first digital camera was a Fuji FinePix 1.3, which I had won in a photo
competition (with the photo on the right) on the web at
It was opportune as I had recently sold my Pentax MZ50 SLR due to financial
difficulties (a black day indeed). Though the FinePix 1.3 was only a “happy
snappy”, it had a few good features, but of course it only wet my appetite for
the real thing. Some of the photos on this site are from the FinePix 1.3, which
actually printed far better images than I had expected. I sold that camera in
order to save for a real digital. It took a while, but in Feb. 2003 it arrived.
I am still reasonably happy with my
FinePix S602Z, but my knowledge and experience has grown, so I am starting to
think about upgrading to a Digital SLR, where I can change lenses and shoot in
Raw format. The
Fujifilm S3 Pro looks interesting, but I am also rather partial to the
SLRs as well.
I bought my current camera online
in 2003 for just under $1,500. Harvey Norman were asking $1,700, and so didn’t
get my custom. Ozistores also had 128meg Smart Media cards for $99 each - I got
two. I have since bought another three 128meg storage cards. I also bought two
sets (4 in set) of Sanyo 1,700ma nickel metal hydride AA batteries ($30 set) and
a small 3hr charger with car adapter included ($45) from a local Batteries Plus
So here is a quick overview of the FinePix S602Z: 3rd generation 3.1 million effective pixels Super CCD system produces ultra
sharp yet colourful 6.0 million pixel images and can yield 1600 ISO at 1
MegaPixel with minimal electronic noise, higher shutter speeds, a bright F2.8
Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating) Fujinon 6X (35-210mm) optical Zoom Lens with a
13-step aperture. Pixel-Mixing Technology can produce digital VGA resolution
movies at 30 fps. Dual media slots (Smart Media & Micro Drive), a manual focus ring, Manual
control, Aperture or Shutter priority, AE scene modes, custom white balance, hot
shoe mount and an electronic mini LCD through-the-lens (TTL) viewfinder.
I also bought the optional .79X wide angle
lens and the 1.5X telephoto lens with 55 mm adapter tubes. I have since fitted a
UV filter and hood to one of the adapter rings supplied with each lens, and use
a polarising filter for bright outdoor shots. When using the hood and filters,
there is shadows in the corners of the image at it's widest angled shots. I take
care of this in Paint Shop Pro at home. I also purchased a good tripod.
I have progressed into shooting most of my
landscape shots at the highest setting in my camera - producing a .TIFF image of
17 MB (uncompressed = 34 MB), but still use the highest .JPEG format at 2.2 MB size
for most situations. This camera does not have a Raw option,
otherwise I would use that.
My printer is a Canon
S9000. I read a comparison of printers in
Computer Choice magazine
at the time of purchase which rated the Canon S900/S9000 as the only printer to achieve excellent for
printing photos, in the home desktop range. It also has 6 separate ink
cartridges, so you are assured of using every drop of your precious coloured ink.
I have since purchased a Canon Pixma iP6700D, again with the 6 separate ink