2003 Digital Camera Round-up
FinePix F700 - cont'd.
Natural Reds are a couple degrees toward orange on our color temperature
test. Greens and Blues are very accurate but a bit light, with absolutely
no “stepping” seen in color shading from light to dark as
seen in sky blue images. In lightly lite rooms or the dark, the built-in
flash is adequate to 25-feet.
Million pixels image capture (2832 x 2128)
OVF (Optical View Finder)
Fujinon EBC lens, 3x zoom (35-105mm equiv), 2.2x digital zoom
3 - 1/2000 sec Shutter Speeds, Three color modes
ISO Modes; Auto, 200,400,800 (and 1600 when resolution is fixed at
Display 1.8" LCD Color Monitor
Auto Focus button and focus assist lamp
Mode; 30fps @ 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 with sound
Memo - up to 30 sec. picture annotations
- removable xD-Picture card (64MB included)
Very Compact (4.3 x 2.1 x 1.1-inch) all metal body
6.5 oz. with battery and xD Card
NP-40 Li-ion rechargeable battery,
Charger/Download Cradle, AC Power Supply included
v4.0, RAW File Converter LE, ImageMixer VCD for creating CD albums
and video CDs on CD-R media
Pros - Great handling, size,
shape, awesome color and resolution, feels like film and price.
Cons – View Finder
bit too small, expensive proprientary battery
price - 12/8 - $419.00
9.5 out of 10
The FujiFilm FinePix S7000 follows the trend of all the high-end and high-resolution
digital cameras, a configuration that appears to be a SLR, Single Lens
Reflex. In a true SLR camera, such as 35mm film cameras, you optically
look through the imaging lens via a “flip-up” mirror. I many
of the current mid-priced SLR looking cameras, like the FujiFilm FinePix
S7000, you are actually looking through the lens via a tiny medium resolution
color TFT LCD display. More pricey digital SLR’s from other manufacturers
do use the optical through the lens approach, but more on this later.
The professional photographers
on our review panel felt immediately at home with the controls layout
on the FinePix S7000, everything just seemed to be instinctively where
it belonged. Even 35mm film SLR users found the controls made sense, without
ever cracking the manual open. Great thinking by the engineers at FujiFilm!
There are a range
of special shooting modes including continuous auto focus (C/AF), single
auto focus (S/AF), continuous five frame 12MP shooting, auto bracketing
and custom white balance. A conveniently located selector dial on the
top, gives you the choice of Movie Mode, Auto, Programmed, Shutter Priority,
Aperture Priority or Manual mode. A second jog dial near your thumb allows
fast changes to shutter speed, aperture range and focusing systems.
You can control the
6x optical zoom and 3.2x digital zoom by a traditional ring on the lens
for purists, or via a rocker control on the back of the camera. The rocker
control is faster and the ring is more precise.