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MX-2700 User Review



  




Fuji MX-2700

When the Mode Dial is turned to the Setup position the user is presented with this menu screen. The options here are:

  • Quality: Fine, Normal, Basic
  • Filesize: 1800x1200, 640x480
  • Sharpness: 4 levels from Soft to Hard
  • Auto Power Off: If yes, shuts down in 2 minutes
  • Frame No.: Renew or Cont. If set to "renew" when an empty memory card is used it starts numbering at 01. If set to "cont" the camera keeps track of picture numbers and auto-increments it.
  • Beep: High, Low, Off. Controls the button beeper.
  • Date/Time: Sets the internal date/time.
  • Reset: Press the Menu/Exe button to reset all options to default.


Recording Features



Fuji MX-2700

The MX-2700 has two ways to record pictures, full automatic for point and shoot simplicity and manual which gives the more experienced user access to the advanced features and controls. Shown above is the manual recording screen showing the subject while zoomed in "digitally" to 2.5x.

Digital zooming is accomplished by electronically enlarging the exisitng picture and saving only a central portion of it. At 1.25x the MX-2700 saves a 1280x1024 image and at 2.5x it saves a 640x480 image. It should be noted that a real optical zoom lens always yields better images than a digital zoom.


Fuji MX-2700

In Manual record mode you will see this menu of options along the bottom of the screen. You activate them by pressing the MENU/EXE button and then move through them using the 4-way rocker switch.

Shown above is the flash output power menu where you can choose to vary the strength of the flash from -0.6 to +0.6 in 0.3 increments.

You can set the White Balance for: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Flourescent (Cool and Warm) or Incandescent lighting conditions.

Exposure Compensation is adjustable from -0.9 to 1.5EV in 0.3EV increments

The last option enables or disables the Slow-Synchro flash mode, this lets you use the flash to illuminate a foreground object while using a slow shutter speed to capture the dimly-lit details of a background scene.


Fuji MX-2700

The manual record mode allows you to preview the shot just taken before saving it to the flash card. If you don't like it just press the Cancel button and shoot another one. In automatic mode the picture is immediately stored after it is taken, the only way to delete it is to go back into Play mode.


Playback Features



Fuji MX-2700

Common with most digicams the MX-2700 has a thumbnail playback mode that displays 9 images and lets you easily move to the one you want to show fullscreen.


Fuji MX-2700

During playback you can use the 4-way rocker switch to zoom into the picture up to 4x in steps of 0.5x magnification.


Fuji MX-2700

Special effects may be added to your pictures during playback that include a silver or rainbow cross that simulates a shining star from bright points in the image. You can also turn a color image into a sepia toned or black and white image.





Steve's Conclusion

This is an excellent camera for someone who wants the ultimate in image resolution in a pocket-sized form factor. For me (and my big hands and fingers) the MX-2700 is a tad on the small size but for most people it will not be a problem. The fit and finish is excellent and I applaud FujiFilm for their use of aluminum for the body, it not only looks good but makes the camera incredibly durable.

The picture quality is very good and the white balance hit the mark most everytime, even under mixed lighting conditions. You can select from two different image sizes, four different levels of image sharpening and three different levels of JPG compression. Fine mode 1800x1200-pixel pictures will easily make photo-quality 8x10 inch prints on today's photo inkjet printers.




This is an example of the only problem I have found with the MX-2700 so far. Using the default #2 sharpening level produces some very noticeable "jaggies" in very high contrast horizontal lines. The Imaging-Resource calls this a "zipper effect" in their review. Above is an unenlarged segment of a Fine mode image to demonstrate the problem. I will deal with this more on the sample pictures page.

The lens is a fixed focal length (non-zoom), medium wideangle optic equivalent to a 35mm on a 35mm camera. It exhibits very little edge (barrel) distortion and makes it ideal for use indoors where maximum subject coverage is highly desirable. If you need a zoom lens then wait until the new MX-2900 hits the market in August. It uses the same 2.3 megapixel imager and adds a 3x optical zoom lens in a slightly larger form factor. You can read my Fuji MX-2900 First Look here.

I especially like the lithium rechargeable battery pack and AC adapter charger that Fuji includes with all of their megapixel cameras. This eliminates the need for purchasing rechargeable batteries and lithium batteries have a much better charge retention when stored than NiMH.

Overall the MX-2700 is a relatively fast camera considering the size of the images it creates and stores. When you first switch it on it takes about 8 seconds before it is ready to shoot a picture. There is no RAM buffer so you must wait between shots as the camera processes and stores each image. On average it takes about 10-12 seconds per 1800x1200 image and about 4-6 seconds per 640x480 image.

The controls and user interface are what I call "user friendly" and even a first-time digicam user will not have to spend half his time reading a manual. The automatic mode makes the MX-2700 a true point and shoot camera and the manual mode lets more experienced users expand their picture taking capabilities.

The optical viewfinder is large and bright but really needs a diopter adjustment. As with most coupled optical viewfinders it crops out about 20% of the "real" picture. The color LCD shows nearly the entire captured image area, at most it crops out maybe 1-2% of it.

At the time of this writing (June 1999) the MX-2700 is a good value for the ~$550 price. Fuji makes it an even better deal by throwing in a FREE $100 FD-A2 flashpath adapter for cameras sold through August 31, 1999. I would recommend that anyone who buys this camera invests in a good flash card reader as the 1800x1200 images are about a megabyte each. Serial port downloading is extremely slow and the FlashPath adapter is not that much faster. I hope that Fuji adopts the USB port for future digicams as most PCs are now equipped with this faster device.





Steve's Fuji MX-2700 Sample Pics



Imaging-Resource's MX-2700 User Review


DreamArts Fuji 1500/2700/2900 Sample Pics



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