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For quite a few months I've kept an eye on the market of digital cameras during the last year. I found the development to be far enough now to be ready for buying a digital camera for a valuable price. Of course they still were not beating the conventional cameras in quality of resolution and true colours except (if ever) you were ready to pay a fortune on those. But in addition to the camera for portraits and high-resolution-artwork it seemed to be quite reasonable to purchase a digital camera for Internet purposes and quick snapshots. I didn't claim a high-standard equipment, but a price-performance ratio. With this I excluded as well the bargain basement as the high-end offers. I neither needed a resolution of 3 or more megapix nor necessarily an optical zoom. My comparison was a Canon Powershot A 10 and an Olympus 960 Zoom. Both I'd tried before and was quite satisfied by the results of quality, although the Olympus only had a resolution of 1,3 megapixels. Both of them were about 500 Euro that was more I was ready to pay. When I rummaged around in a Woolworth store in October 2001 I bumped into a special offer inconspicuous stored in the last row of a small showcase. The Fuji Finepix 1300 was offered for only 150 Euro (around 90 Pounds) Comparing the prices the same evening at the internet I found out this to be a real bargain nowhere else to be found at this level. The average price for that camera was not lower than 140 Pounds. I didn't hesitate to seize the opportunity right the next morning. The camera came with an 8 MB Smartmedia-Card, the drivers on CD including a simple viewer, an USB connection cable and 4 batteries. With that the Finepix was ready to start immediately. As for my former research I knew this camera to have a quality above the average of comparable models, although the appearance seems to be simple. The lens only is a fixed focus with a speed of F4,5 (normal mode) or F11 (ma
cro mode). The focus distance of F=5,8mm corresponds to a 36mm lens of a conventional camera. This is quite sensible for a wide angel of view. The digital double zoom only is available in the lowest resolution (640 x 480) but as for the quality even in that mode it is not really a disadvantage. The sensitivity is equivalent to ISO 125. The shutter speeds vary between 1/2s and 1/1000s. The focus is working from 70cm (2,3 ft.) to infinity. For the range from 8 to 15 cm (3,1 - 5,9 inches) a macro mode is available. The pickup element is a 1/2.7 inch square pixel CCD (1,31 million pixels) The body is compact and handy and has only a few switches. The big dial switch changes between the set-up-, the photography- and the playback-mode that can be viewed by the 1.6 inch LCD-monitor with 55.000 pixels. With the 4-direction button almost all available options may simply be chosen. Another small button is assigned to the monitor and directs different view modes. In summary clear options easy to handle. Wishing the simplest operation, the automatic-mode is best choice. In case of normal daylight snapshots will be easy. If the light is not sufficient enough, the flash with an effective range from 2.3 to 9.8 ft adds automatically. Unusual for it's class the versatility of manual modes is extensively. The white balance for example has 7 different modes to choose. Automatic mode, sunlight / snow, diffuse daylight and four further modes for different artificial light may be chosen. The display shows the changes in a real mode that allows experiments as well. In case of difficult conditions or forced effects one may set the brightness in 9 different compensation levels in a range of -0.9 to +1.5 EV in approx. 0.3 EV increments. This for example is helpful in case of a contre-jour shot, in case of strong or very weak contrasts. The flash as well is adjustable for 5 different modes, such a
s "auto flash", "forced flash", "red eye reduction", "suppressed flash" and "slow syncro" for night shots. The latter one extends the exposure time and allows catching more background instead of the usual darkness behind the focussed object. A self-timer is available as well as a continuous shooting. The latter one allows 2 shots per second up to 9 consecutive shots. For close up photography a macro function is available too. This one works between 3.1 - 5.9 inches. All options are shown as icons on the display. Admittedly the size of those symbols shown is rather unconvincing as far as one is not familiar with them. But once you got used a little bit to the functions it is not so important anymore as one recognizes the icons then. The review mode allows, if required, a zoom to the images. Although the display is rather small you can watch some details with that option though. With all these features the Fuji Finepix 1300 is much better equipped than many conventional 35mm cameras and even many digital models in that price range. The power supply is possible with 4 AA batteries or equivalent rechargeables. The consumption seems to be quite low as I can say after 6 months of use. A set of rechargeable (in my case with 1.400mA) is well for over 150 shots in case of using the display frequently, even in case of many times with an active flash. Within that a file transfer to the computer is included 3 or 4 times as well. The display shows if the batteries are getting weak. I always carry a set of charged batteries with me, so I never need to wait for the batteries to be recharged. The images are saved on a 3.3V Smart Media Card up to 64MB. With best resolution and lowest compression this allows 101 shots. But the quality in the high-resolution "Normal" mode is far good enough for average use; this increases the memory capacity much more. <
br>The camera is supplied with an 8 MB Card, so an additional card is badly needed. I bought a 32 MB card for about 25 Pounds (38 Euro) and I never ran out of memory yet with that. The saved files may be write protected. If you want to delete failed images or clear some memory capacity it is possible to choose either single photos or all images. One can as well protect or format the card in the same menu. The file transfer is most simple. Once the USB driver is installed on the PC the camera is detected as an additional drive as soon as it is connected to the computer. With the file manager you can copy the images to any wanted directory. The transfer takes only a few minutes even if the memory card is full. One of my transfers with the size of 13MB I stopped with 54 seconds. The CD delivered with the camera contains as well an image view program. Installed to the "Autostart" directory it enables an immediate thumbnail preview to the current pictures at the camera. The camera surprises not only with its technical features but as well with its high quality of the images. Colours are brilliant and true with well-balanced contrasts. This is valid as well for snaps taken in the macro mode. Although the resolution of 1.3 Megapixels is no revolution anymore the results with that camera seem to be another class. Take a few snapshots and compare them with other shots of other cameras on your monitor. When printed out, the photos still keep their quality in addiction to an equivalent printer. Often the printer is the weakest chain-link. In my case the printer is a Canon S 400, not too bad but easily to be beaten for example by the HP 960 C that I use in my office. With that you get first class pictures. For an album on your PC or for internet purposes this camera is a good recommendation and will easily satisfy you, if you?re not hunting for high-tech perfection. (Although the distance isn?t too far)
The first thing I have to say is that this was my first ever digital camera and I have no regrets. When I first saw it nearly a year ago in a high street shop it met all my needs, but a bit over my budget. So I got online and with a bit hunting I found it at about £30 of the high street price, and it was defiantly one of the best value cameras on the market. The camera comes with an easy to navigate interface, very common to all Fuji cameras, which with a bit of prepping you are ready to master. It has four different picture qualities, 640 pixels and 1.3 Mega pixels, at 640 pixels you can take about 100 shots with the 8MB memory card provided and are more than enough for posting on the web or viewing on your home PC. If you are planning on using this camera to take photos solely to be posted on the web then remember that however high the resolution of the photo the browsers can only show 72dpi (sorry I am not sure how many pixels that is.) The higher resolution at 1300 pixels is more for if you are planning to print off your photos, but if your are going to need this resolution then you will want to get a larger memory card. I upgraded to a 64MB card, which can hold about a hundred high-resolution shots, you can pick one of these cards up of the Internet for around £30. But if you stick with the 8MB card provided you can only get around 12 high-resolution photos. The camera is great for just point and click, but you can also be more adventurous. You can chose whether you want the camera to work everything out automatically, or be a little adventurous and play around with different flashes or get down to changing the white balance. The camera can be programmed to give you red eye reduction and a few other different flashes; it also has a timer and continuous shot mode. Then as I said before you can edit the white balance and the EV levels, although after ten months of having the camera I am not exactly sure what either of these does. But however ba
dly you might muck it up you can always easily return back to its original settings. After you have taken your shot with the twist of a dial you can view any shots you have taken and lose any you do not like. When you come to transferring you photos to your PC all you need to provide is a USB port on your computer, the camera comes with drivers for getting your photos as well as a couple of programs to edit and organise them. The driver is reasonably easy to install, but if you are not to good on computers you may want to get a friend to help you. The programs that it comes with include the camera driver, Exif Viewer and DP Editor, all of those work on Mac and Windows, but the following only work on Windows, Adobe ActiveShare for organising your photos, Adobe PhotoDeluxe a very watered down version of Adobe PhotoShop and Exif Launcher. Although the driver is not too difficult to install, when installing all the other software I had to go searching through various subfolders on the CD to find the installation programs, which can become extremely frustrating. As with all digital cameras it will consume your batteries very quickly, so it is a definite must to get some rechargeable batteries. If you are not going to get rechargeable batteries then you must defiantly get an AC adaptor, and plug it in when ever you are transferring photos to your computer because this is when your camera will drain the batteries the most. So as you have probably realised from reading the review this is a great camera, which is perfect as a first time digital camera. And when I come round to buying a replacement I have no doubts it will be a Fuji.
As I write this opinion I should in all honesty inform you that dispite having played with this camera for some time, I am still in the 'new toy' phase of ownership. If I should start to rave - hit me on the head with a brick and tell me to get on with it. <<< The whys and wherefors >>> It has been about 7 months since my old Fuji DS-7 digital camera gave up the ghost and had to be put out of it's misery. It was a sad day when it was laid to rest after giving such faithful service and travelling the world (Jamaica, Philippines, Singapore & Australia) with me. As I have been given an annual bonus (shock!) I decided to purchase my third digital camera, but which one? Kodak, Olympus, Fuji, Jenopik etc. so many to choose from. I sat down and made a list of what I features wanted. Expandable/swappable Memory, flash, USB connectivity, LCD screen, external power unit for extended use/PC connection, with a budget of £150. After doing some hunting around the usuall shops (Jessops, Dixons) I narrowed it down to two cameras. Essential research on an excellent site called DOOYOO.CO.UK, you may have heard of it, convinced me to go for the Fuji FinePix 1300 average selling price £149.99. A little more digging led me to an internet site, NOMATICA.CO.UK, offering it at £95 + VAT & Delivery (£120). Not being someone who normally goes for the lowest price, I ummed and r'ed over it and decided to give them a chance. I will be do an opinion on this site when I have gathered my thoughts. << In the box >> After carefully opening the box, read ripping the outer packaging to shreds in my enthusiasm, you will find the following items: - - Fuji Finepix 1300 Digital Camera - 3.3V 8Mb Smartmedia Card, with index lables & protective sleeve (try not to loose this) - 4 AA alkaline batteries - hand strap - CD-ROM containing Windows/MAc drivers and other software - Owner manual, actually 3 of them in di
ferent langauges (English, French, German) - 2 Quick guides in English, French, German << About the Camera >> The camera measures 4.3" x 3" x 1.5" and is finished in the traditional Fuji silver grey pastic with the various controls and features on each of the sides. Looking from the front... Front: Lens, Viewfinder Window, Flash, self timer LED, Auto-flash sensor. Back: LCD Monitor, Viewfinder, Viewfinder LED, Power on/off, Menu/OK button, menu control button, Mode dial. On Top: The Shutter button RightSide: Macro Zoom button, Mini USB port, 5Volt DC in. LeftSide: Strap Mount, Smart media Slot, cover & release button Bottom: Battery & Tripod Mount If I write about all the features of this camera I will will be rewriting the manual, so I have picked out a few that I use/really like: - - FLASH is available in 5 modes enasbling you to use the camera in a num,ber of lighting conditions. - AUTO, leaves the camera to decide on when to use flash. RED-Eye, helps to eliminate the glowing eye look in lowlight conditions. - FORCED, useful when the background is brighter than the foregraund subject, - SUPPRESSED, good for mood lighting conditions such as sunsets. - SLOWSyncro, allows you to slow the shutters speed to get in a darkbackround but still highligh the foreground with a flash. Four Quality/Pixel Modes, allows you to choose the size and quality of your picture. At 1280x960 Pixels there are 3 available Qualities prodicing images of varying size - Fine (610KB), Normal (310Kb) & Basic (160KB). At 640x480 there is only normal Quality procing a 90K image. SMARTMEDIA, if you are going to take a lot of pictures and or have limited access to a PC/Mac for download. An addition SMARTMEDIA CARD is a must. The number of imaged stored depends on the Pixel/Quality combination you select. On the 8Mb standard card you would get the following: 1280x9
60 Fine = 12 Images, Normal = 24 Images, Basic = 47 Images 640x480 Normal = 89 Images LCD Screen, displays the menus and enables to you compose/review a picture. Turning it off and using the viewfinder like a traditional camera will save on the batteries other fetures include MACRO, Digital Zoom (only at 640x480), Timer << Extras >> As you would expect from Fuji there are a number of 'Expansion' options available for this camera:- - SmartMedia Cards, 3.3V in 4,8,16 & 32MB - PC Power Supply, very usefull if on the PC for extended period - Rechargable batteries, NiCd & Nickel Hydride - Battery Charger - Floppy adaptor, SmartMedia transfer to PC on the FDD. - PC Card (PCMCIA) adaptor, SmartMedia transfer to Laptop via a Type II slot - Card Reader, USB Device to Transfer to PC - Soft (slip) case << Conclusion >> This camera has proved to be a lovely little device, giving me some excellent shots. It is easy to use for the novice with some good additional features for an intermediate / Advanced user, once you have got used to the menu system. For a happy snapper like me it has definately nailed down the coffin lid for the 35mm compact camera, however I still love my Fuji APS. I have not explored all the features as yet, but I am due to go on holiday soon, lookout for an update of this opinion :-) In a perfect world I would have liked to have a couple of additional items in the box: Rechargeable batteries & charger, 16/32MB SmartMedia rather than 8Mb, a Webmode would be nice and slip case to help protect the lens. Ain't I a greedy fellow? However for the price I paid I can't complain! << Prices >> All prices listed are for Fuji products at highstreet prices, incl VAT, search the web for best deals Fuji Finepix 1300 £150 16Mb SmartMedia £30 USB Card Reader £60 Soft Case £20 Rechardab
le Batteries £8 for 2 Recharger £25 5V Power Adaptor £35
This was bought as a present for me. I found it very easy to get to grips with - intuitive menus and functions are clearly set out on the screen. The PC connection was easy to set up and the package comes with all the software you will need. However, the connection direct from the camera relies on a USB port so make sure your PC has one. The macro setting takes good close ups of the sort you will need if selling items through auction sites on the web. There is no optical zoom and a relatively modest digital zoom, but you can't have everything at this price. All digital cameras seem power hungry and this one is no exception. Go and get some Ni-MH rechargeables straight away (and a recharger - which we forgot! - the batteries may need charging before use). The 8Mb card that comes with the camera will take about 24 'standard' shots, but you can buy bigger cards if necessary. Slightly irritating is the need to buy a carrying case seperately. If you are into photography, the lack of an optical zoom will probably rule out this camera, but for an entry to the digital world this has suited me just fine.
I brought my Fuji MX 1300 about 4 months ago and am very pleased with it as a whole. It takes excellent pictures, especially in the small setting (640) meaning you can get nearly 100 images on the supplied 8MB card. I found using the larger size (1280) on all 3 level settings the picture quality didn?t appear as good and using fine mode you can only get 15 odd images on the card. OK, battery life is pretty pathetic, especially with rechargeable batteries (use NiMH rather than NiCd as they last considerably longer) but this is the same with most digital cameras out there. You don?t want to be carrying around a brick like battery pack! When the LCD screen on my camera was smashed accidentally, Fuji replaced it free of charge for me in less than one week ? I didn?t even have any extended accidental insurance policies! First class service and an excellent cheapish camera. I thoroughly recommend it.
This is my first op so please be gentle with me…. I give my opinion only as a user and not a purchaser as I was fortunate enough to be given it as a consolation for reaching half a century and I wasn’t even playing cricket! The FinePix 1300 camera is so easy to use you really do just point and shoot and of course because it is digital you can wipe away the duff shots before anybody else sees them. The quality of pictures has been great and the ability to instantly play with them on the computer is great. I spent a week recently helping at a kids club where I was the designated photographer and to be able to take a shot, put it straight to computer, pick out a tiny portion of it and have it displayed for the next morning was fantastic. Having the screen built in shots can be viewed immediately and kept or cleared at a touch of a button. I was given the rechargeable batteries with it, thankfully as it does eat ordinary ones at an amazing speed. I have also got 32 MB smart card, which holds well over 100 pictures, so even a snap happy girl like me is kept happy! Can you tell yet I am very pleased with it! I am not by any standard a serious photographer but I do love it and have fun. Now with the FinePix 1300 I can have fun fun fun! I would certainly recommend it to anyone and it has made becoming 50 worth while , well almost!
I was looking for a digital camera, that was high in quality, reliable, with a good choice of functions, easy to use at an affordable price, and this is what I found in the Finepix mx1300. This is a great digital camera for beginners and amateur photographers alike. As for beginners it has the auto mode, but for the more advanced users there is the manual mode which allows the user to select the flash mode, the lighting, macro mode for close up pictures in fact every aspect of taking a picture. It has a screen which allows the user to see what the photo will look like and exactly what is being included in the photo, the user could also try out the zoom. The main advantage digital camers have offer 35mm cameras is that the user can delete photos before anyone else see them, this ensuring embarrassing photos are never seen. The camera comes with a USB cable so it is very easy to download photos from the camera. The camera is light, small and stylish. The camera comes with an 8MB smart card which on basic mode will hold in excess of 25 photos. This can increased if the smaller size for the image is selected. The camera uses 4 AA battaries I would recommend getting rechargable battaries.
I was considering a higher resolution camera until a friend showed me his mx1200. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of his photos and decided that a 1.3 million pixel camera would do me fine. This is an ideal first camera and can be bought in most places for under £200 i got mine for £230 with a 32 meg smart media card. i would recommend getting this extra card as the 8 meg card supplied has a limited amount of space (22 pictures in normal resolution) so the added card gives you over 100 picture capacity. The only thing I would critisize this camera for is the lack of optical zoom. it has a 2X digital zoom but this isnt much use. Battery life is also limited and a battery charger is a must but this applies to all digital cameras not just the 1300.
The FinePix 1300 contains just about everything you'd expect from a low-cost camera: The 1.3 Mpixel Fuji FinePix 1300 camera 8Mb SmartMedia card Four alkaline AA batteries Hand strap USB cable Software including Adobe PhotoDeluxe and drivers Manuals for camera and software About the only thing missing here are a set of rechargeable batteries. You'll want to pick up a set right away, since alkaline batteries don't last very long. Two other missing features of note are support for serial connections, as well as video out so you can view your photos on a TV. The lens is uncovered on this camera, so you'll want to keep your fingers away from it. The included 8MB SmartMedia card holds 12-89 photos, depending on the quality settings. The camera supports cards as large at 64MB. In the past, Fuji's manuals have been quite good, and I expect the same for this camera. Look and Feel The FinePix 1300 is an average sized camera with a plastic body. It fits exceptionally well in your hand, and the few buttons are within easy reach. The camera's dimensions are 4.3 x 3.0 x 1.5", and it weights 7.1 ounces empty. The camera's lens is fixed focus, and is equivalent to 36mm on a 35mm camera. There is no optical zoom on the 1300, but there is a digital zoom available in at the 640 x 480 resolution. over all this is a good little camera for the price.
I recieved my Finepix 1300 as a birthday present and it is an excellent camera. The 1.3 megapixel lens can produce images at high enough quality to use the online printing services it has built in. The controls can be a bit fiddly and take a while to get used to - you have to turn the control wheel to view the image you've just taken, and the wheel can be a bit stiff at first. The size and weight of the camera make up for this - even with the 4 AA batteries it requires, it still beats my old 35mm camera for weight. One criticism i would have is that the LCD screen eats batteries extremely fast. The ones which came with it lasted only about 60 photos, unlike the 150 quoted in the instruction guide. I have now switched to rechargable AA batteries and i have two sets - one charging while the other is in the camera. The 8mb smartmedia card supplied is plenty and can store over 80 images at 640x480 resolution, so its great to take on holiday with you! Be warned that the battery may not last 80 images, so use rechargable ones! A good first time digital camera, and cheap too.
First off. A great little cammera - just what I wanted from a digital device. Small, easy to use, robust and fun. Great for parties, holiday snaps and general recreational use. (I can still use my 35mm SLR for 'serious' photography..) However, my laptop is running NT 4.0 and so connectivity has been a problem. The drivers supplied only work with Win 98 and 2000. NT has always suffered from P&P/USB support. There are work arounds. As the camera is supplied with SmartMedia, you can purchase a parallel port media reader for £40 or so - a little slow - but does the job. This will do for know, maybe I need to upgrade to Win2000?