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May 02, 2001 12:33 AM 2906 Views
(Updated Nov 10, 2001 05:21 PM)

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Shiny metallic finish, well designed, loads of features, rechargeable batteries, small, easy to use, not too pricey, nice zoom & loads of other functions to make photography easier & more enjoyable. That’s the main feel of this camera form Fuji-film. They certainly put a lot of thought into designing & making this camera.. The Finepix 4700 Zoom.


What do you get for your money? Simply put, you get plenty of great features like:


3 x optical zoom. Handy for getting that close-up picture to scare people with.


Digital zoom. Once you’re fully zoomed in with the optical zoom you can then zoom in a bit more via the digital zoom. Nice when you can get even closer to your subject for an even better photo!


USB connection. Very fast transfer from the camera to your PC via USB cable connection (cable supplied)


Rechargeable batteries. Handier than having to keep buying pencil batteries! Can save you a small fortune if you use your camera a lot. I would buy extra batteries, as they’re always handy to have! (The batteries come with a charger. Pencil batteries can be used aswell.)


Built-in flash unit. It pops up at the press of a small unobtrusive button. The flash may be small but is programmable & very powerful.


16 MB Smartmedia card. Not the biggest card around, but will hold 9 pictures at 2400 x 1800 pixels in Fine mode or 49 pictures at 1280 x 960 pixels in Normal mode or 248 pictures at 640 x 480 pixels in Basic mode. There’s other options in between but these are just to give you an idea. I would buy an extra card as a handy spare.


Dot matrix display. This is great as it lets you work through the menus so that you can set your camera up for the perfect photo!


Video recording mode. You can shoot up to 90 seconds of video at 320 x 240 pixels at 10 frames per second with your 16-MB card. This can be handy on occasions.


LCD Monitor. A 2” LCD monitor for picture & video playback as well as for using for previewing your picture.


TV connections. These leads come in handy for watching your works of art on the television if there’s no PC handy.


That’s only a short run through a few of the camera’s functions for you. It would take all day to list the complete function list & I’m not about to do that! A good idea, if you want to know more about this & other Fuji cameras would be to visit:


fujifilm.co.uk for the full range of cameras.


fujifilm.co.uk/fujidc/product/index.html for the full details of the Finepix 4700 Zoom. You’ll find FAQs (frequently asked questions), user manuals, support & full listings of the camera’s features & specifications.


In short, you get a lot of features for your money.


On the CD that comes with the camera you will find the camera drivers for Win 98, Win ME, Win 2000 & also for the Mac. You can’t use this camera with Windows 95. You’ll also get Adobe Photodeluxe Home Edition, version 3.0 which is a basic, but fun photo editing package. The other software is DP Editor, for editing & Exif Viewer, which is for viewing the pictures on your camera. These programs don’t take up much drive space or memory & are quick to load & easy to use.


Installation of the camera is quick & painless & takes about 5 minutes in all. You plug the USB cable to your PC. Connect the camera to the small connector on the USB cable & switch the camera on. From there you browse to the drivers on the CD & that’s it. Then you just install the software & that’s it complete & ready to go. It couldn’t be any easier than that.


The manuals are quite comprehensive, yet easy to use & follow. There’s one manual for the installation of the camera & software & the other for the camera. The camera manual guides you through every feature of the camera & I would advise you to read it thoroughly before messing about with your new toy! In all the manuals are good!


Is the camera worth buying? I would have to say ‘Yes’. I would think that this camera is aimed at the amateur photographer, but for the more demanding person it wouldn’t be as good. Fuji has brought out a new range of cameras & you can check them out on the Fuji website, which is listed above.


Picture quality is very good at all resolutions & you can use manual or auto settings to get the right picture.


One thing about the camera is that it will take you a while to get used to all the various functions & how to use them. You will also have to charge the batteries for 14 hours before you can use the camera, unless you buy 2 pencil batteries to do in the meantime.


That’s my lot for this one, except to say that.. If you’re in the market for a new digi-cam, you could do a lot worse than one of these cameras!


I can't give you a price for the camera as I won mine recently in a competition.


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