Taking pictures

The MX2900 is a solid, reliable if a little quirky 2.3 megapixel digicam, operationally it feels a little slower than the competition (Nikon Coolpix 950, Oly C2000Z, Sony F505). The focus mechanism is pretty noisy and reminds me of the Canon Pro 70. "thrzzt thrzzz thrzzt thrzzt click".

My few gripes

  • No live display of exposure information on the LCD
  • Have to go into the menu system to alter aperture or shutter priority settings
  • No control over ISO sensitivity
  • Noisy focus mechanism
  • Fairly heavy build for featureset (Canon S10 anyone?)
  • Long shutter lag (~0.4 s)
  • Slow image storage
  • Slow operation in playback

Timings & File Sizes

Timing Notes: All times calculated as an average of three operations. Unless otherwise stated all timings were made on a 1600 x 1200 JPEG image @ FINE compression.

File Size Notes: All file sizes as an average of three files. As is the case with JPEG it's difficult to predict the size of an image because it will vary wildly depending on the content of the image (especially the amount of detail captured). For example, take a photograph of a fairly empty wall and you'll get a small JPEG, take a photograph of a bush with a lot of detail and you'll get a larger image. File sizes here are closer to the later, the larger size of file you should expect.

The estimated number of images per 8 MB SmartMedia card is given as a guide to beginners (as an 8 MB SmartMedia card is supplied with the camera).

Action Time taken

OFF to RECORD (Still or Movie)

4.5 (Lens extension)
OFF to PLAY 6.6  
RECORD to OFF 3.4 (Lens retraction)
RECORD to PLAY 6.4  
PLAY to A-REC / M-REC 3.6  
PLAY: Image to Image 5.5  
PLAY: INDEX thumbnail view <1.0 Almost instant
PLAY: Zoom-in <1.0 Almost instant
Auto Focus LAG ~1.4 Varies depending on difficulty to focus
Shutter Release LAG 0.4 (Slow compared to C2000Z / 950)
Action Time taken
File size Compression ratio Images on an 8 MB SM card
Store 1800 x 1200 Hi (TIFF) 11.4 = 4,258 KB 1:1 1
Store 1800 x 1200 FINE 8.0 ~ 900 KB 1:5 8
Store 1800 x 1200 NORMAL 6.4 ~ 450 KB 1:10 17
Store 1800 x 1200 BASIC 6.4 ~ 230 KB 1:20 35
Store 640 x 480 Hi (TIFF) 6.4 = 639 KB 1:1 12
Store 640 x 480 FINE 6.0 ~ 164 KB 1:4 46
Store 640 x 480 NORMAL 5.2 ~ 90 KB 1:8 89
Store 640 x 480 BASIC 5.2 ~ 42 KB 1:16 141

Battery life

Battery life was overall pretty good, the MX2900 features a large Lithium-Ion battery which lasts very well, around an hours shooting with the LCD on and half an hour more without. Kudos to Fuji for making the battery a "non problem" by installing a good rechargeable and making charging the camera as easy as plugging in the AC adapter.