Fuji Finepix 2400 Review

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Derek McCabe.'s review of Fuji Finepix 2400

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“The Fuji Finepix 2400z is the followup to the 1400...”

Written on: 30/10/2001 by Derek McCabe. (1 review written)

Good Points
Easy to use, great quality, and competitivly priced

Bad Points
Lens cover does not double as a power switch
When transfering data, the back light goes on. This could lead to power drainage.

General Comments
The Fuji Finepix 2400z is the followup to the 1400 series. On the outside, it is nearly identical, however, this new version boasts little more than twice the megapixels, and is only marginally more pricy. This digital camera has a built in USB card reader, meaning that, if you wanted to, you could transfer data such as MP3's for use in popular players.



The camera includes 4 "AA" Batteries, and though usually these go fairly quick, I found that they laster for at least 20-30 shots. This is good, considering that I was constantly using the flash.



The Fuji 2400z includes a backlit display that allows you to aim more accuratly or preview your images. This can be disabled, though I found a few things odd with it. For one thing, in order to tell for sure whether your flash is on, you need to enable this display. Also, when you transfer data from your camera to the computer, it goes on automatically. I cannot tell for sure if this uses much power, as it's dark, and only the text "USB" appears.



As for ease of use, this camera is a winner. I would have preferred that I got details like compression %, as this device uses JPEG, however, for most users, details such as resolution and quality settings that can be read by humans (As opposed to techs) such as "High" or "Normal" should be sufficient.



The CD rom package includes software that allows you to install the camera as a "mass Storage Device" in Windows 98. Note that XP includes all device drivers for the camera. The driver and included software installation may daunt some users at first, but overall most people who have installed new hardware should be safe. It will create a new entry in "My Computer", labeled as a "Removable Disk". As for Macintosh users, it should mount on the desktop, though I cannot confirm this.



Users should note that this camera absolutely requires USB, and that no provisions are supplied for transfering data via serial cable. This is a mixed blessing; while you cannot use this on legacy computers, this method is much faster. Note however, that Fuji tells of an adaptor that can fit in the floppy disk drive of most PC's and will enable accessability to Smartmedia.



The included 8 MB smartmedia card is superior to most camera's included 4 MB card. I've run out on the 8 MB, I fear the 4 MB. I intend to get a 32. Smart media is very versitile, and as mentioned, MP3 players support them. There are also printers availble that can utilize smart media. Fuji provides a diagram that shows you some of the versility of the media.



My only real beef is the annoying lens cover. It should have been a power switch. If they had done this, than I would not forget so often to close the door ;)



Over all, this is a great camera that produces quality images. If you want a head start in digital photography, than this camera is yout ticket!

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Soozieq.'s Response to Derek McCabe.'s Review

Written on: 25/12/2001

This is an excellent reveiw -it covered all the questions i would have ever needed to ask -i bought this camera and i am so happy -thanks for your wonderful information and advice

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Ianski.'s Response to Derek McCabe.'s Review

Written on: 04/04/2003

Good review but I would have liked to know - what is the maximum size of SmartMedia card and does it have to be a specific brand (i.e. Fuji) or will any brand do?
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<br>I find it a bit annoying that the camera retracts the lens by itself after a minute or so. When trying to get a picture of the cat, I'm sitting there waiting for the perfect shot, and I'm just about to take it and darn it, the lens retracts, and the cat hears it and whoosh! he's gone.
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<br>I have had my camera for a couple of years and its been very useful for documenting my household things, general picture taking, parties, recording damage to my car, and even taking pictures of lecture whiteboards to save taking notes.
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<br>Ianski

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81211_Tipsy.'s Response to Derek McCabe.'s Review

Written on: 19/03/2003

I think this review is good but you could a least have alabeled diagram because thats what it said on google i mean i'm looking to know the parts on a digital camera. Then i may consider buying.
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