Feb 15, 2005

Fujifilm FinePix E510 review

The folks at CNET today published their review of the Fujifilm FinePix E510 and awarded it a rating of 6.6 I'm surprised that gave it that much considering everything they find wrong with it.

The Fujifilm FinePix E510 digital camera packs 5 megapixels and a handful of advanced features into a sturdy and efficiently designed silver body. With its many tweakable priority modes and a pop-up flash, the E510 aims for the snapshooter who wants a camera to grow with. However, below-par performance and several image quality flaws severely limit the E510's overall effectiveness.

Unfortunately, the FujiFilm FinePix E510 has some serious image-quality issues that negate our largely positive impressions of its design and feature set. This camera has a tendency to overexpose shots, thus blowing out highlights and increasing noise, even at relatively low ISO settings. We also noted purple fringing at the periphery of our shots, as well as radically inconsistent focus across the board. That said, the bumped-up exposure will make for more direct-from-the-camera detail in low-light situations, and given the E510's decent shutter-lag performance indoors, it may deserve a look from snapshooters who work in poorly lit environments.

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