary: This camera takes excellent pictures, is very easy to use with a very impressive zoom lens, has a great macro mode, and records videos with sound.
This camera takes excellent pictures, with rich vibrant saturated colours - albeit ever so slightly warm*. The optical zoom is very impressive, especially for the fairly compact size of the camera. The camera is fast in use, and fast to focus, the only time it struggles is in low light when using the zoom. Macro mode is very good. Videos are good, especially as they have sound, although the 10fps is a little low. Compression seems a little bit high, even on the Fine setting, although this seems to be the case with all Fuji Finepix cameras** - a very slight sharpen improves the look of the pictures in my opinion. ISO rating is set at 100, which keeps noise levels low, but does not allow much in the way of night shots. (more modern cameras tend to have a range of ISO settings)
If you can still get it, (this review was written March 2004), new it is around £170/£199 (jessops may still have it) or £195 from the digital camera company - or second hand on ebay, you can expect to pay around £125. This represents quite good value new, but second hand this is excellent value for money. It's replacement the S304 (3800 in america) which is a 3MP version can be bought for £229 - (See kelkoo.co.uk or dealtime.co.uk) - and the S304's replacement, the S3000 (3mp) can be bought for £199 (see dealtime or kelkoo.co.uk), this version adds a tv-out seemingly at the expense of recording sound with videos! (the tv-out is exactly where the speaker was).
Even new - this is the cheapest digital camera with 6x optical zoom - the closest competition is in the form of Fuji's own replacement cameras (The S304 and S3000). Other cameras with a long zoom around this price point are the Kodak DX-6340 (4x Opt/3MP) £169, the Kodak DX-6440 (4x Opt/4MP) £199, the Minolta S414 (4x Opt/4MP) £179, the HP Photosmart 850 (8x Opt/4MP) £244, the Pentax Optio 450 (5x Opt/4MP) £280, the Minolta Dimage Z1 (10x Opt, 3MP) £226, the Olympus C740 (10x Opt, 3MP) £218, Fujifilm S5000 (10x, 3MP) £269. Etc. Prices correct on 1st March 2004. Check Latest Price on Amazon.co.uk
What I like:
What I don't like: (these are all fairly minor things really)
** High compression / slight softness seems to be the case with other Fuji's also. (see photographyblog review of the M603 etc, or the S5000 review on dpreview - a 3MP image on average uses 850k - compare that to the average size of 1.5mb on the superfine setting on the 3MP Canon a300). The 2800 seems to keep all photos below 780kb regardless of the amount of detail in the picture, which is a shame as photos with high detail, such as the photo of flowers above, or one of a tree with lots of leaves seem to suffer from the amount of compression applied.
*** More recent Fuji cameras, such as the S5000, A202 etc have the shutter release button in the centre of the control dial - so you can understand why I occassionally end up pressing the on/off button by mistake which is in the centre of the control dial.
"Big 6X lens
is sharp, relatively small, great value for long-lens lovers"
"The image quality
is outstanding and will easily compete with any other 2-megapixel camera"
"The FinePix 2800 zoom consistently delivers sharp and colorful images
in all of its recording modes" "It's a perfect choice for a
beginner or an experienced user looking for a small camera with a big
"For those looking
for a lot of zoom for a little money, the FinePix 2800 Zoom is an excellent
choice. It offers a 6X optical zoom, very good photo quality, and point-and-shoot
ease of use."
"Overall, a nice
feature set, a long lens, and very good picture quality at a real bargain