Fujifilm Finepix A210

The A210 is an updated version of Fuji’s 2600-series cameras. The A210 has a 2.3 mega pixel CCD with a 3 x optical zooming and a 3.2 x digital zooming encapsulated in a plastic body. The price will be one factor which would attract customers who are looking to own a camera but not pay a hefty price for it. Faster lens as compared to some of its competitors and a video out port are some of the other features available in the A210.

The physical feature of the camera can be best described as average built and medium sized one with a plastic body. The A210 has dimensions of 3.9 x 2.6 x 2.1 inches and weighs 175 grams without battery or card making it easily usable with one hand. The camera has a 3X optical zoom lens with a focal range between 5.5 – 16.5 mm. Although the A210 does have an optical viewfinder, flash sensor, and self-timer lamp but it lacks AF illuminator. The built in flash can work within a range of 0.8 – 3.5 m at wide-angle and 0.8 – 3.0 m at telephoto. It does not have any support for external flash.

The A210 has a 1.5″ LCD screen displaying at a resolution of 60k pixels. Although it has a low resolution display the colours it produces are vibrant and natural. There is no diopter correction feature in the optical view finder thus making the experience a bit uncomfortable for those without proper vision. For help during taking of shots a 3 x 3 grid is displayed on the LCD screen. The four way controller is used for zooming purposes and navigating through the various menus available. Being a point and shoot camera there is no manual control over the shutter speed and the aperture.

This has support for USB, video out and DC-in although there is no lid or cover over these ports. The A210 makes use of 2 AA alkaline, NiMH and lithium batteries for powering purposes. Although it comes with a 16MB xD card but it can be upgraded to 512MB for increasing storage space.

The A210 takes up to 3 seconds for complete extension of its lens and being ready for photography. The auto focus speed of the A210 is good but its does struggle focusing in dim light due to the absence of AF illuminator. The shutter lag becomes more apparent when it comes to slower shutter speeds but the camera does well in fast shutter speed situations.  The time between taking of one photo and the camera being ready for the next shot is close to 2 seconds with the post shot review turned off. One aspect of the A210 which would not go down well the consumers is its inability to delete photos immediately after the shots are taken. Thus one needs to go through the tedious menu system for deleting a picture which he or she might not like.

The various resolutions that a photo can be stored in are 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960 and 640 x 480.  No TIFF or RAW mode is available in the A210. When accessing the menu system one might find a few options like Exposure compensation, White balance not being available. This can only be accessed through the manual mode. Other menus include Quality, Self-timer, Shooting mode and Option. The various white balance options available here are Auto, sunlight, shade, fluorescent x3, incandescent. There are no custom options available. There are just two shooting modes available in the A210, Auto and Manual. The self timer can delay the photo taking process by a maximum time of 10 seconds.

The photos produced by the A210 are good when used in macro mode. Photos taken at night suffer a bit due to the lack of shutter speed control. Longest shutter speed available in the A210 is 1/2 sec, not enough for obtaining light to expose the photos properly. The camera does provide some red-eye which can be removed using appropriate software. In all photos come out decent enough as compared to some its direct competitors. The colours are vibrant and natural with very little noise involved especially during good lighting situations. It stores images in JPEG format while videos are stored in AVI format.

The movies recorded on the A210 dose not come out great. It has two resolutions in which movies can be recorded. In 160 x 120 resolutions one can record up to 240sec while in the 320 x 240 resolutions the recording time decreases to around 60sec. the camera makes use of the M-JPEG codec for storing of movies in AVI format.  The various features available during playback are slide shows, DPOF print marking, image protection, thumbnail mode, and zoom and scroll. The A210 takes up to 2 seconds to scroll from one picture to another.

Although the A210 might lack a couple of features but its good picture quality, decent battery life and above all a reasonable price tag should make it a success among the consumers.

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