Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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Fujifilm Finepix 4900 Zoom
Member Name: longtallshazza
Fujifilm Finepix 4900 Zoom
Date: 12/04/01, updated on 29/07/01 (267 review reads)
Advantages: takes good quality pictures and lightweight, light to carry, easy to hold
Disadvantages: delay between pressing the button and taking the shot
I bought this camera about a month ago. I am very pleased with the quality of pictures it is taking, and I am finding it really easy to use. There are loads of buttons and switches on it, all over the place, and it's a bit daunting to start with but I didn't try to learn it all at once, I just took it a bit at a time and it all fell into place.
I like the way that you can override the automatic settings to give the camera either shutter priority or aperture priority, so for instance if you're taking action shots, you can set a fast shutter speed and the camera will adjust the aperture to match it.
You can also set the equivalent of the film speed, so for taking shots where the light is bad, you can set it to 800 iso. I have got some great indoor shots using this facility.
All these settings are accessible via menus which you can see either through the viewfinder or on the LCD screen.
There are things I don't like about the camera. On all digital cameras, you get that delay between pressing the button to take your picture and the camera actually taking the picture. This is annoying if you're taking an action shot because you can easily miss the moment. The thing that I don't like about this camera is that when you press the button to take a shot, you get a frozen image in your viewfinder (or on your screen, which ever you select), but this isn't the image that the camera has actually taken, so again if taking an action shot, your frozen image might show your subject in the middle of the frame but in reality the subject isn't in the frame at all, you've completely missed it due to the delay.
However, you can get around this by using the Preview setting. With 'preview' on, you get a frozen image of your actual shot and then you can decide whether to save it or delete it. I keep mine set on this all the time now.
The camera itself is very light and easy to hold, and looks
like a proper camera, not like those ugly flat things. The lens cap is easy to put on and take off (not like the lens cap on my last Fuji digital camera, which was very fiddly to get back on).
It also takes movies (without sound). I've tried it out and it works ok but I'm not sure what I'd use it for really. I think it's a bit gimmicky to be honest.
I am very happy with the quality of picture that it takes and the 6x zoom is very good, although sometimes when I zoom right in on something, the image I'm seeing through the viewfinder is blurry. However if I take a picture the actual shot is sharp.
All in all, I'm very happy with the performance of the camera. I don't think I'll be trading it in just yet.