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I love my camera. I received it as a gift in 2000. I had a camera before so I had to read the instructions on how to use it. My camera is a shiny silver colour. I find that it is easy to use. The features are: There is a menu that shows you what you are doing. The 1.62 lcd screen, (that lets me frame and look at the pictures I've taken). There is a high megapixel output, a ccd matrix, 4700 z, a movie mode, manual & automatic modes and a built in flash light. It uses a USB connection to transfer the files to your computer. If you use the avi, you can take over 100 pictures. When the camera shows me it's full, try to take some still shots, because often you can take an extra picture or two. Once you've save your pictures on your pc, you can erase the film and reuse it. I can send my movies and films by using MSN, or by email. I didn't know what film to buy. I tried Fuji 400 and liked it. I also bought two sets of reusable batteries, and a battery charger. Today, one of my hobbies is to take picture, so my family will remember the good and the sad times. Camera's are a good way to save your memories. If you don't have one I hope you consider the Fuji FinePix 4700 Zoom Camera. Here is a link to some of the pictures I have taken: http://groups.msn.com/sapulpaoklahoma Thank you for reading my review. Pam
This camera was tested by my fiancee and myself, on loan from work. It's easy to use - battery life is great and the resolution is enough to confuse my PC. The software may be difficult to load in some cases, but generally windows will cope. The storage capacity is good, and larger cards are available. One thing to watch though - the telescopic lens is not that durable - on soft drop onto carpet and it will die. Not the cheapest of cameras, but it feels like a 'real camera' and with the video option it should be suitable for most applications.
As a Graphic Designer I was looking for a digital camera to take photos of my clients products before I had them professionally shot at a photographic studio. So I was not looking for a top end digital camera, as I did not have thousands of pounds to spend. My requirements for the chosen camera where: 1. It had to be Macintosh compatible (many manufactures do not supply Mac software for their cameras). 2. The camera had to produce a high quality image around A5 in size. 3. A LCD screen for viewing the images. 4. Small, stylish and good build quality. 5. The price had to be around £500. So my first stop was the local newsagent's to buy some digital camera magazines, to my surprise there a quite a few to choose from now. I read their reviews and some online reviews of cameras to get an idea of the camera specification I could get for that sort of money. Now I had an idea of the sort of camera I needed and had two makes in mind, it was either going to be a Canon or a Fuji. I choose these makes of camera because most of there range fulfiled my requirements, I did consider Nikon but they cost a bit more. Its all very good looking at pictures of cameras in magazines or on a screen, but you don?t get a real idea of the size, how it feels, ease of use and many other factors which are very important when buying a camera. I needed to see these cameras first hand, so I took a trip to my local PC World. I must confess being a Macintosh user I don?t like PC World, but to my surprise they had a good selection of digital cameras. After trying various models out I fell in love with the Fuji FinePix 4700, with lots of useful features and good build quality it was the camera for me. However the price PC World was charging at the time wasn?t, I was sure I had seen it cheap else where. I used some price checking websites to get better prices, phone a few of my usual suppliers and the price was
getting cheap all the time, like anyone a don?t like to pay more than I have too. I thought I would phone some of the independent camera suppliers who advertised in the back of the digital camera magazines, this is where I got the best deal. The price I finally bought the camera at was well over a hundred and fifty pounds cheaper than PC World (quite a saving). How do these stores get away with charging so much and do customers actual buy at those prices? My first thoughts after getting the camera where very positive, the camera came with everything I needed. To often lately I have bought printers, scanners that have not come with the cables I required. These where not mistakes, the manufactures simply say their are to many different computer to peripherals cables to include them, so they supply none (nice). The manual was very comprehensive and easy to follow, the two re-chargeable AA batteries needed were included along with the battery charger, 16Mb SmartMedia card, software CD, USB cable, a hand strap and camera case. Another useful inclusion was an A/V cable which enables you to view the camera pictures and movies on a TV, a great way to show friends and family pictures just taken. The camera uses SmartMedia cards to save the pictures too, the other main type of media digital cameras use is Compact Flash. Both are very simular with neither better than the other as far as I know the only difference is SmartMedia is slightly cheaper. You tend to find different manufactures stick with either one and produce their whole camera range around it. The only manufacturer not to use SmartMedia or Compact Flash is Sony who use there own Memory stick product. Here is a quick run though of the main features of the camera: 2.4 Megapixel SuperCCD which can produce a 4.3 million pixels through interpolation (the FinePix 4700 was the first camera to use this new technology from Fuji). Built-in 3x optical zoom lens, 2? LCD screen, built-in flas
h, take small AVI movies 320x340 10fps with sound, USB interface, lightweight aluminum-magnesium alloy body, automatic and manual photography modes, and many more features. I have owned this camera for nearly a year now and I have not had a single problem. The photos I?ve taken have been very impressive and can easily be reproduced at A4 size with no loss of quality. The macro for close-up photography is very useful and can enable you to get as close as 20cm away from the subject. Still I have not used all the features of the camera, and may never use them. I mainly take photos in the automatic mode, as with manual mode you need to know more about photography but I?m learning. My tips if you are going to buy this camera are invest in some more re-chargeable batteries, the batteries do not last long in the camera and you will always need spares around. Buy a larger capacity SmartMedia card, if like me you are taking photographs in the Fine mode the 16Mb card is not enough, I bought a 64Mb card which holds 36 fine resolution images. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase, it does exactly what I wanted and more, the only change I would make is for the batteries to last longer. The FinePix 4700 is one of those cameras that has the WOW factor it looks very nice, its small but not too small and it produces high quality photos for any application. As I write this the FinePix 4700 is still available to buy, but it has been superseded by the 4800 which has a case designed by F.A. Porsche and now looks even better than the 4700. I also includes a USB cradle which makes it easier to hook the camera up to your computer.
This is an awesome piece of technology that produces pictures to a quality Id not have believed possible (with a half decent printer, like the Epson 790). It looks the part, fits snug in the hand, is easy enough to use and downloads pictures through the USB link quickly and efficiently. It also takes short video clips, up to 80 seconds on 64mb Smartcard, although I cant decide if this is just a gimick or not. Plenty of features allow close ups, various flash options and zooming, although it can be a pain trying to work them all out. You need rechargeable batteries too, because this little thing just sucks power. Fortunately my model came with some, along with a 64mb Smartcard, an excellent deal from Internetcamerasdirect. Delivered in two days. All in all, a cracking buy.
I recently bought this camera. I found it to be very easy to use with all the features I expected it to have. the LCD screen is very clear (as long as you keep out of the sun). I have found, when taking quick photos, the LCD screen isn't actually useful- particularly as it makes it much harder to keep the camera still. However, it is a great asset when wanting to check photos to see if theyr'e worth keeping. With only a limited noumber of photos, it's vital to be able to delete those you decide you don't like. Overall, I enjoy using a digital camera. It gives me the ability to make a cloudy day become sunny with a clear blue sky once they're on my computer. I can find no major faults with the camera; it's interface is very easy to work with, with the buttons being easy to use with access to a variety of functions easily. Another feature of this camera is the ability to shoot 80 second movies,with sound. Whilst i haven't yet used this feature seriously, I can imagine it being a very useful one, although there is a strict limit to the number of movies on one memory card; about 2 minutes altogether in a 16mb card (not a lot)
I bought a Fujifilm 4700 digital camera recently. I travelled about 30 miles from my home in order to get a good deal, taking half a day off work. When I tried the camera, there was a fault with the digital screen, some of the pixels were green all the time. Back to the shop I went and got a replacement. After about 4 days, the flash would sometimes get stuck when I tried to open it, but a gentle push helped. The flash card also started to error on occasion. After paying £500 this was not good enough ! Back to the shop I went and got my money back. So after 2 cameras and one and a half days holiday I ended up with nothing. A friend of mine bought the same camera and has had no problems. Perhaps I just had bad luck, but check the camera carefully before purchase and save yourself a lot of effort.
Shiny metallic finish, well designed, loads of features, rechargeable batteries, small, easy to use, not too pricey, nice zoom & loads of other functions to make photography easier & more enjoyable. That?s the main feel of this camera form Fuji-film. They certainly put a lot of thought into designing & making this camera.. The Finepix 4700 Zoom. What do you get for your money? Simply put, you get plenty of great features like: 3 x optical zoom. Handy for getting that close-up picture to scare people with. Digital zoom. Once you?re fully zoomed in with the optical zoom you can then zoom in a bit more via the digital zoom. Nice when you can get even closer to your subject for an even better photo! USB connection. Very fast transfer from the camera to your PC via USB cable connection (cable supplied) Rechargeable batteries. Handier than having to keep buying pencil batteries! Can save you a small fortune if you use your camera a lot. I would buy extra batteries, as they?re always handy to have! (The batteries come with a charger. Pencil batteries can be used aswell.) Built-in flash unit. It pops up at the press of a small unobtrusive button. The flash may be small but is programmable & very powerful. 16 MB Smartmedia card. Not the biggest card around, but will hold 9 pictures at 2400 x 1800 pixels in Fine mode or 49 pictures at 1280 x 960 pixels in Normal mode or 248 pictures at 640 x 480 pixels in Basic mode. There?s other options in between but these are just to give you an idea. I would buy an extra card as a handy spare. Dot matrix display. This is great as it lets you work through the menus so that you can set your camera up for the perfect photo! Video recording mode. You can shoot up to 90 seconds of video at 320 x 240 pixels at 10 frames per second with your 16-MB card. This can be handy on occasions. LCD Monitor. A 2? LCD monitor for picture & video
playback as well as for using for previewing your picture. TV connections. These leads come in handy for watching your works of art on the television if there?s no PC handy. That?s only a short run through a few of the camera?s functions for you. It would take all day to list the complete function list & I?m not about to do that! A good idea, if you want to know more about this & other Fuji cameras would be to visit: http://www.fujifilm.co.uk for the full range of cameras. http://www.fujifilm.co.uk/fujidc/product/index.html for the full details of the Finepix 4700 Zoom. You?ll find FAQs (frequently asked questions), user manuals, support & full listings of the camera?s features & specifications. In short, you get a lot of features for your money. On the CD that comes with the camera you will find the camera drivers for Win 98, Win ME, Win 2000 & also for the Mac. You can?t use this camera with Windows 95. You?ll also get Adobe Photodeluxe Home Edition, version 3.0 which is a basic, but fun photo editing package. The other software is DP Editor, for editing & Exif Viewer, which is for viewing the pictures on your camera. These programs don?t take up much drive space or memory & are quick to load & easy to use. Installation of the camera is quick & painless & takes about 5 minutes in all. You plug the USB cable to your PC. Connect the camera to the small connector on the USB cable & switch the camera on. From there you browse to the drivers on the CD & that?s it. Then you just install the software & that?s it complete & ready to go. It couldn?t be any easier than that. The manuals are quite comprehensive, yet easy to use & follow. There?s one manual for the installation of the camera & software & the other for the camera. The camera manual guides you through every feature of the camera & I would advise you to read it thoroughly before messing about with your new toy! In all the
manuals are good! Is the camera worth buying? I would have to say ?Yes?. I would think that this camera is aimed at the amateur photographer, but for the more demanding person it wouldn?t be as good. Fuji has brought out a new range of cameras & you can check them out on the Fuji website, which is listed above. Picture quality is very good at all resolutions & you can use manual or auto settings to get the right picture. One thing about the camera is that it will take you a while to get used to all the various functions & how to use them. You will also have to charge the batteries for 14 hours before you can use the camera, unless you buy 2 pencil batteries to do in the meantime. That?s my lot for this one, except to say that.. If you?re in the market for a new digi-cam, you could do a lot worse than one of these cameras! I left the price blank as I won my camera in a competition.
Make no mistake…this is a great camera. There are a few caveats, but overall, this camera will not disappoint you. Quick Specs: Resolutions: 2400x1800, 1280x960, 640x480 Zoom: 3x optical, 1.8x digital Media: included 16MB SmartMedia Batteries: Standard AA (NiMH batteries and charger included) Interface: USB I am duly impressed that Fuji crammed this much electronic stuff into such a small package. The camera is tiny, roughly the size of the palm of my hand. The design is very solid…though the camera is very small, it feels well constructed. I'm endlessly fascinated with the way the metal lens cover opens and closes when the camera is turned on and off...I'm definitely happy for this feature, which makes a lot more willing to take the camera everywhere I go. The camera is capable of capturing full motion video, complete with audio...not the most practical of features, since the included 16 meg card can only hold 90 seconds of 10 fps video, but definitely worth noting. You can play the output of what’s displayed on the camera’s small LCD on a TV or any other video source. It takes great pictures and they transfer to the computer via USB quickly and easily. There are a plethora of preset modes and settings, ranging from landscape, portrait to night scene. You can also make some manual adjustment to things like shutter speed; these may not be enough to satisfy a die hard photographer, it’s enough to an amateur like myself quite happy. I’ve found the pictures that come from this camera to be great; I’ve been nothing but pleased with the output. The camera’s functions are easy to access and all the buttons are easy to understand. The camera’s back features a small, round LCD, ringed by four buttons. The buttons change function as the camera runs in different modes; the LCD reflects these changes. It’s obvious that Fuji put a lot of t
ime into figuring out how people would want to use the camera. The resulting product is easy to use and intuitive. The color viewfinder on the back is top notch. It has a good refresh rate, and it’s bright enough to be seen easily during the day. When previewing pictures, it gives a good representation of what was captured. I like the fact that it’s not on by default, which helps me save batteries. The USB software to get pictures into the computer is great...when it’s plugged in, the camera is mounted automatically on the computer as an removable drive. From there, getting the pictures becomes a simple matter of drag and drop. On my Mac, I didn’t even have to install any extra drivers. On a Windows 2000, the driver installation was quick, painless, and worked correctly the first time. Cons...though the camera is technically capable of generating images with a resolution of 4.3 megapixels, the actual CCD that does the image capture has only 2.4 megapixels. Fuji’s SuperCCD is a take-off of traditional CCD technology, arranging the individual CCD pixels in a honeycomb instead of a grid. Chips inside the camera interpolate the image to generate the 4.3 megapixel count. I find the image quality, interpolated or not, to be great, but more advanced users might find the pictures a little lacking. I don’t like the fact that the camera is designed without much place to put your thumb; it either has to rest directly on the round LCD described earlier, which makes me feel like I’m going to break it, or just below it, which is unnatural. The size of the camera is fine for me, though some people with larger hands might find the camera a little awkward. I wish there were some sort of intermediate setting for the size of the pictures. 640 is too small for printing, and 1200 is too big for web stuff, and there’s nothing in between. The flash is very small pop-up that’s rath
er weak, and there’s no provisions to attach an external flash. I do, however, like the fact that the user has to manually raise the flash to be activated…no need to play the "outsmart the flash" game. And finally, battery life. It’s great that they include some rechargable batteries and a charger, because if you use the LCD viewfinder, this thing eats through batteries like nothing else. Make sure to have a couple of spare sets on you when you go out to use it. All things considered, I’ve been quite happy with this camera. This is the only camera I could find that came with the combination of USB, video out, and zoom that I wanted. The diminutive size is icing on the cake. The included 16 MB SmartMedia and the batteries and charger are nice touches. For 400 pounds, it’s a little expensive for me to whole heartedly recommend it, and the image quality at the higher settings could stand a little improvement. However, I’m willing to compromise because of the camera’s small size and great design.
I've had this camera for 3 weeks now. I paid £470 inc VAT from a shop on Oxford Street London. I have taken all sorts of pictures with it and generally found the quality to be very good. I made an A4 print from a cropped section of one picture (head & shoulders portrait) and the quality was excellent. Very good colours and sharp and clear focus. So this was effectively a larger than A4 size print. My only real gripe is the fact that this camera does not always focus well in low light conditions. I have had many examples where the picture is completely out of focus when shooting indoors either with or without flash. I have followed the instructions to the letter (i.e. when AF doesn't function move at least 1.5 metres away from subject) but still I find I get out of focus shots. Manual focus is available to use, but it's almost impossible to tell if the picture is focused in the LCD screen. With settings for ISO from 200 to 800 I have taken shots indoors with no flash and got good results. Also, be aware that LCD screens on digital camera are very difficult to see in daylight. The viewfinder is OK if rather small. All in all a good camera and probably one of the best at this price. Recommended!
I bought this camera a month before Xmas from Dixons in duty-free for £460; they've now dropped it to £350 or c.£411 in the high street. The week before I bought it it was £530+VAT - why is the price dropping? The new model is due in April which'll be £200 more. It will have to be really good to compete with the 4700Z and justify a £200 price-hike (it will be bigger and heavier to accommodate its extra features). The 4700Z meets the basic requirement of the average user which so many of us can lose sight of (me included in September when I bought an Olympus C3000 which I took back): it's small and compact and a cinch to use - therefore, you take it with you and use it willingly, it doesn't sit there imposing a bulk to be lugged around. It's also rugged, wonderfully put together and looks fantastic (I have two work colleagues who both bought one when they saw mine in action at the company Xmas do!) It takes superb pix (I have an A4 print with me to show off and it is photo quality with rich natural colours - printed on an Epson 870 on Epson matt paper). The features of this camera outstrip the competition, it's easy to use, versatile, you can take fine high quality (2400x1800) down to 640x360 for emailing. The functions are clear and easy to use, and the manual is very well written and presented for a new digital user (the Olympus one was a sham). The only negatives I could pick are that it has a rather weak flash and therefore isn't so good in dark hall situations - the images tend to under-exposure and graininess, though indoor home shots are okay. Close range indoor pix come out badly focused, but if you switch to macro they come out fine. Overall a superb camera and well worth it. One final point: I also considered the Sony DSC-P1 which has 3.3 megapixels at £150 more. Aside from this (you'd have to look closely on an A4 print to see the difference), the Fuji is superior in every
department, notably in processing speed in which the Sony is shockingly slow. Nick
We bought this camera before a trip to Kenya, and a 64MB memory card with it. We got some superb shots and it was nice to be able to delete ones we weren't happy with on the spot - thus freeing up memory space. We managed to squeeze on 168 photos at a very good quality level. The camera looks distinctive and modern, and the controls are easy to use and understand. The display is crystal clear and the flash is more than adequate. The build quality is good. However, the camera was dropped on one occasion and the case split. Now for the good part - I sent it off to Fuji UK to get repaired, and they had it done in a week at a very reasonable price. I was so impressed by their service. All in all, a very good camera with exceptional features, and should anything go wrong, you can be assured that it will be fixed quickly and at a low price.
The Fujifilm Finpix 4700 is pure rocket science, it is by far the best digital camera on the market,easy to use and compact.The drawbacks that I have encountered though are as follows:- The batteries are hopeless and discharge to quickly and take far to long to recharge and you have to take them out of the camera to do so, thus loosing memory (date,time etc.).Why you can't plug it in like a mobile I don't know.The only solution to this is to buy a second set of batteries and keep changing them over. The second and last drawback may seem petty but matter to me (and others like me)is that it is difficult to use as a left hander.But having said that most cameras are . I love the camera and recommend it especially as second hand prices are cheap
All said and done it's a very nice camera - but the built in movie mode can only be viewed by the Fuji software provided. This makes emailing it to friends a bit of a non-starter. The 16MB card supplied only really allows 8 pictures at best quality and if you want to take 32 you need a 64MB card. You can't have anything bigger so when you go on holiday you will need to take more than one card. At about £90-100 a card you need to take this into consideration.
I first heard about this camera through my Job. I thought it was a bit pricey for what it was but then I read magazine reviews and started to get interested in the camera its self High Megapixel Output. I was rated very highly and I can see why. Even though the Camera is 2.1 Megapixel in Hardware. It uses a very clever CCD Matrix (Charged Coupled Device) to give a massive 4.3 Megapixel Picture Output. This rates much Higher then any other camera I have seen in the personal market. It has lots of good features. Like Movie mode, Low light mode, Auto Mode, Manual Mode. It uses a USB connection to transfer the files to your PC. It has 1.62 LCD screen that allows you to frame and review the images you take. As with all Fuji cameras it is very easy to use and the on-screen menus and displays tell you exactly what you are doing. It uses two NI-MH batteries which must be fully charged (takes 14 hours) and Discharged for the first 5-6 uses as it helps prolong battery life and can give you up to 200 shots with the LCD screen off. When it comes to printing out the pictures I would recommend the Hewlett Packard Photosmart P1000 Inkjet Printer as it allows you to print the pictures without your PC being on!!