Fuji Finepix F480 Review

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Fuji Finepix F480 Ease of Use 10
Features 6
Movie Mode 6
Build Quality7
Colours 7
Photo Quality 6
Style 8
Lowlight 6
Macro 5
Value for Money 6
8 Megapixels
4x Zoom
2.7 inch LCD Screen
95.6 x 55.4 x 23mm
140g

Overview

The Fuji Finepix F480 is one of the cheaper pocket sized cameras on the market. It is a straightforward, point and shoot camera. The Finepix F480 is aimed at anyone looking for a simple snapshot camera and does not want to pay a fortune for it. It has 8 megapixels and a 4x wide angle lens.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

8
4x
2.7 inches
95.6 x 55.4 x 23mm
140g

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

5cm
No
No
Lithium ion
xD/SD/SDHC

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

The Finepix F480 is already struggling with what should be quite a straightforward shot. The level of sharpness of the shot is below standard. The camera has also failed to cope with the glare from the sun.

This is an average effort when it comes to focusing. As I have noticed with other digital cameras with wide angle lenses it is difficult to produce a very sharp wide angle photo. Sun glare and purple fringing are other problems that are visible in this shot.

Once again focusing is a bit of a struggle for the Finepix F480. This is especially the case as you move away from the centre of the photo.

Portraits

Focusing improves a lot at closer range. The downside is a dull photo lacking in brightness and colour. The photo feels quite flat and lifeless.

This is another photo where the camera has struggled with focusing. Although you are likely to be able to produce better photos than this one with the flash, you may find it a hit and miss affair.

Without flash the photo is on the dark side. Noise is also creeping into the shot, reducing picture quality.

Macro, Colours and Noise

This is certainly not the sharpest macro shot I have ever seen. There is also a slight colour caste as the Finepix F480 has struggled with the lighting.

On the whole the colours produced in my test shots are fine. There were one or two shots with problems such as the outdoor portrait and the macro shot.

Fuji cameras have a good reputation for working in lowlight, but the Finepix F480 looks to be one of their weakest models. Plenty of noise is already showing at ISO 400. This leads to a lot of definition being lost from the photo. Not surprisingly picture quality has disappeared by the time you crank the ISO level up to 800.

Summary

Based on my test shots this camera falls someway short of the required standard.

See sample images link arrow

Style

The camera is available in black and silver. It has a metal body and is a fairly standard rectangular shape.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Par

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

0.37 seconds
17.77 seconds
1.91 seconds
23.24 seconds


Shutter Lag Table link arrow

Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Easy I found no real problems with the Finepix F480.

Points I Like

Easy to use

Where it Could Improve

Picture quality - shutter delay

Verdict

At the end of the day it does not matter how cheap a camera is if it cannot take a decent picture. I really struggled with the Fuji Finepix F480 and although it carries a relatively low price tag I feel it does not offer good value for money.

Product Shots

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

Top View

Top View

Sample Menus

menu shooting modes

playback setup

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Related Pages

Fuji Finepix F480 Review Fuji Finepix F480 Specification Fuji Finepix F480 Sample Images Fuji Finepix F480 Features Fuji Digital Cameras

Review Date

December 2007

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