FujiFilm FinePix 4700Z Review
Well. Fuji made a lot of claims about their new SuperCCD's, the main one being that a standard SuperCCD with a 2 megapixel CCD could produce an image as good as a standard CCD with 1.6 times the number of pixels. And thus we discovered that indeed the "4.3 M" (as the label on the front of the camera proclaims) does not in fact stand for 4.3 million pixels on the CCD but rather that the camera produces a 4.3 million pixel image from the 2.4 million pixel SuperCCD.
Because Fuji's SuperCCD isn't orientated squarely (its pixels are aligned in a diagonal pattern) it's not as straightforward to generate the pixel for pixel image directly from the CCD, the pixels on your monitor for instance are squarely orientated, as are the pixels of ink from a printer. Thus the Fuji algorithm manages to generate 4.3 million pixels from just 2.4 million pixels of "information".
This always troubled me. For some time Agfa sold a range of cameras with interpolation, images larger in pixel count than the CCD, these cameras didn't have many fans. The golden rules has always been you can't generate information you didn't capture. Imagine shooting a very fine wire mesh fence. If one of the wires falls between a pixel then you simply don't have the information to create that wire in the final image, it doesn't matter how clever the algorithm it just won't know that wire was ever there.
And here is the problem with the 4700Z. Yes, the images are big, printed at 300 dpi they'd come out 8" x 6" which is big. But going by what I've found and the test images below show this image would be no better (and in some cases worse) than the identical shot taken with a 2.1 megapixel camera interpolated in a standard manner using something like PhotoShop (bicubic interpolation) or other interpolation algorithms.
Not only that but the 4700Z actually performed worse than my standard test camera, a Nikon Coolpix 950 and significantly worse than a 3.3 megapixel Canon S20. Going by the pixel count labels on the front of the camera your average consumer would indeed be confused. UPDATE: I've had it confirmed by Fuji UK that models in the UK will not have the 4.3 label on the front of the camera and that there will be full clarification (as much as is possible) of how the camera generates 4.3 megapixel images from the 2.4 megapixel CCD (thanks to Fuji UK for that).
Reducing images down to monitor resolutions does give good results (as it does with most 2+ megapixel cameras), and I've no arguments with the cameras white balance and colour dynamics, both of which are excellent. If you're buying a camera for images for the web then the 4700Z would indeed be a good choice. To see that just have a look at the images in the samples gallery, they look excellent at monitor resolutions, to get up close you can click on any sample for the untouched original.
Come on Fuji, you've let down an excellently designed and built with average image quality.
Compared to the Powershot S20 & Nikon Coolpix 950
The following scenes were shot with each camera from the same tripod, same lighting within minutes of each other. Cameras were set to automatic white balance, JPEG compression set to the best setting.
In the first set of samples below each 200% crop was taken out of unaltered images, remembering that each of these cameras has different pixel counts you need to look at the image quality and amount of definition rather than size of details.
|Rocks at Dawn by phucthang|
from The Rock
|Sarlat, France by poppyjk|
from Your City - Dinertime!
|Double Eagle by herbymel|
|Great White Egret vs Lizard by jose garcia|
from Strong - Weak
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has confirmed in a tweet that the second lens on the back of the OnePlus 5 uses a 1.6x optical zoom and that digital zoom is used to reach the claimed 2x zoom factor.
Fujifilm recently unveiled the second in its series of affordable cine lenses, the MK50-135mm T2.9. We got our hands on it for a couple days and took it for a spin.
Leica's first attempt at an M-series digital rangefinder was rough around the edges, but set a pattern for all of the cameras that came after it. In this week's Throwback Thursday, Barney remembers the M8.
No stranger to extreme situations, legendary climber and filmmaker Jimmy Chin talks to Outside Magazine about his career, and the challenge of filming Alex Honnold's rope-free solo climb of El Capitain.
A company backed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin is attempting to make video conferencing less terrible.
Rangefinder magazine asked five professional portrait and wedding photographers about posting on Instagram; no surprise, they got five different answers.
This captivating stop motion film was created by stripping away one layer of wood at a time. It's hard to look away.
It will enable users to simulate the presence of the sun, moon and Milky Way and see how they interact with an area's topography.
Since its introduction in November last year Instagram's live streaming feature has been used by millions, but videos could not be archived for watching at a later stage. A new update has now added the capability.
CopyTrack's study also found that the second most-stolen image is a woman wearing painted jeans. That's apparently a thing.
Forget expensive lenses with fancy coatings and special lens elements – photographer Robin de Puy took these portraits using just a water drop for a lens.
Adobe reports a record quarterly revenue of $1.77 billion for the second quarter fiscal year 2017 ended June 2, 2017.
Zeiss says its new lens is particularly suited for portrait photography but also a good all-rounder and can be used in video applications.
We present to you the top photos from the Kennel Club's 2017 Dog Photographer of the Year photo contest – take a look at 10 of the award-winning puppers.
In case you were looking for any more inspiration to go fly one.
Following a couple of successful Kickstarter campaigns, Videre 35mm's creator has re-tooled the camera with sturdier components and a simpler user assembly process.
The two hour long video covers everything an aspiring drone pilot needs to know.
This is what happens when a Canon 17-85mm F4-5.6 lens meets 60,000 PSI of water pressure. Spoiler Alert: the water jet always wins.
Andrew Harnik discusses the challenges – and rewarding moments – of a career making images for the Associated Press in his native DC.
The VMic Pro, VMic Recorder and VMic microphones are targeted at DSLR users who want to record high-quality audio.
While our full OnePlus 5 review is underway, we've put together a sample gallery with images that were taken with both the wide-angle and tele lens in a variety of lighting situations.
The OnePlus 5 main camera comes with a 1/2.8" 16MP Sony IMX 398 sensor and a fast F1.7 aperture. It is supported by a 2x tele-module featuring a 20MP 1/2.8" Sony IMX 350 sensor and F2.6 aperture.
In this video, Vincent Laforet explains why the RED 8K Weapon camera has mostly replaced his still cameras, and it's not all about resolution.
Dupe, Dupe Negative is not a pop song, and Newton's Rings are not NASA's next destination. If you've ever wondered what all that film terminology means, Kodak has you covered.
Fujifilm's X-A3 is the company's only offering to use a new 24MP sensor without their trademark X-Trans color filter array. We've had it out and about with a variety of lenses to see how it compares.
If you thought Nikon had the market cornered on expensive commemorative products, we've got news for you.
The simple drag-and-drop web app reveals the Lightroom edits applied to any JPEG, along with its associated EXIF data, provided that metadata is intact.
Danish photographers Ulrik Hasemann and Mathias Svold spent time documenting the 75,000 refugees currently in Serbia's capitol city. Most are young men from conflict zones in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
It takes a highly-skilled drone operator to execute a video like this in one take.
According to a report by Nikkei Ricoh is facing its biggest crisis ever and will have to cut costs in order to survive.