The Fuji FinePix A900 is like the girl next door dressed up as a beauty queen. It packs a bevy of eye-catching features that look great in ads: a solid 4x optical zoom, a selectable image stabilization mode and a big 2.5" LCD. However, the A900 isn't the class-leading heavyweight it might sound like. An in-depth look at its specs uncovers several budget-conscious design choices the manufacturer has made. The CCD and lens are definitely top quality, but the paltry ISO range, low resolution LCD screen and tiny amount of internal memory will be a concern for serious users. Fuji's well-advertised image stabilization is software-based, as it auto-adjusts settings like ISO and shutter speed to side-step blurred shots. This method of stabilization often results in unwanted image noise, something that the optical or CCD-shift stabilization systems included in other models avoids. With those warnings out of the way, it's safe to say that this is a very good and very inexpensive entry-level camera. As stated above, it's packed with a fine sensor/lens combo, and it also can boast a fine graphical user interface. The budget-conscious shopper, who it's clearly aimed at, should take note of the fact that the only thing differentiating it from the cheaper A820 is its 9 megapixel sensor (compared to the A820's 8.3 megapixels).