Review: Fuji FinePix 1300
Keller, DCRP Founder/Editor
Originally posted: Sunday, October 8, 2000
Last Updated: Thursday, October 12, 2000
FinePix 1300 I tested is a pre-production model. Please keep in
mind that the final, shipping product may differ slightly from the
one reviewed here.
must admit that I get spoiled reviewing cameras. I usually get the
best cameras from the manufacturers, and I get used to all the bells
and whistles. So I was in for a shock when the $250 Fuji
FinePix 1300 shows up. It may not have all the toys that the
big guns have, but it is a very capable point and shoot camera for
1300 replaces the Fuji
MX-1200, which was a big hit for Fuji. Read on to find out more
about this camera...
in the Box?
FinePix 1300 contains just about everything you'd expect from a
1.3 Mpixel Fuji FinePix 1300 camera
alkaline AA batteries
including Adobe PhotoDeluxe and drivers
for camera and software
the only thing missing here are a set of rechargeable batteries.
You'll want to pick up a set right away, since alkaline batteries
don't last very long.
other missing features of note are support for serial connections,
as well as video out so you can view your photos on a TV.
lens is uncovered on this camera, so you'll want to keep your fingers
away from it.
included 8MB SmartMedia card holds 12-89 photos, depending on the
quality settings. The camera supports cards as large at 64MB.
the past, Fuji's manuals have been quite good, and I expect the
same for this camera.
FinePix 1300 is an average sized camera with a plastic body. It
fits exceptionally well in your hand, and the few buttons are within
easy reach. The camera's dimensions are 4.3 x 3.0 x 1.5", and
it weights 7.1 ounces empty.
camera's lens is fixed focus, and is equivalent to 36mm on a 35mm
camera. There is no optical zoom on the 1300, but there is a digital
zoom available in at the 640 x 480 resolution.
the back of the camera you can see just how simple things are on
1.6" LCD seemed a bit too dark on my model, and there was no
way to adjust the brightness. Let's hope Fuji brightens things up
on the final, shipping model. The LCD was very smooth as you moved
around the scene.
optical viewfinder is well placed for those who use their right
eye, as you won't smudge the LCD. Left eye dominant folks won't
be so lucky. The optical viewfinder covers 80% of the frame, and
it lacks diopter correction for those of us without perfect vision.
button at the very top is the power button -- I like the placement
of this button here.
buttons below that are for turning the LCD on and off, and menu
navigation. The mode wheel at right has only three choices: play,
record, and setup.
I have a lot to talk about in this section, but the only thing on
the top of the camera is the shutter release button. The button
does give good tactile feedback and is well-placed. Most of the
information that you'd usually find on an LCD info display is on
the regular LCD on the 1300.
this side of the camera, you'll find ports for USB out as well as
a port for the optional AC adapter. There is no serial support on
this camera. At the top you can see a switch between landscape and
the other side you'll find the SmartMedia slot. The plastic door
that covers this slot seems pretty flimsy, but it is kept closed
with a latch.
the bottom of the camera. The tripod mount is plastic. You can see
the battery compartment on the right, where the 4 AA batteries sit
securely. The bottom is completely flat so the camera doesn't rock
when it's put down.
the Fuji FinePix 1300
going to discuss the Record and Playback modes in this section.
FinePix 1300 starts up in about two seconds -- which isn't surprising
considering there's no lens to extend. The LCD viewfinder is off
by default, so you'll want to push the DISP button to turn it on.
Taking pictures is also exceptionally fast. The camera is fixed
focus, so there's no waiting for the autofocus. And the shutter
"opens" quickly (you can hear it too). In 1280 x 960 "Normal"
mode, you'll have to wait about three seconds before you can take
the info normally found on the LCD info display is shown on the
1.6" LCD instead
digital zoom function is available, but only at the 640 x 480 resolution.
At that resolution, the digital zoom is either on or off - you can't
"step" your way up to the 2X maximum.
menu system in record mode
1300 has both automatic and manual modes. I was kind of puzzled
by the fact that some manual sounding features were only available
in auto mode. Here's what's available in each:
(Auto/Redeye Reduction/Fill/Off/Slow Sync)
shooting (2 frames/sec, 640 x 480, no flash, up to 9 shots)
(same as above)
compensation (-0.9EV to +1.5EV)
balance (Auto, sunlight, cloudy, fluorescent [3 choices], incandescent)
FinePix 1300's macro mode isn't going to win any awards, but it's
adequate for most purposes. The effective range for macro mode is
quality is generally good in brightly lit conditions. When there's
less light, though, the photos start to show some "noise".
If you compare various photos in the gallery,
you'll see what I mean.
did not get a chance to do the usual night shots due to poor weather
conditions. Judging by other low light shots, I wouldn't expect
an amazing night shots with the FinePix 1300.
FinePix 1300's playback mode has every feature you'll need. This
includes thumbnail mode, protect mode, DPOF print marking, zoom
& scroll, and photo deleting. A few notes on some of these:
between photos takes about 4 seconds. The 1300 doesn't show a low
res version first, so you'll wait longer to get the high res thumbnail.
from the basic information (time/date, photo number), no extra info
on a photo is available such as exposure settings.
zoom and scroll feature is well done. You use the 4 way switch to
move into a photo up to 4X. You can then hit the DISP button to
scroll around the photo.
most cameras (unfortunately), the 1300 only lets you delete one
photo at a time, or all of them. I really like cameras (e.g. Nikon's
Coolpix line) where you can select the photos you want to delete
instead of going one at a time. You can sort of do this on the 1300,
by protecting the images you want to keep, and then erasing the
Does it Compare?
Fuji FinePix 1300 is a good, entry-level camera for those wanting
to try out digital photography. You won't get all the bells and
whistles that you'll find on higher end cameras, but for everyday
point-and-shoot action, the 1300 will do just fine.
designed, easy to hold body
to use menus
I didn't care for:
zoom and continuous shooting only in 640 x 480 mode
brightness issues (hopefully will be fixed in production model)
in low light situations
FinePix 1300 sits in the crowded low-end camera market. Some other
cameras you'll want to look at before you buy include the Kodak
D-360L, and Toshiba
always, I recommend a trip out to your local reseller to try out
the FinePix 1300 and its competitors before you buy! After all your
views may differ from mine!
how does the photo quality stand up? Check out the sample photos
in our photo gallery!
a second opinion?
you believe it? Nobody's reviewed the 1300 yet!
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