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MX-2700 User Review

Review posted 6/14/1999


Fuji MX-2700 & MX-700

The new FujiFilm MX-2700 (on the right) is the smallest 2.3-megapixel digital camera that we have tested so far.   Pictured here next to the MX-700, its 1.5 megapixel sibling that started the "mini-megapixel" revolution for FujiFilm. The MX-2700 is housed in the same highly durable and cool looking aluminum body too.

Fuji MX-2700

Hey, I said it was small!  Here it is in the pocket of my t-shirt ready to be used in a split second. It could be just as easily carried in a handbag or your pants pocket.

Fuji MX-2700

The 2-inch color LCD takes up about half of the real estate on the back of the case. It shows ~99% of the captured image unlike the optical viewfinder which shows only 85%. Sadly there is no diopter control for the optical viewfinder, this is something they need to add. The LCD screen is covered by an easy to clean, clear plastic shield. Good thing because left-eyed users will leave plenty of nose prints on it.

The main user controls are simple and fairly intuitive. Spin the big dial to pick the operating mode and then use the inner, 4-way rocker switch to move through the menus and pick the desired option. The [MENU/EXE] button will initiate the menu system and also executes the current menu choice. The [CANCEL/BACK] button is used to bail out of the menu without selecting an option.

Fuji MX-2700

Next to the data LCD is the Flash Mode button shown with the common lightning bolt icon, the options are: Automatic, Red-eye, Flash always On or Off. The user has more control over the flash but must be in Manual Record to access the variable flash output power and the slow-synchro settings.

Above the big LCD you have the [SHIFT] button that lets you adjust the Quality or Filesize in Record mode. In Playback mode the Shift button lets you adjust the brightness of the LCD or Pan around the image being displayed.

The [DISP]lay button controls the color LCD. It can turn it On or Off and is also used to determine how much info is displayed on the screen during recording and playback.

Fuji MX-2700

This is a diagram of what can be displayed on the small data (info) LCD on the back.

Fuji MX-2700

The MX-2700 sports a fixed focal length 7.6mm lens that equates to a medium wideangle 35mm lens on a 35mm camera. It should be noted that this lens exhibits very little edge (barrel) distortion, something that is common with other digicam's wideangle lenses.

The lens in normal mode autofocuses from 19.7 inches to infinity. For closeup shots switch to macro mode for coverage from 3.5 to 19.7 inches. Click here for sample macro pictures.

The lens cap is built in and automatically opens and closes when the camera is turned on or off.

Fuji MX-2700

Here's the bottom of the MX-2700 which sports a very rugged metal tripod socket and the lithium battery access door.

Fuji MX-2700

The MX-2700 is like all of Fuji's megapixel cameras and ships with both a dedicated NP-80 lithium rechargeable battery pack and the combination AC adapter & battery charger. This is a class act and it saves you from having to spend additional money for rechargeable or (gasp) alkaline one-use batteries.

Fuji MX-2700

The I/O ports are standard. The RS-232 serial port cable plugs in the top (sorry, no USB yet), the MX-2700 comes with cables for both the PC and Macintosh computers. NTSC video output is in the center and allows your pictures to be played back on a TV set or recorded on a VCR. On the bottom is the 5VDC input jack for the AC adapter/battery charger.

Fuji MX-2700

The SmartMedia memory card is easy to remove. You press it inwards and it then pops out about a third of the way. Some cameras that use SmartMedia do not have enough finger grip area to easily extract the card but this is not the case with the MX-2700.

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MX-2700 Specifications

CCD sensor 1/1.7-inch CCD with 2.3 million square pixels
Resolution 1,800 x 1,200 / 640 x 480 pixels
File format JPEG (Exif 2.1) with 3 compression levels (1/5, 1/10, 1/20)
Storage media SmartMedia™ Card MG-4S, MG-8S, MG-16S, MG-32S, MG-64S
Number of images Mode   MG-4S MG-8S MG-16S MG-32S MG-64S
Fine   4   8   18   36 73
Normal   8   17   35   71 142
Basic   17   35   70   142 284
Lens focal length Equivalent to 35 mm on a 35 mm camera
Focus distance Normal: 0.5 mm/19.7 in. to infinity
Macro: 9 cm/3.5 in. to 0.5 m/19.7 in.
Aperture 2 steps (F3.2 / 8)
Viewfinder Real-image optical; Frame coverage: Approx. 80%
Exposure control 64 zone TTL metering, Program AE (Exposure Compensation in Manual mode)
Sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 120
Electronic shutter Variable-speed, 1/4 to 1/1,000 sec.
White balance Automatic/Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (bluish cast), Fluorescent light (reddish cast), Incandescent light)
Flash Auto flash using flash control sensor
Effective range: Approx. 0.3 m/11.8 in. to 2.5 m/98.4 in.
Flash mode: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash
LCD monitor 2-inch, low-temperature polysilicon TFT (130,000 pixels)
Digital interface   RS-232C
Video output   NTSC/PAL
Power source   Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Dimensions   80 (W) x 97.6 (H) x 33 (D) mm/3.1 (W) x 3.8 (H) x 1.3 (D) in.
Weight   230 g/8.1 oz. (excluding battery)
Setup Modes Quality, File Size, Sharpness, Auto Power Off, Frame No., Beep, Date/Time, Reset
Manual Modes White Balance (Auto and 5 modes)
Exposure Compensation (-0.9 to +1.5 in 0.3 steps)
Flash Power Setting (-0.6 to 0.6 in 0.3 steps)
Slow Synchro
Playback Modes Single Frame (with 4x Playback Zoom)/9 Multi-Frame
Erase: Frame, All, Format
Effect: Rainbow Cross, Silver Cross, Sepia, B/W
Automatic Playback
Resize: 1,800 x 1,200 >>> 1,280 x 1,024
1,800 x 1,200 >>> 640 x 480
Protect: Frame, All, Unprotect All
DPOF: Frame, Review/Cancel, Set All, Cancel All
Automatic Mode
PC Mode
Included accessories
SmartMedia™ Card (8 MB, 3.3V)
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery NP-80
AC power adapter
Video cable
Hand strap
Serial cables for Windows® and Macintosh®
CD-ROM for Windows® and Macintosh®
    > Data transfer software for downloads
    > TWAIN driver for downloads
    >Adobe® PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0 for Windows®
Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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