Fuji Photo Film (UK) Ltd
Fujifilm's new MX-2900Zoom looks reminiscent of 20-year-old SLRs, with its attractive magnesium-alloy casing and chunky looks. This isn't a bad thing as it's no pretender. What you're getting for your hard-earned cash is a feature packed, high-end digital camera that will give you professional looking pictures.
The MX-2900 is the bigger brother of the MX-2700, with much the same set of specifications, but with a couple of important additions. First, the 3x optical zoom, in conjunction with the 2.5x digital zoom lets you get much closer to your subjects than before. Second you get to be more in control of the camera, able to set the focus, shutter speed, exposure and white balance manually. With 2.3 mega pixels, you can achieve resolutions of up to a phenomenal 1800 x 1200 pixels, that's over 6MB uncompressed. Fortunately, you can compress up to 35 images on the supplied 8MB CompactFlash card, or 8 at the lowest compression level.
For this amount of money we would have liked to see a 16MB card included. In terms of special effects, you can have black and white, sepia, silver cross and rainbow cross to add that special touch to your photos. In addition to these internal effects, there's an optional adapter ring with a 43mm thread so you can add filters for polarised outdoor photography and other creative effects.
One interesting detail is the hot-shoe attachment, letting you connect an external flash and giving you even more flexibility in low lighting conditions. Continuous shooting and a claimed battery life of 250 shots means you won't miss the action when it happens. Lastly, the excellent 2in LCD display on the rear of the MX-2900 not only gives all the information you need, but lets you frame your subjects easily and review the pictures you have already taken.