Even in the lower price range, many cameras look rather sophisticated, but the Fujifilm's styling is a little frumpy. It has an unflattering podgy profile and a lifeless silver finish.

But while its curves may not win any beauty pageants, the A700 is a comfortable handful. The thumb nestles against the zoom rocker on its rear.

At the A700's heart is a 7.3Mp CCD (charge-coupled device), which is impressive for a camera that can be picked up for a little over £100. Elsewhere it's blessed with a healthy assortment of features, including a 3x optical zoom that's married to a handy f2.8-f5.2 aperture spread and a 2.4in LCD.

Unlike some of the other compact cameras we've tested recently the A700's ISO range sticks to safe territory, with a high point of 400. Fujifilm includes a smattering of scene-shooting modes, although if you wish to take manual control you may be disappointed by the camera's settings. These don't even stretch to aperture and shutter control.

Thankfully, the A700 is pretty capable of gauging shooting conditions and producing good results. As is typical of Fujifilm cameras, this model exhibits slightly boosted colour saturation and reasonable finer detail – providing the ISO level is kept at conservative levels. There's evidence of slight fringing, but overall the Fujifilm consistently performs beyond its budget price tag.

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Fujifilm Finepix A700: Specs

  • 7.3Mp sensor
  • 1/1.6in CCD
  • 3,072x2,304 resolution
  • 320x240 movie resolution (10 frames per second)
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 36-108mm aperture
  • 2.4in, 112,000-pixel LCD
  • 50cm/10cm normal, macro focus distance
  • 2secs-1/6,000th shutter speeds
  • f2.8-f5.2 max aperture
  • 100-400 ISO range
  • 12MB internal storage (xD)
  • AA non-rechargeable battery
  • 93x60x30mm, 180g
  • FinePix Viewer
  • 7.3Mp sensor
  • 1/1.6in CCD
  • 3,072x2,304 resolution
  • 320x240 movie resolution (10 frames per second)
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 36-108mm aperture
  • 2.4in, 112,000-pixel LCD
  • 50cm/10cm normal, macro focus distance
  • 2secs-1/6,000th shutter speeds
  • f2.8-f5.2 max aperture
  • 100-400 ISO range
  • 12MB internal storage (xD)
  • AA non-rechargeable battery
  • 93x60x30mm, 180g
  • FinePix Viewer

OUR VERDICT

It's not pretty to look at or blessed with many settings, but at this price you can't argue with a 7.3Mp sensor and 3x optical zoom. Picture quality is good and there's a healthy assortment of features.

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