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Fujifilm FinePix F470 Review

Review Date: May 5, 2006

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Fujifilm FinePix F470

HANDLING & FEEL

The Fujifilm FinePix F470 is light and ultra-compact, and very nicely finished in an aluminum body. It can be easily carried in a jeans pocket or fashion purse. It comes with 16MB of Internal Memory and uses the xD-Picture Card.

A slightly raised battery compartment serves as a grip [use of the wrist strap is highly recommended]. When retracted, the lens is flush with the body.

Startup is fast at less than 2 sec.. In bright situations, shot to shot times are fast at less than 1 sec. In low-light or with low contrast subjects, AF is not particularly fast and will hunt and can take as long as 1-2 sec. before the shutter will fire. If you prefocus, there is no practical shutter lag.

STYLE
- Colours: aluminum finish with chrome accents
- Looks: sleek, stylish
   
FEEL
- Comfortable to hold and operate but feels "small"
- Controls are on the tiny side
   
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
- Ultra Compact: fits in a jeans pocket or small fashion purse
- Dimensions: 91.9W x 58.1H x 19.7D mm /
3.6W x 2.3H x 0.8D in.
- Weight: 122g / 4.3 oz.
- Takes 1 rechargeable Li-ion battery NP-40N 3.6V 730mAh
   
SPEED OF OPERATION
- Startup with lens extending about 1.8 cm (0.6 in.) and LCD turning on in less than 2 sec.
- Shot to shot time less than 1 sec. in bright situations
- AF takes 1-2 sec.; if you prefocus, there is no practical shutter lag
   

Included in the box is a rechargeable Li-ion battery that can take about 200 shots with LCD on (CIPA standard) on a fresh charge and a Battery Charger BC-40 that will recharge a new battery in approx. 90 min. The Battery Charger comes with a power cord.

The Terminal compartment is on the right side of the camera (viewed from the back), which I always find to be a somewhat inconvenient place. The rubber Terminal Cover does not rotate out of the way completely; it's a minor irritation to plug-in the USB cable.

The flash is average and physically placed in the middle, so your fingers do not get in the way. You can set the flash to AUTO, Red-eye reduction, Forced flash, Off, Slow Synchro, or Red-eye reduction + Slow Synchro.

Controls

Fujifilm F470 Top View

The top of the camera has the Power ON/OFF button and the shutter release button with the Mode switch around it.

The Mode switch has AUTO, SP (Scene Position - 10 scene modes + "Manual" mode), and Movie. All other functions must be accessed through the MENU button on the back of the camera.

You can record movies with monaural sound (until the memory card is full) at either 640 x 480 or 320x240 pixels at 30fps. You can preset the zoom before -- but cannot zoom during -- movie recording.

Video Storage Capacity 640x480 320x240
Internal Memory (16MB) 17s 27s
32MB 34s 55s
64MB 70s 110s
128MB 140s 221s
256MB 280s 7.4m
512MB

9.3m

14.7m
1GB 18.7m 29.6m

Fujifilm F470 Back View

FUNCTIONS ACCESSIBLE BY CONTROL BUTTONS (clockwise starting from the Zoom Lever)
- Zoom Lever: 2 sec. to go from wide-angle to telephoto. I counted 5-6 steps.
- Playback button; camera returns immediately to Shooting mode when you half press the shutter button
- Photo mode (F) button: Image Quality, ISO, Color effects
- 4 Way Arrows: LCD Bright, Flash (AUTO, Red-eye reduction, Forced flash, Off, Slow Synchro, or Red-eye reduction + Slow Synchro), Self-timer (10 sec., 2 sec.), Macro
- MENU/OK
- DISP/BACK (No info, Info, Framing guideline)
   
LCD BRIGHT
-

Press the UP ARROW key to brighten the LCD

-

Slightly useful in low-light (manual "gain-up")

CONTINUOUS SHOOTING
- In 6M F mode, the camera records 5 successive images at a max. of 1.9fps.
- The drive mode resets to Single when the camera is turned off and on again.
   
MANUAL SCENE MODE
- "Manual" is accessed thru SP on the Mode switch
- Recommend you default SP to Manual so it is immediately available when you rotate the Mode switch to SP
- Exposure Compensation and WB are then available
   
EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
- Exposure compensation is only available in Manual mode
- Once set, the Exposure Compensation Indicator stays until it is reset to "0"; the value is however not displayed on screen, only a +/- indicator.
- Range: -2 EV to +2 EV (13 steps in 1/3 EV increments)
- The screen brightness will [slightly] increase or decrease to reflect the value you use
- Note: the exposure compensation value selected is retained even when the camera is turned off (so remember to reset to "0" after using it or the next time you turn the camera on, your shots may be over- or under-exposed.)
   

At the bottom of the camera is the plastic tripod mount, the Battery/Card Compartment which has a latch to keep the battery from accidentally falling. You won't be able to change battery or card when the camera is on a tripod.

LCD & Menus

There is no optical viewfinder but an extra large 2.5 in. LCD monitor with an average 115,000 pixels resolution. The LCD has a fast enough refresh rate for a smooth display in good light and in low light. The LCD monitor's brightness can be adjusted in MENU/SETUP. The LCD gains up very slightly in low-light but not in extreme low-light, even with the use of LCD BRIGHT.

There is no AF-assist Illuminator and so in low-light, auto focusing will hunt to lock focus.

The MENU button gives access to Continuous Shooting and Setup in AUTO mode; in Manual scene mode, you can in addition access Exposure Compensation and WB.

MENU (SP)

- Scene = Manual
- Exposure Compensation
- WB
- Continuous
- SETUP

SCENE 1 of 2

- Portrait
- Landscape
- Sport
- Night
- Beach & Snow
- Sunset

SCENE 1 of 2

- Museum
- Party
- Flower Close-Up
- Text
- Manual

WB 1 of 2

- AUTO
- Fine
- Shade
- Flourescent Light 1
- Flourescent Light 2
- Flourescent Light 3

WB 2 of 2

- Tungsten

SETUP 1 of 3

- Image Display
- Shutter Volume
- Beep Volume
- Playback Volume
- Frame No. (Cont., Renew)
- LCD Brightness

SETUP 2 of 3

- Digital Zoom
- Auto Power Off (5m, 2m, Off)
- LCD Power Save
- Format
- Date/Time
- Time Difference

SETUP 3 of 3

- Language
- USB Mode
- Video System (NTSC, PAL)
- Reset

LANGUAGE 1 of 2

LANGUAGE 2 of 2

PHOTO MODE: IMAGE QUALITY

PHOTO MODE: ISO

PHOTO MODE: COLOR EFFECTS

AUTO MODE

- Battery Indicator, Flash OFF, Macro ON, Self-timer 2 sec., Continuous ON, Image Quality = 6M Fine, Space for 5 shots left, ISO 64, Color Effect = Chrome, AF Warning, Camera Shake Warning, LCD BRIGHT, Internal Memory used

MANUAL MODE

- Battery Indicator, Flash OFF, Continuous ON, Macro ON, Self-timer 2 sec., Exposure Compensation dialed in, WB = FL 3, Image Quality = 6M Fine, Space for 5 shots left, ISO 64, Color Effect = Chrome, AF Warning, Camera Shake Warning, LCD BRIGHT, Internal Memory used

The Fujifilm FinePix F470 is ultra-compact, easy to carry in your jeans pocket or even a shirt pocket, looks stylishly elegant, with solid construction. Controls are on the small side so those with large hands and fingers should try it out before purchasing, but they are intuitive to use and operate. It's a great take-anywhere digital camera for the point-and-shoot photographer in your family. For mostly sunny and bright conditions; must use flash in low-light.

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