First Fuji FinePix 6800 Zoom samples posted!|
(Saturday, February 3, 2001 - 20:08 EST)
Japanese web site PC Watch delivers the first sample photos from Fuji's recently announced FinePix 6800 Zoom digital camera that we've seen...
PC Watch's Yamada Kumio has posted 7 images taken with a development version of the 3.3 megapixel FinePix 6800 Zoom. As is usual with photos from development cameras, bear in mind that image quality may not be representative of the final model on store shelves, however it should give some indication of what the camera can do...
All 7 images are taken in the camera's highest resolution setting of 6.03 megapixels, which is interpolated up from an effective sensor resolution of 3.015 megapixels, a ratio of exactly 2:1. Each image is about 1.1 megabytes in size.
Yamada describes the camera's body as "impressive", noting that the knurling on the dials and knobs was reminiscent of film cameras in its detailing. He notes that moving the optical viewfinder from the center to the edge of the camera was a good move, as it prevents your nose from pressing against it. The LCD viewfinder has apparently also improved, and is now brighter and easier to see.
The camera starts up in about 2 seconds, and has a shot-shot time of about a second. The image can be reviewed on the LCD display immediately that it has been taken... Operation is similar to the FinePix 4700Z, and the camera can pretty much be operated just with the right hand.
Yamada felt that, given that the camera was a development model and the photos were taken on a rainy early evening, image quality was good. He noted that the images were less noisy than previous SuperCCD images, and edges were more natural looking. He also felt the colors were very natural.
Charging and transferring images through the supplied cradle was found to be very convenient, Yamada said. He compared this arrangement to a cellular phone or Palm organiser, and noted that whilst in the past it has been preferable for cameras to use several standard batteries, recharging in this way makes proprietary batteries a good thing...
Fuji's bundled FinePix Viewer software, which starts up automatically and receives images from the camera when a button on the cradle is pressed, was liked very much by Yamada. The Internet functionality of the software could not be tested though, as the FDi service which it uses is not yet operational.
Check out the PC Watch item for the sample images... There are several outdoor shots, a macro shot and an indoor shot of some children to show how the camera handles flesh tones.
PC Watch website