The Fujifilm FinePix F470 is the latest in a long line of slim digital cameras from Fuji, and at first blush there’s nothing in particular that separates this model from the dozen or so others out there with similar feature sets. Not quite as svelte as Fujifilm’s stylish Z1 and the soon-to-be released Z3, the 3.6 x 2.3 x 0.8-inch F470 has a 6-megapixel CCD sensor, a 3x optical zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD, and ten scene modes. There’s nothing truly revolutionary here, but that’s not always important. What is important is the Fuji F470’s utility.
Along with being about as slim as you want a digital camera, the Fuji F470 is extremely light at just five ounces with the battery and memory card. Though the camera’s polycarbonate body has a plastic feel in spots, the generous metal accents give it solid durability. This really is a “take anywhere” camera, and under normal daylight conditions the F470 can capture some great pictures, with the rich color you’d expect from Fujifilm. Though the camera struggled in low-light situations when shooting without a flash, and offers barely any manual control, if you’re using the Fuji F470 just for on-the-go snapshots, it’s a steal at just $279.