Fujifilm FinePix A201 review

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Fujifilm FinePix A201 review
Dec 31, 2002

Don't buy - here's why. The focus-free (non-focussing)
nature of this camera makes for very (very!) fuzzy pictures,
except under the most ideal conditions. I spent a couple of
weekends with a number of digital cameras, and this one
came off worst. The image sensor is good quality - low
noise - but to compensate for its low sensitivity, Fuji had to
use large apertures and long exposures. That means for
non-flash, lower light, interior or cloudy day shots, you will
shake the camera too much to make a non-jittery picture.
The large aperture means that the depth of field is tiny. This
means that only objects at the ideal distance will be in
focus. If your subject isn't between 4.5 and 7 feet away, it
will be very blurry! The controls on this camera are excellent
to navigate, but once you've seen what a normal-quality
digital image is, you can't look at the output from this unit.
The macro mode is useless for the same depth-of-field
reason: blurry pictures. Notice that Fuji quickly replaced this
non-focussing model (A201) with a focussing model
(A200/A202), for less money too. It's very plasticky (the
sliders are like those on a throwaway camera), even though
it's really cute. The screen and video mode are nice, but
overall, this camera is a waste of your time and money -
unless you ONLY take portraits exactly 6 ft away from your
subject, and only in bright light.

Problems:

Focus-free (non-focussing) lens means blurry picutres
Extremely little depth of field - blurry pictures
Macro useless - too little depth of field - blurry pictures
Flimsy, plasticky feel
Superseded by newer, better model for less money
Cute and nice controls, but waste of time and good plastic

jreview's score
2.3
Average community score
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