Fujifilm FinePix A200 Review
By Movable Type Admin
Record Mode Screens & Menus
The LCD screens that you see in this review had to be photographed as there is no video out-
port that we normally use to capture the displays with. LCD monitors on any camera were
never designed with enough resolution to be photographed. So we hope you understand why these
screen captures are not up to standard with our usual high-res direct output method.
This is the typical record screen that appears at power up. The "A" in the upper left
indicates some manual record functions are not available(see "Menu" below.) The Manual
record screen is identical only with an "M" in the corner. The "22" refers to the number of
pictures that will fit in remaining free space on the Xd card. Below the "22" is the image
size and quality settings(2.0 Megaixel - Fine Quality). For the first few seconds after power
up the date appears across the bottom of the display.
The Movie Record screen is also very simple, the Movie camera Icon is self explanatory as is
the "standby" awaiting a push of the shutter release to start the recording. The "20S"
indicates the 20 second max record time per movie in the "320" x 240 size movie.
Record Menu options are:
The First page is Quality:
The Second Page is Flash:
The Third Page is EV (Exposure Value):
The Fourth page is WB (White Balance):
(when flash fires WB setting is ignored and is set to Flash WB)
The Fifth page is "Option":
The SET-UP Menu options are:
Camera turns off in 2 min's)
PC CAM- for Video conferencing)
The Second Page:
Playback Screens & Menus
The typical Playback screen display shows the Playback Mode Icon in the top left while
displaying the file and frame number in the top right. The date of capture is across the
bottom of the frame.
While viewing the image, pressing the telephoto zoom lever magnifies into the playback up to
10x in a 2MP (1600x1200) image. To move about within the image only requires pressing the
DISPlay button once and by using the 4 way controls navigation of the zoomed image from
corner to corner is possible.
Pressing the DISP button while in Play mode toggles between full screen and index modes. In
Index mode you can quickly preview the stored images on the card and display any one in
normal full screen mode.
The FinePix A200 builds on the success of Fuji's popular FinePix A201. It uses the new xD memory card and offers 2.0-megapixel (1600 x 1200) images and a fixed focus 36mm(equivalent) lens. It does not have optical zoom but does have a digital zoom of 2.5x (640x480) and 1.25x (1280x960). It's available now (Oct 2002) for just $179.95.
The xD-Picture Card was recently co-introduced by Fuji and Olympus with initial sizes from 16 to 128 megabytes to be followed by 256 megabytes by the end of 2002. Though the new card design is about the size of a U.S. postage stamp, larger sizes up to 8 gigabytes are in the future. The A200 is designed to accept up to 128MB xD cards which will store up to 204 - 2MP(1600 x 1200) Fine quality images.
The FinePix A200 is a good "entry level" two-megapixel digital camera for those looking for a simple and easy to operate camera that delivers good image quality. It doesn't have any kinds of advanced controls other than being able to change the white balance settings or vary the exposure compensation. The lens is fixed (non-zoom) and the focus is also fixed which means that there are no delays due to auto focusing.
It's small enough to slip in your pants 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 10x on the 1.6- 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. We suggest using NiMh batteries as they are rechargable, have more power and are more enviromentally friendly. Fuji says you get about 270 images with the LCD on and 400 with it off using NiMh batteries (half the images with flash.)
Under all but the harshest lighting conditions the camera delivers good image quality with well saturated and properly exposed colors. The flash output is above average in its class, just don't expect it to light up subjects beyond about ten feet. The 1600 x 1200- pixel images will print good pictures up to 8x10 inch size. The smaller sizes are 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 this is a good choice that won't break the bank.
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