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Review posted 07/15/2005

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The FinePix A345 and FinePix A350 are the newest additions to Fujifilm’s popular A-Series cameras. Gone are the lens covers that defined earlier models and in their place are 3x optical zoom lenses that retract directly into the camera bodies for a smooth outer surface. This feature makes the FinePix A345 and FinePix A350 smaller and more compact than their predecessors, allowing them to slide effortlessly into a coat pocket or handbag for all-the-time camera accessibility.

Image quality and overall performance get a boost as well. The FinePix A345 and FinePix A350 have 4.1 MegaPixel and 5.2 MegaPixel CCDs, respectively, as well as new image processors for more robust color and quicker frame-to-frame shooting. Built-in, pre-programmed scene modes take much of the guesswork out of camera settings, and the new models possess LCDs larger than previous A-Series cameras for checking just-taken photos before sending them off for printing. As an added plus, captured movies now become “talkies” with the addition of sound to the cameras’ video feature.

These cameras allow first-time digital photographers to capture great pictures easily, while keeping the overall experience simple and fun. Both cameras offer streamlined menu navigation, a quick playback mode and four scene position modes usually found in more advanced Fujifilm cameras, including portrait, night, sports and landscape settings. The macro setting allows users to capture images of items only 4 inches away from the lens. In addition, AVI movies can be captured at a rate of 10 frames per second with sound.


FinePix A345 Zoom Features:

  • 4.1 million pixel CCD for up to 2272 x 1704 image size
  • 3x zoom (35-105mm equiv) plus 1.7x digital zoom
  • Movie Mode; 10fps w/sound @ 320 x 240 or 160 x 120
  • 2 - 1/2000 sec Shutter Speeds
  • 1.5" LCD Color Monitor
  • Uses removable xD-Picture cards (16MB included)
  • Compact (4 x 2.4 x 1.2 inch) and stylish body
  • Very lightweight at just 5.1 oz. (excluding batteries)
  • Powered by two AA type batteries
  • USB connectivity and PictBridge direct-print
  • Picture Cradle & rechargeable battery pack (sold separately)


The FinePix A345 will carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (M.S.R.P.) of $249.95 while the FinePix A350 will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $299.




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Fujifilm FinePix A345

Fujifilm FinePix A345

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Fujifilm FinePix A345

Fujifilm FinePix A345





Fujifilm FinePix A345

The FinePix A345 and a standard CD for size comparison.




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FinePix A345 Zoom Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels 4.1 million pixels
CCD Sensor 1/2.7-inch CCD (Number of Total Pixels: 4.23 million pixels)
Number of Recorded Pixels 2,272 x 1,704 (4MP), 1600 x 1200 (2MP), 1280 x 960 (1MP) pixels
File formats Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2), Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)*Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible
Storage Media xD-Picture Card (16MB to 512MB)
Recording capacity with one 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) Still images Movie
4MP (F)    4M (N)    2M    1M 320x240
10           16         25       33 Approx. 98 sec.
Lens Focal Length Equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom 1.7X (1280 x 960 pixels), 1.4X (1600 x 1200 pixels)
Focus Auto focus
Focus Range Normal: 2.0ft to infinity, Macro: 0.3ft. - 2.6ft.
Aperture Range F2.8/F4.5 (W) F5.6/F9.5 (T)
Viewfinder Real-image optical viewfinder
Exposure control Auto / Manual EV / Scene Position Modes
Sensitivity Auto: equivalent to ISO 100 with flash off
Shutter speed 2 sec - 1/2000 sec.
White balance Automatic, Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light)
Flash Auto flash using CCD as flash control sensor
Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
Effective range: 2.0 - 11.5 ft (W) - 2.0 - 9.8 ft (T)
LCD monitor 1.5-inch amorphous silicon TFT (60,000 pixels)
Camera Terminal USB 1.1 interface, 3v power-input socket, Video out via USB socket
Power source 2 AA alkaline batteries or NH-10 Ni-MH rechargeable battery pack, AC-3V AC adapter (optional)
Dimensions (WHD) 4.1 x 2.4 x 1.2 inch (104.1 x 61.5 x 31.3 mm)
Weight 5.1 oz / 145 g (excluding battery and media)
Shooting modes Auto, Preprogrammed Scene Position, Manual, Macro, Movie
Movie Recording 320 x 240 pixels up to 60sec. / 160 x 120 pixels up to 240sec.:
10 fps, AVI (Motion JPEG) without sound
Video Out NTSC and PAL User selectable
Playback Single frame (14.2x playback zoom), 9 multi frame
Accessories included 16MB xD-Picture Card
2 AA Alkaline Batteries
Cradle Adapter for FinePix A345
Wrist Strap
USB Cable
Video Cable
FinePix Viewer 4.1
Pixel VCD Image Mixer

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer)






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