logo
RSS Twitter YouTube

Fuji Finepix F480 Review

8 Megapixels8 MegapixelsLow-Quality Video: 320x240 resolution or less.Low-Quality Video: 320x240 resolution or less.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts xD memory.Accepts xD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Introduction

More than most ultra-compact cameras, the Fuji F480 lacks in features and controls. The features that it does have are listed here:

  • ISO sensitivity: Auto, 100, 200, 400 and 800.
  • White balance: Auto, sunlight, cloudy, fluorescent (3 types) and incandescent.
  • Exposure compensation: -2..+2 stops, 1/3 stop increments.
  • Drive modes: Single-frame, continuous 3-frames at 0.6 FPS, self-timer (2s and 10s).
  • Macro focus to 5cm at wide-angle or 30cm at telephoto.
  • Flash mode: Off, on, on with redeye reduction, slow-sync and slow-sync with redeye reduction.
Fuji Finepix F480

Suitability - What is it good for?

The Fuji Finepix F480 is a very basic point-and-shoot digital camera with a wide-angle lens. Its 8 megapixels sensor and 4X optical zoom are just a bit more than the average ultra-compact, but it offers much less control than most cameras in its class. Even its low resolution movie-mode is quite dated.

As a purely point-and-shoot model, this is a snapshot-only camera. There are no controls over metering or any image parameters. Even setting the ISO sensitivity and using exposure-compensation requires the use of a particular scene mode.

Its slim but sturdy camera body, measuring 0.9" thick, makes it easy to carry around safely. Plus,since its wide-angle lens28-112mm in 35mm-equivalent terms is well-suited for photography in tight places, this ultra-compact comfortably fits the bill as a social digital camera.

Usability - How easy is it to use?

The Fuji Finepix F480 is equipped with a large 2.7" LCD display comprised of 230,000 pixels. The display can be brightened momentarily by pressing the up-arrow. Luckily, the visibility of the F480's display is rather good, because this ultra-compact, like most, does not have any other viewfinder.

Fuji Finepix F480

The shutter and zoom control wrapped around it are fairly standard. They are both very responsive and feel solid. The camera's body also feels sturdy but some buttons, like the OK button, just feel cheap and less responsive, sort-of sticky. Even the battery and memory door is better than average. However, the tiny latch that prevents the battery from falling out appears truly flimsy.

Body ergonomics are decent. Given its ultra-compact form-factor and relatively large LCD, the F480 is not so comfortable to hold. There is barely anything to hold on to one the cameras front and, at the rear, there is no place to put your thumb without overlapping the mode-dial or the LCD. We have seen worse, but we have also seen better, including the Fuji F470 and F10 models. Fuji provides a mid-quality wrist-strap for some security. The mode dial and 4-way controller are easy to reach, with the latter being prone to unintentional use.

The Fuji Finepix F480's 4-way controller activates some function while in shooting mode. Up brightens the LCD for a few seconds, Right cycles through flash-modes, Down activates the 2s or 10s self-timer and Left toggles macro mode. There are also dedicated push-buttons for entering playback mode and for changing the information displayed on the LCD. Using all these features is pretty straight forward.

The menu system has two levels. The first level, called Shooting Menu, is attractive and comprised of a variable number of items depending on the camera's mode. The second level, called Set-Up, is a very bland tabbed-menu which always shows the same options. Both are easy to navigate.

Unfortunately, for a camera that does so little, parts of the F480's interface are surprisingly convoluted. The main problem being the accessibility of features and how they interact with the mode dial. In Auto mode, the Shooting Menu presents 3 options: ISO, Quality and Continuous. There is also an always-present additional item for accessing the Set-Up menu. While in this mode the exposure-compensation and white-balance options are nowhere to be found, the ISO option is visible but displays no options other than Auto. In the Manual scene-mode, options for EC and WB make an appearance and the ISO option displays the camera's available ISO sensitivities, including Auto. It is a mystery why do some options disappear while others just provide one choice depending on the scene mode.

Fuji Finepix F480

In Red Eye mode, not only are the flash modes limited to Red eye or Slow-sync redeye, but the Continuous option disappears from the menu system. In SP mode, the first level menu gets an additional option called Scene Position. The option displays the scene-mode selection screen. There is also a Digital Zoom mode that uses a fixed 3X digital zoom even if digital zoom is deactivated in the Set-Up menu. In this mode the zoom indicator bar colors become inverted with the normal zoom range painted blue and the digital zoom range painted transparent. As to not undo the Digital Zoom mode, the blue range becomes inaccessible. In Movie mode, the first level menu does not display any option.

All in all, using the Fuji Finepix F480 is not that hard because there are not that many features to use. The best is to keep the camera in SP mode using the Manual scene-mode. In this configuration, nearly all of the F480's features are readily accessible. Most importantly, this is the only way to control ISO, white-balance and exposure-compensation.

Conclusion

The Fuji Finepix F480 is low-cost point-and-shoot camera with good image quality, mostly reasonable speed and a rare wide-angle lens. Its features are very limited and its interface somewhat convoluted, but it performs relatively well for an ultra-compact. Given its very low price, the F480 is a good value.

The point of the F480 is truly its affordable wide-angle lens. Buying this digital camera means giving up on photographic controls that most modern cameras have. For those who want to take snapshots by the push of a button, and never change any camera settings, the F480 is a probably good choice.

For more controls in an ultra-compact, we recommend looking at the Canon Powershot SD800 IS, also with a wide-angle lens, the Fuji Finepix F40fd or the higher resolution Fuji Finepix F50fd. Neither of these last two cameras feature a wide-angle lens though.

Average
Buy from these sellers:Buy From Amazon.com

By on 2007/12/30
1

Fuji F480 Facts

Ultra-Compact digital camera
8 Megapixels Ultra CompactISO 100-800
4X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/1500-4s
0.6 FPS Drive, 3 ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
320x240 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSecure Digital High Capacity
2.7" LCD 230K PixelsxD
Internal Memory
Buy from these sellers:Buy From Amazon.com

Camera Bag

Clear

Your camera bag is empty. To add a camera or lens click on the star next to its name.

Updates

    2016.08.25

  • 2016.08.25

    Nikon D5 XQD Review

    Nikon D5 XQD Review

    Nikon flagship professional DSLR with 20 megapixels Full-Frame CMOS sensor. All-new 153-point Phase-Detect AF sensitive to -4 EV. ISO 50 to unprecedented 3,276,800! 12 FPS Drive for 200 JPEGs or 180 RAW. First Nikon DSLR with 4K Ultra HD video.

  • 2016.07.19

  • 2016.07.19

    Olympus Professional Lens Roundup

    Olympus Professional Lens Roundup

    Roundup of Olympus Professional and Premium lenses: M.Zuiko 7-14mm F/2.8 PRO, M.Zuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 PRO, M.Zuiko 40-150mm F/2.8 PRO, M.Zuiko 12mm F/2, M.Zuiko 60mm F/2.8 Macro.

  • 2016.07.07

  • 2016.07.07

    Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Review

    Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Review

    Olympus second generation base OM-D with an anti-alias-filter-free 16 MP Four-Thirds CMOS sensor mounted on a 5-axis in-body stabilization system. Speedy 8.5 FPS drive, full HD @ 60 FPS and a wealth of features in a compact and lightweight body. Offers a 2.4 MP 0.45" EVF with 0.62X magnification and 100% coverage, plus dual control-dials and a highly customizable interface.

  • 2016.05.11

  • 2016.05.11

    Fuji X-Pro2 Review

    Fuji X-Pro2 Review

    Fuji flagship XF-mount mirrorless with 24 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor. 273-Point AF with 169 Phase-Detect points. 8 FPS Drive, 1080p video. Dual control-dials, direct dials and a hybrid viewfinder in a weather-sealed freezeproof body.

  • 2016.04.21

  • 2016.04.21

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Review

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Review

    The only premium travel-zoom! 20 megapixels 1" high-speed CMOS sensor paired with a stabilized 25-250mm F/2.8-5.9 optical zoom. 50 FPS Drive, 4K Ultra-HD video, 1/16000-60s Hybrid Shutter, Post-Shot Focus, 4K Live-Cropping, Time-Lapse Video and more. Dual control-dials plus a built-in EVF with Eye-Start sensor.

  • 2016.02.04

  • 2016.02.04

    Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review

    Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review

    Newly designed Rebel with dual control-dials and top status LCD. 24 MP APS-C sensor, Hybrid AF III with 19 all-cross points and on-sensor Phase-Detect AF. 5 FPS Drive and full 1080p HD video capture.

  • 2016.01.05

  • 2016.01.05

    Canon Powershot G3 X Review

    Canon Powershot G3 X Review

    Ultra-zoom with a 25X optical zoom lens and large 20 MP 1" CMOS sensor in a weather-sealed body with dual control-dials, a lens ring and efficient controls. Captures full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS with internal or external stereo sound.

  • 2015.12.19

  • 2015.12.19

    Best Digital Cameras of 2015

    Best Digital Cameras of 2015

    The best new digital cameras of 2015. Plus, find out which ones of 2014 still lead their category. Compact, Premium Cameras, Ultra-Zooms, Mirrorless and DSLR are all covered.

  • 2015.11.30

  • 2015.11.30

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review

    16 megapixels Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless. 2.4 MP 0.5" EVF with Eye-Start sensor plus dual control-dials. 4K Ultra-HD video, 8 FPS continuous-drive, hybrid shutter with 1/16000-60s shutter-speeds, ISO 100-25600 and Contrast-Detect DFD autofocus system sensitive to -4 EV.

  • 2015.11.03

  • 2015.11.03

    Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm F/5.6E ED VR Review

    Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm F/5.6E ED VR Review

    Nikon constant-aperture super-telephoto zoom with 200-500mm range and the latest Vibration-Reduction effective to 4.5 stops. Built-in super-sonic AF in a sturdy weatherproof body.