Fujifilm Finepix E900 review
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Monday 5th December 2005
Written by Dennis Hissink
Introduction
Some time ago Fujifilm introduced a new series of FinePix digital cameras. Among them the new Fujifilm FinePix E900. This new compact digital camera is one of the first cameras to deliver an amazingly high resolution of 9 Megapixels. Like the DIWA Gold Award rewarded Fujifilm FinePix S9500, the E900 is equipped with the powerful 5th generation Super CCD HR image sensor. Combined with Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology, a powerful 4x optical zoom lens and a sensitivity range of ISO 80 to ISO 800, the black coloured Fujifilm FinePix E900 is an interesting digital camera, pioneering the high resolution class for compact digital cameras. As we had a pre-production sample of the Fujifilm E900 in the office, we we've taken some time to inform you more about this new FinePix model. We expect to get a full production model soon, so we'll be able to give you more facts about the end results then. Those of you who are considering to buy a new digital camera right before the season starts, make sure to take a closer look at the FinePix E900 camera. At least the specs are interesting!
Fujifilm FinePix E900 Digital Camera Preview
Fujifilm FinePix E900 Digital Camera Preview
Fujifilm E900 xD Picture Card storage Fujifilm E900 AA format batteries
Fujifilm FinePix E900 xD Picture Card storage media Fujifilm FinePix E900 AA format batteries
Fujifilm FinePix E900 xD Picture Card storage media Fujifilm FinePix E900 AA format batteries
It should come of no surprise to you that the Fujifilm E900 supports the xD Picture Card. This ultra compact memory card has been around for some years now, but is still only supported by Fujifilm, Olympus, and one model of the Kodak EasyShare series. At this moment the xD Picture card is available up to 1GB storage capacity. It is about time the xD Picture card expanded to 2GB, but 2006 will be the year of the upgrade. To use the xD memory card, first check that the Fujifilm E900 is turned off before you open the battery cover that is located at the bottom side of the camera. Just hold down the battery cover lock and open the battery cover. The compartment is meant for the batteries (2x AA format) and the xD Picture Card. The card has a gold contact area. Align the marking on the memory slot with the gold contact area on the card and push it all the way down. Replace it by pushing the xD Picture card into the slot. The lock will release the card and you will be able to replace it.
The FinePix E900 uses 2x AA format batteries for its energy. The camera is standard delivered with a couple of rechargeable NiMH AA batteries and a Fujifilm BC-NH02 charger. Plug the batteries into the charger and wait for some hours. After about 5 hours, the charger not being the fastest one, the charging is done and you will be able to start working with the Fujifilm E900 digital camera. The batteries need to be inserted in the compartment of the camera. Turn it around and you will see the battery cover. Push the battery cover lock and open it. The xD Picture memory card needs to be inserted in the same compartment. Slide in the two batteries and close it. Turn on the camera and you are able to capture your first 9 Megapixel image! The batteries Fujifilm included have a high capacity of 2500mAh which will give you enough power to capture about 220-250 shots with the LCD activated. When the Auto power off function is active, it will switch off the Fujifilm FinePix E900 when left unused for either 2 or 5 minutes (choose via the menu).
Discharging batteries LCD monitor Fuji E900 AF/AE lock
Fujifilm FinePix E900 Batteries Fujifilm FinePix E900 LCD monitor Fujifilm FinePix E900 AF/AE lock
Fujifilm FinePix E900 Batteries Fujifilm FinePix E900 LCD monitor Fujifilm FinePix E900 AF/AE lock
A very nice feature is the ability to discharge the NiMH batteries via the camera. Sometimes you will notice that your NiMH will only last for a short period although they have been fully charged. Or when you want to use brand new NiMH batteries it is recommended to discharge the batteries before charging. With the Fujifilm E900 you need to push the play button for about a second, then push the MENU button, select Set-Up, go to page 4 and select discharge.
When Fujifilm introduced the new FinePix E900, we expected to find a 2.5-inch LCD monitor, but instead the Fujifilm FinePix E900 offers a 2-inch LCD display and an optical viewfinder. Although a viewfinder could be handy I prefer the 2.5-inch displays now often used with the latest introductions. The LCD monitor offers 115,000 pixels and the optical viewfinder has approximately 77% coverage. The LCD display covers 100%.
The Fujifilm FinePix E900 has an AF/AE lock function. At first you might catch yourself looking for a special button somewhere on the camera, but Fujifilm has integrated the AF/AE lock function into the shutter button. After pressing the shutter button a short double-beep is heard, the camera now focuses on your subject. At the same time as the camera focuses on the subject, the exposure settings are locked. Use the AF-AE lock function when the subject is off to one side.
Dennis Hissink
Program Auto Exposure compensation Fujifilm E900
Fujifilm E900 Program Auto Fujifilm E900 Exposure compensation
Editor's comment:
"Fujifilm is one of the first manufacturers who introduced a new model on top of the competitor's top range of high resolution digital compact cameras. Providing an astonishing 9 Megapixel resolution is one big step that will for sure have effect on the competition. Of course you will ask yourself who will need such a high resolution with a compact camera? But don't forget we have been asking ourselves the very same thing for the last couple of years and we still see manufacturers making progress with the development of new image sensors. Especially Fujifilm, who have developed their Super CCD sensor some years ago, experience the advantages of their technique with the noise issue. I would like the other manufacturers to do the same thing, upgrading their sensors to their Megapixel Walhalla, but at the same time work on the noise/signal ratio..."
Fujifilm E900 Program Auto Fujifilm E900 Exposure compensation
On top of the Fujifilm E900 camera we find the mode dial. Set the mode dial to AUTO. This is the easiest mode to work with and can be used for most types of shots. This is an automatic mode to specify the settings, except for the shutter speed and aperture setting. It is basically the easiest way to take pictures. Shutter speed and aperture settings are calculated automatically by the Fujifilm FinePix E900. If you would like to use the 9 Megapixel E900 as a snapshot camera, you can go ahead with the AUTO mode.
Although the camera can be operated fully automatically, it is sometimes needed to correct the exposure. Use this function for shots to get the correct exposure, such as shots with extremely high contrast between the subject and the background. This function is available in the P, S and A mode. The compensation range is -2 EV to +2 EV (13 steps in 1/3 EV increments). The monitor on the back of the E900 shows an exposure compensation indicator that will help you set the right compensation.
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