Fujifilm E900 Review

 
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Fujifilm FinePix E900 Performance


Timing and Performance

Good speed for a consumer camera.

Operation
Time
(secs)
Notes
Power On -> First shot
1.5
LCD turns on and lens extends forward.
Shutdown
1.0 - 12
First time is time to retract lens, second time is worst-case buffer-clearing time.
Play to Record, first shot
0.8
Time until first shot is captured.
Record to play
4.8 / 1.7
First time is that required to display a large/fine file immediately after capture, second time is that needed to display a large/fine file that has already been processed and stored on the memory card.
Shutter lag, full autofocus
0.61 / 0.58
First time is at full wide-angle, second is full telephoto.
Shutter lag, prefocus
0.010
Time to capture, after half-pressing shutter button.
Shutter lag, continuous autofocus
0.60
-
Shutter lag, manual focus
0.31
-
Cycle Time, max/min resolution
1.03 /
1.26
First number is for large/fine files, second number is time for "TV" mode (640x480) images. Times are averages. In large/fine mode, shoots 6 frames this fast, then slows to about 1.6 seconds per shot. Buffer clears in 6 seconds. In TV mode, shoots this fast continuously, and clears the buffer in 2 seconds.
Cycle Time, RAW
7.97
Times are averages. Buffer clears after each shot.
Cycle Time, Flash exposures
8
(Flash at maximum power output)
Cycle Time, continuous High mode, max/min resolution
0.61
(1.65 fps)
Times are averages. Shoots a burst of 4 frames at the same speed regardless of resolution. Buffer clears in 11 seconds for large/fine shots, in 7 seconds for "TV" sized images.
Cycle Time, continuous Low mode, max/min resolution
1.21 / 1.18
(0.82 / 0.84 fps)
First number is for large/fine files, second number is time for "TV" mode (640x480) images. Times are averages. In large/fine mode, shoots 10 frames this fast, then slows to about 1.5 seconds per shot. Buffer clears in 6 seconds. In TV mode, shoots this fast continuously, and clears the buffer in 2 seconds.
Download speed
Windows Computer, USB 2.0
4,515 KBytes/sec
Typical Values:
Less than 600=USB 1.1;
600-770=USB 2.0 Low;
771-5000=USB 2.0 High

The FinePix E900's performance is quite good overall, though it has a slow startup time of 1.5 second. Shutter lag is good at wide angle and telephoto, and prefocusing the camera (halfway pressing the Shutter button) results in a blazing 0.010 second lag time (Very fast!). Shot to shot cycle times are also good, at about 1.03 seconds for large/fine JPEGs, and it can capture up to six shots this quickly before it has to slow down and wait for the memory card to catch up. Continuous-mode speed is about average though, even at the "high" setting, at 1.65 frames/second, for up to four shots in succession. The flash takes its time recycling, at about eight seconds to recharge after a full-power shot. Connected to a computer, the E900 is quite zippy though, at 4,515 Kbytes per second. Overall, the E900 is a responsive camera, definitely suitable for chasing the kids around at home or at a soccer game.

Battery and Storage Capacity

Battery
Moderate battery life with the LCD on, very good when LCD is switched off.

Operating Mode
Battery Life
Still-image capture mode
LCD on
139 minutes
Still-image capture mode
LCD off
369 minutes
Image playback
LCD on
257 minutes

The FinePix E900 uses two AA-type batteries for power, and comes with a set of rechargeable NiMH batteries and a charger. The table above shows maximum run times based on our power measurements and the rated performance of its battery. With AAs, I always recommend picking up a spare set and keeping it freshly charged and on-hand. And though the E900 displays pretty good battery life for AAs, my recommendation stands. (Though the benefit of the AA type battery is that you can easily pop into a grocery or drug store and pick up a set of alkaline batteries if needed.)

Storage
The FinePix E900 comes with a 16MB xD Picture Card.

Image Capacity with
included 16MB xD card
Normal
3,488 x 2,616 Fine Images 3
File Size 4.6MB
3,488 x 2,616 Images 7
File Size 2.3MB
2,592 x 1,944 Images 12
File Size 1.2MB
2,048 x 1,536 Images 20
File Size 788K
1,600 x 1,200
Images 25
File Size 626K
640 x 480
Images 124
File Size 128K

I strongly recommend buying at least a 256MB card, preferably a 512MB one, to give yourself extra space for extended outings.

 

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