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Fujifilm FinePix F470 review: Fujifilm FinePix F470

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The FinePix F470's minimalist feature set includes 256-zone matrix metering that sets exposure between 2 seconds and 1/1,500 second. Beyond a standard automatic mode, the camera has 10 scene modes, including Portrait, Landscape, Sport, and Museum. The camera can record VGA movie clips at 30fps until the camera's xD memory card is filled--about 18 minutes on a 1GB card. The camera has 16MB of onboard memory, hardly enough for more than a few photos or a few seconds of video; you'll definitely want to invest in an xD card for this camera.

We found the FinePix F470 to be a generally average performer, powering up for its initial shot in 2.2 seconds and subsequently snapping off photos every 2.1 seconds. Zippy flash recycling kept that time down to a flash shot every 2.4 seconds. A basic but serviceable burst mode shot images at about 1.8fps. Shutter lag was acceptable under high-contrast lighting at 0.6 second but slowed to a frustrating 1.6 seconds under low-contrast illumination as the autofocus struggled to lock in. A focus-assist lamp would probably have helped.

Image quality was reasonable, with solid color reproduction. Unfortunately, severe artifacts crept in. We noticed heavy vignetting (the darkening of the corners of an image) and distinct chromatic aberration (purple fringing between contrasting objects). The camera favored shadow detail, leading to frequently washed-out highlights. Noise was acceptable, though it started at low ISO speeds. Even at ISO 64, we noticed speckling in our photos, while noise at ISO 400 was distinct and grainy, although the images were usable.

The Fujifilm FinePix F470 is a decent digital camera, but nothing sets it apart from the countless other compact cameras out there. Its standard feature set and middling image quality make it just another camera on the shelf.

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