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FinePix 1300

Posted 11/13/2000


Fuji FinePix 1300

The Fuji FinePix 1300 is an entry-level 1.31 million pixel digital camera that delivers 1280 x 960 sized pictures in three different JPEG quality levels (Fine, Normal or Basic). The user can select to capture in either the 1280 x 960 size or the smaller 640 x 480 size for onscreen or web page use. The stylish silver and black plastic body is both lightweight and highly durable. It's small enough to slide into your pants pocket or it can be hand-carried for hours with no fatigue.

Basically the FinePix 1300 is an easy to use "point and shoot" type camera featuring a fixed-focus lens with a dedicated macro mode. The sensitivity of the imager is equivalent to ISO 125. Exposure metering is via Fuji's 64-zone TTL (through the lens) system. There is a manual mode that allows the user to vary the EV compensation (+1.5 to -0.9) and change the White balance (automatic and six other presets.)

Fuji FinePix 1300

The FinePix 1300 Zoom has a 1.6-inch color LCD but no monochrome data LCD, any changes made in manual mode must be accomplished on the color LCD.   A 4x zoom playback option lets you scroll around the magnified picture. If used as the viewfinder the refresh rate is near realtime. The optical viewfinder is large but has a fairly narrow viewing angle. There is no diopter adjustment. Left-eyed shooters will find their nose dead-center in the color LCD. The LED indicates autofocus condition and when the camera is processing an image.

Fuji FinePix 1300

Nothing on the top but the shutter button.

Fuji FinePix 1300 Fuji FinePix 1300

Near the top of the left side is the normal/macro focus mode switch.

Fuji FinePix 1300

The bottom of the camera is flat and works well on a tripod but the tripod socket is not positioned in the center of balance or the nodal point of the camera.

Fuji FinePix 1300

The controls are minimal and clearly marked. The POWER switch turns the camera on and off. The DISP button turns on the LCD display or cycles through the available display options in record modes. In Play mode it toggles you from full screen to thumbnail index mode. The MENU/OK button brings up the menu overlays, the 4-way switch is for navigating and selections are confirmed by pressing the MENU/OK button a second time. The Mode Dial has positions for SETUP, Record and Play modes.

Fuji FinePix 1300

The FinePix 1300 has a high-speed USB port for rapid downloading of image data to the host computer. There is also a DC INput port for the optional Ac power adapter. There is NO video out so it cannot be hooked up to a TV set.

Fuji FinePix 1300

Image data is stored on 3.3v SmartMedia cards which are inserted and removed from the right side of the camera after you pop open a small door. Fuji includes a 4MB SmartMedia card and the FinePix 1300 can use any size card up to 64MB.

Fuji FinePix 1300

The camera is powered by four AA size batteries, included are a set of alkalines that don't last very long. Strongly recommend you to buy a set (or two) of rechargeable NiMH type batteries and a charger. The camera can be run from an optional AC power adapter.

Steve's Conclusion

The FinePix 1300 is a good "entry level" one-megapixel digital camera for those looking for a simple and easy to operate camera that delivers good image quality. It doesn't have any kinds of advanced controls other than being able to change the white balance settings or vary the exposure compensation. The lens is fixed (non-zoom) and the focus is also fixed which means that there are no delays due to autofocusing.

It's small enough to slip into your pants pocket or a purse and can be easily carried all day in your hand. It's designed as a "point and shoot" camera and you only need to turn it on and press the shutter button to capture a picture. The color LCD is good and can be used in all but direct sunlight conditions. When playing images back you can magnify them up to 4x on the 1.6-inch screen so it makes it easy to check for focus, color and composition. The battery life is average and depends on how often you use the color LCD for review and preview.

Under all but the harshest lighting conditions the camera delivers good image quality with well saturated and properly exposed colors. The flash is adequate for normal situations, just don't expect it to light up subjects beyond eight or nine feet. The 1280 x 960-pixel images will print good pictures up to 5x7 inch size. They're excellent for email or web pages. If you're looking for a good starter digital camera or a stocking stuffer for a budding digi-photographer this is a good choice that won't break the bank.

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FinePix 1300 Specifications

Camera FinePix 1300 Zoom
Sensor Resolution (Pixels) 1/2.7 inch, CCD, 1.31 million pixels
Image Dimensions 1280 x 960 or 640 x 480
Compression Levels Fine, Normal, Basic
Continuous record 2fps up to 9 (640x480 only)
Sensitivity - ISO equivalent ISO 125
Lens Type Fujinon optical fixed-focus
Lens - Focal Length
(35mm equivalent)
Lens - Aperture Range F4.5 / F11
Focus Range Normal:   2.3 ft to infinity
Macro:   3.1 - 5.9 inches
Filter Threads none
Shutter Speed Range 1/2 - 1/1,000 sec
White Balance Auto, Sunny, Partly Sunny, Daylight Flourescent, Cool White Flourescent, Warm White Flourescent, Incandescent
Exposure TTL, Automatic (64-segment)
Exposure Compensation +1.5 to -0.9 EV, 0.3EV steps
Self-Timer 10 seconds
Storage SmartMedia 3.3v, 4MB Standard
Image Capacity 6 - 69 (4 Meg card)
File Format JPEG
Image Capture Time
(High Res)
1.5 - 2.5 seconds
Data I/O High-Speed USB
Playback Features 4x Zoom, Image Resize, DPOF
Video Output No
Flash Range 2.3 ft - 9.8 ft
Flash Modes Auto, Forced On, Off, Red-eye reduction,
"slow synchro" flash
Viewfinder Optical and color LCD
LCD Screen 1.6", color TFT, with 55,000 pixels
Power Four (4) AA cells, alkaline, NiMH or NiCd
5VDC Input Jack Optional AC power adapter
Size 3.0 x 4.3 x 1.3 inches (HWD)
Weight 7.1 ounces
Software Adobe PhotoDeluxe 3.0, Acrobat Reader 4.0, QuickTime 4.0, USB drivers, Exif Viewer and DP Editor
Optional Accessories Floppy-disk adapter, USB card reader
8, 16, 32, 64MB SmartMedia cards

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