Fujifilm Finepix E900 Review
Review Date: May 19th 2006
The Fujifilm Finepix E900 compact digital camera has one of the highest megapixel counts currently available, 9.0 to be precise, via its 1/1.6 inch 5th Generation Super CCD HR. The E900 also features a 4x 32-128mm zoom lens, 2 inch LCD screen and an optical viewfinder. The Fujifilm E900 is principally aimed at the more experienced photographer, with a full range of exposure modes including fully manual, support for the RAW file format, manual focusing and ISO 80-800. The Fujifilm E900 aims to improve on the speed of its predecessor, the E550, by offering a start-up time of 1.3 seconds and near instantaneous shutter response. The Fujifilm Finepix E900 has a lot to offer on paper, but does it realise its true potential? Find out in our latest review.
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The Fujifilm Finepix E900 has a 9.24 MP megapixel, 1/1.6 inch CCD that delivers 9.0 effective megapixels. There are a range of image sizes (3,488 x 2,616 (9.12 million) / 3,696 x 2,464 (3:2) / 2,592 x 1,944 / 2,048 x 1,536 / 1,600 x 1,200 / 640 x 480) which are recorded as JPEGs. There is also a RAW format option (3,488 x 2,616 pixels). The camera has a 4x zoom lens equivalent to 32-128mm on a 35mm format camera. There is also a 7.6x digital zoom should you feel the need to use it. The camera is supplied with a 16MB xD-Picture Card.
The Fujifilm Finepix E900 offers a full range of creative exposure modes (Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual) plus 4 different scene modes (Natural Light, Portrait, Sports, Night Scene) and an Auto mode. The maximum aperture is f/2.8 (wide) - f/5.6 (tele), and the shutter speed range is 15 sec. to 1/2,000 sec. There are 5 ISO speeds ranging from 80 to 800 and an Auto option. There are 6 different White Balance presets to choose from (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (Cool White), Incandescent), plus Automatic and Custom settings. The camera offers exposure compensation in ± 2 in 1/3 EV steps.
The Fujifilm Finepix E900 has a normal shooting mode, 2 second or 10 second Self-timer and 3 different Continuous modes (Top 4 (max 1.5 frames/sec, up to 4 frames), Final 4 (max 1.5 frames/sec, up to 4 frames), Long period (max 0.6 frames/sec, up to 40 frames at 9mp (N)). There are 3 different colour effects available (B&W, Chrome and Standard) and 3 sharpness adjustments (Hard, Standard and Soft). The Macro setting allows you to focus on subjects that are as close as 7.5cms at the 32mm wide-angle lens setting. The camera offers 3 auto-focus systems - Center AF, Multi AF, Area AF, Continuous AF and Manual AF. 3 exposure metering systems are available - multi, spot and average - based on a 64-zone TTL metering system. The built-in flash offers 6 different modes (Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro., Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro.) and the range is 30cm-3.7m for the wide-angle lens setting, and 60cm-1.9m for the telephoto lens setting.
To compose your images, you can use the LCD monitor or the optical viewfinder. The Fujifilm Finepix E900 has a 2 inch Amorphous silicon TFT screen which has 115,000 pixels and offers 100% scene coverage. There is also a real-image optical viewfinder which offers approximately 77% scene coverage. The Fujifilm Finepix E900 can record movies at 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 pixels at 30 fps with sound. Video is recorded in the AVI (Motion JPEG) format. You can also record up to a 30 second sound clip in the WAV format. A histogram is available in both shooting and playback modes by pressing the Exposure Compensation button. The Fujifilm Finepix E900 supports the DPOF and PictBridge printing standards, and it connects to a computer via USB 2.0.
The Fujifilm Finepix E900's dimensions are 102 (W) x 63 (H) x 34.4 (D) mm, and it weighs 200g without the battery and storage card fitted. The camera is powered by 2 x AA-size Alkaline batteries or 2 x AA-size NiMH batteries (included). There is a plastic tripod mount in the centre of the bottom of the camera.
Finally, the standard box kit contains a 16MB xD-Picture Card, 2 x AA-type Ni-MH rechargeable batteries, Battery charger, Hand strap, USB cable (mini-B), A/V cable, Owner's manual and a CD-ROM containing USB driver, FinePix Viewer, ImageMixer VCD2 LE for FinePix and RAW file converter LE. Note that you can only store 3 images at the highest quality JPEG setting on the 16MB xD-Picture Card. You will therefore need to invest in some memory cards to store your images on.
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