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★★★★☆

“Overall the Finepix 6800 produces good sharp...”

Written on: 07/05/2001 by Bob. (1 review written)

Good Points
Beautiful well-designed appearance, size, picture quality, big bright lcd, ease of use, fast action,
good battery life.

Bad Points
Indifferent lens, hard to hold, poor optical viewfinder, expensive battery, awkward menu system,
poor white balance with no manual control.

General Comments
Overall the Finepix 6800 produces good sharp photographs well on a par with other 3.3 megapixel cameras in the same price range. The lens is one of the weak points with noticeable loss of sharpness in the corners and barrel distortion at full wide angle. Colour reproduction is excellent with good bright colour and (usually) excellent skin tones. Indoor shots are penalised by poor white balance whatever setting you try. The camera has a fast action and seems to store a photograph away almost before I've noticed. The lcd is hard to see in bright light and doesn't have either a hood or anti-reflective coating. It's really annoying that it doesn't come on automatically and you always need to push the button to wake it up before starting to take photographs.

The optical viewfinder is basic and is best avoided unless bright light makes it necessary. The 6 megapixel setting is a waste of storage space - you get far fewer pictures in memory, take longer to store and view, and are hardly any better than taking the normal 3 megapixel photo and interpolating it up to 6 in Photoshop. The movie feature is nice and it can handle quite long sequences although the resolution is low and fixed. Sound recording is fine if you want the feature and the ability to add voice captions is handy if like me you sometimes forget what the picture was supposed to be of. Downloading is fairly fast with the usb connection and the webcam feature is a nice idea (although you can get one for well under £100 if that's what you are after. The battery is really expensive compares with AA NiMh ones but at least it seems to last well. The software supplied installs nice and easily and is a snap to use.

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