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Fujifilm GA645 Zi Professional Review

What's not so good?

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  • Close focussing. The camera will not focus below 1 metre. This is the biggest pain about the camera. It would be a really great tool if it could. I never thought I cared about minimum focus distance until I got this camera. Taking photos of your friends around the table? Don’t bother, they will all come out blurred. Annoyingly, it will still take photos under that distance. Although the viewfinder will conveniently flash to let you know that you’re about to waste your money. Perhaps Fuji thought that people might want to have creative control to take blurred photos deliberately.
  • Like many MF cameras, the focussing is extremely basic and not recommended for (even slow) moving subjects. There is no S mode, so you would need to use the largest aperture in A mode, and let the camera set the shutter speed for you, thought this would give you a much shallower DoF, and potential for focussing errors that way. Maximum shutter speed is 1/700th, which is typical for a leaf shutter of this vintage. I just don’t bother using it with anything in motion.
  • The camera apparently suffers from flare, and comes with a lens hood. Oddly, to fit the lens cover, you need to remove the lens hood first. Just buy yourself a 52mm UV filter and leave the lens hood in the bag.
  • This camera has also been frustrating with regards to focussing errors. Point it at something big and with lots of contrast or you will get a blurry shot. A number of frames of important wedding photos came out with the subject blurred, when the camera really should have nailed it. I would rather use a manual focus camera to ensure that I get the focus right than rely on this Fuji to do the job! But alas this is the nature of the point and shoot camera, convenient most of the time, frustrating when it doesn’t work. Always check the viewfinder to make sure your camera is looking where you think it is. In reality, you are better off with a fast film, and a smaller aperture to ensure you get a focussed photo. If you are thinking about giving the camera to someone else to take a photo of you, don’t bother, you may as well throw your money down the drain.
  • The viewfinder does have parallax error compensation, the viewfinder frame lines move depending on the focus point, it gives you an idea, but it’s not that accurate so you need to leave some room to spare.
  • The data imprinting function which puts the shooting data and date on the edge of the frame works intermittently, which is another annoying glitch. Sometimes it prints the date and the exposure settings, sometimes it prints the date, and sometimes it prints nothing.
  • LCD failure, for obvious reasons
  • The camera is noisy in focussing, and its focus seems somewhat rudimentary.

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  • Norm Wood

    Hello Andrew, I have a Fuji GA645Zi with a failed LCD screen, did you ever get yours repaired? Regards, Norm

    • Andrew Goodman

      Hi Norm, it seemed to rectify itself and the dead pixels reappeared. Which suggested that it was a contact issue. I had contacted Fujifilm to see if they had any spares and they said not. This is a very popular replacement part and I guess they had run out of them. As long as you can still see stuff like ISO and 120/220 then it’s not too serious. Try pressing the flexible plastic around the LCD screen to see if you can ‘massage’ the contacts back to life. Some of my favourite photos were taken with the GA645Zi. Good camera. All the best Andrew