Fujifilm Finepix A330

The A330 is a 3.2-megapixel digital camera with a 3 x optical zoom. The camera is easily affordable but the catch being it lacks some of the features which you might expect to be present in a camera of this level. In spite of this the image quality is more than decent and its simplistic approach makes it very easy to use.

The A330 has dimensions of 4.09 x 2.42 x 1.23 inches and weighs up to 7.2 ounces with battery and memory card. The A330 as you might have guessed by now is a small and easily portable camera. The exposure controls are automatic and the A330 provides four scene shooting modes to capture the perfect picture even in tricky situations. The A330 can capture images having a maximum size of 8×10 inches. The basic shape of the camera is flat thus allowing the camera to placed in a pocket without any trouble.

The A330 has lens equivalent to a 38-114mm lens on a 35mm camera. The aperture ranges between f/2.8 to f/9.5, depending on the amount of zoom being used. Focus ranges between 2.0 feet to infinity while in normal mode and 3.9 inches to 2.6 feet in macro mode. Along with the cameras 3 x optical zoom it also provides 1.6x digital zoom. A LCD screen of 1.5-inch and a real image optical viewfinder are present in A330. While taking pictures the screen can be divided into grids, this helps during alignment of subjects.

Two modes are available in the A330 which includes Auto mode and manual mode. Even when manual mode is used one dose not have control over exposure details. This mode just adds the exposure composition option and the white balance option to the menu system. Four shooting modes are available in the A330 which includes Portrait, Night, Sports, and Landscape settings. The various White Balance options present are Auto setting, Outdoors, Shade, Daylight Fluorescent, Warm White Fluorescent, Cool White Fluorescent, and Incandescent presets. The shutter speed ranges between 1/2,000 to two seconds but this is not displayed on the LCD screen. Through the lens 64-zone metering system the camera obtains the proper exposure by taking averages of the readings recorded throughout the frame. The A330 has a sensitivity equivalent to ISO 100.

The A330’s built in flash works between 2.0 to 11.5 feet depending upon the amount zoom being used. The flash operates in Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced, Suppressed, or Slow-Synchro. It also has a self timer which can delay the picture to be taken by 10 seconds thus giving the photographer ample time to go round and be pictured himself.

The camera supports movie recording aswell but it does not record any sound. It has two resolutions in which the movies can be recorded, 320 x 240 or 160 x 120. The time limit of the movie depends upon the memory space available.

The A330 has support for xD-Picture Cards and comes with a 16 MB card provided during purchase but this can be upgraded for increasing the memory space. For powering purposes the A330 uses two AA-type batteries for power, either alkaline or NiMH. It supports Fuji’s accessory Picture Cradle and using the USB can be connected to the computer for transfer of photos. It also has DC In and Video out options available.

Looking at the image quality the colours produced are a bit towards warm colour casts. The colours might seem a bit over saturated. The exposure accuracy is good but the flash exposures were a bit dim. The sharpness as compared the other cameras are better for a 3 mega pixel camera. The noise levels can be reduced but the subject detail needs to be compromised with. In macro mode the A330 performs well enough with decent detailing provided. The night shots are decent but the A330 has very limited low-light auto focus ability. The cycle time is fast ranging between 0.74 – 0.87 with a full-auto focus shutter delay. Battery life is good with a minimum runtime of 140 minutes in capture mode.

The A330 provides good image quality, decent colour performance and flexibility but above all this comes at an extremely affordable price range.

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