Fujifilm FinePix A205 Review

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Review posted 09/8/03

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The Fujifilm FinePix A205 combines point-and-shoot convenience with lifelike color reproduction, allowing even new digital photographers to capture high quality images. The FinePix A205 offers 2 million effective pixels. This allows the camera to create vivid 5 x 7 prints at 1600 x 1200 recorded pixels, while offering 3x optical and 2.5x digital zoom.

The A205 can also record 10 frames/second AVI movies up to 20 seconds in length, and these clips can be replayed on a TV or recorded with a VCR, through the camera's Video Out port or via the optional cradle. The A205 provides vivid images with the rich color saturation Fujifilm is reknowned for. In addition, images captured with these cameras offer a high level of detail and contrast, making photos truer-to-life - which means that even novice digital photographers can take terrific pictures.

The cameras' streamlined design is sleek yet simple. Consumers can take it everywhere they go and be ready for any shot - making it easier to capture everyday moments. The FinePix A205 measures 3.9 (W) x 2.6 (H) x 2.1 (D) inches, and weighs just 6.2 ounces without batteries and storage media.

The A205 offers low battery consumption, requiring only two AA alkaline batteries and can be powered with the Fujifilm NH-10 Ni-MH rechargeable battery included with the CP-FXA10 cradle.

Fujifilm's new FinePix Viewer 4.0 automatically launches when the camera is connected to the computer via the USB cable or optional CP-FXA10 cradle. Simple application wizards step consumers through storing, printing and sharing options. In addition, consumers can link their FinePix cameras via PC-CAM video conferences - making it easy to stay in touch with far-away friends and relatives.


FinePix A205 Zoom Features:

  • 1/2.7" 2 Million effective pixel Super CCD HR
  • 3x zoom (36-108mm equiv) plus 3.2x digital zoom
  • Movie Mode; 10fps @ 320 x 240 or 160x120
  • 1/2 - 1/2000 sec Shutter Speeds
  • 1.5" LCD Color Monitor
  • Uses removable xD-Picture cards (16MB included)
  • Compact (3.9 x 2.6 x 2.1 inch) and stylish body
  • Very lightweight at just 6.2 oz. (excluding batteries)
  • Powered by two AA type batteries
  • Picture Cradle & rechargeable battery pack (sold separately)


The FinePix A205 comes bundled with two AA alkaline batteries, USB cable, video cable, wrist strap, 16MB xD-Picture Card™, FinePix Viewer, and ImageMixer VCD for FinePix. Available starting in August 2003 at the suggested list price of $199.99.


Fujifilm FinePix A205

Universal cradle compatibility - the A205 is compatible with Fujifilm's new CP-FXA10 Picture Cradle, which provides a stable platform for PC-Cam mode, as well as easy downloading and rapid battery recharging of the included NH-10 Ni-MH battery pack.





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Fujifilm FinePix A205

Fujifilm FinePix A205

Fujifilm FinePix A205

Fujifilm FinePix A205

Fujifilm FinePix A205

Fujifilm FinePix A205





Fujifilm FinePix A205

The Fujifilm FinePix A205 and a standard CD for size comparison.





Fujifilm FinePix A205

The 3-megapixel FinePix A210 and the FinePix A205.








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FinePix A205 Zoom Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels 2 million pixels
CCD Sensor 1/2.7" Conventional CCD System (Number of Total Pixels: 2.11 million pixels)
Number of Recorded Pixels 1600 x 1200 (1.9 million)
1280 x 960
640 x 480
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 image Movie
2MP    1MP    VGA 320x240     160x120
25    33    122 98sec.    5.6min.
Lens Focal Length Equivalent to 36-108mm on a 35mm camera
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom 2.5x (at 640 x 480 pixel mode)
Focus Auto focus
Focus Range Normal: 2.6ft to infinity, Macro: 0.3ft. - 3.3ft.
Aperture Range F 3.0/7.0 (W) F4.8/F10.8 (T)
Viewfinder Real-image optical viewfinder
Exposure control Auto/Manual EV
Sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 100 when flash is off
Shutter speed 1/2 - 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 flash control sensor
Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
Effective range: 2.6-11.5ft.(W)/2.6-9.8ft (T)
LCD monitor 1.5-inch amorphous silicon TFT (60,000 pixels)
Camera Terminal USB interface, power-input socket
Power source 2 AA alkaline, NiMH, lithium batteries
NH-10 Ni-MH rechargeable battery pack
AC-3V AC adapter (optional)
Dimensions 3.9(W) x 2.6(H) x 2.1(D) inches
Weight 6.2 oz. (excluding battery and media)
Shooting modes Auto, Manual, Macro, Movie
Movie Recording 320 x 240 pixels up to 20sec.
160 x 120 pixels up to 180sec.
10 fps, AVI (Motion JPEG) without sound
Video Out NTSC and PAL Switchable
Playback Single frame (13x playback zoom), 9 multi frame
Others Self-timer: approximately 10 sec.
Accessories included 16MB xD-Picture Card
2 AA Alkaline Batteries
Cradle Adapter for FinePix A205
Wrist Strap
USB Cable
Video Cable
FinePix Viewer 4.1
ImageMixer VCD for FinePix 2.0
Optional Accessories AC-3v AC Adapter
PC Card Adapter DPC-AD
Compact Flash™ Card Adapter DPC-CF
Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1
CP-FXA10 Cradle with NH-10 Ni-MH battery and AC-3VW
NH-10 Ni-MH rechargeable battery
Soft case SC-FX26

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer)






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