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Fujifilm 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.

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By Neocamera on 2007-12-30

Fujifilm F480 Highlights


Ultra-Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 4mm

1/2.5" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

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
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