Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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Fujifilm Finepix 2400 Zoom
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Fujifilm Finepix 2400 Zoom
Date: 11/05/01, updated on 16/05/01 (503 review reads)
Advantages: High Quality, Price, Easy to use
Disadvantages: No Video Out
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).
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.
All-round, very smart looking and high quality. Very happy with it.