The 8.3-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix A800 is equipped with a 3x optical zoom, but what did the WDC test team make of it overall?

Product Overview

Overall rating:

82%

Fujifilm FinePix A800

Overall score:82%
Features:80%
Value:85%
Performance:80%
Image Quality:85%
Design:80%

Pros:

  • Simplicity, Inclusion of Super CCD HR

Cons:

  • Minor image issues, Digital stabilisation

Product:

Fujifilm FinePix A800 Review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£140.00

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Technological Makeover

Fujifilm’s A series cameras have been given a technological makeover with the arrival of the A800 and the A610. Previous incarnations of always used third-party CCDs with the traditional square pixel array. Now they incorporate Fuji’s own Super CCD HR. The 8.3MP A800 also has Fujifilm’s own RP (Real Photo) processor for the first time. Again this technology was only previously available in the higher-end models such as the F series and of course the S5 DSLR.

Easy to Use

In other areas, the camera has the simplicity of control we expect from the A range, with easy-to-use Program shooting, various scene modes and limited menus. This is a point-and-shoot camera for the masses, rather than an enthusiast model.

Among the simple features are a reasonably high ISO of 800, which is linked to the camera’s ‘anti-shake’ system. With no optical image stabilisation, the camera automatically raises the ISO to allow faster shutter speeds, and so cancelling the danger of camera shake.

Image Quality

Fujifilm has done well placing the 8 million pixels on to the Super CCD HR chip. Images are crisp and punchy, with little noise in the lower reaches of the ISO speeds. There’s a bit of fringing in high-contrast areas, especially in the corners, but not enough to upset anyone. Colours are nicely saturated, while even the most tricky subjects are well controlled by the meter. Noise is present in the higher ISO ratings, and there’s a touch of JPEG artefacting in some areas.

Verdict

As point-and-shooters go, the A800 should keep all but the most discerning punters happy. Image faults are minimal – especially for the audience aimed at – and are outweighed by the camera’s ease of use.

Full Specification

Memory Card:
Internal memory (approx. 10MB), xD-Picture Card™ (16MB – 2GB) SD memory card
Flash Modes:
7

Exposure Modes:
Prog, Auto, 14 Scene
Metering System:
TTL 256 zone

ISO Range:
100-800
White Balance:
Automatic scene recognition Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White) Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light )

Shutter Speeds:
4 sec. to 1/1200 sec.
File Formats:
JPEG

LCD:
2.5″ Amorphous silicon TFT, 15,000 pixels
Lens:
36-108mm (3x zoom)

Sensor:
8.3mp
Connectivity:
USB 2.0

Power:
2 x AA
Dimensions:
97.5 x 61.9 x 31.0mm

Weight:
151g
Other:
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