Review: Fuji FinePix 2400 Zoom
Keller, DCRP Founder/Editor
Originally posted: Friday, November 17, 2000
Last Updated: Sunday, December 3, 2000
FinePix 2400 Zoom is the follow-up to the FinePix
1400 Zoom, which was announced way back in February at the PMA
show. The 2400 is essentially the same camera as the 1400 (see our
but with a 2.1 Megapixel CCD instead.
FinePix 1400 was designed to be very much like the Olympus D-400
series, and the 2400 is no different. When the Olympus
D-490Z (see our review)
was announced, there was little doubt that Fuji would soon release
a a similar model... and here it is. Throughout this review, I'll
try to compare the FinePix 2400 to the Olympus D-490Z.
in the Box?
FinePix 2400 contains just about everything you'd expect from a
2.1 Mpixel Fuji FinePix 2400 camera
alkaline AA batteries
including Adobe PhotoDeluxe, ActiveShare, 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 cover is an integral part of the 2400's design. If you don't
slide the cover open when you turn on the camera, a warning message
will appear on the LCD display.
the past, Fuji's manuals have been quite good, and I expect the
same for this camera.
Fuji beats out the Olympus D-490Z for this section -- while their
bundles are very similar, only the FinePix has USB support. When
you're downloading lots of photos, that makes a big difference.
FinePix 2400's body looks just like a 35mm point-and-shoot camera.
That means that just about anyone can pick up the camera and start
shooting, without a trip to the manual. The plastic bodied camera
fits well in your hands. I found it easier to hold with two hands
that trying to use one. The cameras dimensions are 4.9 x 2.6 x 1.5
inches, and it weighs in at 8.8 ounces. This makes it both smaller
and lighter than the Olympus D-490Z.
FinePix 2400 has a 3X optical zoom lens, with a focus distance of
6 - 18mm (equivalent to 38 - 114mm on a 35mm camera). The Olympus'
lens is also 3X, with a focal length of 5.4 - 16.2mm, which is equivalent
to 35 - 105mm.
let's look at the back of the camera. The 1.6" LCD display
isn't that great. I found it harder to read the LCD outdoors on
the FinePix 2400 than on most other cameras. Also, the text on the
LCD seems compressed, and is hard to make out at times. I definitely
prefer the 1.8" LCD on the Olympus D-490Z.
the LCD you'll find four buttons: Display (toggles the LCD on and
off) , Flash, Back, and Menu/OK.
the left of that is the optical viewfinder. It lacks diopter correction
for those of us with glasses, and it covers only 80% of the frame.
the far right of the above photo, there's a four-way switch. In
addition to controlling zoom with the up/down buttons, you also
navigate the menus with these buttons.
the top of the camera, simplicity is the rule. There's a switch
for putting the camera in record or playback mode, and the shutter
release button. The shutter release button could use some more tactile
feedback -- it's hard to tell how far you're pushing it down. The
Fuji lacks an LCD info display up here, which the Olympus camera
the left side of the camera, there are only two ports. One is for
the optional AC adapter, and the other is for the USB cable. Whereas
the Olympus had serial instead of USB, the Fuji has USB instead
the other side of the camera is the SmartMedia slot. The slot is
protected by a plastic door which stays closed. The slot itself
is not spring-loaded -- you just pull the card right out.
finally, the bottom of the camera. The four AA batteries are stored
securely in the compartment at left. Towards the middle of the picture
is the plastic tripod mount.
this section, I give the Olympus the edge. It's a better designed
camera, with a better LCD and the LCD info display on the top of
the camera, even though it does lack support for USB.
the Fuji FinePix 2400
going to discuss the Record and Playback modes in this section.
its predecessor, the FinePix 2400 has a pretty basic record mode,
even when "manual mode" is turned on. This is a point-and-shoot
camera if there ever was one.
camera takes about 4 seconds to extend the lens and warm up before
you can start taking pictures (assuming you opened the lens cover).
When you depress the shutter release button halfway, it takes around
a second for the camera to lock focus. The picture taking itself
takes less than a second -- lag is minimal. The delay between shots
is around 3 seconds, in Normal mode at 1600 x 1200. The D-490Z was
a bit faster in the speed department.
menus are very basic on the FinePix 2400. I'll put any "manual
mode only" items in red,
and any "auto mode only" items in blue:
(-0.9EV to +1.5EV in 0.3EV increments)
balance (auto, sunlight, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent)
(on/off) - shoot at 1.5 frames/sec, up to 9 shots, 640 x 480)
(auto, manual, file size/quality)
probably asking yourself why continuous shooting and self-timer
are only found in auto mode, and not in manual mode... and so am
chart below describes the various size and quality modes available
on the FinePix 2400:
photos on 8MB card
FinePix 2400 did a pretty good job on our traditional macro test,
especially with the white balance set to incandescent. One thing
to note is that you cannot use the zoom lens while in macro mode.
FinePix didn't fare quite as well in our nightshot test. While you
can clearly see the skyline and bridge, they're pretty dark. Even
after I cranked up the exposure compensation, I couldn't get any
better. This is typical of cameras without manual control over the
shutter speed and/or aperture. Luckily, there isn't any noise to
speak of in the above shot. Due to poor weather conditions, I never
got to take this shot with the D-490Z.
the Olympus D-490Z, the FinePix 2400 does not have a movie mode.
photo quality for the FinePix 2400 seemed good -- though a bit "blue"
in some of the gallery pictures.
FinePix 2400 has a pretty basic playback mode. The only features
available here are erasing/formatting, image protection, DPOF print
marking, and zoom & scroll.
deleting photos, you have your choice of deleting the frame, all
the photos, or formatting the card. As DCRP readers probably know
by now, I love to have the ability to delete a group of photos at
a time, and the 2400 doesn't offer this feature.
zoom and scroll mode is just OK. You can zoom in quickly enough,
but scrolling around inside the zoomed photo is too slow and choppy
for my taste.
is no additional information about a photo available, such as exposure
information. The FinePix 2400 also lacks a slideshow mode for playing
back photos automatically.
between photos in playback mode took nearly five seconds, when going
between two 1600/Fine images.
the most part, the Olympus and Fuji cameras are about equal in the
Does it Compare?
Fuji FinePix 2400 is a decent midrange point-and-shoot camera for
those who want a 2 Megapixel camera. The body style is familiar
to almost everyone, so users won't have much trouble getting up
and running. The camera is missing many of the bells and whistles
of more expensive cameras, but most people won't miss them.
that brings up the question: Of the FinePix 2400 and the Olympus
D-490Z, which do I prefer? Feature-wise, I'm going to have to give
the nod to the Olympus. While the D-490Z lacks USB, Olympus is currently
offering a free
Microtech ZiO! USB card reader with the purchase of the camera.
With that out of the way, I preferred the design of the 490Z, as
well as the extra features like uncompressed TIFF mode, adjustable
ISO settings, and a movie mode. [Updated 11/22/00]
have changed significantly since I originally wrote this review.
The FinePix now retails for $450, and the street
price is closer to $350. Though I prefer the Olympus' features
a bit more, the FinePix is definitely the better value here and
should be strongly considered. [Added 11/22/00]
point-and-shoot body -- easy to pick up and use
bundle included with camera
macro shots and white balance
value for the money
I didn't care for:
show blue tint sometimes (see gallery)
bit light on features
system confusing -- some items in auto mode but not in manual
small and hard to see
other cameras you'll want to consider include the Canon
PowerShot S10, Casio
Coolpix 880, Olympus
D-490Z, and the Toshiba
always, I recommend a trip out to your local reseller to try out
the FinePix 2400 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?
out Steve's Digicams review
of the FinePix 2400.
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