Fuji FinePix F810; Get The Wider View
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Fuji FinePix F810
There's something about a wide angle view that attracts the eye. Wide screen TVs, the continued popularity of panorama images (and their attempted resuscitation every few years in popular film cameras, such as the ill-fated APS models) and the big screen we sit in front of in movie theaters all speak to the seduction of an image that goes beyond "golden rectangle" proportions. That appeal is what caught our eye about the new Fujifilm FinePix F810 digital camera. You can use the F810 to get a "normal" (4:3) view, but there's also a switch that allows you to shoot and view images in a different and, for digicams, unique aspect ratio, 16:9. Those proportions are pretty magical when it comes to scenics, although we're sure that it would be a ball for use with group photos as well.
The F810 is not just a one-trick pony, however, as it produces some of the sharpest and most colorful image files we've seen from any digicam. It sports 6.3-megapixel resolution, a 4x 35-142mm (35mm equivalent) optical zoom lens, focuses normally from 2 ft to infinity and at macro as close as 3" and has a fast f/2.8-8 lens. ISO on auto goes from 80-640, with 800 there if you need it, and the shutter speed ranges from 3-1/2000 sec. The body is solid and the screen is viewable, being a 2.1" monitor that lets you see the normal or wide view, your choice. It does use those tiny xD cards, and a handy cradle can be used for downloading and charging its long-lasting lithium ion battery.
Priced at about $499 street, this is a great camera for those who want to get it all in on their travels, and especially for those who like to stitch together their images for some fun, extra-wide panorama views.
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