As you know, kids are uncontrolled. And now FUJIFILM decided
to refute this statement having released its FUJIFILM FinePix F601 Zoom camera.
At first glance at the front this model doesn't differ from its predecessors:
FinePix 4700, 4800 and
6800 Zoom. It sports the same design from Porsche. Only the number has become
shorter. However, its back is much redesigned. There is no an LCD indicator anymore
- only a small color LCD screen and buttons placed to suit your right thumb. In
general, we have a miniature photo camera with time-proved ergonomic design allowing
shooting both in vertical and horizontal positions. The technical data are also
very similar to the Fuji FinePix 6800.
The traditional ergonomic CCD matrix allows for shooting frames of 2832
x 2128 pixels. The camera has a 8.3 – 24.9mm lens, which is identical to
36-108 mm of a 35mm camera as to the viewing angle.
The capabilities have undergone considerable changes. Now a user can
rely on the automatic control or choose a mode himself. Its controllability
doesn't yield to that of its advanced siblings. You can set modes of portrait,
landscape or night shooting, or use ordinary aperture and exposure modes.
You can shoot with the shutter priority or aperture priority or use a completely
manual mode which allows setting the exposure from 1/2000 to 3 s and aperture
(F:2.8; F:4.5; F:7.0; F:10.8). Both automatic focusing and manual ones
are supported. The sensitivity has also a wide range of values: from 160
ISO to 400 ISO. In case of small frames of 1289x960 pixels the sensitivity
can be set either 800 ISO or 1600 ISO.
||You can switch from one mode to another using
the wheel. The chosen mode will be displayed on the back panel.
The manual settings are very rich. The photo shows information displayed on the
screen in case of shooting in the aperture priority mode and manual focusing.
The menu of the plot program mode is rather scarce. It easily goes in just one
The video shooting menu is rather modest.
And this picture can be seen on the screen in the dictaphone mode
The camera can record video in the AVI format (Motion JPEG) - frames
of 320x240 pixels, 15 fps. Another useful feature is sound recording in
the dictaphone mode. 272 min. on a 127 MBytes SmartMedia memory card. The LCD
screen of the camera is quite small - only 1.5", but with a very high resolution
– 110,000 pixels. As compared with its predecessors, this model has different
power supply. It comes with a flat Li-Ion battery NP-60. You can also connect
it to an AC network, and in this case the battery recharges right in the
The camera has now only two connectors: a power one and a universal
one to dock the device or for connection of a USB cable.
The dock doesn't ship together with the camera, but it's possible to
apply a video signal to TV only with it. When connected to a PC through
the USB, the camera can be used as a web one. It works only in the ArcSoft
VideoImpression program provided, but it lacks for any possible management.
In this mode the buttons of the camera don't work either, that is why if
you have to set a definite focal length, do it before you connect the USB
The compact size of the camera doesn't suggest any attachments.
This model is supposed to be used as is. On the other hand, the Super EBC Fujinon
lens allows shooting through a microscope's eye-glass or using the camera for
viewing images under a microscope on the PC screen. I think, it's not worse as
compared with the Intel Play QX3 microscope, though the ArcSoft VideoImpression
program is quite weak for this purpose and doesn't allow stretching an image onto
the whole PC screen.
The photo printing on the EPSON
Stylus Photo 950 printer showed that in the 10x15 6Mp format a shot made with
this camera (though 6 Mp is, of course, interpolation here) is almost identical
to a 6Mp shot made with the EOS
D60. The most interesting thing is that a print of a shot made in the 1.2Mp
mode (1280x960) can be discerned from that made in the 6Mp one (2832x2128 ) only
using a magnifier. But note that the original frames are still different a little.
| Fragment of a shot made with the Canon EOS D60. Full size
is 3072x2048 pixels
|| Fragment of a shot made with the FUJIFILM FinePix F601. Full
size is 2832x2128
Technical parameters of the lens and matrix haven't changed much, that
is why the shots of the resolution chart and gitter didn't amaze us.
Frame center, ISO 160, F:8, F=8mm, automatic white balance, the
chart is printed on the diffusing film and is illuminated with a luminescent
lamp with the conditional color temperature of 8000 K.
Spectrum of the halogen incandescent lamp KGM-250 obtained
with a gitter. The letter D marks graphs which correspond to balancing for daylight,
T - for incandescent lamps. You can shift the lower diagram upward until it coincides
with the upper one. The diagrams were plotted with the Levels program developed
by Dmitry Kuznetsov
The camera comes with the FinePixViewer 3.0.03E program which
has replaced the Exif Viewer.
It differs mostly in the interface. Both programs are the best for viewing information
on shots. They can also let you record your comments directly into files with
images. Unfortunately, other programs reading EXIF Tags display records correctly
only in the Copyright1 column. By the way, the comments can be read if you open
the JPEG file's contents in the text editor.
So, we have an excellent pocket camera which you can always take with
you to register any events. Taking into account the dictaphone provided,
this model can be a good choice for a pressman. The striking capabilities
of this miniature camera almost exclude a situation when you won't be able
to make a shot. Probably, if a shot can't be taken with this camera, it
can't be taken at all. The only thing I wish were here is adjustment of
the white balance with a gray card.
||CCD; 3.3M pixels; GRGB
||2832x2128 (interpolation), 2048x1536, 1280x960,
||ISO 160, 200, 400, 800,
1600 (only in 1280x960 pixels mode)
||Smart Media 16 MBytes
|Lens focal length
||8.3 - 24.9 mm (36-108 mm in 35mm equivalent)
||F:2.8 - F:4.5
||3 – 1/2000 s
||F:2.8- F:7.0; F4.5 – F:10.8
||60 cm – infinity
||20 cm – 80 cm
||Optical and 1.5" LCD screen (110,000 pixels)
||USB, Video NTSC or PAL (with dock provided)
||Li-ion NP60 and AC-5VHS/AC-5VS adapter
These are the miniatures. Click on them and you will see the original
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