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Internal Flash

The internal flash of the 4700Z was OK, not the best but equally not the worst, a slightly better range than you'd get from a fixed flash confirms the slightly extra power of this pop-up unit. Flash ranges are quoted in the user manual as Wide Angle: 0.2m - 4m (0.7ft - 13.1ft), Telephoto: 0.2cm - 3m (0.7ft - 9.8ft).

Skin tone flash test, pretty good. One thing I'd say is that Fuji definitely have the flash white balance sorted. Wide angle flash coverage test. Oh dear. This shot taken only 2 m from the wall shows very bad drop-off at the corners.
Medium range test shot (complete darkness). Using lights to setup the manual focus then shooting in complete darkness the camera took a pre-flash to measure exposure, well exposed and well balanced, no visible drop-off. Macro flash test shot. Well balanced, not washed out or over powerful.

I feel Fuji could have made much more of that pop-up flash, as it is it's not that much better than an average built-in flash and the drop-off wide-angle shot is particularly disappointing.


Continuous mode / Auto bracketing

One useful feature (if hidden a little) is the 4700Z's ability to bracket a shot, that is take three shots in succession with slightly different exposures which can be useful when shooting in difficult lighting conditions, you can select the best image later...

Switching the camera to Continuous mode an entering the menu you have three bracketing options 1/3EV, 2/3EV and 1EV, the three shots are taken in quick succession (example below using 1EV bracketing).

-1 EV 0 EV +1 EV


Movie Mode

The 4700Z is the first Fuji to feature audio recording when recording a movie. It's movie format is AVI Motion JPEG format (Codec available in QuickTime 2.0 or greater), recording a movie shoots at 320 x 240 pixels, 10 fps (audio recorded at 8 Khz, 8 bit) for a maximum of 80 seconds at a time. Here are the total recording times for each type of SmartMedia card (courtesy of the user manual):

SmartMedia
Capacity
4 MB 8 MB 16 MB
(supplied)
32 MB 64 MB
Available recording time in seconds 22 45 90 182 364

The optical zoom is locked a full wide in Movie mode you can only 'digital zoom' (weird). You can't use macro mode when shooting a movie so 80cm (2.6ft) is as close as you could get. Focus and white balance are fixed during shooting but exposure can vary. Recording is press once to start press once to stop or until 80 seconds has passed, it then takes about 12 seconds to store those 80 seconds (if you're following me).

Click to start sample movie (1,614 KB)
Click to start sample movie (1,614 KB)


Night Scene Mode

Night Scene mode sets the camera up in several ways. It allows for longer exposure times (up to 3 seconds), locks the white balance to outdoor lighting and if the flash is used it's in a "slow sync" fashion. The image shown had an indicated exposure of 2.8 seconds, F2.8. Even though the camera focused this image looks quite out of focus (camera was on a tripod).


Other shooting modes

Two other shooting modes are available: Portrait which seems to alter the colour balance to suit skin tones, also seems to use a softening algorithm. Landscape which simply focus to distant objects, disables the flash and fixes the white balance for outdoor shooting.

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