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Christmas 2003 Digital Camera Round-up
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          FujiFilm FinePix F700 - cont'd.

Tests -
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.

User Important Specs

  • 6.2 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 1M)
  • Preview Display 1.8" LCD Color Monitor
  • Continuous Auto Focus button and focus assist lamp
  • Movie Mode; 30fps @ 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 with sound
  • Voice Memo - up to 30 sec. picture annotations
  • Storage - 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,
  • USB Charger/Download Cradle, AC Power Supply included
  • FinePixViewer v4.0, RAW File Converter LE, ImageMixer VCD for creating CD albums and video CDs on CD-R media
Pros/Cons
Pros - Great handling, size, shape, awesome color and resolution, feels like film and price.
Cons – View Finder bit too small, expensive proprientary battery

Street price - 12/8 - $419.00

Rating 9.5 out of 10

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FujiFilm FinePix S7000

Description
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.

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