Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Fujifilm FinePix 6900Z: (3 megapixel prosumer) Fujifilm have done a good job of fixing some of the bug bears we had with the 4900Z. The 6900Z produces well exposed, colourful, detailed and sharp images. The big 6x zoom lens has good quality (if some barrel distortion at wide angle) and sharpness and is fast for it's range (F2.8 - F3.1).
Pros: Excellent colour reproduction, probably the best in its class (caveat: some saturation control would be nice), Resolution as good as the best 3 megapixel digital cameras (performed well on our resolution tests), Big 6x optical zoom provides a lot of flexibility, Lens is good quality, very little chromatics, fast (F2.8 - F3.1) for it's "reach", Very fast 5 frames per second burst speed, Wide selection of manual controls, Excellent implementation of manual focus (nice l...
Cons: Barrel distortion at full wide angle, Electronic viewfinder isn't the best I've used, Browsing through images in play mode can be frustrating due to the delay between each image, Normal sharpening level is too hard, LCD and EVF don't provide 100% frame view, Still no control over colour / tone camera algorithms, Auto focus at full telephoto can feel slow (in low light / difficult focus situations), Hot pixels at not-so-long exposures, White balance control should be o...
6900 ($999) is their new top-of-the-line consumer digital camera.
It's the successor to their FinePix 4900 (see our review),
adding the new 3.3 Megapixel SuperCCD that is also found on the
FinePix 6800 Zoom (see our review).
This new SuperCCD chip uses a different arrangement of the sensors
to produce larger images (6 million pixels, in this case), with
Pros: Very good photo quality, Full manual controls, Hot shoe for external flash, Handy Focus Check feature, Fast processing speeds, Powerful 6X zoom lens
Cons: Proprietary battery, Electronic Viewfinder (I'm not a fan of them in general), No sound in movie mode; lens locked at wide-angle
Summary: With the ability to generate image files of up to six million pixels (2832 x 2128 resolution in TIFF-RGB format) for enlargements and photo editing software manipulation, the FinePix 6900 Zoom also offers the following features: To further enhance the digital photography experience, Fujifilm provides consumers with an easy entrance to the Internet imaging world with the company's newly designed FinePixViewer software program, which comes bundled with the FinePix 6900...