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Fuji FinePix 1300

Fuji updates their entry-level 1.3 megapixel model, adding USB for fast file downloads

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Review First Posted: 11/28/2000

1.3 megapixel sensor for 1280x960 pixel images
Simple user interface
Enough exposure control for most shooting situations
Compact design

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Manufacturer Overview
Long a powerhouse in the world of film-based photography, Fujifilm is staking out broad swaths of terrain in the digital domain as well. As evidence, we point to the number and variety of digital cameras they've introduced this year (2000). On display at PhotoPlus Expo East in New York City's Jacob Javits Center in November 2000 were a range of cameras stretching from the inexpensive 1.3 megapixel FinePix 1300 (the subject of this review) to the pro-grade S1 Pro digital SLR. Their broad scope and competitive pricing left no doubt that Fujifilm is making a strong play for all segments of the digital imaging market.

Other recent Fujifilm digital camera introductions include the FinePix 40i, which targets the young consumer with MP3 and QuickTime Movie capabilities, plus a very cool, high-tech, palm-size body that comes in silver and metallic blue in the American market (a pink version is available in Japan); the FinePix 4900 Zoom, which has a more sporty SLR look, with a 6X Super EBC Fujinon aspherical lens and a 2.4 megapixel Super CCD; and the FinePix 2400 Zoom, with a 2.1 megapixel sensor and 3x optical zoom lens.

Apparently replacing Fujifilm's MX-1200 model, the FinePix 1300 features a 1.3-megapixel CCD, capable of creating images as large as 1,280 x 960 pixels, and a fast USB computer connection. (It does appear that the MX-1200 will remain in the lineup for at least a little while, since both the 1200 and 1300 are being sold at this writing in November, 2000. We expect the 1300 to entirely replace the 1200 soon though.) At a Fine Quality setting, this image size is perfect for producing 4 x 6- to 5 x 7-inch photographic prints. Designed for ease of use, consumers can let the camera make all exposure decisions, or they can choose to control specific exposure functions, such as white balance, exposure compensation, and flash output. The FinePix 1300 is an affordable digital camera that will fit in well with just about any family activity.

High Points

  • 1.3 megapixel CCD capturing up to 1,280 x 960-pixel resolution images.
  • 1.6-inch, 55,000-pixel, color LCD monitor.
  • Fixed-focus Fujinon 5.8mm lens (equivalent to a 36mm lens on a 35mm camera) with Macro mode.
  • 2X digital telephoto.
  • Camera-selected apertures of f/4.5 and f/11.
  • Automatically controlled shutter speeds from 1/1,000 to 1/2 second.
  • Built-in flash with Auto Flash, Redeye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, and Slow Synchro modes.
  • Adjustable White Balance with Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Daylight Fluorescent, Warm White Fluorescent, Cool White Fluorescent, and Incandescent settings.
  • Exposure Compensation adjustable from -0.9 to +1.5 EV in one-third-step increments.
  • 10-second self-timer.
  • Continuous shooting at up to 2 frames per second.
  • Light sensitivity equivalent to ISO 125.
  • Images stored on SmartMedia cards as Exif Ver. 2.1 JPEG files (8MB card included).
  • USB interface and cable for connecting to a Mac or PC.
  • Supports Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) for direct print output.

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