Fujifilm FinePix 2800 Zoom review: Fujifilm FinePix 2800 Zoom

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The Good 6X zoom lens; compact design; records video clips with sound; doubles as a Webcam.

The Bad Most settings accessible via LCD menu only; minimal manual-exposure control; poky shot-to-shot time.

The Bottom Line Fujifilm's FinePix 2800 Zoom offers point-and-shoot photographers a 6X zoom lens and a compact design.

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The Fujifilm FinePix 2800 Zoom is a small bundle of surprises, with its 6X optical zoom and Webcam capabilities. Don't expect a high-end feature set, though; this compact 2.1-megapixel camera is point-and-shoot simple. The Fujifilm FinePix 2800 Zoom is a small bundle of surprises, with its 6X optical zoom and Webcam capabilities. Don't expect a high-end feature set, though; this compact 2.1-megapixel camera is point-and-shoot simple.

Balancing act
Equipping a compact camera with a 6X optical zoom is no mean feat, but Fujifilm has done a nice job with the FinePix 2800 Zoom. Weighing in at 13.3 ounces with batteries and SmartMedia memory card installed, this digicam has a well-balanced, ergonomically pleasing design. Its good-sized grip provides a solid handhold to combat camera shake, which is especially critical when zooming in close. An electronic viewfinder (EVF) takes the place of an optical viewfinder on the camera, and although neither it nor the 1.8-inch LCD will give you the sharpest view on the block, the EVF provides a relatively smooth display when you pan and zoom.

Almost all of the 2800 Zoom's settings are accessible via easy-to-understand LCD menus. The minimal controls on the camera body let you zoom, navigate the menu, and switch between the EVF and the LCD. You can use a dial on top of the camera to select the shooting, playback, and video modes. Although these controls are well placed and readily accessible, we sorely missed being able to access frequently used features such as flash settings and the Macro mode without scrolling through the menus.

A rare blend of features
The FinePix 2800 Zoom offers a nice combination of no-brainer automatic features and the kind of zooming power usually found only on larger, more sophisticated cameras. Although best suited for those who prefer snapshot simplicity, this digicam does offer a few advanced features for users who want a little more control. The Manual mode, for example, provides exposure compensation and white-balance settings. Unfortunately, using it requires several steps of menu surfing. On the other hand, a simple but very useful addition to the viewfinder options is a framing grid, which makes centering a subject or aligning a horizon a snap.

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Where to Buy

Fujifilm FinePix 2800 Zoom

Part Number: 43860738

MSRP: $299.95

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Optical Zoom 6 x
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
  • Sensor Resolution 2.0 Megapixel
  • Optical Sensor Size 1/2.7"