Fujifilm Finepix T190/T200 Camera Review

The Hardware

The front of the FinePix T190 can be seen in Figure 3. The Fujinon 10x zoom retractable lens takes up most of the camera’s face. To the left of the lens is the “Fujifilm” label which is done quite nicely in silver letters. To the upper right is the built-in flash.

Fujifilm Finepix T190/T200 Camera ReviewFigure 3: The front of the camera

The top of the camera is marked with the “Finepix T” logo and contains the on/off switch, and the shutter button surrounded by the zoom control, as shown in Figure 4. The on/off switch is flush with the top of the camera and must be depressed to turn the camera on and/or off. Because of its small size, it is difficult to press with a fingertip and may require that you use a fingernail to press it. However, there are two things that we liked about the on/off functionality of this camera. The first is that the on/off button glows a bright blue when the camera is on, so it is easy to tell if you have pressed the button fully or not. The other nice feature of this phone is that you can turn it on and off by pressing the playback button on the back of the camera to turn it on to review pictures. Once you are in the playback mode, you can simply tap the shutter button to extend the lens and get the camera ready to take a picture.

Fujifilm Finepix T190/T200 Camera ReviewFigure 4: The top of the T190

The back of the camera contains a 2.7-inch, approximately 230,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor and the picture controls, as shown in Figure 5. The screen is crisp and clear, but unfortunately, it is very hard to see in direct sunlight.

The picture controls are navigated by a round mode dial in the upper portion of the back of the camera. The choices are: Program, for full control over camera settings including exposure, white balance, and focus; Scene Recognition Auto, which lets the camera analyze the composition and select the appropriate scene mode; Auto, which lets the camera automatically select all settings; Movie, for the video mode; Scene Position 1 and Scene Position 2, which let the user select the scene mode; Natural Light, to capture natural lighting under low light conditions; and Natural & Flash, which tells the camera to take two shots, one with the flash off and one with it on.

The scene modes are varied. They include: Portrait, Baby Mode, Smile & Shoot (during which the camera’s Face Detection will release the shutter automatically when it detects a smiling face), Landscape, Panorama, Sport, Night, Night Tripod (for slower shutter speeds), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower (closeup), and Text.

Under the first mode dial is a playback button and a Disp/Back button. The Disp/Back button hides and/or displays screen icons and is also used to back out of functions. Just to the right of these are three indicator lights. These lights glow and/or blink green, red, and/or orange to indicate things like the focus locked, flash charging, and lens or memory errors.

Under these is another round dial with a Menu/OK button in the middle. This dial is a four-way dial. Press the top of this dial in playback mode and the picture is deleted. Press the top of this dial in photo mode and the exposure compensation is activated. The right side can be pressed to quickly enter the macro mode and the left side controls the flash functionality. The Menu/OK button is used for confirming choices.

This dial is also used for other selections, like scrolling through the pictures in playback mode.

Fujifilm Finepix T190/T200 Camera ReviewFigure 5: The back of the T190

The left side of this camera, seen in Figure 6, has a place to hold the included wrist strap along the thick silver bezel.

Fujifilm Finepix T190/T200 Camera ReviewFigure 6: The left side

The bottom of the T190 can be seen in Figure 7. Just to the right of center is the tripod mount. Next to that is the micro USB port and to the right of that is the opening for the battery and memory card, which is covered by a spring-loaded cover. This camera takes SD/SDHC memory cards.

You will note that the battery/memory card door cannot be opened when a tripod is mounted. Since we do a lot of tripod photos, we find this an inconvenience. We also had some trouble with this door swinging open at unexpected times. It should also be noted that the battery can be inserted in the wrong position. This will result in an error on the screen when the camera is turned on.

Fujifilm Finepix T190/T200 Camera ReviewFigure 7: The bottom of the camera

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