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The 6.3 Megapixel F30 is a small digital camera made by Fuji. At a couple of years old, this particular model was one of the first compact cameras to ulitilise a high ISO range (100-3200), which means it is well suited to taking shots in low light without a flash.
With an aluminium construction, the camera certainly looks stylish, and is comfortable to hold. This is partly due to the fact that the corners have been rounded off - so no sharp points sticking in your palms! The back of the unit houses the 2.5 inch LCD screen, which due to it's anti-glare coating, makes viewing easy in bright light.
The downsides to the camera include the fact that it only offers a 3x zoom (36 - 108mm), and there are no manual aperture and shutter-speed options - but then most people don't want that level of control on a compact anyway.
So how about the picture quality?
Well i've never owned a Fuji which has taken bad shots - and this is no different. The overall tonal range is excellent, and colours are vibrant without being over saturated. The low-light shots which I mentioned earlier aren't bad at all. Of course noise levels increase dramatically post iso 800, but the overall result is a lot better than i've seen on newer cameras with the same capabilities.
In terms of the purchase price, the F30 is a model which is actually quite difficult to get hold of. Amazon doesn't stock it, and eBay currently has only three for sale. However, you should expect to pay around the £140 mark - which isn't bad as the retail price is £249.
If you see one of these cameras selling for a reasonable price, I certainly recommend the purchase. The F30 is a versatile little shooter, which can't fail to please in poorly lit situations and otherwise.
Max Resolution: 2,848 x 2,136
Shutter Speeds: 15-1 / 2000sec
iso Sensitivities: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Memory: 10mb internal, xD Card
Battery: Lithium Ion
My third digital camera. I have slowly upgraded over the years and this is the best I have had.
It was difficult to get used to the fact that it did not have a view finder but once I had got used to it, it works really well. You can set the screen to show guide lines which help with composition.
The battery life is the best I have had and lasts a long time. In the time I have had the camera it I have had to fully charge the battery about three times and I take on average 30-50 pictures every time I use it, which is monthly.
I have bought extra memory for it which was worth it.
It is really easy to use and I have made little films with it as well.
There are some features I have yet to play with but what I have used have been easy to follow and produced exceptional pictures.
I've had my Fuji Finepix F30 since Christmas 2006, and I take it with me everywhere I go. It's so small and light that it fits into my smallest handbag, and if I'm out and about I just slip it into my pocket.
I try and compose my pictures as much as possible, but sometimes you just have to take advantage of the moment and shoot what you see. The quality of the photos taken is so good that I can go home, load the pictures onto my computer, then use the cropping tool to bring out the composition I would have chosen if I had the time or was able to approach closely enough. Even after cropping, and consequently enlarging, the pictures are usually still sharp and rich.
This is a 6.3 megapixel camera with 3x Optical zoom and a 2.5" LCD monitor. It has 10 MB of internal memory, but I bought an additional memory card which gives me enough memory for 680 pictures.
The buttons and symbols on the camera are pretty self-explanatory, so that it's easy to figure out how to use the different functions.
This camera does make videos with sound, but the picture quality is quite poor. Still, it's better than nothing when you're trying to capture a memorable event.
The Fujifilm Finepix is a 6.3 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera which claims to have higher light sensitivities than most similar camera giving it higher shutter speeds which reduces the chances of getting blurry pictures, which can be caused by a fidgety subject or a shaky hand for example. The camera claims to offer shutter speeds that had previously reserved for professional photographic equipment thus allowing the humble consumer to achieve higher quality shots! This is the main emphasis that the camera was marketed on, so did it live up to expectations in this way and in the other ways we would expect a digital camera to perform?
Firstly the camera has a compact alloy body which seems light yet fairly robust. It looks pretty stylish with sensible sized buttons that children and adults alike would be able to operate. It also has the advantage of a large LCD screen which has an anti-glare coating which supposedly allows you to view pictures even in bright conditions. Ive found this to be pretty good, better than many other cameras Ive used but unsurprisingly in very bright conditions I couldnt see a thing. I fail to see how this could possible be viewed in bright conditions. It works well within reason and serves its purpose though.
Start up time is fairly quick. The camera is ready to take a photo within about 2 seconds. The shutter speed is indeed very fast. The camera has 15 modes and combining their use with the cameras fast shutter speed allows you to get excellent photos in situations where other cameras would struggle. For example I managed to get some excellent photos of my dog jumping for a Frisbee, children running in a race and diving into the swimming pool. Obviously in these situations it is crucial to have a fast shutter speed or you simply miss the moment. This camera certainly fulfilled my expectations; the pictures are crystal clear, not in the slightest but blurry. Ive even had one blown up and the quality has not been affected at all. This is helped by the cameras 6.3 megapixel sensor (above 5 is desirable) and 3x optical zoom, producing a high quality photo.
The flash has various different functions including red-eye reduction. I have only had a couple of red-eye photos so it seems to be working well, considering the number of photos I have taken. The controls of the camera are on the back right-hand side and on top of the camera. The instruction manual was very easy to understand guiding you through from turning the camera on to the various functions and features as well as uploading photos to a computer. The useability of the camera is excellent. Within a few minutes of playing around with it I had found everything I wanted. Settings are not hidden away and you dont have to press lots of different buttons to get where you want, so to speak, as you do with some digital cameras.
The camera has 10MB of internal memory which is not bad for a camera of this type but you will want to top this up with a memory card unless you only intend to take a few photos at a time. Ive found the battery life to be really good. It indicates when the battery is getting low but you could easily go out and take photos all day long without the battery running out. The camera also has a record mode to make short movies. The quality seems pretty good on the LCD viewfinder but when you put them on the computer you realise that the quality of the movies is not actually that great. The sound retains its quality well though. Not an ideal camera if you intend to be doing a lot of recording.
Playback mode is easy to use. The camera will automatically show the last photo taken and then you can scroll though them or alternatively to find a picture quickly you can set it to show 9 thumbnails on the screen at a time so you can scroll to find the one you want quickly.
In conclusion I am really impressed with the Fujifilm Finepix. It looks good; small and compact but feels comfortable in my hand and the buttons arent too small, it is very user-friendly, it has a high megapixel sensor and good optical zoom, a good battery life and ultimately, most importantly, it produces excellent photos. The only drawback I have found to the camera is the record mode, as the quality of video footage produced is nothing special, but at the end of the day its a camera designed to take photos, so I would not consider this to be a major disadvantage and it shouldnt put you off buying this camera.