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Fujifilm FinePix F470 Review

Review Date: May 5, 2006

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Fujifilm FinePix F470 - Side & Bottom Views

USER'S EXPERIENCE

Friday, Apr 21, 2006 - Here's what I receive in the box:

  • FinePix F470
  • No memory card
  • Li-ion Rechargeable Battery NP-40N & Battery Charger BC-40
  • Hand Strap
  • Interface Cables: A/V; USB
  • Documentation (English and French): Quick Start, Owner's Manual
  • Software CDs: Software for FinePix CX Version 5.1f

The Fujifilm FinePix F470 is ultra-compact, with a pleasant design, and very good build. Its features are basic and will mostly appeal to point-and-shoot photographers who desire an easy-to-use and staightforward take-anywhere digital camera that gives very good results. It's slim enough to slide into your jeans pocket.

Unlike its big brothers that use Fujifilm's innovative Super CCD HR image sensor, the Fujifilm F470 uses a "Square Pixel CCD" -- so don't expect similar low-light capabilities.

It has AUTO and Scene Modes, plus a very limited Manual mode (exposure compensation and preset WB only). There is no AF-assist Illuminator. There are no long exposure times. There is only Multi-Pattern metering mode. There is no Custome WB. There are no long exposure times. Like we said, very basic.

Having said that, we found the Fujifilm F470 a delight to use. It handles very comfortably, though its tiny buttons might be problematic to some with large hands.

There is an extra-large 2.5-in. LCD monitor that is very clear whether used outdoors in the sun or inside. It's only 115,000 pixels resolution, but the refresh rate is a high 60fps, and it shows: it's beautiful to view. A note of caution, though: "Images on the LCD appear better than they may actually be." There is a manual LCD Brightness feature that will brighten the LCD a notch for low-light viewing.

We mentioned that the Fujifilm F470 has a "Manual" or M scene mode (you can only access this mode by rotating the Mode switch to SP). This M mode is essentially "Programmed Auto" or P mode. You can only dial in an exposure compensation and specify a preset White Balance. There is no Custom WB, so inside shots under artificial light will look the usual cool or warm depending on the colour temperature of the light. Note that in AUTO mode, you can still specify ISO.

For Canada, Fujifilm has provided both the English and French printed versions of the Owner's Manual. They are both well illustrated and written, and the print font is easy to read. However, there is no index, and many of the illustrated camera parts and features do not have an associated page number for easy reference, and can sometimes make it challenging to quickly find what you are looking for.

In the field, the Fujifilm F470 performs very well, the camera being point-and-shoot simplicity to use. Macro at wide-angle is only 10 cm (3.9 in.) and we find it to be not close enough. We prefer to use Tele macro for a tighter composition.

Transferring images to your PC is simply a matter of connecting the USB cable and either using the Fujifilm FinePixViewer to index the images or simply drag-n-drop in Windows Explorer.

FinePixViewer

Fujifilm FinePixViewer

The FinePixViewer software (version 5.1) is user-friendly. Each image's filename is clearly visible and you do not need to launch another window to view the EXIF info. You can do basic image editing, re: Correct Red-eye, Adjust Image Quality, Sharpness. Sepia/B&W, Rotae, Resize.

The Fujifilm FinePix F470 produces very good image quality. Exposure metering is accurate, and colours are very pleasing. It is mostly a sunny take-anywhere digital camera which is point-and-shoot simplicity to use.

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