The FujiFilm MX-2900 Zoom we previously looked at was a pre-production prototype, I'm happy to report that we now have a final production version of the camera to fully review.
Fuji tells me that the new 2.3 megapixel MX-2900 will be officially launched here in the U.S. on August 17th.
MX-2900 OverviewThe MX-2900 has a high tech magnesium alloy body, weighs 12 ounces and measures a diminutive 5.1 (w) x 2.35 (h) x 2.7 (D) inches. It features an optical 3x zoom lens with 2.5x digital zoom. For framing or review there is a bright, 2-inch, TFT color LCD on the back.
Conventional photographic features:
The Aperture-Priority mode can be used to select a large or small aperture value for depth of field control. The Slow Synchro mode of the MX-2900 combines use of the flash with a slow shutter speed to allow shots that beautifully capture both the foreground subject and an evening backdrop.
The MX-2900's metering mode allows photographers to select the desired
type of exposure metering. AVERAGE: an average value for the entire image
is used; SPOT: where the exposure is optimized for the center of the image;
and MULTI: where the camera automatically assesses the scene and selects
the optimum exposure.
The 4-way rocker switch is the heart of the user controls and activates
all menu selections. The switch at the 7 o'clock position is the "execute"
button for locking in menu options. Directly above the 4-way switch is
the tele/wide zoom lens control, you lift it with your fingertip or press
it downward. To the left of that control is the flash mode button and
the macro focus button. The On/Off switch is at the top right of the
main LCD display.
Data LCD & Command Dial
There's a small info LCD on the top that shows remaining battery power,
pictures remaining, image resolution, quality (compression) setting,
macro and flash modes. The main command dial is setup like most digicams and
the icons are easy to understand. Going counterclockwise from the 1 o'clock
position is: self-timer, setup, manual record, automatic record, playback
and delete and connect to PC modes.
Flash Hot Shoe
The MX-2900 includes a flash hot shoe so you can attach a more powerful flash unit or one with a bounce head. Using the aperture priority mode you set both the camera and the strobe for F8 and the result is nearly perfect flash shots everytime. And it's a real joy to be able to use a bounce flash to eliminate the usual redeye problems that occur with the builtin flash units.
On the left side of the camera body are the I/O ports. The MX-2900 comes with a serial cable for both the PC and Mac and plugs into the "Digital" port. Video out uses a standard 2-conductor mini plug. The DC In 5v port is where the AC adapter and battery charger plug into the camera.
Also note the diopter control for the optical viewfinder.
SmartMedia Card Storage
The MX-2900 uses SmartMedia memory cards and accomodates any capacity up to the new 32MB (64MB soon) size cards. The access door is located on the side and to remove a card you push it inward and then it pops out. Unlike some SmartMedia cameras, the MX-2900 ejects the card out far enough so even my big fingers could grasp it easily.
Fuji offers an optional SM-R1 SmartMedia card reader for computers
equipped with the Universal Serial Bus (USB) port. Read my
SM-R1 user review here.
Rechargeable Lithium Battery
The MX-2900 includes the NP-80 lithium battery pack and an AC adapter/battery charger. The lithium pack is good for 250 shots without the LCD or 100 with it turned on. Charging time for a fully discharged pack is about eight hours. There is an optional BC-80 rapid charger for the NP-80 and NP-100 lithium battery packs.
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