Fujifilm Finepix F700 Zoom
Review Date: 16th December 2003
(out of 5 stars)
On paper the Fujifilm FinePix F700 Zoom has a number of innovations that potentially make it stand out from the crowded mid-range digital camera market and which justify the higher than average price tag for an ordinary 3 megapixel camera. Unfortunately none of those innovations are fully realized, such as the new CCD that promises increased dynamic range and the 6 megapixel file quality setting. What we are left with is a well-designed, easy to use 3 megapixel camera that, despite months of development by Fujifilm and constant delays throughout 2003, doesn't offer any real advantages over its competitors.
If you buy this camera because you want 6 megapixel images to make large prints or you want images that have noticeably greater shadow and highlight details than other digicams, I think you will be disappointed. On the other hand, if you buy it because you want an easy-on-the-eye, easy to use, well-built digital camera that will create good quality prints up to A4 in size, whilst offering full control over the photographic process, then you will be more than pleased. The Fujifilm Finepix F700 Zoom is not a bad camera, it's just not as good as Fujifilm promised it would be back in February when it was first announced.