Fujifilm Finepix A600

The A600 is a 6 mega pixel camera with a 3 x optical zoom. The best aspects of the A600 are that it is extremely simple to use, has good resolution as compared to other point and shoot camera and one does not have to pay a hefty amount to own it.

The camera has dimensions of 93 x 60 x 30.1 mm and weighs approximately 145 g providing A600 a rectangular shape and a strong feel to it. The A600 has a 3 x optical zoom having focal length equivalent to 36 – 108mm in 35mm format. Along with the optical zoom it also has a 6.3 x digital zoom. It can focus from a distance of 10 cm from the subject. As compared to the other cameras of the A series the A600 sports a larger 2.4 inch LCD screen. This comes at a price of no view finder present in the camera.

As compared to the other cameras of the same range by Fuji the A600 comes out with best results in the image quality department. The images are sharp and clear. Photos taken outdoors have good sharpness with the focus drifting away to some extent only when it gets closer to the edges.  You might find some loss of detailing of the subject being pictured and the camera struggles in very light areas. The purple fringing might not be as prominent as some of the other cameras produced by Fuji but it is visible in some situations. When conditions are a bit dark the A600 handles them pretty well and better than what most of us would expect it to. Colours produced are vibrant and natural with the colour balance maintained all over the picture. Indoor shots are decent with A600 performing better than most of its predecessors. Although when the conditions get extremely dark it does struggle to focus on subjects and take a good snap of it. But then again that was expected to happen considering the range in which A600 camera falls under. To overcome this one needs to ensure that the camera is close to the subject. One place that the A600 does falter is the red eye situation. The levels of red eye in most photos are well above as compared to what is produced by most of its direct competitors. The macro shots taken by the A600 are impressive as in most of the Fuji cameras on this range. The photos when ISO is used are better than nearly every other camera in the market of the same price range. Three ISO level are available which includes ISO 100, 200 and 400. The various image resolutions available are 2848 x 2136, 3024 x 2016, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200 and 640 x 480.

The shutter speed varies between 1/1600 to 2secs on the exposure mode. The photographer can take a single photo in 0.30 seconds and five consecutive photos in 15.30 seconds. The inbuilt flash works within a range of 3.2m when zoom is not in use and this decreases to 2m with the camera completely zoomed. The various flash modes present are Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro. It also has scene modes such as Portrait, Landscape, Sport and Night from which the user can choose. This helps in obtaining the perfect picture. The A600 has a self timer which can delay the picture by a maximum of 10 seconds. If one wants then he or she can add a voice memo to pictures aswell. The various white balance options available are Automatic, Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light and continuous shooting. The continuous shooting means one frame per second for up to three photos. The aperture has a range of f2.8 and f5.2. The aperture and shutter speed cannot be controlled by the photographer.

Movies can be recorded with resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels or 160 x 120 pixels. The time length is basically for 1 minute when 320 x 240 resolutions is used and this goes up to 4 minutes when the movie is recorded in 160 x 120 resolutions. The A600 has a maximum speed of ten frames per second and zoom cannot be used while movie is being captured. Environment sounds are recorded while filming. The various camera terminals in the A600 are USB 2.0, Video out which allows it to be connected to computers, PictBridge compatible printers and television sets. Two AA batteries are used to power the A600 and also have support for xD-picture cards. It has an internal memory of 12MB and with the use of xD-picture cards this can be increased between 16MB and 1GB.

In all the A600 is an extremely simple to use camera which has a low weight and surely is a complete value for money.

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