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FinePix 4700 Zoom

Play Mode Screens & Menus



  


Fuji FinePix 4700

A normal Play mode screen display. Onscreen overlays for the folder name and picture number, time and date.



Fuji FinePix 4700

When viewing a picture you can zoom-in and then freely pan around inside the magnified image. This is ideal for checking critical focus or the subject matter.

The zoom magnification level depends on the image size:

  • 2400 x 1800 = 15X
  • 1280 x 960 = 8X
  • 640x480 = 4X




Fuji FinePix 4700

The Multi-Frame (thumbnail index) mode lets you quickly go through your stored pictures to select one to be displayed in full screen mode.



Fuji FinePix 4700

This is the screen displayed when playing a movie. You can start or stop it or even go thru it frame by frame. Another feature available with movie files is the Create Index option. You can create a 2400 x 1800 image that contains 25 image frames captured at regular intervals from the stored movie.



Fuji FinePix 4700

Select any or all pictures on the card for deletion or format the card.



Fuji FinePix 4700

Besides the normal sequential slideshow feature for playback on a TV, the FinePix 4700 even lets you specify the kind of transition desired between the pictures.



Fuji FinePix 4700

The Resize feature can be handy if you're out in the field and stuck with only one memory card and it happens to be full. You can downsize larger images to give you more room on the card for additional pictures.



Fuji FinePix 4700

You can select any or all pictures on the card to be protected against erasure.



Fuji FinePix 4700

The 4700 fully supports the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) that allows the user to embed printing information on the memory card to be used later by DPOF-compliant printers. With many of the newer photo printers you can simply stick the card into the slot and hit the Print button and all selected pictures will be printed in whatever quantity you specified.




Steve's Conclusion

The FinePix 4700 Zoom is the latest pocket-size wonder from Fuji. It's small, wrapped in metal and loaded with features including a 3x optical zoom and a 2-inch color LCD. Well suited for anyone that wants a camera that can be taken everywhere and be ready to capture that special moment almost as fast as you can press the power button.

The FinePix 4700 Zoom is Fuji's first digicam to use the new SuperCCD imager and it wasn't even on the market before it was the center of a firestorm of controversy. The question on everyone's mind seemed to be "can a 2.5 megapixel imager create a 2400 x 1800-pixel resolution picture?"  The answer is yes, it can, the proof is on my sample pictures page.

I wish that Fuji had given the 4700 Zoom the capability to capture a finished image size of 1600 x 1200 as well as the other sizes. All digicams do a certain amount of in-camera interpolation, it's the nature of getting the image data from the imager and turning it into the finished picture. My personal opinion is that the 2400 x 1800 pixel mode is just stretching it a little too far and a lower res mode of 1600 x 1200 would probably create stellar quality images.

The 4700 Zoom's 2400 x 1800 images make great 8x10" prints but they look a little "soft" when viewed in full resolution on the screen. When these images are used on the web or as an email attachment you greatly reduce the size of these images. Two and three megapixel images are really only useful for printing purposes, unless of course you use a 6-foot flatscreen TV as your computer monitor. A perspective buyer comes to a site like mine and views the sample photos to see what these cameras can really do. When you view one of these gigantic images in your browser you only see maybe 800x600 pixels worth of the overall picture at a time. You are in effect looking at them in 4X magnification so any small defects are greatly exagerated. Download sample images and then view them in a good graphics program or better yet, print them out to do a proper evaluation.

Overall I liked the way the 4700 Zoom operates although it is a tad small for my tastes. I have rather large hands and therefore I prefer a larger camera but for the average user it is probably just fine. I did give the camera to many novice users and asked them how they liked it and most were thrilled by its size and image quality. Everybody said they liked it because it could fit in their pocket.

Small cameras mean small power sources and the 4700 Zoom operates on just two AA size batteries. If you're one of those people that just has to use the color LCD all the time then you better have a pile of batteries. Fuji includes a pair of 1600mAH high-capacity NiMH rechargeable batteries and a rapid charger. But you better pick up another set or two and take them with you whenever you plan to do some serious shooting. If you use the color LCD sparingly you can probably shoot a hundred or so pictures per set of charged batteries. There are a lot of variables that go into the battery life equation; how often do you use the color LCD, how much do you use the motorized zoom, how many pictures are taken with the flash, and so on.

Besides taking still images the 4700 Zoom can capture up to 90 secs of full motion (10fps) video with sound in 320 x 240 resolution. You can not use the optical zoom in this mode but you can use the digital zoom, I recommend against it. Any form of digital zoom produces pixellated images and I wish they'd just drop the digital zoom thing altogether, it's more of a marketing ploy than a workable tool. Movies are stored as Windows AVI files and a 10-sec clip creates a file that is a little larger than 2 megabytes. A unique feature is the ability to create a 25- picture index of a movie into a single 2400 x 1800 image. The movie quality is good and so is the sound but the microphone tends to pick up everything including wind noise and photographer's comments :-)

The 4700 Zoom does quite well in less than normal lighting conditions. The lowest ISO sensitivity of the camera is 200 which is about twice that of the other digicams. It is user-settable for ISO 200 to 800. The faster you go, the more noise you get but the ISO 400 images were quite acceptable. Color saturation and white balance was "on the money" and accurate in the automatic settings. Flash pictures were properly exposed and the coverage was good out to ten feet or so which says a lot considering the small size of the flash unit. When shooting closeups you can use the variable power settings of the flash to control over-exposures.

Users are generally dissatisfied with the shutter lag time of most modern digicams but I'm happy to report that the 4700 Zoom is quite fast. The average time for the camera to autofocus, set the white balance and exposure was slightly less than one second. If you have prefocused the camera with a half-press of the shutter release this delay drops dramatically to about 1/10th of a second. The shot-to-shot cycle time at maximum resolution is about 1.5 seconds for the first two pictures and increases to about 3 seconds for the third, fourth and so on.

The user interface of the 4700 Zoom is easy to understand even for first-time digital users. On page 1 of the review you'll see pictures of the round LCD data display. There are four "soft" buttons around this LCD that are used to select the various options displayed by onscreen icons. These icons change according to the mode the camera is in. Secondary functions are available by pressing the Shift button. The most used options can be set or changed without using the power-hungry color LCD display. When using the manual or macro modes you will need the color LCD to access the more complex menu system.

The bottom line is that this camera is small and rugged and capable of taking incredibly detailed pictures. Is it a 4.3 megapixel camera, no -- but it does create images equal to that of the current 2.x to 3.x megapixel cameras. You won't be dissatisfied by its image quality when printed on photo printers like the new Epson Stylus 870 or 1270. The printed results are nothing short of spectacular when you consider that they came from a camera that is only slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes. Battery life is not terrific but you can always carry another pair of batteries with you just as you do with any other digicam. The zoom lens is sharp with only moderate barrel distortion and does respectable closeups down to about eight inches. Autofocus is quick and accurate in all but the poorest of lighting conditions and there's a manual focus option to fall back on if needed. For those looking for "king" of the pocket cameras -- the Fuji FinePix 4700 Zoom is the one.





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