Fujifilm FinePix F420 Zoom review

Started Sep 21, 2004 | User reviews thread
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Fujifilm FinePix F420 Zoom review
Sep 21, 2004

This was the second Fuji camera I've owned, the first being my first
digital camera. My main desires when I first bought a camera were
1) small size so I would be able to keep the camera in my pocket
easily, 2) USB direct cable hookup (common now, but not so when
I first bought),and 3) non-proprietary batteries. The problem with
my first fuji was no physical zoom, which was remedied with this
one.

I loved this camera. Super easy to use and great photo quality. All
of the photos at http://homepage.mac.com/japansen/ (except the
webcam) were basic shots taken at the highest quality settings.

This camera also has audio annotation of photos, which was a nice
unexpected feature.

I have no real complaints about the camera (see below for a few
small quibbles) and would buy it again. Sadly, I lost it two weeks
ago on vacation. On the other hand, I also bought a Nikon D70
while on vacation. Win some, lose some, I guess.

As great as the D70 is, I still wish I had the Fuji for the times when
I just want an easy-to-carry, quality snapshot camera. I'll probably
buy another Point&Shoot in the future for that reason, and I know
I'll go with whatever Fuji is offering at that time

Problems:

When I first started using this camera, the front-panel slide switch
would get squeezed shut and shut off the camera when I gripped
the camera in one hand. I was easily able to adjust how I held it
and this wasn't a persistent issue. This is why I gave the camera a
4.5 construction rating. Otherwise, the build is great. My 1-year
old daughter has occasionaly dropped (as have I, I admit) and it
never stuttered. Well-built.

AAA batteries just don't have the life of AA. I used rechargable (no
need to use Fuji branded) and always carried an extra pair.
Conversely, even though they don't last so long, they charge fast! I
also switched away from using the LCD to shoot and used the
viewfinder. This about quadrupled the battery life.

Occasionally I would find weird bubbles in my photos. At first I
thought I was getting raindrops but then noticed them in non-rain
photos. Don't know what caused them and they were rare. But
they were there and thus I can only give a 4.5 image quality rating.
But overall, the images were excellent.

It isn't a con to me, but this camera doesn't have a lot of
configurable options. White balance (which I never used, but
probably should have) was about all, I think. I bought it for its
simplicity, so the lack of options didn't bother me. This lack of
features is why I only rated it 4.0

Nutrimentia's score
4.6
Average community score
4.1
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