On Sunday 19 September 2004 10:14, Susan Farmer wrote:
> My friend had a Fuji-fine pix that took exceptional photos.
I have the Fujifilm 4800Z, a 3.5 megapixel unit. I bought it about two
years ago for approximately $600...equivalent models are now much lower
in cost than that. It does a great job on casual snapshots and is small
and flat enough to fit into a belt pouch.
* Fuji uses a hexagonal CCD cell that gives you a much better effective
resolution than the raw pixel count would suggest.
* No moving parts...hooks up to the computer using USB port, and appears
to the computer as a simple USB hard drive. Most modern operating systems
need *no special software* to access it. Just plug it in and it works.
I use it under Linux, which automatically recognizes it as an external
disk drive. There is "camera software" available, but you really don't
need it for modern o.s.
* Pretty good manual control over things like white balance and exposure.
I almost never use automatic mode (but then, in 35mm work I use an old
Pentax K1000 full-manual, by choice).
* I've gotten some fantastic battle shots with this camera. In bright
daylight, its shutter speed is nice and short and sometimes even moving
weapons are captured with minimal or zero blur.
* Surprisingly, if you have a scene that is fairly still, you can work
flashless with this camera. I've gotten good shots of Royal Court even
though I refuse to use flash because I find it disruptive of the period
atmosphere. This work requires a tripod or a very steady hand (with which
I happen to be gifted), and you learn to time the picture to those instants
where a person's body stops moving as they transition from one motion to
the next. It takes practice, but becomes intuitive after a while.
* The optics have a small amount of spherical aberration, noticeable if
you are photographing something like a brick wall at very wide angle.
* Like most small digital cameras, has no provision for external "real"
lenses...just the little built-in zoom.
* The zoom goes way in for close-ups (a good thing) but doesn't zoom out
for wide angle as far as I would like. To be fair, in 35mm work I have
a dedicated wide-angle lense that I use, so the comparison may be
* The best you can do for low-light is 400 ASA equivalent...this camera
is not good for working flashless at a campfire.
* In very low light conditions, some graininess appears. This is a common
limitation of low-cost digicams. The Fuji is better than many, but still
has the problem.
Overall, I'm quite pleased with this unit. I am seriously shopping for an
upgrade -- a true "film killer" this time -- but even when I get the new
camera, I will still keep my 4800 to use when I don't want to carry the
larger one with all its accessory lenses.
You can see some of my work with the 4800 at these URLs:
(I suggest the Beijing and Tianjin albums)
(look for photo albums in the menus at left)
1. I make a mental distinction between "photographs" and "snapshots". Not
all of my work is intended to be serious amateur photography -- sometimes
I just snap a photo to remember an event with friends or family. In other
words, I'm not holding these albums up as great works of art. :-)
2. To prevent my work from being stolen by some of the online image aggregators
(such as the one run by Microsoft), I never put my high-resolution images
on the web. The camera works at 1600x1200 or 1280x1024, but I only publish
images that are scaled to 800x600 or less. So....the images on my web site
are not the full quality that the camera can deliver, because there is always
some loss of resolution when scaling a photo.
Hope this helps!
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