Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom Review
Top of camera controls
Record Mode Dial
|Audio Record mode
In this mode the shutter release acts as the record / stop button of a voice recorder and you can take annotations limited only by the space available on your SmartMedia card. In the case of a 128 MB card this provides the amazing capability to record 4 hours of audio. Audio is recorded as a WAV file at 8 kHz, 8-bit (64 kbps).
Movie Clip mode
Auto Record mode
Position Auto Exposure
|Manual Record mode
Fully automatic exposure mode with more creative options, you can change exposure compensation, white balance, sensitivity (ISO equiv.), metering, sharpness, flash compensation, manual focus over what is available in auto record mode. New to the F601Z (not previously available on the 6800Z / 4700Z etc.) are the ability to choose from Programmed Auto exposure, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual exposure modes.
Rear of camera controls
The back of the F601Z has been simplified since the 6800Z rather extravagant use of an illuminated circular LCD in the center of its 4-way controller. Now we have a simple group of buttons at the top right and two other buttons just above the LCD monitor. Fujifilm has also chosen to go with the easier to use joystick style 4-way controller which proved to be surprisingly easy to use (as you can 'nudge' it rather than pressing). Note that the joystick also has a fifth function of menu selection and confirmation.
Mechanically releases the camera's pop-up flash. This also automatically engages one of the flash modes (unless the current shooting mode does not allow it).
|Menu / OK
Pressing the MENU button enters the menu for the current camera mode. Once in menu mode the same button is used to select menu options or confirm settings.
|Zoom Telephoto / Playback
Press the 4-way controller up to zoom the lens towards maximum telephoto focal length of 108 mm (equiv.). In play mode pressing the 4-way controller this way engages playback magnification (up to 18x).
|Zoom Wide / Playback
Press the 4-way controller down to zoom the lens back towards its wide angle position of 36 mm (equiv.). In play mode pressing the 4-way controller this way steps out of magnify mode.
Selects different LCD monitor display modes:
|Power On / Off
Press this button once to power the camera on, once more to power it off. The button is set slightly countersunk to the LCD monitor cover so as not to be accidentally knocked when holding the camera.
Play / Record mode switch
Extends the cameras lens if it is not already in the extended position. Prepares the camera for shooting depending on the selected record mode (position of record mode dial - top of the camera).
Programmed Auto Exposure
Priority Auto Exposure
2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec
Priority Auto Exposure
F2.8, F4, F5.6, F8
Just like other Fujifilm digital's the camera reports apertures such as F2.8 even at full telephoto. This is simply incorrect.
Shutter speeds: 2, 1.5, 1.3, 1, 1/1.3, 1/1.6, 1/2, 1/2.5,
1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40,
1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400,
1/500, 1/650, 1/800, 1/1000, 1/1200, 1/1600 sec
Setup menu is described later in this review.
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