** Introduction **
It's funny sometimes how things come full circle... years and years ago now, back when I was simply looking for a camera to use every day and before I became interested (some might say obsessed!) with the things as collectibles, Fujifilm's FinePix 2200 was a model I quite seriously considered for a while, before rejecting it on account of its lack of an optical zoom. However, all these years later and I've finally got one after all! This is a rather basic 2.1-megapixel digital camera from 2001 - note that the FinePix 2300 is *exactly* the same unit for all practical purposes; the 2200 was simply the Dixons/Currys "exclusive" version.
** Looks and handling **
It's fairly ugly, isn't it? Even for ten years ago, it's no looker, and if you use one of these in public you'd better have quite a thick skin, as not for a single second will you be able to fool anybody that you're shooting with anything other than the photographic equivalent of an old banger. That said, old bangers can be worthy transport in certain limited circumstances, so we shouldn't write off the 2200 simply on grounds of age and (lack of) style. However, I don't find its shape all that comfortable to handle: it's a little bit heavy (being powered by four AA batteries) and it's all too easy for some of the corners to dig into your hands.
** Optics and screen **
There's no optical zoom. I thought I'd better get that out of the way right at the start of this section, so that those looking for a cheap zoom digicam can cross it off their "possibles" list straight away. There's no autofocus either: this is a *basic* camera in that regard. What you get is a simple fixed-focus lens, at a focal length equivalent of a fairly bog-standard 36 mm, with two apertures (f/4.8 or f/11) controlled automatically; f/4.8 is *slow* and indeed for that reason, and also for others which I'll come to in due course, the 2200 is a pretty poor choice for indoor social shots. It focuses down to an unimpressive 80 cm; there *is* a macro, but that only works between 8 and 15 cm, so there's a big gap in the middle where the Fujifilm struggles badly.
The screen is not at all impressive, though it was probably good enough for 2001's consumers, who for the most part were still unused to an LCD being provided at all on a budget model. There's nothing wrong (for the era) with its 1.6-inch size, and it's pleasant that it's just a little recessed from the back of the camera to protect it from being scratched too much. However, the resolution is *terrible* - a mere 55,000 pixels, one of the lowest counts I can remember seeing, and it's dim, grainy and laggy; better than nothing, but not much. As usual for an old camera, button ergonomics round the back are a bit of a mess, too, with everything squashed into the top third of the rear plate.
** Features and settings **
The FinePix 2200 splits its limited range of features between "automatic" and "manual" modes, but it does so in a very strange way. Normally, you'd expect to have access to a certain number of settings in auto mode, and then add some more for manual. Not here: set the 2200 to M and you *lose* the ability to use some of the camera's features! Should you wish to make use of the self-timer, for example, the camera *must* be set to A. This is also the case for the FinePix's continuous shooting mode, though frankly I can't think of much reason why you'd *want* to use that as it's so feeble: a shooting speed of 2 fps sounds okay, but how about if I also tell you that you can only do it in 0.3-mp (640 x 480 pixel) resolution? Quite.
Should you prefer the dubious delights of M mode, you'll find that in place of the self-timer and continuous options you will now have access to those old stalwarts of the digicam world, white balance and exposure compensation. These are - surprise, surprise - rather limited: for example, the EC offers you a disappointing range of -0.9 to +1.5 EV - but at least they do have a discernible effect, unlike the camera's movie mode. Why should that be, you may ask? The answer to that is quite simple: it hasn't actually got one! That's actually not such a loss, however, as early Fujifilms that *did* offer a movie mode tended to have one so pathetic that it was hardly worth talking about anyway.
** Photo quality **
The results you get from shooting with the 2200 are, in all honesty, not too bad. You will need good light if you're using the camera outdoors - the (unchangeable) ISO rating is 100 - but if you have that then for a 2 mp camera the snaps it produces are acceptable. Fujifilm has a long record of giving its cameras pleasing colour reproduction capabilities, and this model is no exception. They're not that soft for the resolution, either, in fact probably sharper than average for age and class. Clearly there's very little scope for printing *large* images, but at 6x4 size or so, not examined in excessively minute detail, the results are mostly adequate.
** Consumables **
Batteries are no problem in one sense, but a substantial problem in another sense. The 2200 takes a quad of AA cells, so getting one going is simplicity itself. The trouble is that its battery life is, for a four-AA camera, really rather unimpressive. You can increase it by turning the LCD off, but who remembers to do that nowadays? In any case, if you use direct USB image transfer to your computer, the screen remains on whatever you do. As such, a card reader is an essential piece of kit. Unfortunately this camera is so old that it even predates Fujifilm's love affair with the xD memory card. Instead you have to use the obsolete and expensive SmartMedia - and, by extension, also have a card reader on hand that will read the blasted things. Not good.
** Problems? **
Most of my complaints about the 2200 concern its (lack of) features, ugly shape, SmartMedia reliance etc. There don't seem to be too many actual _faults_ to report; the lack of a moving lens means that these things are quite robust and mostly still working well enough a decade after manufacture.
** Buying and verdict **
The FinePix 2200 is a very cheap digital camera to buy - you shouldn't have to go anywhere near £10 to get hold of one - which makes it superficially attractive. If only it used the sturdy CompactFlash memory format rather than the brittle and expensive SmartMedia it might make a fair choice to let the kids play with. For the adult photographer, though, despite the acceptable photo quality there are just too many compromises, especially the bizarre "either/or" setup when it comes to which features are available in which mode. A camera this old has to be unusually capable or unusually interesting to be recommended, and the 2200 is unfortunately neither.
When I first started my course in Product design, around 4 years ago, I required to do a lot of research into the things all around me. It was therefore in my best interests to get myself a camera. To start with I was using disposables as it meant I got quick results and usually free processing too. Then my uncle lent me his digital camera for a week. It was a Fujifilm 2200, grey in colour, very simple looking, while being quite smart also. It is 2.1 megapixels in quality which isnt the best in todays market i kno! I liked it so much I decided to go and buy one. The picture quality is rated in megapixels, with a pixel more or less being a dot within a confined space. Hence the more dots in this area, then the higher quality picture. In the world of automobiles we are all familiar with the issue of horsepower. More is usually a good thing. But, unless we're planning on towing a huge house-trailer, or running the racetrack, horsepower is not the primary measure of automotive quality. Unless we have specific needs, horsepower must be considered alongside handling, styling, comfort, cargo capacity and a host of other factors. On the front there is a viewfinder lense, photo lense and flash light, thats all, nothing more and nothing less. Then on the back you have an LCD screen (1.3 inches), This allows you to see exactly what you are photographing. Using this makes the pictures usually how you want them but unfortunately drains the batteries. You can however choose to turn this off using the "DISP" button above the LCD, and use the viewfinder lense instead - not as effective tho. There is a dial on the top right on the back which allows you to switch between 3 options, Photo taking, Picture reviewing and a setting menu, where you can amend things. Photo taking - camera symbol - This option allows you to take the pictures, it prepares the camera for action. There is no time delay. The camera lets o
ff a beeping noise when you take a picture. In the menu option you do have the choice to switch this off or increase the volume however - i normally hav it off due to the irritation. There is an automatic flash in the camera also for the night shots. On the side you also have the option to flick a switch - this is for close ups and for landscapes - you obviously choose the relevant one. Photo reviewing - Green coloured play symbol This option allows you to see your pictures on the LCD either one by one, flicking through the arrow keypad, or multiple pictures in a grid format. Obviously this is very useful as it means you can see your picture the moment after taking it - No more bad pictures effectively - just delete it and retake. Eventually you will get one you like -HOPEFULLY! The images are stored on Multimedia Memory cards. These cards are available in 4MB 8MB 16MB 32MB 64MB and 128MB - most commonly. I usually purchase these in duty free shops at the airport. The bigger the card, the more pictures you can store, and the better the quality -makes sense really. As i was doing a design course I found i required the bigger memory cards as I needed highest quality resolution. There is a digital zoom option, no optical zoom im afraid tho. This magnifies the image by 2.5 times. Means you can get in closer to what you are snapping. You can also utilise this option on reviewing the picture. With no spools used, you do save on that side of the spectrum. Also in being able to review the pictures you will never come home from holiday with only 2 good pictures outta 32, hopefully you would have deleted them. You download the pictures from the camera directly through the usb connection on the side, FUJI kindly supplied the lead here, meaning you have fast results to your PC. You can then edit these pictures on a publishing type programme, to optimise the quality. Alternatively, maybe you dont have a PC, or would like a profess
ional to do the processing for you. Fortunately, now many chemists provide a developing service here for a charge. All they need is the memory card, and they can even put these on a CD for you if you want a back up copy. However I prefer to do my own printing as its more fun and fufilling. This uses 4 AA batteries, however you will most probably go through a lot of these. Advisable to buy rechargables or even a universal 4.5V-5V adaptor at around a tenner. This camera cost me 299 around 3 years ago and is now available at just of 100 online. Its definitely a decent 1st digi, its so simple to use and ideal. Made by a good manufacturer in FUJI, and im now looking to upgrade with a higher spec model. Try and buy folks - nice pic taker.
I bought a refurb 2200. The camera was only sold by Pc world and dixons, and all their returns have been refurbed by fuji, and are on sale on the internet for sub £100 prices! Despite it being a refurb, i can only describe its condition as brand new!! The only thing missing was the original box. Mine was supplied in a no frills fuji-factory labelled box, without any polystyrene etc. I did get all the books, software, cables etc required to go with the camera, these were supplied brand new in a sealed bag. Its a great camera, my only concern is that the lens in unprotected, there is no cap, or recess, or anything to stop you smudging the lens, which results in fuzzy pics. So my next purchase is a case to put it in. (done) Hooking it up to the PC was a breeze with Win98SE/Win2k/Me as the pc sees the camera as a new drive (and prompts for drivers, supplied on the cd-rom win98). A simple drag n drop copies the files across, fairly quickly ( a lot faster than floppy disk, or serial). Its quite a light camera, even with the 4 AA batteries, but not so light to make it feel like a toy. It makes a small satisfying click when you take a photo, and the screen shows off the results very well. But the real quality of this camera comes, when you view the pictures on your pc. The camera has two lens settings, one macro, and one, which is about 50mm in SLR terms. The macro lens is non too shabby, with a depth of field of around 8cm. When in macro lens the screen gives an excellent indication of what the finished picture will look like. With a choice of image sizes & resolutions, plus the ability to set it to fully auto, or manual exposure the fuji makes an excellent first digital camera. I bought one (another re-furb) for the father-in-laws 60th birthday. He doesnt have a pc, he prints straight from an HP Photosmart 100. Between us, we have not had a hitch with the cameras. At time of writting this, r
efurbs are still available from morgan. We have both had ours for over 12 months.
Like many people I own a 35mm compact camera but I really only used it on the odd special occasions. There were plenty of times that I fancied taken a photograph but either never had a film handy or couldn't be bothered taken 24/36 pictures and then going to get them developed. So the thought of a digital camera certainly appealed to me. With the ability to store pictures on CD, your own web space or even print out the one or two you wanted to display and pass them around friends and family. The Fuji Finepix 2200 is a strange camera in the fact that it doesn't really exists. Basically it's identical in every way to the Finepix 2300 with the only exception being the model number. The idea behind this is that the 2200 was exclusively sold only in Dixons, Currys & PC World. Ironically I bought mine online from a different company but more about that later. The 2300 has a retail price of £249 but I'm not sure the exact price for the 2200. Although before Christmas 2001 the Dixons group did have it on offer for only £150. The 2200 is a 2.1 mega pixel camera which uses Smartmedia cards to store the photos taken. It's very lightweight (200g) and compact in size (110 x 77 x 34 cm) making it ideal for the first time user. The back of the camera like many digital cameras features a 1.6inch colour LCD screen. Using this is by far the best way to take your photos but sadly in bright sunlight it can be extremely hard to see. So you may need to revert to using the view finder just like you would with a regular compact camera. This however is not a fault not confined to the Fuji and is prevalent in most digital cameras. Also on the back of the camera are a simple on/off switch, a four directional button including a separate ok button, a simple mode dial and a on/off Display switch for the LCD screen. On one side of the 2200 there is a macro switch for taking close up photographs. Below that there's a USB port for connecting to yo
ur PC and a AC-5V socket to enable the camera to use a mains adapter. The opposite side of the camera has a compartment where the Smartmedia is stored. Finally underneath the camera is where the batteries are located. The 2200 can accept four standard AA alkaline batteries, Ni-Cd rechargeable or by far the best option is to use Ni-MH rechargeable ones. To be honest I wouldn't even consider using the standard Alkaline batteries as it would prove far too costly and the Fuji like many cameras just eats them up way too quick. You have several quality and file sizes to choose from these are 1600x1200 (Fine, Normal, Basic), 1280x960 (Normal, Basic), 640x480 (Normal). The amount of pictures you can store on the Smartmedia card is dependent on the options you choose and the size of the card installed. As an example see the chart below. These figures are based upon a file size of 1600x1200 and are approx: Mode.....8mb 16mb 32mb 64mb 128mb Fine........10...20....41.....82.....166 Normal....19...39....79.....160....319 Basic......39...75....152....303....613 At it's highest size/quality pictures can be printed out at very respectful size of 10x8 inches. For pictures intended to be displayed on a web page 640x480 is ideal and more than sufficient. In the set up menu you can also select any of the five flash modes, these are Auto, Red Eye reduction, Suppressed flash (no flash) or Slow Sychro which allows you to use the flash combined with a slow shutter speed. In most cases the flash seems ok but doesn't have much effect with objects further than 10 feet away. For those who want to play around with other settings there's the ability to set both the brightness and white balance but many of you will simple want to point and shoot. One thing the 2200 doesn't have is an optical zoom, it does instead have a 2.5 digital one which while adequate may not be enough for some people and it
39;s worth considering whether you really need an optical zoom prior to purchasing the 2200. Also I would have liked to see some sort of lens cap but this is a minor quibble and if handled carefully should not be any problem. In playback mode you can view your images individually or by pressing the Disp button twice you can see nine thumbnail images. This is very useful when you're looking for a certain picture and saves going through the entire card looking at every frame taken. When viewing images you also have the option to delete selected pictures or even erase/format the entire Smartmedia card. Other features include a Continuous Shot facility and a Self Timer. Just bear in mind that a mains adapter, battery charger and Ni-MH batteries are all must buy items. You could possibly get away without the adapter but when connected to a PC it's far easier to have it working off the mains than using batteries. A genuine Fuji adapter can set you back a further £29 but most camera shops sell third party ones for under £23. Make sure it's 5v one, so unfortunately there's no buying a cheap one from Argos. I would say it's a real bargain especially if you can pick one up for under £150. I managed to get hold of mine for an amazing £100 but this was from an online retailer selling refurbished ones which were in mint condition. So the big question is, are the pictures any good? Well I'm more than pleased with it and think it's a superb camera which produces better pictures than many more expensive ones on the market. Both indoor pictures and those taken outside producing excellent results and I fully recommend the Fuji Finepix 2200 for anyone looking to get into digital photography.
There are better Fiji Camara's, also a real mini-cam available from Gadgetshop, goes on keyring - Advantages: Ease of use, Weighty, Clear Screen - Disadvantages: No Webcam facility, Charger sold seperately, Delay when pressing button
I got a new toy at christmas! I've been shopping around doing my homework for a few months as I wanted a reasonable priced Digital Camera. I FOUND IT - The Fujifilm FinePix 2200. After searching many web-sites and even cancelling an order I placed for a Fujifilm FinePix 1300 (deliver dates were messed up by the Internet Camera Sales Company) I found a great camera at a great price. This camera is exclusive to Dixons, Currys and PC World (or at least that is what the Fujifilm Web Site will have you think!) The Camera is very similar to the FinePix 2300 which you will find just about anywhere retailing at around £299 (now £229 at Argos.co.uk sale), the only difference would seem to be the name - perhaps I am just a cynic but could this be down to the "find the same product cheaper anywhere ....blah blah blah ... marketing scams all the big chains have to offer ... easy solution - have a known camera renamed by the manufacturer and nobody will find the SAME product anywhere!! Anyway... back to my great purchase ....I found my camera at a clearance sale at www.morgancomputers.co.uk for the bargain price of £164.99 - now that is a great price for a 2.1 MegaPixel Camera when you can pick up a nice 1.3 MegaPixel for around £190 at most on-line stores. My camera came with a 8MB Smartmedia card (as standard) but I also purchased a 64Mb (also from Morgan Computers for £35). The camera is very easy to use and has the same new stylish design as the FinePix 1330 - it looks like a 'real camera'. It has a nice feel to it. It is great for those of us who simply want to point and shoot. The results are fantastic. Outdoor photos give an amazing clarity and indoors (within the 3M range of the flash) and also good - only problem is outwith the flash range photos can be a little dark - as previous reviews have pointed out this can be easily resolved using the bundles software that comes with the camera. The main features are: Pin sharp images Easy to Use controls (4 direction menu control and dial) Varied Shooting Modes Colour LCD Screen (great for getting the image just right before shooting) Good Playback Functions (Single Frame with 4x Zoom - You can also view 9 simultanious images with the multi-frame function. USB Connection - very easy to use - shows as an extra storage drive when connected to your PC. Easy to use software - I was up and running within 10 Minutes and uploading my 1st pics within 15 minutes. The camera weighs 200g (excluding the 4 rechargeable batteries that were supplied with it) and fits easily into any pocket. It has x2.5 Zoom at lower resolution (640x480) and x1.3 Zoom at high resolution (1280x960) the results are great!!! It does use batteries up quite quickly - but if you buy rechargeables this is not a problem. For those camera buffs out there these fact will be of interest: Aperture .... f=4.8 Shutter Speed .... 1/2 sec to 1/750th Sensitivity .... Equivalent to ISO 125 Flash .... Autoflash with flash control sensor Effective Range 3m Lens Focal Length ... Equivalent to 36mm on a 35mm camera Focal Distance .... 8cm to infinity (Marco 8 - 15cm) For those of you who didn't understand a bit of the above - take my word THIS IS A GREAT LITTLE CAMERA - ESPECIALLY AT THIS PRICE. If you are looking for a similar product it pays to shop around (both on the Web and in the High Street) as there are some great bargains to be found.
Fujifilm FinePix 2200 is a fine camera (please excuse the pun). Yes this camera is very good. Its not the best but then you don't pay the best price for it. I got mine on a special deal that a certain shop were doing at the time. It was selling for half price!!. It use to retail for £349.99 but then at the sale price I bought it at a STEAL! price of £179.99. I THINK THAT IS AN ABSOLUTLEY amazing price!. You would think for that price you would only get a 1 mega pixel price. But you get a full 2.1mega pixel. This is good enough for full A4 print outs on my photo printer. But it does scale very well. it is supllied with a rather paltry 8mb Smart Media card. After a while I got myseldf a 64mb card which wasn't that expensive buying from the Internet. The 8mb card will do 10 MAX res 2.1mega pixels 32 Mediam res 1mega pixel 64 Low res 0.3mega pixel the 64mb card will do 82 Max Res 2.1mega pixel 160 Mediam res 1 mega pixel 300 Low res 0.3mega pixels This is a very good camera for the price. if you do intend to take more high res then I would definately op for the 64mb card to buy ASAP, but the 32mb will do. I just wanted to be able to have more if I did. There are some minor critisms though. The image is good but the flash is a bit too small for my liking. It doesn't have much range and if the subject you are taking is more then 5 metres away then the light is not so uniformed and doesn't look natural. But in saying this you can edit the pictures using a graphics program and altering the colours so it can be easily fixed. This is fine for outside use but I think the flash is a bit too small for indoor use if the light is dark. It doesn't use any of the new battery technologies it uses 4 AA batteries. its good and bad. Good you can just pop in to any shop and buy some or just use rechargeables but bad that it doesn
9;t last very long. The camera does use the batteries up fast. About 40 mins of use and it will need new ones. it has a 1.6 screen which is slight smaller then the 1.8 screens found on most cameras and the small .2 difference is a lot more then you would think. This is slight disapointing but but the price you really can't complain much. It even has a usb cable to transfer your pics to the computer. This is far faster then the usual serial found even on some of the newer cameras. All digital cameras should have usb otherwise its very slow in transfering pics. its a very easy camera to use in operation. Everything is all easy to use and deal with. You select what you want using a job dial which is easy to use. This camera is really aimed at the person getting in to digital photography as it really doesn't offer the high end manual features that the more advanced user would want to use. but this is fine as its not aimmed at them. They would definately spend more then £179.99 for it. Buy this if you want a new toy to play with take good pics for either good prints up to A4 or net pictures. ^_^
Following Chris' fantastic review my interest in this product had been stirred, when funny enough I found a voucher in the Evening Standard saying half price £350 to £174.95 or something in PC World (or so the ad said on the web..) Tried the web was still £350 for some reason; they obviously were trying to con people into visiting. So retail I am afraid...I rang up confirmed stock at a local PC world and went, Staples Corner. The guy on the phone firmly told me to be early as they had 30 in stock but would sell out by 3pm on a Saturday if not earlier. Bought it using the cut out voucher (one per customer apparently), thought I tried to seek alternatives. Unsurprisingly PC world had only crap at this sort of price (hardly a mega pixel job let alone 2.1 1600x1200 resolution like 2200). As per usual most of their things were overpriced. So what do I think *it is very light (considering it has 4 aa cells) *manual is good *pictures are excellent *connectivity and software is sensible and *I think even includes adobe acorobat PDF generator (not the freebe reader but the writer which used to cost alot!) *8mb card useful amount of memory *contatry to my expectations the batteries are long lasting (unlike my old olympus where they were "piss poor" as we say in the trade) Worth £175 definatly Worth £350 I think not as it does not *have rechargeables, *is not small enough *only has a digital zoom. *does not have a lens cap and lens can easily get dirty At the £350 price range much more research would be better, and a Canon job my boss just bought would be preferable. Note I have also learnt this model is exclusive to Dixons group PC world and co. That’s why I couldn’t find any other web reviews. But Finepix 2400 will be released as the standard commercial model of this or so I believe on www.fujifilm.co.uk
I purchased my wife a Finepix 2200 digital camera mainly to keep her quite as she has wanted one or an age now. Additionally the half price sale in PC World had alot to to with the choice of camera. Anyway having got the camera home and set the machine to the highest resolution we found that the picture quality was superb but what use is a camera that can tae less than a dozen pictures without downloading. Some adjustments to lower resolutions solve that problem nicely and the picture quality is still very good. The battery life (we use recharagable) is pretty good taking over thirty pics without recharging. The menu is easy to use but has all the functions you need. If you have a problem the instruction manuel is easy to follow until you get the hang of it. Downloading (via USB) is simplicity itself and there are again simple instructions if you need them. The cameras vital stats are 2.1 million pixels (1600 x 1200), 2.5x digital zoom, a 1.6" LCD monitor to view taken pics or as a view finder (there is an standard one as well) and a built-in flash. It is supplied with Adobe (Photodeluxe 4 & ActiveShare for Windows) and a USB cable. Also works with a Mac but I haven't tried that out. All in all a very good purchase even if I had bought it at full price.