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Fujifilm Finepix SL280 Summary

14 Megapixels14 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD 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.

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.

PROS CONS
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
AverageAverage Average

Related Information

Sister Models
Fujifilm Finepix SL300
Fujifilm Finepix SL300
- 30X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom
Fujifilm Finepix SL260
Fujifilm Finepix SL260
- 26X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom
Fujifilm Finepix SL240
Fujifilm Finepix SL240
- 24X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom
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Fujifilm Finepix SL280
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By Neocamera on 2012-10-04

Fujifilm SL280 Highlights


Large digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2.3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

14 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 64-1600
28X Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-8s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls
0.20" Built-in EVF 200K PixelsCustom white-balance
1.2 FPS Drive, 6 ImagesSpot-Metering
1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingHot-Shoe
3" LCD 460K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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