Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom Review

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Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom

Above is the display while in Auto record mode. The line of info across the top starts on the left with a crossed out lightning bolt that denotes the flash is not manually turned on. The "3M" represents image resolution of 3 megapixel (2048x1536) and the "F" represents fine JPG compression. The "0085" is the quantity of frames that can be recorded on the SM card at the image size and quality set on the camera.

The center screen yellow brackets represent the default center focus mode called "AF" is active and the camera will focus on the subject in the center of the scene.



Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom

Auto record menu options:

    Voice Memo - ON / OFF, allows tagging of up to a 30 second audio clip (WAV format) immediately following taking an image.
    Set-Up sub menu - Click here to see options
    Quality - 6 MP: Fine/Normal/Basic, 3 MP: Fine/Normal, 1 MP: Fine/Normal, VGA: Normal
    Auto Focus Modes - Not accessible in Auto record mode.
    Macro - ON / OFF
    Bracketing - ON/OFF, 3 frames +/- 1/3 stop, 3 frames +/- 2/3 stop, 3 frames +/- 1 stop
    Flash - Auto, Red Eye, Forced Fill-in , Slow sync
    Self Timer - ON / OFF, 10 second delay




Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom

Above is the display when in Scene mode. The icons across the bottom of the screen allow access to the five scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Scene and Continuous shooting.



Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom

The screen for the Aperture Priority mode is above. The top line of info is the same as the Auto record screen except the lightning bolt indicates the flash is activated in the force flash mode.

The bottom line displays the "T / W" symbol as an indicator to use the up/down (tele/wide) control to change a value in the next window. The red "A" is representing the Mode (Aperture Priority) followed by the shutter speed the exposure system picks based on the following aperture value you select with the up/down (T / W) control.



Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom

The display for the Shutter Priority mode is above. The top line of info is the same as the aperture priority screen, as is the bottom line except the red "S" indicates Shutter Priority and now the shutter speed (1/250) is highlighted in yellow to indicate it is adjustable via the Tele / Wide control.



Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom

The display for the Manual mode is above. The top line of info is the same except the lightning bolt is replaced by the eye symbol to indicate red eye reduction flash mode is active.

The bottom line changes by the red "M" indicating Manual Mode followed by the active value highlighted in yellow. Manual record mode allows the user to select a desired sutter speed between 3 seconds and 1/2000 second and an aperture of f/2.8 to f/8.0 (with 2 stops in between) in wide angle and a little less at telephoto. The up / down arrows above the aperture value (F5.6) indicate the method used to change the active value. The shutter speed (1/250) is toggled to by pushing left or right on the navigation control and the value is adjusted by pushing up or down on the same control.



Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom

The menu options for Manual record:

    Next - activates 2nd menu
    Set-Up sub menu - Click here to see options
    Quality - 6 MP: Fine/Normal/Basic, 3 MP: Fine/Normal, 1 MP: Fine/Normal, VGA: Normal
    Exposure Modes - "P"rogram, "A"perture priority, "S"hutter priority, "M"anual
    Macro - ON / OFF
    Bracketing - ON/OFF, 3 frames +/- 1/3 stop, 3 frames +/- 2/3 stop, 3 frames +/- 1 stop
    Flash - Auto, Red Eye, Forced Fill-in , Slow sync
    Self Timer - ON / OFF, 10 second delay



Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom

Second screen of menu options for Manual record:

    Back - moves back to first menu option page
    Sharpness - Normal / Soft / Hard, settings for image sharpening
    ISO - 160, 200, 400, 800(1MP), 1600(1MP)
    Auto Focus Modes - A/F(center focus locked), A/F Area (pick 1 of 25 zones to focus in), Manual (motorized focus, no scale)
    White Balance Modes - Auto, Daylight, Shade, "Daylight" Fluorescent, "Warm White" Fluorescent, "cool white" Fluorescent, Incandescent
    Flash Compensation - +0.6 to -0.6
    EV (exposure value compensation) - +0.9 to -0.6
    Photometry (Light Metering) - multi(64 zone multi pattern), spot or average





Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom

When you're not capturing still images or movies the F601 Zoom can be used as a digital voice recorder. Audio recordings are stored in standard Windows WAV format and limited only by the capacity of the SmartMedia card.


SmartMedia Capacity Recording Time
4MB 8 min
8MB 16 min
16MB 33 min
32MB 67 min
64MB 135 min
128MB 272 min




Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom

The screen above is the movie record display. The top info line indicates the movie quality mode of QVGA (320x240) followed by the remaining time left to record on the SM card at this quality setting. The green "Standby" indicates the camera is ready to record when the shutter release is pressed. The F601 Zoom records motion video with audio at 15fps in 320x240 or 640x480 resolution, the length is only limited by SmartMedia capacity.


SmartMedia Capacity Recording Time VGA Recording Time QVGA
4MB 6 secs 16 secs
8MB 13 secs 33 secs
16MB 27 secs 66 secs
32MB 55 secs 135 secs
64MB 111 secs 271 secs
128MB 223 secs 544 secs




Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom

Set-Up menu in Auto, Manual and Play modes:

    Image Display: - Off/Preview/Post view
    Auto Power Off: - 2min/5 min/off
    USB Mode: - DSC(download to a PC)/PC Cam(webcam mode)
    LCD Brightness: - slider scale to adjust brightness
    Volume: - slider scale to adjust volume
    Beep: - Low/High/Off
    Date/Time: - setting of date and time
    LCD: - ON/OFF
    Language: - English/French/German
    Reset All: - resets all camera settings to default.




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