Fujifilm FinePix 2600 Review

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FinePix 2600 Zoom

Features & Controls

The FinePix 2600 Zoom has a 1.8-inch color LCD but no monochrome data LCD, any setting changes made must be accomplished on the color LCD. A 4x zoom playback option lets you scroll around the magnified picture. If used as the viewfinder the refresh rate is near real time.

Fuji FinePix 2600 Zoom

The optical viewfinder is large but has a fairly narrow viewing angle. There is no diopter adjustment. The LED indicates autofocus condition or when processing an image.

Fuji FinePix 2600 ZoomFuji FinePix 2600 Zoom

Controls on the top: The POWER switch turns the camera on and off and also opens and closes the lens protector. Around the shutter release is the Mode Dial with positions for Record, Play and Movie.

Controls on the back: The DISP button turns on the LCD display or cycles through the available display options in record modes. In Play mode it toggles you from full screen to thumbnail index mode. The MENU/OK button brings up the menu overlays, the 4-way switch is for navigating and selections are confirmed by pressing the MENU/OK button a second time. The BACK button lets you leave menu selections without making a choice.

Fuji FinePix 2600 Zoom

The FinePix 2600 Zoom is equipped with a Fujinon optical 3X 38mm-114mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens. It has a two-position aperture of F3.5 and F8.7. The autofocus range in normal mode is 2.6 feet to infinity, in Macro mode it is approx. 3.9 in. to 2.6 ft.

Fuji FinePix 2600 Zoom

The zoom control also functions as a 4-way selector for navigating menus and for reviewing pictures in Play mode.

Fuji FinePix 2600 Zoom

The FinePix 2600 Zoom has a high-speed USB port for rapid downloading of image data to the host computer. There is also a DC INput port for the optional Ac power adapter. There is NO video out so it cannot be hooked up to a TV set.

Fuji FinePix 2600 Zoom

Image data is stored on 3.3v SmartMedia cards which are inserted and removed from the battery compartment on the bottom. Fuji includes a 16MB SmartMedia card and the FinePix 2600 Zoom can use any size card up to 128MB.

The camera is powered by two AA size batteries, included are a set of rechargeable NiMH type batteries and a charger. The camera can be run on alkaline batteries or from an optional AC power adapter.

Steve's Conclusion

The FinePix 2600 Zoom is an excellent "entry level" two-megapixel digital camera for those looking for a simple and easy to operate camera that delivers good image quality. It has limited advanced controls other than its automatic mode but you can change the white balance settings, vary the exposure compensation or choose a flash mode. The lens is a quality 3x optical zoom with an accurate autofocus system with a dedicated macro closeup mode.

It's small enough to slip in a large pocket or a purse and can be easily carried all day in your hand. It's designed as a "point and shoot" camera and you only need to turn it on and press the shutter button to capture a picture. The color LCD is good and can be used in all but direct sunlight conditions. When playing images back you can magnify them up to 4x on the 1.8-inch screen so it makes it easy to check for focus, color and composition. The battery life is average and depends on how often you use the color LCD for review and preview.

Under most all lighting conditions the camera delivers excellent image quality with well saturated and properly exposed colors. The flash is adequate for normal situations and did not over-expose closeup shots using the macro mode. The 1600 x 1200-pixel images will print good pictures up to 8x10 inch size. They're excellent for email or web pages. If you're looking for a good starter digital camera or a stocking stuffer for a budding digi-photographer, the FinePix 2600 Zoom is a very good choice.

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