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Fujifilm FinePix 6800Z Review. Phil Askey

April 2001 | By Phil Askey

Review based on a production Fujifilm FinePix 6800z

On the 1st February this year Fujifilm announced two new digital cameras, the 4800Z and 6800Z to supersede their popular 4700Z model. Both cameras shared the same new (but still familiar) "Porsche design" case and 3x optical zoom, however the 6800Z features a new 3.3 megapixel SuperCCD sensor which generates a 6 megapixel image (thanks to Fujiilm's "image processing").

, this new sensor captures the image a 3.3 megapixels which are then processed (interpolated to you and me) to a 6 megapixel (2,832 x 2,128) image.

Compared to the FinePix 4700Z

  Fujifilm FinePix 4700Z Fujifilm FinePix 6800Z
Lens 36 - 108 mm (equiv.) F2.8 - F4.5
Imager 1/1.7" 2.4 megapixel SuperCCD 1/1.7" 3.3 megapixel SuperCCD
ISO sensitivity ISO 200, 400, 800 ISO 100, 200, 400
Metering 64 segment, CW-average, Spot, Multi-point
Exp. compen. -1.5EV to +1.5EV in 1/3EV steps
Image sizes 2400 x 1800
1280 x 960
640 x 480
2832 x 2128
2048 x 1536
1280 x 960
640 x 480
Image format 3 x JPEG levels
Focus range Normal: 80 cm (2.6 ft)
Macro: 20 cm (0.6 ft)
Normal: 60 cm (2.0 ft)
Macro: 20 cm (0.6 ft)
Focus modes Auto Focus / Manual Focus
Shutter speed 3 - 1/2000 sec
Flash Pop-up, range 4 m (13.1 ft) Pop-up, range 3 m (9.8 ft)
Storage SmartMedia, 16 MB included
Power 2 x AA batteries (NiMH rechargeable) 1 x NP-80 Lithium-Ion
Cradle No Yes
Design   New "Porsche" designed case
Dimensions 78 x 97.5 x 32.9 mm
(3.1 x 3.8 x 1.3 in)
80 x 97.5 x 36.3 mm
(3.2 x 3.8 x 1.4 in)
Weight 280 g (9.9 oz)


Still controversial Fujifilm seem to have ignored many of the industry "nay-sayers" and continued with their line of SuperCCD sensors. The 6800Z has the same "Honeycomb" SuperCCD design found in the 4700Z, 4800Z, 4900Z and S1 Pro. The major difference between a SuperCCD and standard CCD is the orientation of the CCD pixels. In a SuperCCD they're orientated in a diamond formation, turning this into a square image requires interpolation which generates a higher pixel count.

The Fuji 6800Z has a 3.3 megapixel SuperCCD which generates a 6 megapixel image (2832 x 2128). This means that the cameras internal systems are processing those diagonally orientated pixels to generate the image... The jury is still out as to whether this is a good thing or not.

The 6800Z is also the first (along with the 4800Z and recently announced 6900Z) SuperCCD digital camera to support ISO 100 sensitivity, and also noticeably Fujifilm have dropped the ISO 800 sensitivity available on the 4700Z and 4900Z.

If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this review (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

Photographs of the camera were taken with a Canon EOS-D30, images which can be viewed at a larger size have a small magnifying glass icon in the bottom right corner of the image, clicking on the image will display a larger (normally 960 x 720 or smaller if cropped) image in a new window.

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This review is Copyright 2001 Phil Askey and the review in part or in whole may NOT be reproduced in any electronic or printed medium without prior permission from the author. For information on reproducing any part of this review (or any images) please contact: Phil Askey.

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