Fujifilm FinePix A500 Review

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Review posted 5/16/2006

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Fujifilm's A-Series cameras are ideal for the first-time digital camera buyer or any photographer who craves simplicity without sacrificing image quality. The 4-MegaPixel FinePix A400 and 5-MegaPixel FinePix A500 employ Fujifilm's Super CCD HR image sensor. Users of either camera can enlarge pictures to an 8x10-inch print size without a problem and enjoy the zooming and cropping benefits that these new mid-range resolution cameras provide.

Both FinePix A-Series cameras have sharp, 3x optical zoom lenses manufactured by Fujinon. They have internal memory that is easily expanded by using optional xD-Picture cards up to 1GB. The convenience of an optical eyelevel viewfinder plus a 1.8" color LCD with anti-glare coating.

The exposure is handled by an automatic Program AE system and for special situations you can select one of four scene modes: portrait, landscape, sport and night. These scene modes are great aids in getting the best picture quality in challenging photo situations.

Two standard AA batteries (alkaline one-use or rechargeable NiMH type) power the FinePix A400 and FinePix A500. Never get caught with a dead proprietary type battery, you can buy AA batteries nearly anywhere in the world. Off the shelf alkalines will let you capture up to 100 pictures, 2500mAh NiMH cells deliver as many as 400 pictures per charge.


FinePix A500 Features:

  • 5.1 million pixel Super CCD HR sensor
  • 3x optical zoom lens (38-114mm equiv)
  • Movie Mode; 320x240 10fps w/out sound AVI format
  • Program AE and Four scene modes
  • 1.8" LCD color monitor
  • 2.8-second boot-up time; shutter lag down to 1/10th second after AE/AF locked
  • ~12MB of memory, xD-Picture cards slot
  • Powered by two AA-type batteries
  • USB connectivity and PictBridge direct-print


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Fujifilm FinePix A500

Fujifilm FinePix A500

Fujifilm FinePix A500 Fujifilm FinePix A500

Fujifilm FinePix A500

Fujifilm FinePix A500





Fujifilm FinePix A500

The FinePix A500 and a standard CD for size comparison.





Fujifilm FinePix A500

Fujifilm FinePix A500

The FinePix A500 and the 6-megapixel FinePix F470.




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FinePix A500 Specifications

CCD Sensor 1/2.5-inch Super CCD HR
Number of Effective Pixels 5.1 Million Pixels
Number of Recorded Pixels Still image: 2592 x 1944 (5M)/2592 x 1728 (3:2) 2048 X 1536 (3M)/1600 X 1200 (2M)/640 X 480 (0.3M)
Movie Recording: 320 x 240 pixels (10 frames/sec up to 60 sec.), 160 x 120 pixels (10 frames/sec. up to 240 sec.)
File formats Still image: DCF-compliant (Compressed Exif Ver 2.2 JPEG), *Design rule for Camera File system compliant/DPOF-compatible. Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG), Audio: WAVE format, Monaural sound
Recording Capacity with Internal Memory (xD-Picture Card not included) Still images Movie
5MP(F) 5MP(N) 3:2 2MP 0.3MP
320x240 160x120
Internal Memory (12MB)
4 9 10 19 93
71 Sec. 220 Sec.
Lens Fujinon 3.0x optical zoom lens
Lens Focal Length (Rated) / (35mm Equiv.) f=6.4mm - 19.2mm, Equivalent to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera
Aperture Range Wide Angle: F3.3 - F8.5
Optical Zoom 3.0x
Digital Zoom 5.2x
Lens Adapters Available N/A
Focus - Auto / Macro Auto/Macro
Focus Range Normal: Approx. 2.0 ft. to Infinity
Macro - Closeup: Wide Angle: Approx. 3.9 in. to 2.6 ft.
Focusing Operation AF System: TTL contrast type
AF frame selection: AF (Center)
Viewfinder Real Image Optical, Approx. 75% coverage
Exposure Control Program AE
Light Metering (Photometery) TTL 64-zones metering
Sensitivity Auto / ISO Range equivalent to 100/200/400
Shutter Release Control Press half way to set focus, all the way to release the shutter.
Shutter Speed 2 sec. to 1/1500 sec. (exposure mode dependant)
White balance Automatic, Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light)
Flash Mode Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
Effective Range (ISO Auto) 2.0 - 10.2 ft (Wide), 2.0 - 6.6 ft (Tele), 1.0 ft - 2.6 ft (Macro)
LCD monitor 1.8-inch, Aspect ratio 4:3, 77,000 pixels, low-temperature polysilicon TFT, color LCD monitor, approx. 94% coverage
LCD Anti-Glare Coating Yes, Clear View Filter
Camera Terminals USB 1.1, 3 volt power-input socket, Video-out (NTSC/PAL)
Printing Interface PictBridge, DPOF, and EXIF Print Compatible
Power source Two AA type alkaline batteries (included), two AA NiMH batteries or Fujifilm AC-3VX AC adapter (optional)
Pictures / Battery Charge (CIPA Standard) Alkaline: approx. 100 frames / Ni-MH 2500mAh: approx. 350 frames
Camera Dimensions (W x H x D) 93.0 x 60.0 x 27.5mm / 3.7" x 2.4" x 1.1"
Weight - Camera Mass (not including accessories, batteries & xD Card) Approx. 4.4 oz.
Weight for Photography (including batteries & xD) Approx. 6.1 oz.
Start-up Speed Approx. 2.8 sec.
Shutter Lag Time 1/10 sec (with auto focus/exposure locked)
Shooting modes Auto, Preprogrammed Scene Position (SP), Macro, Movie
Preprogrammed Scene Modes (SP) Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night
Image Management Modes Best Framing, Frame Number Memory
Movie Recording Movie Recording: 320 x 240 pixels (10 frames/sec. up to 60 sec.), 160 x 120 pixels (10 frames/sec. up to 240 sec.) w/out sound. Zoom cannot be used during movie recording.
Audio Recording Mode No
Video Out NTSC/PAL-type
Playback Trimming, Automatic Playback, Multi-Frame Playback
Memory Type xD-Picture Card
Other Features Self-timer: approx 2/10 sec., World Time, 7 language menu interface, Exif Print, Discharge rechargeable batteries, Tripod socket
Optional Accessories AC Power Adapter: AC-3VX
xD-Picture Card (256MB to 1GB)
PCMCIA PC Card Adapter DPC-AD
Compact Flash™ Card Adapter DPC-CF
Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1
Fujifilm Rechargeable Battery 2HR-3UF

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer)






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