Fujifilm FinePix A350 Review

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Review posted 08/5/2005

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The FinePix A345 and FinePix A350 are the newest additions to Fujifilm's popular A-Series cameras. Gone are the lens covers that defined earlier models and in their place are 3x optical zoom lenses that retract directly into the camera bodies for a smooth outer surface. This feature makes the FinePix A345 and FinePix A350 smaller and more compact than their predecessors, allowing them to slide effortlessly into a coat pocket or handbag for all-the-time camera accessibility.

Image quality and overall performance get a boost as well. The FinePix A345 and FinePix A350 have 4.1 MegaPixel and 5.2 MegaPixel CCDs, respectively, as well as new image processors for more robust color and quicker frame-to-frame shooting. Built-in, pre-programmed scene modes take much of the guesswork out of camera settings, and the new models possess LCDs larger than previous A-Series cameras for checking just-taken photos before sending them off for printing. As an added plus, captured movies now become "talkies" with the addition of sound to the cameras' video feature.

These cameras allow first-time digital photographers to capture great pictures easily, while keeping the overall experience simple and fun. Both cameras offer streamlined menu navigation, a quick playback mode and four scene position modes usually found in more advanced Fujifilm cameras, including portrait, night, sports and landscape settings. The macro setting allows users to capture images of items only 4 inches away from the lens. In addition, AVI movies can be captured at a rate of 10 frames per second with sound.

FinePix A350 Zoom Features:

  • 5.2 million pixel CCD for up to 2592 x 1944 image size
  • 3x zoom (35-105mm equiv) plus 1.7x digital zoom
  • Movie Mode; 10fps w/sound @ 320 x 240 or 160 x 120
  • 2 - 1/2000 sec Shutter Speeds
  • 1.7" LCD Color Monitor
  • Uses removable xD-Picture cards (16MB included)
  • Compact (3.5 x 2.4 x 1.2 inch) and stylish body
  • Very lightweight at just 5.1 oz. (excluding batteries)
  • Powered by two AA type batteries
  • USB connectivity and PictBridge direct-print
  • Picture Cradle & rechargeable battery pack (sold separately)

The FinePix A345 will carry a manufacturer's suggested retail price (M.S.R.P.) of $249.95 while the FinePix A350 will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $299.

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Fujifilm FinePix A350

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Fujifilm FinePix A350

Fujifilm FinePix A350

Fujifilm FinePix A350

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FinePix A350 Zoom Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels 5.2 million pixels
CCD Sensor Square pixel CCD
Number of Recorded Pixels 5.36 million pixels
Image Processing Standard
File formats Still image: JPEG (Exif ver. 2.2) *Design rule for Camera File System compliant DPOF-compatible
Movie: AVI format, Motion JPEG
Storage media xD-Picture Card (12/32/64/128/256/512MB/1GB)
Recording capacity with one 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) Still images Movie
5MP(F) 5MP(N) 4.5MP 3MP 2MP 0.2MP
320x240 160x120
6 12 14 19 25 122
65 Sec. 4 Min. 20 Sec.
Lens Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm-105mm on a 35mm camera
Optical Zoom 3.0x
Digital Zoom 4.1x (3x optical zoom lens is used together: Max. zoom scale: approx 12.2x)
Focus Auto focus, TTL contrast type
Focus Range Normal: 2.0ft to infinity, Macro: 2.4in. - 2.6ft.(wide-angle)
Viewfinder Real-image optical viewfinder (approx. 75% coverage)
Exposure Control Program AE
Sensitivity Auto: Equivalent to ISO 64 - 400, depending on conditions
Shutter Speed 2 sec. - 1/2000 sec. (depend on exposure mode)
White balance Automatic, Manual (Good Weather, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light.
Flash Auto flash
Effective range:
  • Wide-angle: approx 60 cm-3.5 m (2.0 ft-11.5 ft)
  • Telephoto: approx. 60 cm-3m (2.0 ft-9.8 ft)
  • Macro: approx. 30 cm-80 cm (1.0 ft-2.6 ft)
Flash modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-Eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
LCD monitor 1.7 inches, Aspect ratio: 4:3; 115,000 pixels Amorphous silicon TFT, Approx. 90% coverage
Camera Terminal USB socket, A/V output socket, DC input socket
Printing Interface PictBridge and Exif Print
Power source
  • 2xAA-siz alkaline batteries
  • 2xAA-size Ni-MH batteries (sold separately)
  • AC Power adapter AC-3VX (sold separately)
Dimensions 3.5(W) x 2.4(H) x 1.2(D) inch
Weight 4.7 oz. (excluding battery and media)
Shooting modes Auto, manual, scene position (portrait, landscape, sports, night scene), (max 1.5 frames/sec; 3-18 frames depending on mode), movie with sound, macro
Movie Recording 320 x 240 pixels up to 65 sec. / 160 x 120 pixels up to 260sec on 16MB xD card: 15fps, AVI (Motion JPEG) with sound
Video output NTSC and PAL Switchable
Playback Automatic Playback, Single frame (with 4.1x playback zoom), 9 multi-frame, trimming
Other Self-timer: approximately 10 sec., world time, 7 language menu interface
Optional Accessories Self-timer: approximately 2sec/10 sec., World Time, 7 Language menu interface, Tripod socket.
AC-3VX AC Adapter
xD-Picture Card (16MB to 1GB)
Compact Flash™ Card Adapter DPC-CF
Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1
xD USB Driver / Reader DPC-UD1
Battery Charger with Battery(2xAA type Ni-MH) BK-NH2/BK-NH

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer)

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