Fujifilm FinePix A303 Review

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Fujifilm FinePix A303

Review posted 10/09/02

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The FinePix A303 is Fuji's new sleek and stylish, 3-megapixel, entry-level digital camera for 2002. It's one of the slimmest and lightest digital cameras in this category and designed specifically for the first-time digital photographer. The A303's multi-megapixel resolution is capable of generating sharp, richly colored photos and prints up to 11 x 14 inches. It's equipped with an all-glass 3x optical zoom lens and can capture still images and full motion video (without sound) at 10 frames per second in 320 x 240 resolution up to 60 seconds in length.

The FinePix A303 has been designed to consume very low amounts of power and as such it only requires a pair of AA type batteries. Fuji claims about 200 shots with two alkaline cells (flash 50%, LCD off.) It uses the new xD-Picture Card for removable storage. These xD-Picture Cards are designed with fast read/write capabilities for smooth digital camera operations. A 16 or 32MB card can record data at 1.3MB/second. A 64MB card or higher can record data at 3MB/second and both offer a read speed of 5MB/second. The cards are designed to minimize power consumption to lengthen battery life.

It's small and uses very little power but it offers ultra-fast processing speed, the fastest in its class. The A303 has a macro focus mode that lets you capture close-ups from 0.3 to 2.6 feet. And it has a sharp and colorful 1.5-inch color LCD for preview, review or menu operations. It can also function as a PC web cam with the supplied FinePix Viewer software and also comes with ImageMixer VCD for FinePix, DP Editor and Apple QuickTime 5.0.

The Fujifilm FinePix A303 is available now with a MSRP of $349.99 (10/2002).

FinePix A303 Features

  • 3.24 Megapixel CCD for images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels.
  • 3x (38-114mm equivalent) F2.8 optical zoom lens
  • Seamless 3.2x digital zoom in 640x480 mode
  • 1.5-inch TFT color LCD, approx. 60,000 pixels
  • Program AE, Manual mode offers exposure compensation
  • Shooting modes: Still, Movie, Macro
  • Motion video w/out audio up to 60 secs @ 320x240
  • White balance selectable in Manual mode
  • Shutter speeds: Automatic 1/2 seconds to 1/2000 second
  • 64-zone TTL Metering
  • ISO sensitivity 100 equivalent
  • Built in flash with Auto, Red-eye reduction, Forced on, forced off and slow-synchro
  • 9-frame and 13x zoom playback function with scrolling
  • xD Picture Card storage, 16MB supplied
  • USB connectivity
  • Powered by two standard AA type batteries
  • Small (4.3 x 2.8 x 1.5 in.) and lightweight (8.8 oz)

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Fujifilm FinePix A303

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The compact FinePix A303 and a standard CD for size comparison.

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FinePix A303 Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels 3.24 million pixels CCD
CCD Sensor 1/2.7-inch CCD (Number of Total Pixels: 3.34 million pixels)
Number of Recorded Pixels 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480 pixels
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 16 - 128MB (3.3V)
Recording capacity with one 16 MB xD-Picture Card (included):

Still Images (2048 x 1536 pixels - 3.1 million):
Fine: 12, Normal: 26

Movie recording (10 frames/sec w/o sound, AVI format):
320x240:~94 sec's total, 60 sec's per movie
160x120:~5 min's total, 240 sec's per movie

Optical Zoom Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens
Zoom Lens Focal Length 5.7mm - 17.1mm (Equivalent to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera)
Digital Zoom 3.2x in 640x480 mode
Focus Auto Focus
Focus Distance Normal: 2 ft - Infinity., Macro: .3 - 2.6 ft
Aperture Wide: F/2.8-4.8, Tele: F/7.0-11.6
Viewfinder Real-Image Optical Viewfinder
Frame coverage: 80%
Exposure Control 64 Zone TTL Metering, Program AE
Exposure Modes Auto (Exposure Comp. available in Manual Mode)
Shooting Modes Still, movie, macro
Movie Recording 320x240 (QVGA): Approx. 60 sec. (no sound), 10 Frame/sec.
Sensitivity ISO 100 equivalent
Shutter Speed 1/2 sec to 1/2000
White Balance Auto, 6 positions selectable in Manual Mode
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye reduction, forced flash, suppressed flash; slow sync
Flash Output Auto flash using flash control sensor:
Telephoto: 2.0ft - 9.8ft.
Wide angle - 1.0ft - 11.5 ft
Playback Digital Zoom 13x playback magnification (in a 3MP- 2048x1536 image)
Self Timer 10 sec.
LCD Monitor 1.5-inch, TFT (60,000 pixels)
I/O Terminal USB 1.1 (PC Card Adapter and USB Card Reader are optional)
Power source 2 AA Alkaline batteries (included),
Ni-MH batteries (optional),
AC-3V AC power adapter (optional)
Battery Life
(1/2 exposures w/ flash)
Alkaline batteries:
LCD on: ~150, LCD off:~200
NiMH 1700mAh batt's:
LCD on: ~200, LCD off: ~300
Dimensions 3.8(W)x2.5(H)x1.4(D) inch
Weight 5.1 oz. (without batteries)
Accessories Included 16 MB xD-Picture Card
2 AA-size Alkaline Batteries
Hand Strap
  • USB driver
  • FinePixViewer
  • DP Editor
  • Apple QuickTime™5.0
  • ImageMixer VCD for FinePix
  • NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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