Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom Review
By Movable Type Admin
Full review posted 5/09/02
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Using Fujifilm's new, third-generation Super CCD with 3.1 million effective pixels, the F601 Zoom captures still images in color at resolutions up to 2832 x 2128 (6.03 million) recorded pixels. Combined with Fujifilm's new, proprietary image processing method, known as Pixel Data Coupling Technology, and new noise reduction technology, the new higher sensitive Super CCD enables the FinePix F601 Zoom to deliver a wider range of ISO sensitivities all the way up to 1600 in 1280 x 960 mode with a minimal increase in CCD "noise." The new Super CCD system, which reflects yet another significant advancement in Fujifilm's digital imaging technology history, also allows for a unique vertical and horizontal "Pixel-Mixing Technology" that enables the camera to capture high-quality VGA digital video.
In addition to freezing special moments in eye-pleasing color, the camera also can record up to 33 minutes of audio on a 16MB card and up to nine hours using a 128MB card, making it ideal for recording meetings, interviews and other events. Its digital video recording feature captures AVI digital video with sound at full VGA (640 x 480) and QVGA (320 x 240) resolutions at 15 frames per second. Features such as quick image transfer via USB cable, PC-cam video conferencing, audio/video port connections and the recharging of the camera's battery are made easy with the camera's optional PC-sync PictureCradle. Also, for quick and easy narration of individual photos, the camera offers 30-second voice captioning capabilities.
Sporting a 1.5" color LCD monitor, the camera's rugged, sleek metal alloy body measures a mere 2.8" W x 3.7" H x 1.3" D and weighs a slight 7.8 ounces without the battery. The camera is bundled with a 16MB SmartMedia card as well as a super-slim NP 60 lithium-ion battery, AC power adapter, hand strap and USB cables.
Along with DP Editor, ArcSoft's VideoImpression 5.0 and Apple QuickTime software, the FinePix F601 Zoom is packaged with Fujifilm's FinePixViewer software program that automatically launches and organizes pictures stored on the camera's SmartMedia card. The FinePixViewer links users directly to the World Wide Web for answers to frequently asked questions, picture taking tips, support utilities, updated drivers and the receipt of periodic and pertinent promotional announcements from Fujifilm. The camera is Windows and Macintosh compatible.
The FinePix F601 Zoom is available now with a suggested list price of $599. The optional PC-sync PictureCradle is priced at $59.99.
The Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom and a standard CD for size comparison.
FinePix F601 Zoom Specifications
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