Fujifilm FinePix 3800 Review

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FinePix 3800

Features & Controls

The FinePix 3800 Fujinon 6x optical zoom lens equivalent to a 38-228mm on a 35mm camera. The aperture is F 2.8/4.8/8.2 and is automatically selected.

The digital zoom is 3.2x/1.6x. The focusing range in Normal AF is from 2.9ft to Infinity.
When in Macro mode it covers from 0.3ft to 2.6ft.

Fujifilm FinePix 3800

Included with the FinePix 3800 is this AR-FX3 lens adapter that allows you to attach auxiliary lenses (Wide Conversion Lens WL-FX9, Tele Conversion Lens TL-FX9) and 55mm filters.

Fujifilm FinePix 3800

Even when not using auxiliary lenses or filters, the AR-FX3 lens adapter can be used to protect the lens when it is extended. I would suggest that you purchase a good 55mm UV or Skylight filter to fully protect the lens.

Fujifilm FinePix 3800

The eyelevel finder is a 0.33-inch color LCD with 110,000 pixels of resolution. It has a field of view of approx. 95% of the captured image and has no diopter adjustment. The EVF / LCD button lets you toggle the live view from the EVF to the LCD or vice-versa whenever desired.

Fujifilm FinePix 3800

The flash has an effective range of 12.7 in to 11.5 ft (W), 2.6 to 11.5ft (T). Flash modes available are: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Forced flash, Suppressed flash or Slow syncro. It is a manual type popup flash that is activated by a button on the side.

Fujifilm FinePix 3800

Controls on top are the combination Power/Rec/Play switch and the shutter release. The recording mode dial has positions for Manual Record, Portrait, Auto and Movie.

Fujifilm FinePix 3800

Controls on the back: The 4-way selector is the zoom control (up and down), macro mode (left) and flash mode (right) in record mode. It is also used to navigate menus and select review images. In play mode the zoom controls serve as the image enlargement controls to zoom in or out.

The DISPlay button in Record selects the LCD monitor ON/OFF or selects the four framing grid lines. In Playback the DISPlay button toggles between Text display ON/OFF and Index thumbnail mode. The MENU/OK button toggles the Menu on/off . While ON, the menu selections are navigated with the 4-way and the OK button makes selections. The BACK basically stops any procedure midway through.

Fujifilm FinePix 3800

On the side is the built-in speaker

The 5v DC INput jack is for an optional AC power adapter

The USB 1.1 port for downloading to the computer

There is no audio-video out feature.

Fujifilm FinePix 3800

The FinePix 3800 is equipped with a xD-Picture card slot and is supplied with a 16MB xD card. It's compatible with any xD card from 16MB to 128MB. Fuji and Olympus have jointly begun using the new xD-Picture card media which uses less power, offers faster read/write speeds and large capacities than existing SmartMedia cards.

Recording capacity with included 16MB xD card:

    Still 2048x1536 - 12 Fine, 26 Normal

    Movie recording - 320x240 94 secs, 160x120 5 mins.

xD-Card Size/number of images (Resolution):

    128MB card = 997 (0.3M), 398 (1M), 319 (2M), 215 (3M-N), 102 (3M-F)

    32MB card = 247 (0.3M), 99 (1M), 79 (2M), 53 (3M-N), 25 (3M-F)

Fujifilm FinePix 3800

Power is supplied by four AA batteries, alkaline, NiMH or lithium type may be used. We, of course, recommend the use of NiMH rechargeable batteries , they pack more power and they're reusable. Fuji lists the battery life at 320 frames with the LCD on and 350 frames with the EVF (using NiMH batteries and half the frames taken using the flash.)

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