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The Leica Digilux 4.3 and the Fuji Finepix 4700 are basically one and the same camera. Both are manufactured by Fuji in Japan and share the same basic specifications and features including: Fuji's 2.4 megapixel SuperCCD; 3X zoom (38-114mm); ability to record up to 80 seconds of AVI video; modes include automatic, macro, film mode (for recording and watching AVIs) and a manual mode which lets you change aperture size, ISO speeds, flash intensity etc. Shipped with Adobe Photoshop v.5.0LE, this is a very well specified camera which is easy to use and comes with the USB cable and a top software package you need for playing about with your digital photos on your computer. Where the cameras differ are: in finished appearance, the Leica looking modern with a hint of tradition lended to it by the black 'leather' textured rubber hand grip, whilst the Fuji has an all modern shiny silver finish. This is a moot point in terms of taste but camera afficionados will always point out the degree of quality and pedigree of products with the Leica 'red spot'. As well as finishing the camera, Leica have used their own lens as opposed to Fuji's though they are of the same specification. Another point to note is that the Leica comes with a 32mb SmartMedia card whilst the Fuji is shipped with a 16mb card. Although they are nigh on identical, these differences need to be considered especially as the Leica is on average £100 more than the Fuji. What you get with the Leica is the kudos (and assurance) of owning a quality camera whose brand is highly regarded, with a slightly higher spec given the lens and 32mb SM card. The Fuji on the other hand offers practically the same camera at a cheaper price and although it comes with a smaller memory card, this can always be upgraded later according to your needs. Overall, the cameras are well specified and featured and easy to operate and handle. In choosing between them you have the value f or money of the Fuji or the more prestigious and slightly better equipped Leica which comes at a cost. If budget doesn't decide the issue, then personal preference in terms of camera appearance and snobbery will!