Fujifilm FinePix A800

Announced Jan 4, 2007 •
8 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 36 – 108 mm (3×)

A "budget F31". Scores on photo quality. Basically it's an 8-megapixel equivalent of the Fujifilm F30/F31. It only goes to ISO 800 but the amount of fuzziness and artifacting is on par with the popular 6-megapixel models. Use as low an ISO as possible for best results. It's a slow camera however. Startup, zoom, focus are leisurely, and zooming in for image review is excruciating. Video is only QVGA, yesteryear's standard.

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Yet another cheap camera. I had the opportunity to test the Fuji FinePix A800 for one day. GOOD: - runs on 2 AA Batteries - uses SD card - point and shoot NOT GOOD: - very slow auto focus (AF) even in bright light (no real snapshots possible) - awful AF motor sound - bulky design (in my opinion) - speaker on the bottom of the camera gets covered by thumb - dust on sensor (2 big spots!) - no spot AE metering - no center weighted AE metering - slow menu - slow review mode - very slow zooming ...

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