Expert Review of Fujifilm FinePix AX500 Point & Shoot Digital Camera Black
Fujifilm FinePix AX500 is a camera you will like to keep with you every day to capture all the precious moments that go by. For its key features the camera include an amazing 14 megapixels 1/ 2.3 inch CCD sensor, the 5x optical zoom and the 2.7 inch display. The lens is Fujinon’s original certified award winning lens with focal length that is 33 mm to 165 mm equivalent on a 35 mm camera. The camera is fully equipped to record full high definition videos at 1280 x 770 pixels with the availability of found, the resolutions can also be altered as per requirement. To add precision to your photography the camera comes with a Digital Image Stabilizer that is there as its name suggests stabilizing and providing clearance in your pictures. It has an impressive Focus system with the availability of Centre/Tracking. To trigger the creative side within you the camera has plenty of shooting modes to offer that begin with Natural light to Beach, Party, Flower, Fireworks, Sunset to Sport and even Motion Panorama and Landscape, thus giving you a wide variety of options to play with. Further, it can take Macro shots as well as offer a separate Self timer mode. Lastly, the camera embraces a 2.7 inch LCD screen on its rear. Fujifilm FinePix AX500 is compact and offers you plenty features and efficient functioning on an affordable price.
Design and Build Quality
The first thing about any camera you notice, it its body, for Fujifilm FinePix AX500 it’s the same and the camera does not disappoint. With a very stylish glossy look to it, the camera is definitely made for your pockets. It’s small and feels cozy in the hand, such size does impress you when it can fit your jeans or a pouch and is so readily accessible to any place you can dream of. It won’t bother you with its presence because the weight is merely 119 gram, which increases to a slight 168 grams once you include battery and memory card. It is 93 mm wide, 60.2 mm high and 27.8 mm deep ready to jump into your hand and take photos. The 2.7 inch screen is on its rear accompanying the button on its right, the buttons are petite so if you’re large handed; you might find them hard to tackle. The camera is available in two very classic colors: red and black.
Focus and Face Detection
It caters an Auto focus function that has a focus distance covering a range from 45mm wide angle and 80 cm Telephoto to infinity. Also, capable of macro focusing that encompasses 10 cm – 80 cm on the wide and approximately 60 cm to 1 m tele. There is a couple of Auto focusing mode incorporated within the Fujifilm FinePix AX500 like Single AF to Continuous AF that work in other respective features like SR Auto and even movie mode. In the intelligent Auto scene mode the camera recognizes the scenery you are in and lets you leave the work to it, by optimizing the settings and bringing out the best possible photos. It includes scenes like Portrait, landscape, macro, sport etc. When it comes to AF frame selection, the camera allows Centre focusing and/or the Tracking focus ability. The focus works even at a zoom of 5X. with the shutter speed that is adjustable from a maximum 1/400 sec to a min. 8 sec. The camera does not go without a face detection feature, the focus compliments the feature and the camera works again to provide you with wonderful imagery, special attention is provided to the faces in the frame than anything else. Within the face detection, you get perky features like Blink detection, smile shutter and self timer, etc.
Lens and Image Stabilization
The front of the camera you will trace the highly acclaimed and even highly precised Fujinon 5X optical zoom lens. This point and shoot digital camera’s lens gives you a great wide angle to take large area photos or group photos with, it spans 1X. While the camera zooms to an amazing 5X that can be increased to 6.7X of digital zoom. As for the focal length, it ranges f/5.9 – f29.5 mm or 35 mm equivalent to 33mm – 165 mm. To ensure accuracy in your photographs the camera is instilled with Digital Image Stabilization technology, that confirms the negation of all blurs and haziness that can potentially destroy your images. Together with the celebrated Fujinon lens the camera is sure to give you brilliant and cutting edge photos.
Screen and Menus
A working and delicate screen is a must to have for you to easily operate and share your photographic skills, for that you have in this camera the Finepix 2.7 inch color display, this might be slightly small compare to its market but the difference is minute. The screen nonetheless is 230,000 dots and is vibrant, worded to work sufficiently well in the bright outdoors. The camera sadly does not provide an optical viewfinder. The interface is amateur friendly and does not take long to get accustomed to.
There are two ways to power Fujifilm FinePix AX500; one is either by the use of 2 AA alkaline batteries and two, by 2 SS Ni-MH batteries. Both the batteries can last for different time period, AA alkaline batteries up to 180 shots while the Nickel-metal Hydride for a shockingly amazing 480 shots.
With a click you can change the camera from photographing mode to movie making mode. The camera captures high resolution 16:9 format images, with different pixilation. Highest being 1280 x 720 pixels, which can be lowered to 640 x 480 p and 320 x 240 p and all of them are recorded at 30 frames per second with sound. It is to notice that sound won’t be recorded during optical zoom mode but the zoom function is open to use within HD video recording.
Flaunting an impressive 14 megapixels resolution CCD sensor, Fujifilm FinePix AX500 makes its mark with excellent photo quality. The images can be printed at large sizes yet you won’t find a lot of disturbance in the sharpness and vividness of the image.
The camera is compact hence easy to carry around. The view screen is also very easy to use and the auto focus too is exceptional.
The camera does not do much wrong except for a few battery glitches.