Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Fujifilm announced what it claims to be the world’s thinnest 10x optical zoom compact camera. It’s unusual for a thin compact camera to have such a high optical zoom, so we decided to take a look.

This Fujifilm camera is the T190, which is generally distributed through Wal-Mart. It is also sold in some other outlets under the number T200. The two cameras are identical. Since our review unit was a FinePix T190, we will refer to this camera by that number for the purpose of this review.

The FinePix T190 comes in a small, unassuming purple box, as shown in Figure 1.

Fujifilm Finepix T190/T200 Camera ReviewFigure 1: The box

Inside the box, as shown in Figure 2, are the camera itself, a rechargeable NP-45A Lithium Ion battery, a battery charger with collapsible wall prongs, a USB cable, a software disk, a small User Guide, a small hand strap, and some miscellaneous material including a flyer with battery specifications, charging instructions, and indicator lights explanations..

Fujifilm Finepix T190/T200 Camera ReviewFigure 2: The contents of the box

As you can see in Figure 2, this camera is very compact. It measures 3.7 x 1.9 x 0.9 inches (97 x 56.5 x 28.1 mm) and weighs approximately 4.7 ounces (134 grams), excluding battery and memory card. Although the camera is light-weight, it has a good solid feel. It is thin enough to easily fit in a pocket. The camera comes without a memory card and has no internal memory, so you will have to purchase an SD or an SDHC card with the camera.

Our review camera was black with silver trim and accents. The camera also comes in gray, silver, red, and blue. The slightly rounded corners and edges give it a nice feel.

Fujifilm packed a lot into this little pocket camera. It boasts 14 megapixels, a 2.7-inch LCD, and a 28-280 mm equivalent lens. It features 720p recording, image stabilization, Motion Panorama and Photobook in-camera book design software.

Sandy Berger, respected computer authority, journalist, media guest, speaker, and author, has more than three decades of experience as a computer and technology expert. Her eight books include: How to Have a Meaningful Relationship with Your Computer, Your Official Grown-up's Guide to AOL and the Internet, Cyber Savers –Tips & Tricks for Today’s Drowning Computer Users, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Better Living through Technology, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to the Internet, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Gadgets & Gizmos, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Health & Wellness, and Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Travel. Sandy’s newspaper column, magazine articles, feature stories, product reviews, and computer tips can be found at her website, Compu-KISS.