Fujifilm Finepix F450
Review Date: March 22nd 2005
The Fujifilm FinePix F450 has a 5.36 megapixel 1/2.5-inch CCD that delivers 5.2 million recorded pixels. There are five image sizes available (2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480 pixels). The camera features a Fujinon 3.4x optical zoom lens that is equivalent to a 38-130mm lens on a 35mm format camera. In macro mode the camera can focus as close as 9 cm from the subject. The Fujifilm Finepix F450 supports the xD-Picture Card format.
The Fujifilm FinePix F450 offers one exposure mode (Program AE) and one type of focusing (Autofocus). The aperture range is f2.8– f7.4 and the shutter speed range is 2 sec. – 1/2000 sec, depending on the shooting mode. There are 4 ISO speeds available, equivalent to ISO 80/100/200/400. There are 7 different White Balance settings to choose from (Automatic, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), and Incandescent light).
The Fujifilm FinePix F450 has a number of different shooting modes, including Auto and Manual and four Scene modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Scene). Exposure compensation of ± 1.5 in 1/3 EV stops is available in the Manual shooting mode. Exposure metering is 64-zone TTL. The Fujifilm FinePix F450 also has a self-timer which has a 10 second delay, and there are 3 special colour modes ( B&W / Chrome / Standard).
The built-in flash offers a range of different modes (Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction and Slow Synchro). The effective range is approx. 0.6 m – 3.6m at the wide-angle lens setting, and approx. 0.6m – 2.0m at the telephoto lens setting.
Images are recorded as JPEGs in a range of different quality and size settings. To compose your images, you can use both the LCD monitor, which has 97% scene coverage, or the traditional optical viewfinder, which offers approx. 78% coverage. The Fujifilm FinePix F450 Zoom has a 2 inch colour TFT LCD monitor which has 154,000 pixels and is powered by the supplied proprietary NH–30 rechargeable battery or AC Power adapter (also supplied).
The Fujifilm FinePix F450 can record movies of 320 x 240 pixels at 10 frames/sec. for up to 60 seconds duration with monaural sound. They are recorded in the Motion JPEG format, a type of AVI format that can be played back by QuickTime 3 or later. You can also record voice memos up to 30 seconds long in WAV format. The video-output socket allows you to connect the camera to your television (PAL or NTSC) and the USB port connects the camera to your computer via a USB cable. The camera is PictBridge compatible, which is the industry standard for printing images from a digital camera without using a PC.
The Fujifilm FinePix F450 dimensions are 74.5 (W) x 62.3 (H) x 21.3 (D) mm, and it weighs 150g without batteries and storage card fitted.
Finally, the box kit that I reviewed contains an 16MB xD-Picture Card, Li-ion rechargeable battery (NH–30), AC Power Adapter AC-5VW, hand strap, PictureCradle for automatic download and battery recharge, USB cable and an A/V cable. The supplied software CD includes FinePixViewer and ImageMixer VCD2 for FinePix. You will need to invest in a few more xD-Picture Cards to store your images on, as the supplied 16Mb can only store approximately 6 images at the 5M Fine file quality setting.
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