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We've had this camera for a couple of years now. We bought it on ebay for about £90 but it originally cost nearly £300 when new.
It's a really chunky camera and has one of those ridges to hold on to when taking pictures. This is really handy and makes getting a steady shot much easier.
It has a 6x optical zoom. I don't know how good this is compared to other cameras but it's good enough for us to take the usual holiday, party or ebay photos.
It is quite a powerful camera and takes good quality photos. When I upload them to my computer I can view them in full screen mode and they are still very clear and crisp.
Uploading them is really easy. When you plug in the cable and turn the camera on the little box comes up that asks you what you want to do - upload them, save them, etc. You can transfer any or all of the pictures and when it's done you can view them one by one. Its really easy to do and you don't need any disks or software.
It needs 4 AA batteries and they have to be very good quality batteries or it won't even turn on. It takes a lot more power to work than some other cameras I've had but it takes a lot better pictures so it isn't too bad.
I really like this camera and I'm glad that we paid a bit more than what we usually would as it really is worth the extra money because the pictures are really clear and you can print them out really big and not lose any picture quality.
It comes in a material case with velcro to open and close it. It is a thick material so protects the camera quite well. I've dropped the camera in the case a couple of times and its been fine.
I dropped it without the case once aswell and it left a small scratch so you should definitely try to keep it in the case, especially if it drops on the lens part because its a bit delicate so could break easily.
this was my first digital camera. at the time it was very well priced and since owning it, it has put up with a lot of abuse. the quality from the camera is as you would expect from fuji "excelent" and again as a first digi camera it is simple to use with good software and easily managable butons and excellent quality photo's.
the zoom is great and to me this is a fualtless camera apart from the flash, which in some of my photo's hasn't seemed to be big enough to capture the item in it's full. yet saying that this could be down to the user more than the product.
what i found great was everything was at your finger tips, again for a 2 meg pix camera the quality is very good and software encorporated with this camera is sufficent. it allows you to make a slide show adding effects and sounds which then can be burned onto disc and played on your dvd unit. i always liked my slr camera and moving to digital i wanted something that felt good which had a good outcome, this is one camera i was glad to choose by far.
its not to heavy and is a most engoyable camera to use.
The digital camera market is full of products from many manufacturers offering very similar products. However, the Fuji Finepix 2800 really does stand out from it`s competitors. With a resolution of 2 megapixels, picture quality is very good, although it may not match that of more recent models offering higher resolutions. Unlike almost any of the other cameras within this price range, the Fuji provides a 6X optical zoom, and this is also supported by a 2.5X digital zoom. The Fuji 2800 can be used in either automatic or manual modes. Configuration of the camera is very simple, thanks to a clear amd easy to use interface. Picture quality can be selected in either 1mb or 2mb modes, with basic, normal or fine quality settings available. A macro facility permits the use of the camera for very close shots, and in all modes, this camera produces very impressive pictures. Add to this the ability to take movie clips in .avi format complete with sound, and this camera becomes almost unbeatable within this price range. The only downside to the movie clips is that only the digital zoom can be used, so picture quality can suffer a little when compared to the optical zoom. The maximum size smartmedia card (3.3 volt)that this camera supports is 128mb. Power for this camera comes from 4 `AA` batteries, so there is no need to carry around a special rechargeable battery and charger, although these are available as an option. Having purchased two of these cameras, I can confirm that this is a fantastic camera for your money.
I used to have a wacky Fuji 40i, camera cum mp3 player - but unfortunately that was 'lost'. So as a replacement I was happy to choose another Fuji and to be honest this 2800 is a better camera. It's very easy to use and so far the results have never disappointed. I didnt think I'd use the zoom much, but in fact it's the camera's best feature. It's really useful for frameing a still landscape and also ace for 'paparazzi' type shots of the family playing. Another thing I like is the ability to turn off all the automatic processing and mess around with manual settings for stuff like exposure and white balance - you don't need to know anything about photography to produce some really odd effects, especially in low lighting conditions. The vid clip feature is fine, although it's really only useful for 'quick momemento' type grabs. It was a bit pricey when it came out and it is a bit bulkier than a lot of other cameras but the trade offs in terms of zoom, the fact that it looks twice as expensive as it is and it's reliability and ease of use all add up to a 5 star recommendation.
This digital camera is another in Fuji`s fine lineage. But I`m confused as to why other manufacturers aren`t offering any competition! No competition? It`s true, there is no competition in the sub-£500 digital camera market for a model with the equivalent of a 570mm zoom. What`s even more amazing is that I managed to pick mine up for just £269 brand spanking new. The full zoom option is only available in VGA resolution mode, the lowest available, and this is perfectly reasonable for website publishing. Even in high-resolution (2 megapixel - the highest) mode, you still have access to the 6x optical zoom, which equates to approximately 228mm. In between you also have access to the 2x digital zoom. At 1 megapixel resolution, when combined with the optical zoom, it can achieve a maximum zoom equivalence of approximately 285mm. The camera has two display options. The main rear display, a 2.7 inch square CCD, and a 0.55 inch square LCD through the lens viewfinder, SLR style. The 2.7 inch CCD display is useless outdoors, and is only useable indoors, but the viewfinder works very well, unless you wear glasses. Because I find it easier to use my right eye, I put my left hand over the top of the camera to block the external light between my spectacles and my eye so that I can see the viewfinder properly. People with normal vision won`t be bothered so much, but there is no correction available for short/long-sighted eyes, so you need your glasses! But I don`t know of any camera that sports this option, and the fix is to get contact lenses, I suppose. To cut down the cost of using the camera, I recommend you get at least 4 AA NiMH 1700, or better, rechargeable batteries. Standard alkaline batteries last for just a few shots, and you`ll need the equivalent of Duracell Ultra`s to get any life at all. I found that 4 Ultra`s will fill up a 64mb Smart Media card (something else you`ll need to get - at about £28)
and upload the results to my laptop, but not much more. However, the NiMH rechargeable batteries last longer than Duracell Ultra's. After an 8 hour charge, I went to Exeter Airport' Aviation Enthusiasts day and took loads of pictures all day, about 130 in various resolutions, and a couple of 1 minute movies, and the batteries are still okay. Believe me, I didn't spare the Zoom, either - in and out like Flynn all day!! Focusing is accurate, but you cannot focus manually. Because I take a lot of photographs of aircraft, often moving at high speed, at airshows, this is a problem. If you simply depress the trigger you'll get excellent results, but it takes a few seconds to take a picture. So if you photograph anything moving you'll find the subject has moved out of shot. As the viewfinder goes blank the moment you press the trigger, for several seconds, following your target is virtually impossible. But you can focus first. By pressing the shutter button down halfway the viewfinder stays on and sets the focus, then follow the target until the moment is right and complete the depression. It still takes a fraction of a second to take the shot, so you won?t always get what you expect, but your target should still be there, at least! If you see some fat fool waving his head around, stuck to a 2800Zoom, with his left hand stuck to the right side of his face, at an airshow, that's probably me! I'm quite affable, so say hello. I have some results available for viewing at http://www.ramms.co.uk/RobAnt/airshows.htm. There is a macro zoom feature, which works quite well. I have taken a few shots using the macro feature and the results were very good. The camera will automatically fire the flash if lighting levels are too low. There is no warning of this when in automatic mode, but you do have some control in the menu. One feature I like is the movie mode. The camera ca
n take short 60sec movies at 10 fps with sound. Resolution is limited (320x240 pixels), and because the focus is fixed at 80cm to infinity, only the digital (2x) zoom is available, giving a 35mm camera equivalence of 38-95mm, which you can use while filming if you wish. Movie results are quite pleasing, but don't expect anything like broadcast video quality, it cannot compare with results you might expect from a proper DV camera. But if you have a collection of pictures, the inclusion of a short video can add a great deal of joy to your memories. Format is Motion JPEG, resulting in .avi files. The manual is clear, well written and up to date enough to include Windows XP information. The camera is webcam capable and fully useable with services such as Microsoft Messenger. I am less pleased with the software included. While it is perfectly functional, it has an advertising banner down the right hand side, which continually prompts you to register the software. I won't register. Why? Because the terms and conditions contain the following statement "You also consent to us passing that data to any company or business that is associated with us and for them to process that data in respect of the marketing and sale of their goods and services." It does not appear to give you a way to opt-out of this, and I find it unacceptable. But if you have a recent version of Windows, you won't miss Finepix Viewer at all. Finepix Viewer and its associated picture editor have virtually indistinguishable functionality from Windows Picture & Fax viewer, Photo Editor & Media Player. In fact I would go so far as to say the Microsoft offerings are better. And Photoshop is, of course, better still. Some other useful features of the camera include: - Voice annotations. You can append a short audio message to each picture. Audio confirmation. The camera can be set to beep as you navigate th
e menu or take photographs. Framing Guidelines. An OXO board type frame can be displayed to help you compose your shot. Finally a note on colour saturation. Reds can be just a tiny little bit over-saturated. Not so that it becomes a problem, but it's the quality difference between a £300 and a £600 camera, I suppose. If you get one of these fine cameras you won'te disappointed. It's a great product, with a few silly, but surmountable, issues rather than problems. Rob Anthony
When the time came that I needed to join the digital camera revolution, I found myself not really knowing anything about what features to look for, how much to spend or which cameras I should be focusing on (pardon the pun!). Rather than spend a whole day trawling through "What Digital Camera?", "Which Digital Camera?" or "This, That and the Other Digital Camera? and in the absence of any magazines entitled "How to choose your first digital camera without actually knowing a great deal about them and only wanting to spend about £300", I decided to use a consumer review site (before I'd come across DooYoo). The Fuji FinePix 2800z had glowing reviews and along with knowing people who'd bought other Fuji models (and were very happy), I took the plunge and ordered one. It may sound pathetic, (and believe me, I'm no technophobe or fuddy duddy), but the main reason I went for the 2800z is that it actually looks like a real camera. I simply didn't want something that looked like a pack of cards or box of matches, thank you very much. The other feature that attracted me to the 2800z is the 6x optical zoom; one of the very few digital cameras that has this level of optical magnification for the price. I decided to buy a 64Mb card (SmartMedia) with the camera which, at the lowest quality setting (which is still 640x480 and not exactly what I'd call low quality), allows me to store over 400 pictures. More than enough for your trip to the seaside or even 2 week holiday. I think you'll agree. Along with the image quality settings (3 size settings and 3 'quality' controls - the latter must merely be different compression ratios, as I can't really tell the difference between an identical shot taken at all 3 quality settings...and yes, I have tried this...just think of me as inquisitive, the consummate professional reviewer or just....er.....sad) there are a host of other options
that let you turn taking snaps from "point and click" to something entirely more deliberate. There are manual flash modes, a macro mode (works very well for seeing the grain of denim on your jeans...and yes, I have tried this too...see above) and various different lighting modes that once set correctly, can make your resulting image look surprisingly more like the actual scene it depicts than by just using the standard settings. All of these are a bit daunting at first but the advantage of being digital is that you can experiment as much as you like without ever having to worry about wasting film! Every option I've just mentioned is accessible from the very easy to use and friendly menu system which appears either through the viewfinder or via the small LCD on the back of the unit, depending on what your looking through/at at the time. The buttons used to navigate the menu system are designed in such a way that you're able to recognise each one by touch alone - this means you don't have to continually keep looking up from the viewfinder to check what your fingers are about to do. Physically, the 2800z feels solidly built, is compact, but you're never going to be able to fit it into your pocket (I suggest looking at another model if that's something you need). At the risk of contradicting myself, I'm actually on to my second 2800z. I had the first one for a couple of weeks and trying to remove the lens cap one day, the entire lens assembly just came away in my hand (honest!). I sent it back to the retailer, who sent it to Fuji and a couple of weeks later I'd received a brand spanking new camera - and I mean it was replaced, not repaired. Yeah, sure, I would have preferred if it hadn't happened at all but you really can't argue with a warranty service like that, can you? At the back of the camera live the viewfinder, LCD screen and menu navigation buttons. Th
e lat ter are also used to control other features such as the zoom and on-screen information display (how many pictures can be stored at the current quality settings, flash mode, etc.). The LCD is nice and bright and large enough for it to do the job, instead of just sitting there as a gimmick. It's difficult to use in the brightest of sunlight (and hey, how often does that happen in good old Blighty?), but at this point I just switch to the viewfinder. Briefly, the FinePix 2800z has 3 modes (switchable by a dial on top of the camera). One for taking pictures, where looking through the viewfinder or at the LCD screen gives you its digital interpretation of the real world (OK, I'm a Matrix fan, so sue me!). Another mode for reviewing photos already taken; here you can look at your masterpieces one at a time or in a 3x3 grid, delete them individually or, if you're as talented with a camera as I am, delete the whole lot. The final mode is for taking movies...yes, this thing doubles up as a camcorder too! OK, OK, so that's not exactly true, but what it can do is take short (up to 60 seconds at a time), low(ish) quality video clips. These are stored in AVI format and are downloaded to your desktop in the same way as the individual images. In addition, and something which I don't actually use, the 2800z can be used as a webcam. Because the viewfinder is digital and NOT optical (more about this later), I've found the webcam setting will only give a good image in the brightest of rooms and only then with directional light (as opposed to ambient). My advice is that if you want a webcam and a digital camera, buy them individually...the phrase "Jack of all trades, master of none" springs to mind! Connecting the camera to your PC with the supplied USB cable is a piece of cake. As long as you load the drivers and software in the order that the manual tells you to, you shouldn't have any problems (I&
#39;ve tes ted it with WinME and XP). The software supplied is pretty basic but does exactly what it says on the tin, as it were. There's an app. for viewing and downloading your photos along with some video editing software. To be honest, I don't use any of the supplied software because once connected to your PC (running Windows) it will appear as a USB removable disk...this way (top tip coming up), you can simply use Windows Explorer to drag and drop the images from the camera to your hard disk. At this point, you'd be forgiven for thinking that I might own shares in Fuji but there are actually a couple of things I don't like about this camera. The first, and to be fair isn't something indicative of just the 2800z, is the battery life. Using the viewfinder instead of the LCD massively increases the life of your 4 x AA's but even then, you're pushing it if you get a whole weekend of taking pictures out of them. The best single piece of advice I can give anybody considering buying this or any other digital camera, is buy a set of rechargeable batteries! I keep a set of rechargeables AND a regular set for backup - I was without this system a couple of weeks ago when trying to take a picture of a hot air balloon and just before it disappeared behind some houses (and before I'd actually taken the shot) the batteries failed. I also find that the battery indicator doesn't really give you that much warning before the batteries actually fail completely. Invariably, the symbol will flash for a few seconds and then the camera will just die. The second thing on my hit list is the digital viewfinder (DVF). As I mentioned earlier, by its very nature it doesn't function very well in badly lit conditions. To put this another way, a semi-darkened room (or street-lit road, back garden at night...you get the picture (pardon another pun!)) will show through the DVF/LCD as almost or completely black, but tak
ing the picture will result in a perfectly lit image (assuming you've set the correct flash). Taking photos of subjects you can't actually see through the viewfinder just takes some getting used to..."Use the force Luke!". OK, I think I've prattled on long enough and I've still only skimmed through the main functions of what is an extremely fully featured camera. The current street price for the 2800z is now under £300, which represents remarkable value for money - you really would be hard pushed finding something as solidly built, easy to use and with as many features, for a similar price. If I had to replace my digital camera tomorrow, I can't see why I wouldn't simply buy another FinePix 2800z.....and that?s the strongest recommendation I can give it. *** LONG TERM UPDATE *** OK, so I've had this camera for the best part of a year and it's still doing everything it should in the way that it should. In short, I've had absolutely no problems with it whatsoever. The only thing I'm a bit miffed about is that the Fuji model I wanted when choosing a digital camera, but couldn't afford at the time, now actually costs less than what I originally paid for the 2800z! Ah well, that's technology for you...
Being a slight SLR snob (for some reason I can never see properly through the viewfinders of other cameras) it can be limited looking for a digital camera within a reasonable price range that is an SLR. When the time came that my husband and I had held off as long as we could before buying one, we got a copy of What Digital Camera and read all the reviews. It was basically the only one that would do. When I actually went to see one in the flesh I was amazed how small it was. It was tiny! The previous digiSLR that I had used (an Olympus, can't remember the model) was very big, although surprisingly light. This camera was half the size I expected, and also very light. It was still the right shape for me, as a right handed person, to grip it steadily. What I hadn't realised was that it's not a true SLR in that the viewfinder, as well as the display on the back, is a digital image. It takes a little while to get used to that - when you focus the picture freezes, and in dim light it can be hard to make things out (it can be boosted but that involves fiddly menu items) - but the immediate benefit is in battery-usage. When you take the photo it displays it immediately in the viewfinder, not on the back LCD panel. Although I think rechargable batteries are a must, for this camera they last pretty well. One bad point - we get about one second's warning before they go flat and the camera doesn't work. But I filled up 2 memory cards (totalling 76MB) with pictures, video clips, voice captions etc, and played them all back several times whilst on holiday, all in one set of batteries. Picture quality is excellent. I have taken lots of photos in macro mode of my dog's nose, flowers, an alpine salamander I came across in Austria, and all come out very well. The camera didn't do as well in very bright sunlight at our local village fete dog show - but the pictures are still OK. The video clips are very low res but ca
n be amusing fun. Linking to PC or Mac is easy. Just plug the USB cable in and the Mac mounts the camera as a new drive. With the PC you can find the camera through explorer as usual. My 64MB card (bought separately) holds about 96 best quality 2MP photos (in JPG format) and I can copy the whole lot across to the Mac hard disk in about 40 seconds. The camera comes without a case and I decided that a case was very necessary - the light plastic would easily be scratched. I bought the genuine fuji case but it's not that good actually. The main problem is that the camera is a funny shape and when trying to push it into the case it's easy to switch it on, at which point it tries to push out its lens. I have had two panicky occasions where I've been sure I've broken it for life (although it survived). I have tried it with several other generic cases but it's just the wrong shape. I am always on the lookout when shopping for the magic case that fits it well and that means it can be extracted in a hurry for the magic photo moment. I paid £299 for the camera in about April 2002 - I call that excellent value. I'm sure it's cheaper now, but even at £299 I am more than satisfied.
This is a fantastic little camera from fuji. I have had the camera a few days and feel I can at least update my opinion to hopefully help somebody else. If you like the feel of a SLR camera then you will like the way this fuji camera sits in your hand. You must try before you buy if you have a choice of say 3 cameras go to your local shop and try them out! I can't stress this enough. You will need to purchase the following items along side the camera as they do not come as standard and need to be considered if you are on a tight budget. You will need an ac adaptor to download pictures onto your pc if your batteries fail during download, you will loose information so an adaptor is a must. An average price for a fuji adapter is 30.00 I also recommend that you buy rechargeable batteries as the batteries that come with the camera get used up very fast.If your budget allows I would buy extra memory at least another 32mb, I chose to add another 64mb. I searched many sites to find this camera and the best price I found was 275.00 on the internet but my local camera shop price matched it for me and gave me a really good deal for my 64mb memory. I also had a brief introduction on how to use my camera. Don't rule out your local dealer they may surprise you. The menus on the camera are easy to use and the 6x optical zoom is fantastic for a camera in this price range. The macro mode I also find very good.The only point I do feel the camera struggles with is when there is very little contrast between the subject and the background. I have a black cat and I find it very hard to see her on the LCD and even the EVF screen. The whole picture seems dark and I find it can be very hit or miss to get a good picture. This however is my only complaint so far and I do feel that when I gain more experience in this media that I can over come any problems I have. I would recommend this camera, I feel it offers ve
ry good features for a 2.0 mega pixel camera, and for a few pounds more than the 2600z i would choose this camera everytime.