Fuji Finepix A900 Review

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Fuji Finepix A900 Ease of Use 10
Features 6
Movie Mode 6
Build Quality8
Colours 8
Photo Quality 7
Style 8
Lowlight 7
Macro 6
Value for Money 8
9 Megapixels
4x Zoom
2.5 inch LCD Screen
97.5 x 61.9 x 31.8mm
155g

Overview

The Fuji Finepix A900 is a very simple digital camera. It has 9 megapixels and a slightly longer than standard 4x zoom lens. Not only is it one of the easiest cameras you are likely to find it is also one of the cheapest. The Finepix A900 is likely to appeal to someone looking for a camera that can handle everyday snapshots without having any bells and whistles to complicate the operation of the camera.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

9
4x
2.5 inches
97.5 x 61.9 x 31.8mm
155g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

10cm
No
No
AA
SD/xD

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

The Finepix A900 makes a fair start. For a camera in this price range it produces a good level of sharpness. This does fall off to a degree as you move away from the centre of the photo, but on the whole the photo is sharp enough. Sun glare is handled well and the colours also work well.

Focusing when the lens is completely zoomed out exceeds my expectations. This is a shot where most cameras find difficulty with such a distant scene. The Finepix A900 stands up well to this test.

With the zoom fully extended sharpness definitely slips and the photo is not as sharp as I would like to see. This is true across the entire picture. I can also see purple fringing creeping in here and there.

Portraits

I like this photo. As usual I have boosted the colours by using a white balance setting of shady. This adds some extra warmth to the photo without it picking up an orange caste. The skin tones remain natural.

Moving indoors the Finepix A900 disappoints. Despite retaking my test shot the camera is unable to produce a sharply focused shot. I think even a basic digital camera should be able to manage a sharply focused shot in these conditions.

This is a much better result than when flash was used. I must admit that the lighting used is not too challenging, but the Finepix A900 still managed to outperform many other cameras. Even so I think this camera is likely to be much more effective in bright conditions.

Macro, Colours and Noise

Taking into account the price of this camera the macro shot is not a bad effort. The lens does restrict you to being at least 10cm away from the object you are photographing and the shot you see here has been cropped accordingly. There is a purple tinge to the photo, but the camera should be able to take acceptable nature type macro shots in more natural lighting conditions.

The colours fall somewhere in the middle in terms of how vivid they are when compared with other digital cameras. They are not as strong as you tend to find with Panasonic or Sony digital cameras, but they retain a natural look.

At ISO 400 you can see noise creeping into the picture. Even so the Finepix A900 does a better job than many more expensive cameras at this setting. Not surprisingly picture quality has fallen further away. I would suggest only using this setting in very lowlight where flash cannot be used and this is more or less the only way to take a photo.

Summary

In terms of picture quality the Finepix A900 is roughly in line with expectations. At this price level you are not guaranteed brilliant photos every click, but the camera is capable of decent snapshots, especially in daylight.

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Style

The Finepix A900 has a bit of an old fashioned feel to it. It is larger and chunkier than most cameras you will find on the market. This can make it easier to get a good hold of if you have larger hands.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Slow

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash

0.48 seconds
14.86 seconds
0.56 seconds
21.1 seconds


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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Easy This is one of the most straightforward digital cameras you will find.

Points I Like

Easy to use

Where it Could Improve

Picture quality indoors with flash - small internal memory

Verdict

The Fuji Finepix A900 is a cheap and cheerful digital camera. Based on picture quality and ease of use it offers fair value for money. It is hard to find a camera that is easier to pick up and start taking photos with.

Product Shots

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

Top View

Top View

Sample Menus

modes resolution

playback menu

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Related Pages

Fuji Finepix A900 Review Fuji Finepix A900 Specification Fuji Finepix A900 Sample Images Fuji Finepix A900 Features Fuji Digital Cameras

Review Date

January 2008

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