Fujifilm F470 Review

 
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Fuji F470 Performance


Timing and Performance

Fujifilm FinePix F470 Timing
Good to average speed for a consumer camera.

Startup/Shutdown
Power on
to first shot
2.7 seconds
Time it takes for LCD to turn on and lens to deploy
Shutdown
2.1 seconds
How long it takes to retract lens
Buffer clearing time
16 seconds
(After 8 large/fine images)
Worst case buffer clearing time. -- This is the delay after a set of shots before you can remove the card. Some cameras won't retract their lenses and shut down until the buffer is cleared.
Mode switching
Play to Record,
first shot
1.1 seconds
Time until first shot is captured
Record to play
5.1 seconds
Time to display a large/fine file immediately after capture
Display
recorded image
2.0 second
Time to display a large/fine file already on the memory card.
Shutter response (Lag Time):
Full Autofocus Wide
0.57 second
Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at wide angle position.
Full Autofocus Tele
0.61 second
Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at telephoto position.
Prefocused
0.103 second
Time to capture, after half-pressing and holding shutter button.
Cycle time (shot to shot)
Single Shot mode
Large Fine JPEG
1.87 second;
8 frames total;
16 seconds to clear
Time per shot, averaged over buffer length of 8 shots. Times measured with Fuji xD card.
Single Shot mode
640x480 JPEG
2.15 seconds
Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots. Times measured with Fuji xD card.
Early shutter
penalty?
No
Some cameras refuse to snap another shot if you release and press the shutter too quickly in Single Shot mode, making "No" the preferred answer.
Continuous mode
Large Fine JPEG
0.61 second (1.65 frames per second);
5 frames total;
12 seconds to clear
Time per shot, averaged over buffer length of 5 shots. Times measured with Fuji xD card.
Continuous mode
640x480 JPEG
0.56 second (1.78 frames per second);
10 seconds to clear
Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots. Times measured with Fuji xD card.
Flash recycling
4.6 seconds
Flash at maximum output
Download speed
Windows Computer, USB 2.0
848 KBytes/sec
Typical Values:
Less than 600=USB 1.1;
600-770=USB 2.0 Low;
771-4000=USB 2.0 High

The FinePix F470's performance ranges from pretty good to average here. Shutter response is quite good at both wide angle and telephoto, and "prefocusing" the camera by half-pressing and holding down the shutter button before the final exposure results in a fast time as well. Shot to shot cycle times are average, at about 1.87 seconds for large/fine JPEGs, and it can capture up to eight shots this quickly before it has to slow down and wait for the memory card to catch up. Continuous-mode speed is also about average, at about 1.64 frames/second, for up to five large/fine shots in succession. The flash takes about 4.6 seconds to recharge after a full-power shot, once again about average. Connected to a computer, download speeds are fast enough that you probably won't feel a need for a separate card reader. While the FinePix F470 probably isn't a first pick for sports or high-action photography, it's definitely capable of average family and travel shooting needs.

Battery and Storage Capacity

Battery
Moderate battery life.

Test Conditions
Number of Shots
LiIon rechargeable Battery
200

The Fujifilm FinePix F470 uses a custom rechargeable LiIon battery for power. The table above shows the number of shots the camera is capable of, based on CIPA battery-life standard test conditions. Given the modest run time, you should definitely consider purchasing a second battery to pack along on extended outings.

(Interested readers can find an English translation of the CIPA DC-002 standards document here. (180K PDF document))

Storage
The FinePix F470 includes 16MB of internal memory.

Image Capacity with
16MB Memory
Fine Normal
2,816 x 2,112 Images 5 10
File Size 2.9 MB 1.5 MB
2,048 x 1,536 Images - 20
File Size - 785 KB
1,600 x 1,200 Images - 25
File Size - 625 KB
640 x 480 Images - 124
File Size - 128 KB

I strongly recommend buying at least a 128MB card, preferably a 256MB one, to give yourself extra space for extended outings.

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