Fuji FinePix 2650 Digital Camera@DASHING THING REVIEW

11 Jul

Fuji FinePix 2650 Digital Camera

Camera QuickLook
Review Date
User Level
Novice to experienced amateur
Product Uses
Family / Travel / Special Events
Digicam Design
Point and Shoot
Picture Quality
Good, 2.0-megapixel CCD
Print Sizes
Good prints to 5×7
Suggested Retail Price




Well-known among professional photographers and consumers alike for great color, Fuji has also made great strides with their line of FinePix digital cameras. Refusing to compromise quality for portability, Fuji consistently produces compact, travel-worthy digicams that take great pictures and have a no-hassle user interface. Though the FinePix 2650 isn’t the most compact model in the line, it still retains small dimensions and light weight, and upholds Fuji’s well-earned reputation for color quality. The 2.0-megapixel CCD is perfect for snapshots and slightly larger prints, and the camera’s point-and-shoot simplicity will appeal to a wide audience of consumers. The 2650 updates the previous 2600 model with xD-Picture Card memory storage, but in all other aspects, the two cameras are nearly identical. 

Camera Overview
Expanding Fuji’s ever-growing line of consumer-friendly, point-and-shoot digicams is the FinePix 2650. Though not the smallest member of the FinePix family, the 2650 is fairly compact at 4.0 x 2.6 x 2.0 inches (100 x 65 x 52 millimeters). Its slightly thick, all-plastic body won’t fit into small shirt pockets, but the 2650 should be at home in larger coat pockets and most average-size purses. A 2.0-megapixel CCD offers good resolution, suitable for printing images as large as 5×7 inches, and its fully automatic exposure control keeps things simple. Loaded with batteries and memory card, the 2650 weighs about 8.5 ounces (240 grams), which is reasonably light. With the lens retracted, and the sliding cover closed, the 2650’s front panel is mostly flat, so you can stash it in a pocket or purse quickly. Though the camera comes with a small wrist strap, I’d recommend picking up a small camera case for protection on long trips.

Equipped with a Fujinon 3x zoom, 6-18mm lens (the equivalent of a 38-114mm zoom on a 35mm camera), the 2650 offers an automatically-controlled aperture range from f/3.5 to f/8.7 (with maximum and minimum values dependent on the lens’ zoom position). Focus ranges from 2.6 feet (80 centimeters) to infinity in normal mode, with a Macro setting ranging from 3.9 inches to 2.6 feet (10 to 80 centimeters). In addition to the 2650’s 3x optical zoom, the camera also offers up to 2.5x digital zoom. (Maximum digital enlargement depends on the image resolution.) I always remind readers that digital zoom decreases the overall image quality, since it only enlarges the center pixels of the CCD image. The 2650 has both a real-image optical viewfinder and a 1.5-inch color LCD monitor for framing shots. A limited information display reports camera settings on the LCD monitor, and a framing guideline option displays an alignment grid. The grid divides the image area into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, making it easier to line up tricky subjects.

Exposure control is fully automatic, despite the 2650’s offerings of Auto and Manual exposure modes. The Manual setting simply expands the Record menu to include Exposure Compensation and White Balance options. Shutter speeds range from 1/1,000 to 1/2 second, but the 2650’s LCD display doesn’t report it or the lens aperture. To determine the best exposure, the 2650 employs a TTL (through-the-lens) 64-zone metering system, which averages readings taken throughout the frame for the best overall exposure. Through the camera’s Record menu, you can increase or decrease exposure from -2.1 to +1.5 in one-third-step increments. White balance options include an Auto setting, as well as Outdoors, Shade, Daylight Fluorescent, Warm White Fluorescent, Cool White Fluorescent, and Incandescent presets. Though it’s not adjustable, the 2650’s sensitivity is equivalent to ISO 100, which limits the camera’s low-light shooting capabilities.

The 2650’s built-in flash is effective from 0.6 to 9.8 feet (0.2 to 3.0 meters) depending on the zoom position, and operates in Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced, Suppressed, or Slow-Synchro modes. A Self-Timer mode provides a 10-second delay between a full press of the Shutter button and the time that the shutter actually opens, helpful in self-portraits or group photos. The 2650 also features a Movie mode, which captures movies without sound. Two resolutions are available (320 x 240 and 160 x 120 pixels). Maximum recording times vary, depending on the resolution and amount of available memory space, with a maximum of 20 seconds for 320 x 240-pixel movies, and a maximum of 80 seconds for the 160 x 120-pixel size.

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Posted by on July 11, 2011 in cameras


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