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The Digital camera marketplace is confusing. What drew me to the 6900 was, believe it or not the 4900. I took so long in making my mind up about what camera to buy Fujifilm actually had time to bring out a new, better, camera. Yes, the 6900 is very easy to use. It feature-list should be adequate for most folk. Even those with semi-pro leanings would find this camera adequate for their purposes. I would suggest that if you are going to buy one then also get a couple of spare batteries and the stand-alone charger. The 6900 does get through batteries at a an alarming rate. The picture quality is extremely good. Also the software supplied with the camera is a good introduction to the world of computer graphics. But I would suggest that you invest in something like Corel PhotoPaint or Macromedia's Fireworks for the best results.
being in the market for a new digital camera, I was bewildered with the range and capabilites of the models out there. I was going to settle for a kodak with base station but the following day my PC magazine came through the door and I noticed a group test of cameras. The Fuji finepix 6900z was best of the bunch so I decided to go for that one instead. I was glad I did! yes, it does cost twice the price of the kodak unit but you are buying a well made camera with one of the best lenses in the business. I am not hot on all the numbers but the pictures that come from this unit are second to none in terms of image quality. The best thing about this camera is its resolution. it has a 3.3 million pixel CCD but it markets itself as a 6.1mp unit. This is not a con as the pixels are rotated through 45 degress giving a honeycomb like pattern to them. This allows the resolution to be brought up to the 6.1mp level. It isn;t a true 6.1 but the pictures surpass those from other 3.3mp cameras. This can be a point and shoot unit or it can be a hands on unit where you can control exposure, appature, flash and other parameters to suit the conditions. I will advise that you read the manual and experiment with the camera so that the settings are right for the situation - I noticed it has a lag effect when taking moving images. THis isn;t a fault in the unit and is inherent in most digital cameras. The battery lasts for around 100 shots but it is a proprietry cell - I would reccomend buying another one along with their external rapid charger. ANother thing i'd reccomend buying is their camera case. I felt that the package should include the camera case as this is not a camera you would want broken in a hurry! The camera comes with a 16mb smartmedia which will alow you to store a grand total of 0 pictures at maximum resolution - very good going fuji! however, the price of memory these days has come right down - y
ou can pick up a 128mb unit for £60. Overall I would reccomend this camera to the enthusiast who wants more than a cheap point and shoot model. I would however reccomend that you buy the smartmedia and case to compliment this
We finaly took the pluge and brought a digital camera. What I find so great about this camera isn't just the quality of the pictures that it took, but all the little features that you get on all the SLR cameras. (I won't list all the features as I'm sure you can find those out by yourself. But I can't think of anything that's missing!). The first thing we noticed was just how light the camera is. Great for putting into a small bag without weighing you down. The zoom is very good, and it's optical too so you don't get the pixilated view of some cameras. There's a through the lens viewer, which uses less power so you can take more pictures on a single charge of the battery. It isn't SLR however, and it can be difficult to time fast moving objects. On the other hand you can just shoot away and delete the photos you don't like later. The built in flash is good, and theres a hot shoe for those who require a bigger flash! The LCD screen at the back can be difficult to see properly when it's bright, but that's a small issue. We get our prints done using the ntl service and Picolo. This means that we choose what we want printed, in what size and on what (mugs, mouse mats etc). Using the medium quality setting you can not tell the difference between a 35mm print and a digital print. A great buy, and highly recommended bit of kit.
--Updated-- 18-11-01 Inserted updates on PC connectivity, File Format, and a few other odds and sods! Well I've been holding back for a while but I have finally taken the plunge and purchased a Fuji FinePix 6900 - What a great camera.... Having previously owned a digital camera for a couple of years already (a Kodak DC10 Plus) I wanted something special.... Key Features: 6M (yes 6 MILLION) Pixels - most other cameras are at 3-4 Million (well under a grand anyway)...this is achieved by using a CCD device that increases the clarity...(see comments for more info!) Fully Automatic or Manual Modes - Auto for the most of us and all those little options for the Pro (or wannabe - like me :) )... 6x Zoom - Nice close ups at distance.... Ability to record movies (no sound) for upto 3 minutes - neat! Whats in the box.... One camera - duh! 16Mb SmartMedia Card Shoulder Strap Lens Cap Rechargeable Battery AC Adapter Camera Manual Software Manual CD ROM (with Adobe HomeDeluxe Graphics and other tools) USB Cable Camera Itself... Feels great, nice and sturdy - looks the part - ideal for those with normal sized hands - I have noticed that the digital trend is small - small is not always beautiful. 2" LCD display for photo framing, post view and menu access. In addition if you wish you can switch to conventional view finder - this has an additional advantage of increasing the battery life.... Whilst on the subject of batteries they take 5 hours to charge and last for about 100 shots - this decreases if you use the flash alot or make heavey used on the 2inch display etc. etc. Memory Card Capacity There are various settings depending on the purpose of the camera - for example for those taking pics purely for the web - a 128MB memory card can hold over 1000 pics...conversely on the highest setting it
can hold about 7! The supplied card can hold 0 pics at the highest setting - a bit poor Fuji!! Picture Quality Snapped a lilly on macro, at medium resolution and Quality - my first pic! - uploaded to PC (more on that later) and printed on A4 using a Epson Photo750 printer - absolutely fantastic - colours vibrant, no pixelation, beautifully sharp. Took various other shots around the house, all great - much better than my previous camera - well it is 5M pixels better! Took the camera to LegoLand - my wife took better pics than me! Rats!!!! Quality very good - still impressed...... PC Connectivity Simple USB connection, download about 10 medium quality shots in 15 seconds - simple no fuss.... File format is standard JPEG and easily read by all graphics packages. Summary If you have the cash - buy it - I found mine online at www.camerasdirect.co.uk for a bargain £608 (£92 less than highstreet) and bought a 128MB memory card for just £70 (half the street price)..... Beautiful pics, feature loaded, the first digital camera that you will not grow out of ..... Critisms - no sound on movies, supplied memory card capacity poor, accessories expensive (a case for £30, spare batter £40!) Still a recommended buy!