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'Picky Details' for the Fujifilm FinePix 2650 digital camera
(Timing, Power, and Storage Info)

Timing
I measure both cycle times and shutter delay times, using a test system I designed and built for the purpose. (Crystal-controlled, with a resolution of 0.001 second.) Here are the numbers I collected for the Fujifilm FinePix 2650:

NOTE: My qualitative characterizations of camera performance below (that is, "reasonably fast," "about average," etc.) are meant to be relative to other cameras of similar price and general capabilities. Thus, the same shutter lag that's "very fast" for a low-end consumer camera might be characterized as "quite slow" if I encountered it on a professional model. The comments are also intended as only a quick reference: If performance specs are critical for you, rely on the absolute numbers to compare cameras, rather than my purely qualitative comments.

Fujifilm FinePix 2650 Timings
Operation
Time
(secs)
Notes
Power On -> First shot
4.51
Startup screen appears and lens extrudes. About average.
Shutdown
4.42
Lens retracts. Slower than average.
Play to Record, first shot
0.79
Time until first shot is captured. Pretty fast.
Record to play
1.09
Time to display a large/fine file after capture. Pretty fast.
Shutter lag, full autofocus
0.96/1.01
First time is at full wide-angle, second is full telephoto. About average. (Average is 1.0 seconds to a bit lower.)
Shutter lag, prefocus
0.243
Time to capture, after half-pressing shutter button. A little faster than average. (Average is about 0.3 seconds.)
Cycle Time, max/min resolution
2.71 /2.71
First number is for large/fine files, second number for small/basic images. Times are averages. A bit slow by current standards, the 2650 doesn't appear to use any "buffer memory" to reduce the cycle time.

Overall, the FinePix 2650 is about an average-speed camera. It has a slightly slow shutter response in autofocus mode, but is a little faster than average when "prefocused" by half-pressing and holding the shutter button before the shot itself. Shot to shot cycle times are also a little slow by current standards, but not too bad overall. (The 2650 doesn't seem to use any buffer memory to keep the camera from having to wait for the memory card when shooting. This makes it a bit slower than average between shots, but also means that you can shoot until the card is full, without ever encountering any delays longer than the 2.7 seconds shown in the table above.)

Power
The  FinePix 2650 uses two AA batteries for power. The table below shows the power drain and corresponding projected battery life in various operating modes.

Operating Mode
Power
(@2.4 volts on the external power terminal)
Est. Minutes
(Two 1600 mAh NiMH cells, true capacity)
Capture Mode, w/LCD
452 mA
170 min
Capture Mode, no LCD
99 mA
~ 13 hours!
Half-pressed shutter w/LCD
447 mA
172 min
Half-pressed w/o LCD
314 mA
245 min
Memory Write (transient)
505 mA
n/a
Flash Recharge (transient)
1038 mA
n/a
Image Playback
283 mA
271 min

 

Storage Capacity
The  FinePix 2650 stores its photos on xD Picture cards, and a 16MB card is included with the camera. (I strongly recommend buying at least a 64MB card, preferably a 128MB one, to give yourself extra space for extended outings.) The chart below shows how many images can be stored on the included 16MB card at each size/quality setting.

 

Image Capacity vs
Resolution/Quality
16MB Memory Card
Fine
Normal
1,600 x 1,200 Images
(Avg size)
16
985KB
31
508KB
Approx.
Compression
6:1 11:1
1,280 x 960 Images
(Avg size)
25
640KB
47
336KB
Approx.
Compression
6:1
11:1
640 x 480
Images
(Avg size)
84
189KB
139
115KB
Approx.
Compression
5:1
8:1

 

Download Speed
The  FinePix 2650 connects to a host computer via a USB interface. Downloading files to a dual 1 GHz PowerMac G4 (OS X, version 10.2.3), I clocked it at 195 KBytes/second. This is pretty slow as USB-connected cameras go. (Cameras with slow USB interfaces typically run as low as 300 KB/s, cameras with fast ones run as high as 600 KB/s.) If you wind up buying a really large memory card for it, you might want to get an external card reader as well, to avoid frustration while downloading image files.

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