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10/26/2002 09:16:02 PM · #1
I don't know what to really look for in a good camera, here is the info.

//www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/F602/F62A.HTM

would any of you please tell me if this camera is ok for a hobbyist or should I be looking for a different camera?

10/26/2002 09:26:40 PM · #2
I have had mine since July and I am glad I made the pick I did. In fully auto mode I was always comfortable with the result. Now, as I gradually learn the multitude of functions in the camera, moving from auto to manual mode, I am increasingly happy.

Note, though, that I am not yet satisfied with it in low light situations. I suspect that my inexperience is 50% of the problem, but the otjer half I am convinced is the camera's responsibility.

All in all, I am very satisfied. Please see my galleries for examples of work taken with the 602
10/27/2002 01:28:15 AM · #3
I don't know much about the Fuji cameras, but this one looks nice... I would definitely check out whatever they have to say about it at DPReview. I find their evaluations to be very intensive... It's worth a visit :)

10/27/2002 02:09:23 AM · #4
I've only had mine for a few months, but have been very pleased. It can be used in full auto mode for some great results, and has lots of manual control when you're ready. I haven't experienced any low light problems as Jak mentioned; camera shake can be a problem with any camera at low light, use a tripod whenever possible.

This camera has some create features for the price range, most notably: 6x optical zoom, full video (30fps w/ audio), and includes two storage slots (smart media and compact flash). Other cameras to look at in this range would be the Nikon Coolpix 4500, Olympus 4040 and Canon PowerShot G3.

Here's some shots with this camera:
//members.shaw.ca/jjpoole/
//www.dpreview.com/gallery/fujis602z_samples/

Good luck!



* This message has been edited by the author on 10/27/2002 2:11:11 AM.
10/27/2002 04:05:47 AM · #5
Originally posted by jpoole:
I've only had mine for a few months, but have been very pleased. It can be used in full auto mode for some great results, and has lots of manual control when you're ready. I haven't experienced any low light problems as Jak mentioned; camera shake can be a problem with any camera at low light, use a tripod whenever possible.

This camera has some create features for the price range, most notably: 6x optical zoom, full video (30fps w/ audio), and includes two storage slots (smart media and compact flash). Other cameras to look at in this range would be the Nikon Coolpix 4500, Olympus 4040 and Canon PowerShot G3.

Here's some shots with this camera:
//members.shaw.ca/jjpoole/
//www.dpreview.com/gallery/fujis602z_samples/

Good luck!



The only low light problem I experience is the autofocus, it could defintely do with the addition of an AF lamp or a system like the 707 or 717. Also, do NOT be fooled into thinking this is a 6mp camera, it has a 3mp superCCD that interpolates the image into a 6mp, the result, when using 6mp, isn't up there with the native 5mp cameras let alone 6mp cameras, in its native 3mp mode though the image is perfect, this is one area that you need to read up on before purchasing this camera as it is, in a way, quite misleading. (go to the fuji forum and do a search on 6mp for the lowdown, this is a topic thats been very hotly discussed). Other than that I absolutely love the camera and it suits beginners (my first camera) and intermediate/advanced photographers alike.. Worth investigating..


(EDITED PART) Here is one of the threads discussing 6mp V 3mp //www.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1012&message=3593644


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10/27/2002 06:15:14 AM · #6
I upgraded to a 602 about 6 weeks ago after realising that the auto-everything point'n'click digicam I had bought was too restricting.
The manual modes were a bit daunting at first, but I'm getting used to them and seeing the advantages that having so much control can give you.
Biggest plus points for me when I decided to buy were 6x zoom plus lens thread to add more (taking motor racing photos you can never have too much zoom), 5fps continuous shooting and microdrive compatible (a 1GB drive + 128MB Smart means I never have to worry about running out of space).
I have absolutely no regrets after buying mine.
Yet more example photos in my gallery.

Paul


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