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Fuji FinePix 2800 Zoom


I don't know enough about digital cameras to provide a true technical review. I can only explain in basic terms how the Fuji Finepix 2800 Zoom works for me and why I like it.
Quality: Before taking a picture, Fuji's FinePix 2800 Zoom lets me choose from three formats (Fine, Normal and Basic). The difference between these three formats is the number of pixels on each picture. More pixels means bigger crisper, sharper images. More pixels also means longer waiting time when you're sending pictures via email or uploading them on the web. Less pixels means quick loading time and if the images are kept small, they, too, are crisp and clean. Since most of my pictures ultimately appear on my electronic travel magazine: Travel Tips 'n' Tales, and are small, I usually choose Normal mode in Auto.
The following sunset picture was taken in Normal format in Auto mode and appears on the Gulf Island pages. If I was to reproduce this sunset shot on a 6 x 8 hard copy, I would choose Fine mode.

Pixels determine the amount of space used on the memory card, too. For example, when using a 128 mg memory card, I can take 900 pictures or only 100, depending whether I choose the Fine, Normal or Basic format.
Features: The FinePix 2800 Zoom model is fully automatic. All I have to do is point and shoot for great looking pictures. However, occasionally I want to adjust exposure. At those times, I choose Manual mode. I can then force more or less light in by changing the EV setting. I can also turn the flash on or off for shots where I want natural low lighting conditions (sunsets, stormy days, indoor shots ) or need the extra light ( shaded subjects in an otherwise bright sunny day). I especially like the Macro feature for close up shots of insects or butterflies, or flower shots, like the one here taken in Normal mode on Auto.

Other features include inserting a date to each image, recording a voice description to each image and making a short 60 second movie picture complete with sound. I have yet to take any shots using the movie format. The timer feature is fun, too, for those times where I want to be in the picture.
Convenience: I like that fact that I don't have to worry about wasting film or running out of film. I can take dozens of shots of the same subject with just a few minor changes - like zooming in a bit, shooting from a different angle or changing aperture for more depth of field. When the card is full, all I have to do is copy the pictures onto my computer and transfer the lot to a CD. I can then delete the pictures off the card and the camera is ready for use again.
Economical: Fuji's FinePix 2800 Zoom costs just under USD $400; this is mid-range for a digital camera. It comes with a 16 mb memory card. I added a 128 mb memory card and two packs of rechargeable batteries to my package since its not unusual for me to take over 200 shots in a day when in the field. I've had the camera now for a little over a year and have taken at least 10,000 pictures. I'm still using the same batteries and memory card which cost me USD $200. Developing and film charges would have cost me at least four times that, not to mention that I can make as many duplicates as I want.

Weight: At first I found the weight of the FinePix 2800 Zoom awkward. It is so light, only 9.5 ounces, that compared to my old SLR it didn't feel like a real camera in my hand. However, I soon realized that even if I did jerk it for a flicker of a second, the movement didn't harm the focus. The only time I had trouble with the focus is if I didn't give the camera a few seconds to adjust to different lighting conditions. For example, when I faced a dark building and snapped a picture and then turned toward a sunlit subject and snapped immediately, the sunlit subject, if it was at a different distance from the dark building, was out of focus. To compensate, I look through the viewfinder for a few seconds before pressing the button.
Now, the weight of the FinePix 2800 Zoom is a joy. Photographs are nearly always included in my travel articles so it was rare that I didn't have my heavy heavy camera bag with me when on a trip. It usually contained a couple of SLR's, 2 or 3 lenses, flash attachments and several rolls of film. Up to very recently, camera equipment wasn't included in the weight or size of carry-on luggage. Now, all carry on is weighted prior to boarding. ( Each air carrier has its own restrictions. ) Suffice it to say, the last two trips I nervously left home with just my Fuji FinePix 2800 Zoom, wondering if I was going to be sorry. Well, since then I've been on a road trip, where weight wasn't an issue, and guess what. The only camera I used was my Fuji FinePix 2800 Zoom.

Here's some specs on the Fuji FinePix 2800 Zoom.
11 Megal Pixel CCD (2.0 million effective pixels) with RGB filter
Fujinon optical 6X zoom lens (F2.8/F4.8/F8.8). Equivalent to 38mm to 228 mm on a 35 mm camera
2.5X Digital Zoom
Multi-Programmed Flash with Red-Eye Reduction
Motion Picture Capture with sound up to 60 second at 10 frames per second
Voice annotation up to 30 second per picture
The camera comes with 16MB SmartMedia Card, 4-AA size alkaline batteries, shoulder strap, USB Cable, FineViewer, DP Editor, AppleQuick time 5.0, Videoimpression, Adobe PhotoDeluxe HE 4.0 for Windows
Built into a compact plastic body, it features a precision retractable Fujinon 6x optical / 2.5x digital zoom, mini Though-The-Lens (TTL) electric viewfinder, picture voice annotation, video recording, and PC-Cam Internet mode.
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