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Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom Review

June 2002 | By Phil Askey


Review based on a production FinePix F601 Zoom, Firmware Ver 2.00

The F601 Zoom joins its bigger brother the S602 Zoom as the latest in a line of SuperCCD digital cameras. Last year we saw the 6800Z introduced as the stylish replacement to 4700Z. This year the design is a little more rounded and certain controls have matured and shifted. The F601Z (just like the S602) uses the latest generation Super CCD III sensor, like all SuperCCD digital cameras the F601Z captures a 'honeycomb pattern' image (in this case 3.1 megapixels) and processes it up in size to produce a larger final image (in this case 6 megapixels).

Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom vs. FinePix 6800 Zoom (differences)

  FinePix F601 Zoom FinePix 6800 Zoom
 
Control layout  • Mode dial on top of camera
 • 4-way joystick control
 • Mode dial on rear of camera
 • 4-way buttons & LCD panel
Video out Via cradle Connector on camera
Sensor SuperCCD III SuperCCD II
ISO sensitivity  • ISO 160
 • ISO 200
 • ISO 400
 • ISO 800 (at 1280 x 960 only)
 • ISO 1600 (at 1280 x 960 only)
 • ISO 100
 • ISO 200
 • ISO 400
AF Modes  • AF
 • AF Area (49 selectable AF points)
 • AF
Exposure modes  • Auto
 • Programmed Auto
 • Aperture Priority
 • Shutter Priority
 • Manual Exposure
 • Auto
Movie clips  • 640 x 480, 15 fps, unlimited
 • 320 x 240, 15 fps, unlimited
 • 320 x 240, 10 fps (max 160 secs)
Continuous  • 5 fps up to 5 images
 • 1.8 fps, 40 frames (1280 x 960)
 • 5 fps up to 5 images
Shutter speed 2 sec - 1/2000 sec 3 sec - 1/1000 sec
LCD Monitor 1.5" 110,000 pixel 2.0" 130,000 pixel
Power source NP-60 Lithium-Ion battery (1035 mAh) NP-80 Lithium-Ion battery (1100 mAh)
Dimensions 72 x 93 x 34 mm
(2.8 x 3.7 x 1.3 in)
80 x 97.5 x 36.3 mm
(3.2 x 3.8 x 1.4 in)
Volume 227 cm³ 283 cm³
Weight (inc batt) 243 g (8.6 oz) 290 g (10.2 oz)


SuperCCD III

The use of SuperCCD doesn't have the same controversial impact it had when first introduced, but there are still a good number of sceptics of exactly how this honeycomb CCD layout produces better pictures. Fujifilm didn't help themselves back when they first announced SuperCCD by labelling their first camera '4.3 megapixel' when they were in fact 2.4 megapixel images being 'processed' (interpolated to you and me) up to a 4.3 megapixel image.

This 'processing' still occurs now, and the S602Z has a 3.1 megapixel SuperCCD which produces a 6.0 megapixel image. SuperCCD works by combining pixels from the 45 degree pixel layout into a normal square pattern, this has the side-effect of producing more image pixels than were actually captured.

With the latest generation of SuperCCD (now third) Fujifilm has added two new sensitivities of ISO 800 and ISO 1600, these work by 'coupling' (combining) neighbouring pixel values to effectively increase sensitivity. The disadvantage of these two new higher sensitivities is that you can only shoot at 1280 x 960.

Other new features introduced with SuperCCD III are the ability to record high frame rate (30 fps) VGA video, longer continuous shooting at 1280 x 960 as well as an improved automatic white balance feature.


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).

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