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MX-1700 Zoom
User Review

Review posted 9/11/1999


Fuji MX-1700
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The MX-1700 Zoom is FujiFilm's latest 1.5 megapixel digital camera and is based on the hugely successful MX-700.   It shares the same, small size, sexy aluminum body and superb 1280x1024 image quality *plus* it now has a high-quality Fujinon 3X optical zoom lens. It's hidden behind that automatically-closing lens cover and can be seen in the next photo below.

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Fuji MX-1700

Here's the new Fujinon 3X zoom lens which just slightly protrudes from the camera body. Fuji held off adding a zoom lens to the MX-700 until they came up with a new process to create high quality aspherical lenses small enough to compliment the diminuitive size of the camera.

Besides covering the equivalent focal range of 35-114mm, the new zoom lens also has a macro (closeup) capability of 9.8 to 31.5 inches. See some MX-1700 macro samples.

Fuji MX-1700

Here's a picture of the Fuji MX-600 zoom lens on the left and the new and incredibly small MX-1700 3x zoom lens on the right.

Fuji MX-1700

The 2" high-definition color LCD, buttons and 4-way switch are very similar in appearance and function to the ones found on the MX-700. The only real difference is that the upper and lower positions of the 4-way switch now operates the zoom lens.

Even though all of the buttons on this camera were labeled in Japanese I found it very easy to operate as I have reviewed quite a few new Fuji cameras in the last couple of weeks.

Fuji MX-1700

On top of the camera is the On/Off switch and the Main Command Dial that is slightly recessed into the body. The modes are (counter clockwise from 11 o'clock) Self timer, Setup, Manual Record, Automatic Record, Playback and PC Connect.

Fuji MX-1700

The MX-1700 ships with Fujifilm's NP-80 lithium rechargeable battery pack and combination AC adapter and charger.

Fuji MX-1700

The I/O ports are similar to those found on all the other Fujifilm digicams and includes a Digital (RS-232 serial) port for connection to a PC or Mac computer. The Video Out ports delivers a NTSC video signal for playback on a TV set or VCR. The DC In 5v port is where the AC adapter/battery charger unit plugs in to the camera.

Fuji MX-1700

The SmartMedia memory cards (up to 64MB) fit into a small slot hidden behind a spring-loaded door next to the I/O ports. The cards pop halfway out when pressed inward which makes them very easy to remove.

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Menus & Playback Features

MX-1700 Specifications

Model MX-1700
Imager 1/2-inch CCD 1.5 million square pixels
Image Size 1280 x 1024 or 640 x 480
File Format DCF-compliant (Exif ver 2.1 JPEG-compliant), DPOF-compliant
Storage Media SmartMedia 3.3v
2MB - 32MB size
Viewfinder Real image optical; frame coverage approx 80%
Lens Fujinon all-glass aspherical 3X zoom
F3.2 / F7.0 (wideangle) to F5.0 / F11.5 (telephoto)
Focal length f=6.6-19.8mm (equiv to 35-114mm on a 35mm)
Exposure control 64-zones TTL metering, Program AE (exposure compensation available in manual mode)
Sensitivity ISO 125
White balance Auto-selected (7 modes selectable in manual mode)
Focal range Normal: approx 31.5in to infinity
Macro: approx 9.8in to 31.5in.
Shutter Electronic variable-speed, 1/4 to 1/2000 sec (using AE)
Flash Auto flash using flash control sensor
Effective range: Wide approx 9.8in to 11.8ft
Tele approx 9.8in to 11.8ft
Flash modes: Auto, Redeye, Forced, Suppressed, Slow synchro
LCD monitor2-inch low-temperature polysilicon TFT 130,000 pixels
Video output NTSC (US/Canada model)
PAL (Europe/model)
Self-Timer 10 sec timer clock
Battery NP-80 rechargeable lithium-ion
Operating temp +32F to +104F, 80% humidity or less
Dimensions (W/H/D) 3.1 x 3.8 x 1.3 inches
Weight 8.1oz (not incl battery or SmartMedia)

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