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Fujifilm FinePix E900 Review

Review Date: Nov 3, 2005

Category: Serious Amateur

Fujifilm FinePix E900

IMAGE QUALITY

The Fujifilm FinePix E900 is a digital camera targeted to Serious Amateur photographers. It has 9.0 effective megapixels resolution on a 1/1.6 in. 5th Gen. SuperCCD HR image sensor. The Fujinon lens is a 32-128 mm (35mm format equivalent) F2.8(W)-F5.6(T), 4x optical zoom.

We find the overall image quality of the Fujifilm E900 to be very good to excellent, though not quite approaching the exceptional low noise capability of the Fujifilm F10. Even then, many will find both ISO 400 and ISO 800 an added bonus when printing 4x6 in. photos or for displaying for the web.

4x Optical Zoom
Wide-angle 32 mm Tele 128 mm
Wide-angle 7.2mm
(32mm, 35mm equivalent)
Telephoto 28.8mm
(128mm, 35mm equivalent)

In the above pictures, we show the coverage for 32mm and 128mm. Optional Wide and Tele Conversion lenses can extend the focal length range from a 24mm wide-angle to a 248mm tele. Filters can be mounted with the appropriate optional adapter.

Macro
Macro
7.2mm, Manual, Spot, Custom WB
2.5 sec., F5.6, ISO 80, Macro

The Fujifilm E900 can focus in Macro mode to as close as 7.5 cm (3 in.).

Auto White Balance Indoors
AWB Custom WB
AWB Custom WB

As the above two pictures show, the Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a slight pinkish cast under fluorescent artificial light. The E900 allows you to set a Custom (manual) White Balance, which gives excellent results. As expected, AWB works very well in natural light.

ISO Comparisons
ISO 80
ISO 80
 
ISO 100 ISO 200
ISO 100 ISO 200
 
ISO 400 ISO 800
ISO 400 ISO 800

The 100% crops above (area delimited by the white rectangle) demonstrate the low noise at ISO 80, 100 and 200. Noise starts to be visible at ISO 400 (and quite visible at ISO 800) but should not be an issue in 4x6 in. prints.

Chromatic Aberrations
CA

CA (purple fringing) is visible in very strong highlights situations. In the shot above, CA is visible at the corner delimited by the red square at centre left (reproduced at 100% crop at bottom right).

The above shot was taken in the Natural Light scene mode. The Natural Light Scene Mode is currently unique to Fujifilm. It disables the flash (even if it is popped open) and takes full advantage of the low-light capability of this camera (made possible by the use of Fujifilm's 5th Generation SuperCCD HR image sensor and Real Photo Technology) to capture an image that retains the natural ambience of low-light photography (indoors, by candlelight, in restaurants and museums).

Long Shutter Speed
Long Exposure
7.2mm, Manual, Pattern, 15 sec., F4.0 ISO 80
Custom WB, Macro, Self-Timer (2 sec.), Tripod Used

The Fujifilm E900 provides a maximum long shutter speed of 15 sec. in Manual Mode, making it possible to take some nice night shots. Here I'm checking out the presence of noise at long exposure (noise usually increases the longer the shutter is left open). As usual, I place Bamm-Bamm under my office desk, in the shadows, to obtain a long exposure of 15 sec. at F4.0. I use the extremely useful Exposure Indicator to get a good approximation when correct exposure is achieved. To eliminate camera shake, I place the camera on a tripod and use the self-timer (set to fire after 2 sec.). Since the normal minimum focusing distance is 60cm (2ft), I switch Macro ON to allow me to move in closer for a tighter shot. No noise reduction is required to produce rich dark blacks, and so no extra time is added to the 15 sec. exposure.

The pictures in the Fujifilm FinePix E900 Photo Gallery page provide a good sample of what the camera is capable of. I have provided samples at 800x600 pixels (compressed to Quality 60/100 in Photoshop Elements) as well as the 3488 x 2616 pixels original size (click on the image for the original version).

You can safely assume that most macro shots and slow shutter speed shots required the use of a tripod. Any image that is adjusted for levels in Photoshop has "_adjusted" appended to the file name.

I have defaulted the image size to 800x600 pixels. For those who have their monitor resolution set to 1024x728 pixels, everything should snugly fit and you should not have to scroll to see the whole image. If your monitor is set to 800x600 pixels resolution, start the slide show and then scroll to the right to position the image within your screen width. Then, press F11 (if you are using Internet Explorer) to switch to full screen mode, and the image should fill your screen nicely. Press F11 again at any time to switch your monitor display back to normal mode.

To return to this page from the Photo Gallery, click on the animated graphics of the camera.

Please open and download the original size version only if you need to and only once to your hard drive -- and save me some precious bandwidth. Thanks!

 

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