* Prices may differ from that shown
The finepix 2400 would make a great camera for someone who wants a point and shoot digital camera. Its not the smallest camera on the market, but it does benefit from excellent build quality. As with any digital camera, get as much memory as you can afford as the higher the quality setting, the larger the file. On maximu, size and quality setting, (1600 x 1200/Fine mode) you will onliy get 3 or 4 pictures on an 8mb smart media card, thought he quality is excellent. The various functions are accessed by the zoom rocker and associated buttons. The on screen menu is clear as descriptive and makes adjustments a fuss free affair. The battery life for this camera is very low, especially if you use the screen a lot, so it is definately worth using the screen only when you have to, in order to retain bettery life. The camera has a 3x optical zoom, which is good for most everyday shots. I find the best picture quality is with outdoor shots. Indoor shots suffer heavilty with shadows and incorrect exposure levels, though the flash does have modes which can lessen these effects. Image transfer is via a quick USB connection (Cable Supplied). The camera doesn't have the TV-OUT or video recording functions found on most cameras. Overall its a good realiable camera which does what it says on the box.
After deciding to invest in my first digital camera, I managed to pick up an immaculate second-hand Finepix 2400 off eBay for a measly £150!!! A complete bargain I know and what a camera I got for my cash! 5 minutes after unpacking it I was snapping away at anything I could catch in the viewfinder. I was impressed with its quality of images at the highest resolution (1600 x 1200) and even the 640 x 480 prints were good. The only grumble I have with this camera is the LCD screen is totally impossible to see in bright sunlight although you can just about see the image in the shade. For anyone who is looking to buy their first digital camera, I can't recommend them enough. Just make sure your first purchase is a few rechargable batteries!!!! Oh, and a bigger Smartmedia Card. The supplied 8MB one only hold 10 high resolution images. You can pick up a 64MB Card (holds 82 high-res imagies) for as little as £21. Totally Recommended!!! *** Update *** After reading a few opinions, I've decided to add this little piece. I've seen this camera for sale (locally) between £240 - £280, so that's why I think I had a bargain. Also, this being my first digital camera, I think that anyine looking to buy one couldn't go wrong buying this one, so that is why I described this as 'an ideal first digital camera' Hope this clears it up....
I am usually rather late in moving into new technology areas, not because I’m reluctant to explore the latest gadgets but because it never seems quite the right time to buy, when prices fall and specifications improve continually. I’d borrowed digital cameras before, but they always seemed rather disappointing, and the interface to the computer never seemed that good. So, I’d rather written them off until this year when I decided that probably the technology was good enough and prices low enough to make them seem like a good proposition. I did a lot of research, particularly by reading What Digital Camera magazine, and was all set to buy a seven or eight hundred pound 3 mega-pixel camera with every possible setting on it, but I somehow didn’t quite have the conviction that this was a good idea. I am not an impulse buyer these days (see my opinion on getting out of credit card debt!) so sat on it for another few days and decided that I just wouldn’t have the time to make the most of such an elaborate camera, and made up my mind to go for a 2 mega pixel camera, as automatic as possible. I also decided that it must have a USB connection to the computer to make downloads quicker, and must have a zoom lens and also a decent macro facility so that I could take close-ups of plants and flowers. I decided ultimately on the Fuji Finepix 2400Z. This met all my criteria and was recommended by most reviews I could find. It also is a good price, particularly if bought over the Internet. So, I used Excite shopping and other Internet comparison sites and as a result logged on to www.camerasdirect.co.uk who were offering the camera at £277 – about sixty pounds less than the cheapest retail shop I could find. The camera arrived the next day, courtesy of Citylink carriers and I was off. Everything worked as it should, and I began to explore my new camera. It came with two useful pieces of software
, Exif viewer and Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition. Exif Viewer effectively turns the camera into another drive on the computer. You just plug the USB lead into the camera and Exif Viewer fires up and presents you with a thumbnail gallery of everything on the camera and then when you click on a particular thumbnail it loads full size on the PC. You can then copy the photographs you wish to keep into a folder on your hard drive. Very easy! Of course, one major benefit of digital photography is the ease of correcting the resulting photograph. PhotoDeluxe is fine, and is aimed at people who just want to follow on-screen instructions rather than learn about imaging. By the way, its correction of red-eye is very easy and very effective. The software provided is perfectly capable of doing the basics of adjusting colour intensity (saturation) and brightness and contrast. Frankly the results from the camera are stunning. I was completely taken aback by the quality of the photographs. I took some distance shots and also some close ups of flowers and our cats and was stunned to see on the PC, that I could see every hair on the cat fur and the most minute detail of flowers and leaves. Later I took it down the High Street and took some shots on Saturday afternoon. I was amazed to find that the definition was so good that I could read adverts and notices on the photographs I took. The colours are extremely good and I saw no sign of the blue tendency which Fuji cameras are supposed to have. The camera has three settings for image size, and with the basic 8mb Smartdrive card, you can take between 10 and 89 images depending on the size quality selected. It has five flash settings including normal auto-flash. The camera is fully automatic, but you have a limited number of manual settings including white balance adjustment for taking pictures of documents etc. The liquid crystal screen on the back of the camera is not la
rge but its quite adequate and the menu options are easy to follow and operate. On a sunny day of course its not so easy to do this would apply to any digital camera. Digital cameras eat batteries of course and I soon bought a set of rechargeables and a charger. I use the camera quite a lot at the moment and I get two or three days between charges. One way to save power is to keep the camera connected to the PC as little as possible, by copying the photos to the PC’s hard drive as quickly as possible then disconnecting the camera. I realised that I was going to use this camera a lot so decided to buy a 64 mb Smart Media card to replace the 8mb card provided. I bought this from www.internetcamerasdirect.com and once again, this arrived the next day. The price was incredibly good at £45 for a Fuji card, guaranteed to work with my camera. This seems to be about half the price of a shop-bought card. I also decided that I wanted some software to manage the increasing number of images on the PC, and also to create website galleries with automatic thumbnailing and expansion of photographs. I spent a lot of time on the Internet exploring various options and downloaded several demonstration versions of software. Frankly, I found the full-blown image-editors too complex for my needs, and I ultimately decided on Thumbsplus from www.cerious.com , a brilliant program, very easy to use which provides me with simple photo-editing functions, full gallery management, slide-shows and very good website creation. An earlier version of this can be found on the cover disc of one of the current digital camera magazines. I must say, the software that comes with the camera is perfectly adequate for most needs but lacks the web functions which I was looking for. If you want prints of the photographs you have various options. You can use your own ink-jet printer using special photo paper, or you can upload the shots to a website and
have them printed professionally. I use www.internetcamerasdirect because their service is very easy to use and each print costs only 24p for a 6 x 4.5” print. I am sure that a 3 mega pixel camera would be better but quite honestly, for my needs the Fuji Finepix 2400Z is perfectly adequate for my needs and I find the results quite stunning. I’m happy to wait until my demands increase as I get more used to digital cameras and until 3 mega pixel cameras come down in price.
Good all-round snappers camera with conventional feel. - Advantages: Good Pictures with easy to use zoom, Good range quality/picture quantity settings., Look for big discounts on Web - Disadvantages: Spare batteries essential, Indifferent LCD viewing screen, Menu options only possible with lens cover open.
I've been wanting a digital camera for a while, but have been waiting for the prices to come down a bit. I was after at least 2 MegaPixels, to get as good a quality as I get from photos scanned into my PC. I saw this camera on QVC the shopping channel, and it was too good a deal to miss. £288 with an 8Mb Smartmedia card. The deal also included an extra 8Mb card, 4 Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries, and a charger. These don't come when bought from the shops, so it was a really good price, as it came to about an extra £40 worth of accessories free. The camera has a 3 times optical zoom, and a 2.5 times digital zoom, and you have a choice of resolutions to take photos in 1600x1200, 1280x960, and 640x480. So you have a good selection, depending on how you want to output it. I've taken them at 1600x1200, and the printed out photo is amazing, undistinguishable from a "real" photo, on glossy photo paper. It stores 19 pics at high res, 24 at medium, and 89 at low on an 8Mb card. You can view the photos instantly on the built in screen, and a feature I like, is that when you turn the camera on, the screen is off by default (you can take photos using the normal viewfinder), so saving your batteries, unless you really want the screen on, done by one press of a button. All the features of the camera are easily setup by on-screen menus, and it can be left in fully automatic mode if you want. Or if you like to be technical, you can alter all sorts of settings manually, such as exposure compensation and white balance. It has macro, self timer, red-eye reduction, auto flash, flash on, flash off, fill-in flash, and slow-synchro for night time shots. It also has a continuous shooting mode (up to 9 frames in 6 seconds). It connects to the PC via USB, and when you plug the camera in, it automatically starts the software off, and downloads the photos in no time at all. For editing photos it comes with Adobe Photode
luxe 4 Home Edition. Someone mentioned that their manual was in French, but all my paperwork was in English. Windows 98 treats it as another drive, and it shows as a Mass Storage Device. Mine shows as an "F" Drive, and you view the files in an Explorer style interface called Exif Viewer. My only reservation is that it doesn't have a video out, so you can connect it to a VCR and record your photos as a slide show onto video tape, as I've seen done with other makes of camera, but when I saw the quality of the photos, I decided I'm not too bothered about that, as for the price I couldn't expect better. I think you may be able to do a slide show in your photo program and put it on a CD to play on a DVD player, although I haven't experimented with this yet. I also bought another NiMH charger and 4 batteries from Woolworth for £9.99 (£14.99 in Argos), so I'll always have one set charged (hopefully). **UPDATE** If you are going to buy these batteries for it Uniross AA NiMH check the bottom negative contact. Some stick out slightly, and some are totally flat. I was unfortunate to buy the ones with the totally flat bottoms and they don't make contact with the terminals on the camera. I found this out the other day, when we were out and my batteries ran out. I put the Uniross ones in, and nothing, dead as a dodo. I'm waiting for a reply from Uniross as to why there are two different types of base on the same battery. Apparently the person to contact me is away until Wednesday. **END** All-round, very smart looking and high quality. Very happy with it.
The Fujifilm FinePix 2400 Zoom features a user-friendly interface that is easy to master. It features a 3 X optical zoom and a 2.1 MegaPixel CCD, making it perfect for 4x6, 5x7, and 8x10 picture taking (1600 x 1200 pixel image file). The FinePix 2400 Zoom features Fujifilm’s unique image processing technology, which works to maximize color reproduction. - Fujinon 3x Zoom Gets You Close to the Action (39 –117 mm) - 2.1 Million Sensor CCD For Maximum color (1600 x 1200 Pixel File) - Fujifilm Image Processing technology for maximum Color Fidelity - User-Friendly Controls make it Fun for the Whole Family - Convenient USB Port for Fast Computer Image Transfers - View Shots Instantly on the 1.6" Color LCD Monitor - Sleek Body Design Fits Comfortably in your Hand - Uses Lightweight Compact SmartMedia™
I recently purchased a Fujifilm Finepix 2400Zoom digital camera on recommendation of the owner of my local camera shop. In my price range he advised that it would suit my particular needs best. I am using it for close up clinical photographs using the zoom facility. These have to be taken quickly with minimum fuss in a busy clinic. This opinion is only about this aspect of the camera as previous opinions written on dooyoo have described the other features. My problem with my old 35mm camera was that it was difficult to balance the colour under a mixture artificial clinical lights and sunlight, and the pictures I obtained were often of poor quality. The 2400zoom has an easy to use facility to correct white balance for different lighting situations in the menu program. The camera's built in flash unit can be switched off to prevent glare and caused by reflection from skin. This digital camera seems to have solved this problem as I can view the result on the LCD screen immediately so I know that I have a successful picture. It does not take long to download to my computer for a view on a larger screen if I want to ensure sufficient detail. Images not wanted can be deleted, and photograph's retaken with ease. The photo's can then be loaded into microsoft powerpoint for lectures and projected for lectures. At this stage I do not know if the quality of the photographs will be reduced significantly when projected onto very large screens, but it seems ok on my 2ft by 2ft screen. One disadvantage with digital photography currently is that if you wish to use a traditional slide projector, slides cannot be produce directly from digital data, so that one has to photograph the digital photograph with a normal 35mm camera. My main grouse with the camera is that every time you switch off the camera the macro facility is cancelled and you have to reset it, although this can be done quickly, it's a bit
irritating. Overall I am very pleased with my results so far as I can take lots of photo's and patients are more interested and compliantas they can see the results on the LCD screen. updated bit - SIZE IS IMPORTANT Previously I forgot to mention that the quality of the image can be manipulated. There are three choices for file size and quality of image. Briefly to get the best possible pictures the camera setting should be 1600 (file size 1600x1200, and the image quality should be set to fine. Set to normal still gives a good quality image. However the setting 1600 /fine would only allow 10 pictures on the standard 8MB card. Set on normal this would increase to about 19 pictures and at basic 39. Cards with larger memories allow more pictures to be stored. The largest card currently available is 64MB (cost £80 approx). This would allow 82 pictures on the 1600/fine setting. At the other extreme this card would permit about 660 pictures at 640 file size and normal quality. This is the setting most suitable for pictures to be displayed on the internet.
This camera is in the mid-range of the digital camera market, it's great for beginners. It contains a great 2.1 megapixel CCD (the chip that converts images to digital data), it's able to take high resolution images with minimum fuss! But that's not all, it also has an 8mb smart media card which means that your able to store a whopping 89 images and a 640x480 resolution, that may not be that good but 89 images is great. It utilises a USB (Universal serial bus, you just plug it in and that's it!) interface so it's incredibly simple to plug and play; and upload you wicked images. I found that this camera was very easy to use and great at taking pictures, the battery life is also very good, although i didn't actually time it. This camera doesn't come with any software so you'll need some photo sotware, you can download photo software for free from "www.shareware.com", search for some software and then your off. £300 well spent i'd say!
I read the previous review, which made up my mind to go and buy it. It was £350 from Argon (6 months interest free as well!), but if you have the ready cash you can get it from a web retailer for as low as £298. I also bought the 32Mb smartmedia card from Jessops, around £40. The FUJI ones are almost double that! Upon opening the box, you are presented with the manuals, both for the camera and software. The software manual is well written - but the camera manual was in FRENCH!! As I only achieved 10% in my mock 'O' level French years ago, this was a disadvantage! However I went to :- http://www.fujifilm.co.uk/FUJIDC/DOWNLOADS/DOWNLOAD.HTML, and the manual was downloaded (in ENGLISH) and printed in no time at all. Thier website is worth a look at also. Back to the camera. I was impressed - the build quality is high, and the front lens guard snaps shut very positively, reminding me off the sound the blast gate made behind Thunderbird 2 before it took off. I was snapping away in no time at all, even without translating the manual! I plugged it into the PC and WIN98 recognised it straight away, asking for the driver CD - follow the instructions here for fault free installation. As WIN98 treats he camera as another drive, downloading was easy and blindingly FAST. My only (minor) gripe is that the USB connection to the camera could be prone to breakage, but I could not see how it could be designed differently. Now to the subject of powering the camera. I charged up and installed 1500MaH NiMh cells, (charger and 4 cells only £9.99 from W******ths) and I was away. I connected a power supply to the camera also, which has built in charging circuitry as a bonus. The camera worked well on 'playback' mode, but the power supply tripped out when I switched it to 'camera' mode. That’s NOT a fault of the camera, but my power supply was only rated 1/2Amp... that means
that the camera was pulling more than 1/2Amp in 'camera' mode!!!! WATCH YOUR BATTERIES! The moral is don’t get the FUJU power supply, there are enough supplies available but ensure it can supply around 1 Amp at 6 volts, again Argos to these for around £10. Ensure that the centre pin is positive. My advice would be to operate it from a power supply while you are learning about the camera, until you are conversant with it. The telephoto lens is an absolute joy to use, and if that wasn't enough you have the digital zoom after the picture has been taken as well. Resolution was excellent, and I could not detect any 'graininess' except on rediculously high magnification on the PC. To sum up, I have no niggles about this camera at all, and would give it a 5 star rating.
Fuji Finepix 2400Zoom A mega pixel digital camera designed to bring photography into the new age. With an on board removable smart media card, allowing for very quick download and editing. Powered by AA batteries, this camera has a3X zoom lens and flash. Costs under £400 (So hubby tells me), and is available from computer, electrical, and photography shops. The whole idea of digitally recording pictures onto chips, is not only a brilliant idea, in the long run there are major financial advantages, as sending off films to the processing lab, will possibly become a thing of the past. Obviously you have to have a PC and a printer, but if you are reading this, then you already have half of the equation. Systems requirements are quite basic, and the software doesn’t need that much space. A Universal Serial Bus socket is essential. Costing in some instances around the same price as a good quality 35mm camera, this is the way forward, even professional photographers are turning to digital technology. To all intensive purposes this camera looks just like a point and shoot 35 mm, until you study the back, where the disguise ends. Nice and weighty with a metal case, this camera was bought by my lovely hubby (creep creep) as an upgrade to our elderly, but still very useful Sony. Supplied as a bare bones package, this camera has capabilities to take photos with an amazing 1600x1200 resolution Photographs are stored on a smart media card, which in this case is 8mb, allowing for the storage of approximately 20 fine quality snaps.(Each photo tends to be around 300kb +/- 50kb, depending on the photo). Easily accessible and removable, the card lives in the right hand side of the unit beneath a safety flap. Leads (USB) and software are supplied, however in this package there was no mains adaptor included.(But do read on) On the bottom of the unit there is a welcome tripod fitting and the all importan
t battery compartment. The software is extremely easy to install and use, and upgrades are readily available on the Internet at Fujifilm.com. Measuring approximately 3 inches high, and 5 inches long, it is small enough to fit in any handbag or large pocket. Designed for ease of use, the manufacturers have thought about everything to the benefit of the consumer. Instead of a brand name rechargeable battery, this gizmo operates more than happily on 4 regular AA batteries, rechargeable are fine, as there is a power socket to charge them in situ. Ease of transfer is good, and fairly quick, via the USB lead, but I really do prefer to use a card reader to download our photos, as the prospect of one of my children knocking off the camera is just too frightening and expensive to consider. Not only is the card reader an excellent asset, the speed of transfer is quite astounding (20 photos=around 3 seconds, fast eh!) Anyway enough of that, I might review that later LOL. In use, the camera has a slide back lens cover, something that our Sony didn’t, allowing superb protection for the Fujinon 6-18mm Zoom lens. It is automatically powered down as soon as the lens cover is closed, preserving battery life. Operation begins by flicking the top switch onto play mode and selecting the format in which you want to take your picture by fine or normal, which I add is switch able between photographs. It is vital to format the smart card prior to use otherwise major disappointment is likely as you take your photos only to discover that they are not saved. The LCD is quite small, but very clear and colour too!! In play mode it displays functions time and date, and a whole host of other options including write protection and format. It allows you to view and choose which pictures to keep or delete individually or in bulk by following the simple menu and left and right arrow buttons at the top right of the
back of the camera There is a battery level indicator which is present in all use, either on play mode or camera, which although is tiny, is more than adequate for my purposes, along with a picture counter, giving some indication of the amount of memory left on the unit. Actually taking the photos couldn’t be easier. The camera works in very much the same way as a standard 35mm flash camera, When held in the correct position your right thumb sits on the focus switches that allow a visible indication of what is and is not in focus, and can be adjusted accordingly with great ease. The camera decides if there is sufficient light with it’s built in light meter, and uses the flash when needed. There are no fangled lenses to twist, simply a couple of buttons, and voila, great pictures. Why do I like it so much compared to my old camera? It is more modern and far easier to use and download my snaps. The memory card is removable enabling additional purchases of higher memory cards to be used, and allowing the cards to be used without the camera being present It is exceptionally useful in foreign countries where no camera drivers are actually needed to down load the information via a smart media card reader, and your photographs can be filed on floppy disk or CD format, I occasionally send them to myself via email. The quality is astounding, I had no experience of mega pixel cameras prior to this one, and boy, haven’t I been missing out. Depending on your printer, I find that the copies are not blocky and give no indication of having been taken digitally. It feels good in my hands and is sufficiently weighty to remind you that it is superb piece of equipment; you can really feel the quality. I feel that it is more robust than my old camera, as there is protection for the lens. The batteries are readily available in all parts of the world. It is far easier to preview my snaps, a
nd the software less complicated. Is there anything that I don’t like about it? Surprisingly enough yes. It’s very expensive, and smart card replacements are expensive too. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that you can only use Fuji own cards; Jessops sell a full range of compatible cards at around half the price, and don’t even think about buying accessories in PCWorld. The same sized card in PCWorld can cost well over double, but the salesman will smile sweetly at you there, knowing full well that they are a pricey option. I would like to see an underwater housing for this unit available on the market. There was no blooming mains adaptor in our package, and to buy an authentic one would cost an arm and a leg I was used to viewing my subjects through the LCD on my Sony, and actually feel that this camera has a fundamental flaw, by using an eyepiece instead of the LCD it is fairly difficult to see your subject, however, this does not detract from the overall quality, looks and use of this unit. Accessories. As I have previously mentioned, smart media cards are available in various sizes, the camera was sold with an 8mb card, but others ranging from 16-64mb can be purchased. A disk drive can be bought, but in all honesty, I cannot really see the point. A card reader shouldn’t cost more than £35.00, or £50 if you buy it from PC World. I may even be tempted to change my lousy profile picture soon too In conclusion, this is an excellent piece of kit for the amateur or the more intrepid experienced photographer, I cannot praise it enough. Does it show?