Article Author :Ian Date : 25th Jun 2003 Comments :
Fuji are renowned for their cameras, and are one of the most popular choices for a digital camera for nearly any market. Most such "novelty" cameras like the @xia Slimshot are produced by a company who may not have much experience in digital cameras, and, in effect just re-brand a generic product. This camera, although based on technology from another company (SMaL Camera Technologies), is well and truly a Fuji creation.
The Fuji @xia Slimshot
This camera is actually the slimmest camera in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records 2002, measuring in at 85.6 x 54 x 6mm - the same surface area as a credit card, and only 6 times as thick - certainly easy enough to carry in your wallet. The camera is built from a pleasing aluminium casing with dark green rims around the ends of the case and lens. The overall built quality is superb and a falling out of a pocket or off a table should prove meaningless, as it is extremely robust.
Sensor : 0.31 Megapixels
Resolution : 640x480, 320x240
File Format : .jpg after software conversion
Internal Memory : 8MB
Focal Length : 6.87mm (equivalent to 47mm on a 35mm camera)
Aperture : 3.8
Shooting Distance : 60cm to infinity
Focusing : Fixed
Battery : Internal Lithium Polymer
Dimensions : 85.6 x 54 x 6 mm
Shutter Speed : Auto (1/30 - 1/15000)
The onboard memory can store up to 26 hi-res photos in 640x480, or 104 photos in 320x240 - this is not the sort of capacity you would be after for taking this camera on holiday, as the capacity is not sufficient and the storage is non-removable. For a day out, or for a "fun" camera, this will be fine.
The camera features an internal lithium polymer battery, supposedly able to take from 600-1000 shots before recharge (via the USB cable). I never actually experienced a flat battery, even after only charging the unit twice and taking hundreds of photos. A battery like this should also have a large storage time, meaning that you will be able to come back to the unit after a month and still have some charge left in it. (albeit not quite full capacity).
@xia Slimshot Camera
Quick Start Guide
Contents of the Fuji @xia Slimshot
Fuji provide a standard bundle with the camera, the software, the manual and the standard pouch that come with most cameras. The pouch is just to protect the camera from scratches whilst carrying it in a bag, or putting it in your pocket.