On the top around the hand grip are the majority of the camera controls. There are dedicated buttons for self-timer, continuous recording, macro focus and flash modes. To the left of the mode dial is the combination Power switch and Record / Playback switch. The Mode Dial has positions for:
Closeup side view of the combination Mode Dial and Command Dial. The command dial is
used to select Program AE Shift combinations or to change the shutter speed or aperture
in the respective exposure modes.
On the back is the Focus Check and AE-L buttons. The Focus check is used when in manual focus mode to magnify the central portion of the frame for critical focusing. The AE-L button locks the exposure value, white balance and focus so you can re-compose the scene and shift the subject. AE-Lock is also very handy for making sequential panorama shots with the same exposure values.
Located between the command dial and the power switch is a yellow LED that illuminates
when the battery is charging or during read/write to the SmartMedia card.
On the back is the DISP button that controls the amount of information that is overlayed on either the EVF or the LCD display. It also toggles the guidelines for framing assistance, more on this on the next page.
The MENU/OK button enables the onscreen menu system and also acts as the OK button
to accept selections. The 4-way jog switch lets you easily navigate the menus and
is also used to toggle various recording an playback functions and serves as the
digital zoom control. The BACK button
allows you to cancel or exit certain menu operations.
The FinePix 4900 Zoom has an electronic viewfinder (EVF) like a camcorder. It's a 0.55-inch 110,000-pixel color TFT LCD with a magnifying eyepiece (without a diopter adjustment.) You get TTL viewing plus the camera and exposure data is overlayed on the display. The EVF displays the same information as the color LCD but uses much less power and is shielded for easy viewing outdoors.
The EVF/LCD button switches back and forth between the EVF and the 2" color LCD, either can be used for preview, review or framing.
Note the hot shoe flash on top of the viewfinder. You can attach a more powerful
flash or use a hot shoe-to-PC converter to hook up to external strobes.
For most indoor picture taking tasks the builtin popup flash will be more than adequate. It has settings for: Automatic, Flash-On, Flash-Off, Red-eye, Slow-shutter sync, and Slow-shutter sync w/Red-eye.
The working range of the flash is:
The FinePix 4900's ports are:
High-speed USB I/O port
Access to the SmartMedia card slot is behind the hand grip. The 4900 Zoom can use
any 3.3v SmartMedia card, a 16MB card is included.
Powered by a rechargeable Fujifilm NP-80 lithium battery. Comes with the combination
AC adapter and battery charger. If the battery is totally discharged it will take
about five hours to recharge.
The Nikon Coolpix 880 and Fujifilm FinePix 4900 Zoom for comparison.
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