May 9, 2005

Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom review

In February 2005 Fujifilm announced the 6.3 megapixel FinePix F10, a camera with several unique claims to fame. For one thing it is the first of a new generation of Fuji cameras built around a new Super CCD HR sensor that doesn't use any interpolation to produce its 6 million output pixels (previous generations have produced images with double the amount of effective pixels on the sensor). Then there's the ISO 80-1600 sensitivity range, which comes thanks to a newly-developed 'Real Photo Processor' - as does the class-leading 500 shot-per-charge battery life and very fast operation (with a claimed 0.01 second shutter lag). Other features of note include a 2.5-inch screen, 3x optical zoom and VGA, 30 fps movie mode, but this is essentially a 'point-and-shoot' camera with little in the way of real manual control.
Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom

DPreview have reviewed this innovative digicam and have this to say-
"It may not look it, but the FinePix F10 is something of a revolution, and is probably the first time a compact camera has really shown the potential offered by Super CCD for high resolution, high sensitivity and low noise. It's hard to understate the value of usable high ISO settings in a compact camera - from reducing camera shake to more natural low light portraits (without flash) to extended flash range and all the other advantages DSLR users take for granted and most compact users - stuck to ISO 200 (or 400 at a push) can only dream of.

It's a pity that first impressions of the camera itself are a little underwhelming; it has none of the panache or super-slim styling of many of its competitors, and offers little in the way of real photographic control for the serious user to get his or her teeth into. But after using the F10 for a couple of months I found myself reaching for it much more often than some of the other cameras I had on test at the same time - especially when going out in the evening, when the extra sensitivity really counted. And it may not be as slim and sexy as models such as the Canon SD500, but it handles a lot better and produces better results in most circumstances - most especially when light levels start to drop. I found the images a little lacking in punchiness, but boosting saturation produced very nice prints. "

I left out the really juicy parts of this review though so be sure to check it out.
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