Thursday, October 4, 2007

Fujifilm FinePix 4900Z Review

Radical. Futuristic. I heard several descriptions leveled at the 4900Z while at Photokina 2000 this year. Certainly when Fujifilm first hinted and then later announced the 4900Z a lot of people oohed and ahhed at the design. Echoes of SLR, yet modern looks and an attractive feature set. Officially the 4900Z is a replacement for last years 2900Z. In my mind it's much more of a camera than the 2900Z was.

The 4900Z is targeted at the "prosumer" market, those users who are looking for a digital camera with manual features and good image quality without having to spend a small fortune on digital SLR kit. The 4900Z specifications are impressive, a full 6x optical zoom, auto and manual focus, a 2.4 megapixel SuperCCD generating 4.3 megapixel images, full manual exposure options, majority of controls on the outside of the camera and a LCD viewfinder (0.556") (dubbed EVF; Electronic View Finder by Fujifilm) which means an "almost real" TTL view from your eye directly through the lens.

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