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Fujifilm FinePix SL280 Digital Camera

Bridge Camera 14MP 28x Mar 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Poor expert reviews
Softness at all ISO
Sluggish interface

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Reviews

Poor Expert Reviews

This camera received a score of 40% from expert review website Neocamera.com. This means that experts really don't rate this medium megapixel digital camera very highly.

Good Brand

We checked 8,047 expert and owner reviews (including 1,137 verified purchases) for Fujifilm cameras and found that on average Fujifilm has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Fujifilm has good reviews specifically within its medium megapixel cameras range. 94% of those that bought a Fujifilm camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Sluggish Interface

One person who bought this digital camera reckoned that it did not have a good interface. Five years ago Neocamera.com said “Sluggish interface”.

Nice Design

Two customers considered that it was ergonomic.


Softness At All ISO

Two people wrote that it did not have a good ISO range. Neocamera.com said five years ago “Overly soft at ISO 800”. Neocamera.com also wrote “Softness at all ISO” in their review.

Poor Display Coverage

One customer concluded that the product did not have a good screen. Neocamera.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Poor display coverage” and gave it a rating of 2 stars out of 5.

Instant Video Lag

One person who reviewed it thought it was good for video recording. Neocamera.com wrote “Instant video lag” in their review of the Fujifilm FinePix SL280 nonetheless they only gave it a score of 2 stars out of 5.

Good Lens Sharpness

One customer who purchased this digital camera wrote that it had a good lens. Five years ago Neocamera.com mentioned “Good lens sharpness”.


Features

Excellent Pricepoint for Features

One person concluded that it had good features. Neocamera.com wrote “Excellent pricepoint for features”.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Body Ergonomics

One person wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was a good body shape. Neocamera.com mentioned “Good body ergonomics”.

One customer who bought this digital camera concluded that it was compact. Expert review site Neocamera.com said in their review of this digital camera “This relatively compact model is ergonomically designed with a deep hand-grip”.

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Heavy

The Fujifilm FinePix SL280 is one of the heavier medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years (470 grams) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The weights of digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera range from 20g to 1.3kg, and the average weight is 250g.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 470g digital cameras currently available including the Fujifilm SL260 which has better reviews.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the FinePix SL280 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

Other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider include the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the Fujifilm T350, or the Canon A3400 IS which all of have better reviews.

Digital cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the Df ($1,995.95) (3.2" and higher rated), the D4 ($4,299.99) (3.2" and higher rated), or the D4S ($4,200) (3.2" and higher rated) all from Nikon.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

Fujifilm released the FinePix SL280 in March 2012.


Video

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The FinePix SL280 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not support Full HD video.

Other digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to consider include the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the SLT-A57Y both from Sony or the Nikon Coolpix S5200.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The FinePix SL280 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). In addition, this Fujifilm camera supports a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The worst video resolution of all medium megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera is 320 x 120 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

At 28 times zoom factor, the FinePix SL280 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera. The average optical zoom of similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera is 14x, and the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the FinePix HS30EXR (30x and higher rated), or the Finepix SL300 ($305) (30x and higher rated) both from Fujifilm or the Nikon Coolpix S9700 ($329.99) (30x and higher rated).

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

Across all the digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera the digital zooms range from 1x to 120x, and the average digital zoom is 6.6x. The FinePix SL280 has one of the bigger digital zooms (6.7 times zoom factor) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age.

Other 6.7x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at include because of their better review scores, the SL260, the T350, or the JZ100 ($99.97) all from Fujifilm.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth looking at include the X-5 (7.2x and higher rated), or the LS465 (7.2x and higher rated) both from Pentax or the Fujifilm T400 (7.2x and higher rated).

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras that have been around for more than two years is 18mm and the longest is 1,500mm. At 624 millimeters, the FinePix SL280 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 24 millimeters, the Fujifilm FinePix SL280 has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years. The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 4.5mm to 40mm.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The FinePix SL280 has a built-in flash. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the DMC-GH3EC-K ($872.99), and the DMC-SZ3K both from Panasonic or the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Fujifilm FinePix SL280 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The FinePix SL280 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the L120, and the 310 both from Nikon or the Fujifilm AX600 which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many medium megapixel cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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4288 X 3216 Still Image Resolution

The FinePix SL280 has a 4288 x 3216 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Fujifilm camera also have still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1360, 2048 x 1536, 3072 x 1728, 3072 x 2048, 3072 x 2304 and 4288 x 2416 and 4288 x 2864. Across all digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera the best still image resolution is 4928 x 3264 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Only 4288 X 3216 Pixels Image Resolution

The FinePix SL280 has a 4288 x 3216 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most medium megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as it. Most medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution.

A 4288 x 3216 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the worst image resolution across all cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

A 4928 x 3264 pixels maximum image resolution is the best image resolution across comparable types of camera.

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14 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 14 megapixels digital camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 14MP cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the Fujifilm SL260, the Nikon S3100, or the Benq G1 ($229).

If you would prefer a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-W620 (14.1MP and higher rated), the Panasonic DMC-FH4-K (14.1MP and higher rated), or the GE E1450W (14.1MP and higher rated).

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Fujifilm FinePix SL280 has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The FinePix SL280 features connection to PC, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Supports PictBridge

The FinePix SL280 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The FinePix SL280 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Fujifilm FinePix SL280 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Has a Hand Strap

The FinePix SL280 has a hand strap, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Fujifilm FinePix SL280 has a batteries included, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 04547410197426

Fujifilm FinePix SL280 Review Sources

To prepare this Fujifilm FinePix SL280 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,945 product attributes, 170,936 digital camera reviews and 3,219,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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