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Fuji FinePix E900 Zoom
Fuji FinePix E900 Zoom

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Fuji FinePix E900 Zoom

Editor's Review

A capable compact packed with features. The Fuji FinePix E900 Zoom boasts a 9 megapixel CCD, allowing for massive photo enlargements that don't sacrifice quality for size. A variety of modes and a wide ISO sensitivity range ensure appropriate settings for your shooting environment. Just to be extra nice, Fuji has included 2 rechargeable NiMH batteries and a charger, sure to save you both time and money.

Specifications

  • 9 megapixels
  • 4x optical zoom / 7.6 digital zoom
  • autofocus
  • manual exposure
  • JPEG and RAW file format
  • ISO 80-800
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: FINEPIX E900
  • UPC: 074101440300
  • Release Date: Jul 29, 2005

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Fuji FinePix E900 Zoom Reviews

Fuji FinePix E900 Zoom Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome camera for serious amateur (Cindy L. — 11/06/2007)

Was well worth my money. Over 5000 great pictures since I bought it, would buy it again if technology would stop advancing ;)
Cindy

  • 3.0 out of 5
Nice, but drawbacks. No video editing, Too busy menu setup. (Paul waters — 01/12/2007)

I wanted a camera with optical viewfinder, over six megapixel that would fit in my pocket. This one had these features. Pretty nice in general, and pictures and screen quality are good. But there is NO editing of videos — you can't trim them down at all — unlike my girlfriend's (cheaper) Sony S600. Also when pix re shot VGA, you are not allowed to re-crop them, or resave them at a higher megapixel setting. Settings menu does not allow several changes, but goes back to standby screen every time you push OK. A hassle, and time-consuming. AA batteries a big plus — especially as they come with it. Even so I will probably return this as it is not as user friendly as I would like.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Disappointing quality (Mark — 01/09/2007)

I am disappointed in this camera, and it is being replaced. The quality of pictures is blurry in low light situations, which limits the value of this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
brilliant camera (stephen mccracken — 12/26/2006)

stuffed with functions and amazing results, cheep as chips on www.amazon.co.uk £130.50

  • 4.0 out of 5
slow lens (chuck — 12/07/2006)

The e900 fuji is a very good camera if the optical zoom isn't used. The lens is very slow and when the image is zoomed in close it becomes dark even with the flash. It is a close up camera and not suitable for scenery shots. I use the Fuji s7000 and the fuji s5000 for scenery shots. But with proper lighting the photos are excellent and allows for very large prints. The color is natural and that removes the hassle of correcting each photo with the computer. It is better than the Canon d300 Rebel digital. I know because I owned one and sold it. Keep it close and you can't go wrong.

  • 3.0 out of 5
e900 (Paul — 11/24/2006)

Has an amazing feature set and takes generally good photos with accurate color. The purple fringing or CA, is horrible, I can't take it. This camera is going back to Hoopers in LA where I bought it.

Indoors this camera is great, but the purple bands around anything that's light colored is very distracting. If you own this camera and use it outside, look around the edges of anything that has a white border on a darker background, or anything that is in front of a white background and you will see how bad the CA can be.

So I do not recommend this camera if you are more of an enthusiast that is looking carefully at your photos. For the family outing, vacation etc where you just want the memory its great piece of equipment at a very reasonable price. For photographic tool, it does not deliver well.

  • 1.0 out of 5
disappointed (Joseph Lee — 11/21/2006)

My previous camera was the Fuji FinePix F10. That camera was excellent. So obviously when I needed to replace it, I thought I'd get another Finepix, the E900. This camera could be made better in many ways. A metal casing would give it a better feel. I would go with a lithium ion battery which is compact and has superb longevity. A larger LCD would be nice. (When I first switched from using a viewfinder to the LCD, it was awkward but now it's a snap).

But these are trivial complaints. The two big downsides of the E900 are not trivial. It focuses poorly if at all in low light conditions. And the image quality is poor. I was expecting super sharp photos. Insteady the images are blurry and grainy. I tried all the modes with and without a flash, with and without a tripod. I used different memory cards. No improvement. I expected great things from the E900 but it was one big disappointment.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Still deciding (Cathy G — 11/20/2006)

This is my first digital camera. I wanted a camera with a high MP and zoom to take pix of bugs and flowers. I first purchased a Canon A630 but wasn't happy with it. So I purchased the E900. The macro on it is amazing but you have to get very close to the subject. Bugs don't usually let you get that close. I've found the zoom lets you get pretty close but the pix end up out of focus. I've read reviews and thought this would be a good camera for my needs. I'm not sure, but it doesn't look like there is anything else that comes close in this price range. I haven't decided if I am going to keep it yet. Based on some of the things I have read, I may need more practice with it and figure out all it's capabilitiees. For now I am undecided.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Home Modification needed (TAV — 10/30/2006)

I too had varied results with this camera. Outside I have taken some of my best ever photos. It is more of a manual camera than a point and shoot. Takes a while to get the controls right. But, inside only a quater of my photos came out. Either under or over exposed. The flash seemed to go wrong on every shot. I managed to control it by using the aperture priority and manual flash control but I wanted this camera for my familly to use as well as myself.. Got cross, phoned up camera shop... nothing to do with them. Thought back to basics and my old film S.L.R's. Covered the pop up flash with a large bit of masking tape. I NOW GET 99% PERFECT FLASH PHOTOS> seriouslly it acts like a flash filter.. in every mode and iso setting. If you own this camera, try it... it warms up the pictures too. I might be talking crap but give it a go.
The camera has gone from average to excellent in my opinion.

  • 5.0 out of 5
even for RAW (ahmad A — 09/15/2006)

The E900 is one of the best cameras there is on the market, giving you the flexibility to use the Auto or the Manual control, it has a wide range of shooting moodes, also the range of available accessories is big.
as for the RAW format, you can decode id using a free program called infraview, but make sure to download the extra plugins.
overall a very good camera, and at the prices I found recently on the net it is a steal.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great pocket camera (Mike Chinnock — 08/28/2006)

I find this a large, but pocketable camera. I use the lens protection tube and it comes apart to fit the whole thing in my pocket. Retracted the lens is protected inside the camera. Take it out of my pocket, attach the protection tube, turn the camera on, and the lens is protected, while extended. The protection tube is threaded (43mm), and also serves as a filter/teleconverter holder. The camera, protection tube, polarizing filter w/case easily fit in my pockets, an easy camera to carry I find, even if larger than the really sub-compact cameras. The E900 has the features I want in a camera, in a convenient size, and at a good price.

y use of the camera has been enjoyable. I really like the natural light setting Fuji put on this camera. The ISO is boosted, rather than using flash to get the light needed. I find this works very well for the situations I use it in (indoor, typical room lighting situations).

I put my TCON-17 teleconverter on the camera tube and shot some decent 4 X 1.7 = 6.8X images. I did this because the digital zoom is really bad. I turned it off in the rather extensive menu system. After many uses, the vast menu system is really not that much of an obstruction. I find the major features, ISO, image size, white balance, exposure compensation and flash compensation quite easy to get to.

I have been pleased with the image output. I like the Fuji color. I find the noise manageable. My prints have been very pleasing.

I like the camera, and use it often.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great pix already with room to learn... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

So far the camera has given me some amazing pictures. At first I had to get used to shooting with it indoors. I found I really like the natural light setting on most occasions. Night shots are fun especially when messing around with low light and movement. I have done some great "macro" shots with the auto setting and it gives good results with the DOF. I love the Chrome film photo setting option. I am interested in shooting RAW and have found many threads on how to open and edit them, including in GIMP. The one problem that has bothered me is the shutter lag time in auto mode and sport mode. I am just now learning about the manual settings, so that may be the key. The menu is fairly easy to set up with a little basic camera knowledge. So far I really like the ease of use. I also like the feel of the camera and the automatic lense cover. My old camera (an olympus) had a lense cover which kept falling off. Overall I think this is a good camera for the money.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great little camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is the second Fuji P&S I've owned. First one was the 5000. The E900 is a big improvement on the controls and image quality. Also, it's a lot smaller and uses less power so the two on board AA batteries last longer. It's a great camera if you don't want to carry a big DSLR but still require manual and other exposures modes. I don't think the multi-zone exposure control is as accurate as Canon's, but the E900 has an effective exposure lock that compensates for exposure shortcomings. Too bad Canon 750 doesn't offer as many exposure modes. Bought the wide-angle lens & adapter and have had great results. Also, I like the very fast start up and short shutter lag after pressing the shutter release.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Raw problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great camera but couldn't get the Raw Converter LE to work.
Downloaded Adobe Camera Raw 3.4 for free from the Adobe site
and then just opened the file in Photoshop (CS2). The Raw plug-in
works perfectly - great fun.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Low quality Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera due to statements that the pictures in natural low night were excellent. Not true. Even in light that doesn't prompt a flash, the pictures are blurry, mildly fuzzy at best. I am extremely disappointed and wished I had really considered returning this camera when I had the chance.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Perfect companion for on the side... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Normally walking around with heavy SLR equipment, this camera is a perfect companion for holiday and leasure, and still feeling yourself a photographer. RAW a bit difficult, but there you have your SLR..

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera, Great Quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Very happy with this camera. RAW is easy to deal with in CS (get the latest adobe plug-in) or some other inexpensive tools. Some menus are kind of quirky, but once I got used to it was very happy. I try to shoot everything at ISO100 so the quality of shots is very good. The auto function is easy to use, but will compromise quality. The other cameras I looked at were the Canon S80, the Pana/Leica, and the Sony DSCR1. This a good camera for anyone who is comfotable shooting manually and wants to have more control over the final image.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The best digicam I have owned yet! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It's not a Nikon D2x! But for a relatively compact digicam the resolution, color, lens and AA batteries make it great. AND YES ADOBE RAW now supports the E900 RAW mode and it is awesome! The packaged software is essentially worthless. The camera has some plastic parts and is not the sturdiest that I have owned, but it does hold up. Worth considering...

  • 5.0 out of 5
very nice photos (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have learned allot with camera. Well worth the money.Would buy again.

  • 2.0 out of 5
8 out of 10 pictures were awful! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Loved everything about the camera - except the quality of its pictures. Feels great in the hand. Good balance of features. But the pictures were washed out and beyond help. I exchanged the first camera for a second one to make sure it wasn't a defective unit. Alas, it wasn't. Too bad, but there was really no way to save it. Even Fuji's tech support couldn't help.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good shutter speed and light adjustment. Good quality pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Shutter speed captures images clearly. Light sensitive, taking great pictures even in low light.
Very easy to use, and takes fun videos

  • 5.0 out of 5
fuji e900 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

the camera is great the photos are clean and sharp I bought the hyper utility raw converter on Ebay for a reasonable price.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good, but not perfect. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I saw the E900 in a local camera store (Hampshire, UK) and set about scanning the camera magazines on the shelves for a review before laying out the money for it.
I couldn't find a single review anywhere, so I took a chance and bought it.
So far, it has not let me down. The problem with the RAW files, I haven't encountered that yet as I am generally happy working with JPEGs, truth be told, I wouldn't know what a RAW file was if it slapped me in the street.
In most daylight the camera excells. It have given sharp, well balanced pictures with excellent colour definition. A trip into the New Forest saw some of the best pictures I've ever taken, the detail the latest generation CCD is able to pick up is outstanding. Another 'outstanding' feature: its ability to produce great results without a flash in medium to low light conditions IF the camera is kept steady. I know a sharp image is possible on most cameras if kept steady in low light but again, it's that colour definition and detail it gets so right.
Where the camera does fail is in some close up shots, especially under macro and in some close up work in low light conditions. Taking shots of my cats at rest indoors for some reason brings out the worst in it. Forget the sharpness of the daylight pictures, these have none of that detail or colour balance.
That said, I have not explored >every< setting or ISO option yet so it may be down to operator ignorance so I have tried to compensate by taking as many shots as possible under these circumstances and hoping one of them comes out well, another option is to stand further away, zoom in and use the more than adequate flash.
Point to note, If you are lucky enough to own a copy of Photoshop, the generally excellent shots can be even further enhnaced to a near professional standard.
So, there you have it, it is a good little camera and a huge step up from my 3.2MP Olympus Mju. Aside from those close up/low light niggles I have no complaints, even the battery life, video camera facility and start up speed have all impressed the pants off me, oh, I just thougth of one other tiny niggle, the rubber flappy thing that covers the transfer, external power supply video sockets, I have my apprehensions on its longevity, it seems a little puny to me but, time will tell.
Bottom line, niggles (and operator cluelessness) aside, minor flaws, major camera. love it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very nice camera as all of Fuji (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is incredible in every way and it is nice in pocket camera for demanding photographer. Those ignorants who complain about "huge TTF files" why do you shoot in RAW? To convert them then to JPEG? Learn before leave laughable reviews. The image quality is very good, the additional lenses are very good, the movie option is super good. It is by far the best camera in a class.

  • 3.0 out of 5
I am not happy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'll never believe to so called "pro" rewiews.
After using Pentax 750Z for one year and having good enough results, I sold this strongly criticized by so called "profs" mini-camera and purchased this Fuji E900. It is to early for me to decide somewhat concerning image quality, but if you can not choose ISO easily and if you must looking for RAW very deep in menu, and if you have from RAW a 50 MB TIF-file with no controls - you can not understand, for what kind of user this camera is fitted. Pentax 750Z was criticized for barrel distortion, for purple fringing - but I can not see something beeing if serious better with Fuji E900.
At this moment I see only one good feature - speed of operation.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not for Raw Shooters (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Comes with a non functional raw converter. Fuji wants $200 for one that lets you actually process the raw file.

A rip off in my humble opinion.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't buy it if you want to use raw (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Nice little camera. I bought it for the raw capability. Comes with converter LE, which only converts image to a large (51 meg) TIFF file. No raw processing capability whatsoever. Won't open in Photoshop CS2. Called Fuji, they said I could buy their pro level converter for an additional $200. I have another idea - this turkey is going back home to Fuji.

My first and last Fuji purchase.

  • 5.0 out of 5
very impressed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

pros
excellent picture quality
huge images
ease of use
low light is awesome this camera can reveal more detail than you can actually see!
from full auto to a multitude of manual options
rubberized grip feels great to hold
cons
AA nimh 2500 milliamp batteries only last about 24 hrs with heavy use I recommend you purchase 2 spare sets for £9.99 if you shop around.
not avaliable at all outlets

  • 5.0 out of 5
Pocketable and Potent (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Fuji replaces an Olympus 5060 for me. It adds megapixels, a larger screen and takes up less room in my pocket; all pluses.

It is more jacketable than it is shirt pocket svelt, but the slim cameras all lack full manual control (or did when I was shopping).

The E-900's 2" screen is sharp and clear, although 2.5" is becoming commonplace, and some screens feature the new bright-screen technology; Fuji's isn't too bad in bright light, but it clearly fades. There is a small view findeer if things get glary. I must admit, however, that I miss the Olympus' rotating screen, although I am learning to live without it.

Fuji uses two buttons to access menus, the standard "menu/ok"" and an "F" button for a one level quality menu including ISO, megapixel size and compression, and a choice of chrome, film or B&W settings. The chrome indeed punched up some fading, orangy-red autumn leaves, just the way chrome films do. This 2 button approach makes menu access quick and easy.

Especially helpful are the display choices. I set mine for a full-time grid; with the press of the nearby exposure compensation button, the camera provides the exp/comp scale and a histogram, all without menus.

There is no automatic pop-up flash; a display warning reminds you when you need to press the manula button. Otherwise, the flash options are the same as other cameras. Fuji says the flash will reach ten feet in wide angle, but only a little more than six with telephoto, however, Fuji might be a bit on the conservative side here; the flash did better than that, maybe by 20%.

Switch the the "N" for Natural setting in dim light, and the camera delivers a bright, warm, picture with the subject nicely exposed along with detail in the background, looking very natural because there is no flash. The secret is a slow shutter speed (1/4) with a wide-open lens (2.8) and the ISO moving up to 400 or even its max of 800. Keep the camera steady and you have a nice alternative to flash with the turn of a single control.

After you've taken a cardful of pictures, (not too hard if you stay with the 16mg XD card that comes with the camera) you can amuse yourself watching the various slide show. playback options, complete with fade and superimposing modes.

It seems that we don't judge a camera by the quality of its print the way we used to, and I admit that I am likewise guilty. Perhaps this is beause it's hard to say where digital cameras leave off and the photo editing programs kick in. Most prints seem to be a collaboration of camera and computer - though that's probably fair enough, given that your friendly photofinisher did the same thing with your prints.

However, a 4x6 print of autumn trees shows good colour and sharpness, thanks in part to a little massaging in Photoshop. I enlarged the center part of what would have been a 16 by 20 print, with only a little resizing. and it looks good also.

Though not perfect, the E900 offers a raft of features and good image quality in a reasonably compact body.

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