Fujifilm FinePix 3800 Review

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FinePix 3800

Full review posted 10/16/02

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The FinePix 3800 builds on the success of Fuji's popular FinePix 2800 Zoom and offers advanced features and controls in addition to point-and-shoot convenience. The FinePix 3800 offers a variety of higher-end photographic features including a manual mode with aperture control and exposure compensation, a high-quality 6x optical zoom lens and support for optional lens adaptors and filters.

The FinePix 3800's 3.24 million effective pixel CCD ensures crisp, colorful and sharp images for photo-quality prints up to 11 x 14 inches in size. It also captures full motion video at 10fps with audio. You can use the audio recording capability to attach up to 30 second voice memos to still images. With the included software the camera functions as a video conferencing device.

The FinePix 3800 weighs only 10 oz. without batteries. It comes bundled with the AR-FX3 lens adapter for lens adapters and 55mm filters, four AA Alkaline batteries, USB cable, shoulder strap, 16MB xD-Picture Card, FinePixViewer, ImageMixer VCD for FinePix, DP Editor and Apple QuickTime™ 5.0. The camera will be available for purchase in October 2002 for $449.99.

FinePix 3800 Features:

  • Optical zoom -The FinePix 3800 boasts the longest zoom in its category -- a 6x optical zoom lens with the ability to use external lens adapters for those long distance and wide-angle shots.

  • Manual mode - The FinePix 3800's manual mode encompasses five separate and specific settings - exposure compensation, white-balance, flash brightness, sharpness and aperture settings for manual changes in depth of field. In all, these additional manual features allow the photographer greater flexibility and control in taking pictures.

  • Higher Resolution Electronic Viewfinder - The FinePix 3800 is the only model in its category to offer an electronic viewfinder. A desirable feature for high-end photographers, this option allows the photographer to view exactly what the lens is seeing. At 110,000 pixels, this high resolution EVF provides a much clearer, true to life image.

  • Movie recording with sound - The camera can capture AVI digital video with sound and is also the only camera in the category to include motion JPEG video recording.

  • Voice annotation - The FinePix 3800 allows the attachment of 30-second voice notes to each photo, which is useful for tracking and describing a large portfolio of images.

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Fujifilm FinePix 3800

Fujifilm FinePix 3800

Fujifilm FinePix 3800

Fujifilm FinePix 3800

Fujifilm FinePix 3800

Fujifilm FinePix 3800

Fujifilm FinePix 3800

The Fujifilm FinePix 3800 and a standard CD for size comparison.

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FinePix 3800 Zoom Specifications

Sensor Type 1/2.7-inch CCD

Number of total pixels: 3.34 million
Number of Effective Pixels: 3.15 million

Number of Recorded pixels 2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480 pixels
File format Still image: JPEG (Exif 2.2, DCF compliant, DPOF-compatible)

Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)

Storage Media xd-Picture Card (16MB to 128MB)
Lens Fujinon 6x optical zoom lens equivalent to a 38-228mm on a 35mm camera
Digital Zoom 3.2x (640x480), 1.6x (1280x960)
Focus TTL contrast-type type Autofocus
Focus Range Normal: 2.9ft to Inf.
Macro: 0.3ft to 2.6ft
Aperture F 2.8/4.8/8.2 (automatically selected)
Viewfinder 0.33-inch color EVF with 110,000 pixels, approx. 95% coverage
Sensitivity ISO 100 equivalent
Shutter Speed 3 - 1/1500 sec.
Exposure modes Auto, Manual (Aperture priority, Exposure compensation)
Shooting modes Auto, Manual, Scene position, movie
Scene position modes Portrait / Scene / Sports / Night scene / Continuous shooting (2 Frames Max 2fps)
Exposure Control 64 Zone TTL Metering; Exposure compensation
White Balance Auto, 6 positions selectable in Manual Mode (Fine, Shade, Daylight Fluorescent, Warm White Fluorescent, Cool White Fluorescent, Incandescent Light)
Flash Auto flash using flash control sensor

Flash mode (auto, red-eye reduction, forced flash, suppressed flash, slow syncro)

Range: 12.7 in to 11.5 ft (W), 2.6 to 11.5ft (T)

Self-timer Approx. 10 sec.
Movie (w/sound) 320 x 240: 10fps, up to 60 sec's
160 x 120: 10fps, up to 200 sec's
Voice memo 30 secs.
LCD Monitor 1.8-inch color TFT (62,000 pixels)
Playback Single frame (with 13x Playback zoom), 9 multi-frame
Video Output none
Camera Terminal USB Interface, power-input socket
Power Source 4 AA batteries (alkaline, NiMH, lithium) or AC adapter AC-5VH / AC-VHS(optional)
Dimensions 3.9 (W) x 3.0 (H) x 2.7 (D) inches
Weight 10 oz. (without batteries/xD card)
Included Accessories 16MB xD-Picture Card, 4 AA-size Alkaline Batteries, Shoulder Strap, Lens Adapter tube for 55mm accessories, Lens Cap, USB Cable, CD-ROM with USB Driver, FinePixViewer, DP Editor, Apple QuickTime™5.0, ImageMixer VCD for FinePix
Optional Accessories AC Power Adapter AC-5VH/AC-5VHS, Wide Conversion Lens WL-FX9, Tele Conversion Lens TL-FX9, PC Card Adapter DPC-AD, Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1, Soft case SC-FX304
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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