Fujifilm FinePix E900 Review

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Fujifilm FinePix E900

Record Modes & Screens

The Auto record mode is a simple "Point-n-Shoot" mode. The line of info across the top starts on the left with the "A" and lightning bolt indicate auto flash. The "9M" represents image resolution of 9 megapixels, the "F" indicates Fine compression, and "104" represents the number of frames that can be recorded at the current image size. The yellow brackets in the center denotes the auto focus target area. On the bottom is AUTO indicating Auto Record mode and the shutter speed and aperture settings selected.

Fujifilm FinePix E900

Pressing the DISPlay button toggles from the framing grids screen to the image without any data, multi-display (shows the previous 3 images as well as live window), turns the LCD off and then goes back to the default info display.

Fujifilm FinePix E900

Depressing the "F" button calls up the FinePix Quality, Sensitivity and Color menu. Menu options are the same for Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual and Scene modes; Auto ISO only available in Auto photography mode. Options are:

    QUALITY - Choose image size/quality; 9M Fine, 9M Normal, 3:2, 5M, 3M, 2M, 0.3M

    ISO - Choose sensitivity; 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 or Auto

    FinePix Color - Choose B&W, Standard, or Chrome (high contrast and saturation)

Fujifilm FinePix E900

This is the Programmed Auto record screen. In addition to the information present on the Auto screen, indicators for the selected metering mode, and ISO are shown. The Hand icon warns of a possible blurry image due to slow shutter speed. The "Open" with a lightning bolt suggests opening the pop-up flash. The metering system's choice of aperture and shutter speed are shown in the lower left; the up and down buttons of the 4-way controller activate a program shift, selecting different combinations of aperture and shutter speed. And the +/- button has been pushed to get the realtime histogram display.

Fujifilm FinePix E900

This is the Shutter-Priority Auto record screen, indicated by the "S" in the lower left corner. Shutter speed is controlled by the up and down buttons of the 4-way controller. The metering system warns of under or over exposure by highlighting the aperture value in red.

Fujifilm FinePix E900

This is the Aperture-Priority Auto record screen, indicated by the "A" in the lower left corner. Aperture is controlled by the up and down buttons of the 4-way controller. The metering system warns of under or over exposure by highlighting the shutter speed in red.

Fujifilm FinePix E900

This is the Manual record screen, indicated by the "M" in the lower left corner. Shutter speed is adjusted using the up and down buttons of the 4-way controller; aperture is adjusted by holding down the "±" button while depressing the 4-way controller's up or down button. An exposure indicator is shown in the lower right, with over exposure to the "+" or right side, and under exposure to the "-" or left side.

Fujifilm FinePix E900

Drive Mode is selected from: Off (single frame), Top-4 (max.1.5 frames/sec., up to 4 frames), Auto Bracketing, Final-4 (max.1.5 frames/sec., up to 4 frames ), or Long-period (max.0.6 frames/sec., up to 40 frames. at 9M N)

  • Top-4 mode shoots and stores four consecutive images at 1.5fps
  • Auto Bracketing captures 3 frames and varies the exposure ±1/3, 2/3 or 1EV.
  • Final-4 lets you hold the shutter down and capture up to 40 frames at 1.5fps but only saves the last four when the shutter button is released.
  • Long Period captures up to 40 frames consecutively at approx. 0.6 frames per second.

Fujifilm FinePix E900

Program/Shutter/Aperture/Manual record menu options:
    SELF-TIMER - ON / OFF, 10 or 2 second delay

    PHOTOMETRY - Choose Average, Spot or Multi metering

    WHITE BALANCE - Auto, Custom, Daylight, Shade, "Daylight" Fluorescent, "Warm White" Fluorescent, "cool white" Fluorescent, Incandescent


    SHARPNESS - Choose Normal, Hard or Soft

    SET - Enter Setup menu

    FLASH - Adjust flash brightness ± 2/3 EV

    BRACKETING - Choose steps of 1/3, 2/3 or 1EV for exposure bracketing

Fujifilm FinePix E900

Exposure Compensation can be adjusted ±2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps in Program, Aperture-priority and Shutter-priority modes by depressing the 4-way left or right buttons while holding down the "±" button. An exposure compensation indicator is displayed in the lower right of the LCD. This overrides the camera's metering to adjust exposure levels.

Fujifilm FinePix E900

The Macro focus mode can be enabled in Auto, Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority or Manual shooting modes and allows you to focus from 3 inches to 2.6 feet; the optical zoom is locked at wide angle.

Fujifilm FinePix E900

Movie mode - the top info line indicates the movie recording size is 640x480 followed by the remaining recording time at this quality setting. The E900 records motion video with audio at 30fps with resolutions of 640x480 or 320x240; recording length is limited only by the amount of remaining available memory. The optical zoom lens can be used before recording, but cannot be changed during recording.

Fujifilm FinePix E900

Set-Up Menu:

    IMAGE DISP. - Review after capture: Off, 1.5s, 3s or Continuous
    SHUTTER VOLUME - Volume of Shutter sound effect Off/1/2/3
    BEEP VOLUME - Volume of camera sounds, Low/High/Off
    PLAYBACK VOLUME - Volume during movie playback
    FRAME NO. - Continuous or reset (file numbering)
    LCD BRIGHTNESS - Adjust LCD backlight
    LCD - ON/OFF by default when in record
    CCD-RAW - ON/OFF Selects RAW image shooting mode
    AUTO POWER OFF - OFF, 2m, 5m
    LCD POWER SAVE - Auto-dim LCD to save power
    FORMAT - Formats the xD-Picture Card
    DATE/TIME - setting of date and time
    TIME DIFFERENCE Time zone difference (World Time)
    LANGUAGE - English/French/German/Spanish/Japanese/Chinese
    BACKGROUND COLOR - Menu color scheme
    USB MODE - Download to PC / PictBridge printing mode
    VIDEO SYSTEM - NTSC or PAL video signal timing
    DISCHARGE - Discharge the NiMH rechargeable batteries
    RESET - resets all camera settings to default.

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