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Fujifilm FinePix F470 Review

Review Date: May 5, 2006

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Fujifilm FinePix F470



The Fujifilm FinePix F470 is a digital camera targeted to point-and-shoot photographers. It has 6.0 megapixel resolution on a 1/2.5 in. CCD image sensor, and a 35-105 mm (35 mm equivalent) 3x optical zoom lens, with a maximum aperture of F2.8(W)–F4.9(T).

We find the overall image quality of the Fujifilm F470 to be very good, with low noise at ISO 64 and images retaining most of the details.

3x Optical Zoom Range
Wide-angle 35mm Tele 105mm
Wide-angle 5.8mm [35mm] Tele 17.4mm [105mm]

The Fujifilm F470 provides 3x optical zoom. In the above pictures, we show the coverage for 35mm and then 105mm (35mm equivalent). It takes about 2 sec. to zoom from wide-angle to telephoto (I counted 5-6 steps).

Besides Auto mode and easy-to-use Scene Modes, the Fujifilm F470 also has "Manual" (really, Programmed Auto) mode, which allows you to select White Balance and apply exposure compensation. There is no Program Shift, Auto Bracketing, Custom White Balance or Histogram.

Shutter speed ranges from 1/4-1/1,500 sec. in all modes (2 sec. in Night scene mode). There are no slower shutter speeds so don't expect to do much low-light and Night Photography.

17.4mm, Manual, Pattern
1/500 sec., F4.9, ISO 64, Macro

The Fujifilm F470 lens allows you to focus as close as 10cm (3.9 in.) at wide-angle and 40cm (1.3 ft.) at Telephoto. The above picture was taken at telephoto macro.

AF takes on average about 1 sec. and locks well in adequate light. There is no AF-assist light, so subjects with low contrast might be difficult to get a focus lock in low-light. We recommend that you pre-focus; this way, there is no practical shutter lag.

There is only one metering mode: TTL 256-zones metering (Multi-Pattern).

White Balance Indoors
AWB Fluorescent 3

As the above pictures show, the auto white balance is not quite accurate indoors under artificial light [I have those special white light fluorescent] but is still better that any of the other preset WB settings. Outdoors, under natural light, the AWB works very well.

ISO Comparisons
ISO 64
ISO 64
ISO 100 ISO 200
ISO 100 ISO 200
ISO 400  
ISO 400  

You can set the ISO on the Fujifilm F470 from 64 to 400. The 100% crops above (area delimited by the white square) demonstrate that noise at ISO 64 and 100 are under control. Noise starts to be visible at ISO 200 but is usable. At ISO 400, the presence of noise takes the form of faint coloured splotches but is still usable. Note that the F470 seems to be somewhat challenged to correctly expose these low-light ISO samples.

Chromatic Aberrations
CA (Purple Fringing)

CA is present in everyday high contrast shots. In the high contrast shot above, the corner delimited by the red square at middle, and reproduced at 100% crop at bottom right, shows purple fringing.

The Fujifilm F470 allows the use of a 2 sec. shutter speed in Night scene mode, so we are unable to bring you our usual long exposure sample. Noise reduction (NR) automatically kicks in at shutter speeds slower than 1/2 sec. and you'll notice a slightly longer processing time before the next picture can be taken.

The onboard flash is effective up to 15.1 ft. at max. wide-angle and 8.5 ft. at max telephoto. For closeup, the flash range is from 1 ft. to 2.6 ft.

The LCD is one of the nicest we've seen. However, don't rely on the LCD to estimate correct exposure since the LCD automatically brightens. While this allows for a nice bright view for easy composition, it may also be misleading.

Overall, very good image quality for a 6.0MP digital camera: sharp pictures, very good image detail, vibrant colours, well-exposed.

The pictures in the Fujifilm FinePix F470 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). Remember that this version is of slightly lesser quality than the original 2816 x 2112 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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