Fujifilm Finepix A303

Fuji has always been known for its ability to produce quality products at attractive prices. The A303 is a part of the Fuji’s Finepix digicam line which comprises of portable cameras providing quality pictures. A303 is the first digicam created by Fuji which accepts the new xD-Picture Card.

The Finepix weighs 7.1 ounces thus making it compact enough to be carried around from one place to another. The low weight is mostly due to the acceptance of xD-Picture Card, which is the smallest memory card format available currently. Having dimensions of 3.8 x 2.5 x 1.4 inches the A300 has almost a plain rectangular shape when the lens is retracted thus allowing it to be easily fitted in to a pocket. The A300 has a 3x zoom lens which is equivalent of a 35-114mm zoom on a 35mm camera and can provide images with a maximum resolution of 2,048 x 1,536-pixels.

The camera offers a maximum aperture of f/2.8-f/4.8 while the focus ranges between 2 feet to infinity in normal mode and 3.9 inches to 2.6 feet with macro settings. The A303 provides a real-image optical viewfinder and a 1.5-inch LCD monitor. The optical viewfinder is by no means great while the LCD monitor does provide good results. 3.2x digital zoom is also provided along with 3x optical zoom by the A303. One has an option of displaying an alignment grid which helps taking snaps of tricky subjects by dividing the screen into thirds both, horizontally and vertically.

The A303 provides both auto mode and manual mode but even in manual mode nothing much can be done with the exposure settings, which remain under automatic control. The manual menu just adds the Exposure Compensation and White Balance options. The A303 LCD displays very minimum information and things such as shutter speed and lens aperture are not shown. The shutter speed has a range of 1/2,000 to 1/2 second, and the aperture has a range of f/2.8 to f/11.6. TTL (through-the-lens) 64-zone metering system is used by A303 to provide the best exposure by taking average readings throughout the frame and then using the best one for the entire picture. Auto setting is one of the options that are present in the White balance criteria along with others such as Outdoors, Shade, Daylight Fluorescent, Warm White Fluorescent, Cool White Fluorescent, and Incandescent presets.

Depending on the amount of zoom being used, the built in flash can work effectively between ranges of 1 to 11.5 feet. The different modes available are Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced, Suppressed, or Slow-Synchro modes. The A303’s self timer option when activated waits for 10 seconds before taking the photograph which is useful especially during self-portraits or group photos.

One place where most of the Fuji cameras falter is the movie capturing mode and the A303 is no different. It allows a maximum resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and no sound. The other resolution that can also be applied is 160 x 120 pixels and time of video depends on the amount of memory available along with the type of resolution being used. Basically one can record video up to 1minute while using the 320 x 240 resolution and this increase to 3 minutes if 160 x 120 pixels are in use.

The A303 comes with a 16 MB internal memory but due to its maximum resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels one would require to buy a xD-Picture Card for utilizing the maximum benefits that the A303 can provide. Two AA-type batteries are required to power up an A303 and the camera comes with an optional AC adapter.

To sum it all up the A303 is basically meant for novices with most of its features controlled automatically by the camera itself. In context of the picture quality the A303 does justice by providing decent pictures in the day and at night.

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