Fujifilm Finepix F480 Summary
Fuji Finepix F480 Assessment
The Fuji Finepix F480 is one of the few ultra-compact cameras to feature a wide-angle lens. The functionally of the F480 is extremely basic, even when comparing to other point-and-shoot models. Notably missing features are metering modes, custom white-balance, automatic flash with red-eye reduction. Even ISO control and exposure compensation are only available in the Manual scene mode, which is not manual at all.
The Finepix F480 finds itself in a lonely spot among Fuji's digital camera lineup. Although it has an F-series designation, it do not use the outstanding sensor of the 2-digit F-series Fuji Finepix cameras, not does it share those cameras more-comprehensive controls. It does share a physical resemblance though and its build quality seems good. Performance and quality was closer to the 3-digit A-series Finepix cameras, making it rather average in those respects. With a recent price of $120 USD on Amazon, this is a very affordable camera.
The competition from ultra-compact cameras with wide-angle lenses is thin but there is the pricier Canon Powershot SD800 IS is worth its price due to its outstanding performance. The Panasonic has its FX-series too, but their image quality lags even behind the F480, although they have more features. Forgetting about the wide-angle lens, the higher grade Fuji Finepix F40fd is an even better choice.Neocamera detailed review
|Wide-angle lens in ultra-compact camera||ISO control and exposure compensation hidden in 'Manual' scene mode|
|Generally good exposure accuracy||Noise reduction softness at higher ISO settings|
|Keeps image noise under control||Focus at tele photo end struggles in low light|
|Nicely saturated colors||Slow shot-to-shot speed|
|Quite accurate white-balance system||Above average chromatic aberrations|
|Balances flash and ambient light very well||No auto flash with red-eye reduction|
|Below average distortion||Below average battery life|
|Good lens sharpness||Low-resolution instant image review|
|Short shutter lag||Slow image playback|
|Fast focusing||Some buttons have a cheap plastic feel|
|Good macro performance||Questionable organization of menu options|
|Mostly good construction, except for battery latch||Useless night scene and fireworks modes|
|Attractive and easy to navigate menus|
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