Fujifilm Finepix SL280 Summary
Fuji Finepix SL280 Assessment
The Fuji Finepix SL280 provides plenty of photographic controls in a relatively compact ultra-zoom digital camera featuring a stabilized 28X optical zoom lens and a 14 megapixels sensor for an affordable price.
Part of the new SL-series, this one adds a hot-shoe at an unprecedented price. This is a great feature to have for handling family portraits and group shots. The Fuji SL280 which is available in Canada has nearly identical siblings with different optical zooms. The 30X optical zoom SL300 is available in the US while the 24X SL240 is available in the UK. A 26X SL260 is also available in some markets and from Adorama which accepts orders from international customers.
The performance of the SL280 lets it produce nice images in good light. Metering and colors are good, while automatic white-balance does well in natural light. Indoors, custom white-balance lets this camera produce very neutral colors. The lens is very versatile and performs remarkably well through most of its zoom range. Speed is on the slow side of average which is usually the case for inexpensive cameras like this one.
|Very good metering||Softness at all ISO|
|Natural colors||Overly soft at ISO 800+|
|Good lens sharpness||Poor white-balance|
|Impervious to chromatic aberrations||Extra softness beyond 24X optical zoom|
|Low optical distortion||Long black-out|
|Reasonable shutter lag||Slow shot-to-shot speed|
|Good body ergonomics||Poor display coverage|
|Excellent price-point for features||Below average LCD visibility|
|Instant video lag||Sluggish interface|
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Fujifilm SL280 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|14 Megapixels Ultra Zoom||ISO 64-1600|
|28X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/2000-8s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls|
|0.20" Built-in EVF 200K Pixels||Custom white-balance|
|1.2 FPS Drive, 6 Images||Spot-Metering|
|1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Hot-Shoe|
|3" LCD 460K Pixels||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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