Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom Review

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Review posted 08/18/2005

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The FinePix F10, incorporates a 6.3 MegaPixel Super CCD HR sensor with Fujifilm's new Real Photo Technology for improved picture taking in low light situations, more efficient power consumption and faster overall operation.

Real Photo Technology, the latest imaging innovation from Fujifilm, is a synergy of three key devices: a sharp Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens, Fujifilm's 5th generation Super CCD sensor and the newly developed RP Processor, which possesses all of the advance signal-processing know-how of the professional FinePix S3 Pro digital SLR camera. With Real Photo Technology users of the FinePix F10 can capture beautiful digital images with very little noise at ISO settings all the way up to 1600 at full resolution. This allows the photographer to shoot without a flash in the "Natural Light" scene position, preserving mood and reducing red-eye. Real Photo Technology also allows for higher shutter speeds that minimize blurriness in photos at even the highest ISO settings.

The FinePix F10 is fast - very fast, in fact -- on par with the industry- leading Fujifilm FinePix E550. It goes from off to ready-to-shoot in a blink of an eye: a mere 1.3 seconds. The FinePix F10 also takes the "lag" out of shutter lag, firing a scant 1/100th second after the auto exposure/auto focus locks. For even faster operation, a High-Speed Shooting mode speeds up the exposure and focusing processes, making the capture of moving subjects a snap. This operating speed instills confidence that even the most unexpected moments will be saved by the user in famous Fujifilm color.

The FinePix F10 has a large LCD (2.5 inches), great for sharing just-taken pictures with friends or family. LCDs were designed chiefly for the review of photos, but they have increasingly become the primary scene-framing tool of many consumers -- even though many lament over their performance in low-light situations. To combat this and improve low-light performance, the LCD of the FinePix F10 has a gain-up function that makes the subject easier to see, a great feature for a camera with a LCD as its primary framing feature. Equipped with a rechargeable Li-ion battery, the FinePix F10 captures up to 500 pictures per single, full charge.

FinePix F10 Features:

  • 6.3 million pixel 5th Generation Super CCD HR sensor
  • 3x optical zoom lens (36-108mm equiv)
  • Compact and stylish metal alloy body
  • Movie Mode; 640x480 30fps w/sound AVI format
  • Program AE and 5 Scene modes: Sports, Night, Portrait, Landscape, Natural Light
  • Large 2.5" LCD color monitor with Gain-up
  • Real Photo Technology for low noise at ISOs as high as 1600; fast shutter speeds prevent blur in low or natural light scenes
  • 1.3-second boot-up time; shutter lag down to 1/100th second after AE/AF locked
  • High-Speed Shooting mode provides quicker auto exposure and focus lock for even faster operation
  • Uses removable xD-Picture cards (16MB included)
  • Powered by rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • USB 2.0 connectivity and PictBridge direct-print

EISA 2005-2006 Award "Best European Pocket Camera"

"The FinePix F10 is a consummate camera that impresses from the first sight of its elegant but sturdy exterior. Its beauty is not only skin deep, however, since its 6 megapixel image sensor captures images with excellent resolution and colour saturation. Reviewing pictures is a dream on the sharp, bright 2.5 inch LCD screen, and the very powerful battery has enough power for several hundred shots. Most impressive of all, however, is the camera's performance at high ISO ratings. Noise is low enough at ISO 800 and 1600 to safely photograph in dim light conditions without using the flash."

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The FinePix F10 and a standard CD for size comparison.

Fujifilm FinePix F10

The FinePix F10 and the 5-megapixel FinePix A350.

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FinePix F10 Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels 6.3 million pixels
CCD Sensor New Super CCD HR
Number of Recorded Pixels 6.1million; 2848x 2136
Image Processing Fuifilm Processor (RP Processor)
File formats JPEG, WAV, Motion JPEG
Storage media xD-Picture Card (16MB to 1GB)
Recording capacity with one 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) Still images Movie
6MP(F) 6MP(N) 6MP(3:2) 3MP 2MP VGA
640x480 320x240
5 10 10 19 25 122
13 Sec. 26 Sec.
Lens Focal Length 8-24mm / 36-108mm (35mm Equiv.)
Optical Zoom 3.0x
Digital Zoom 6.2X
Focus Auto Focus, AF Area Focus, AF Center Point, (Contrast Type), Closeup Macro
Focus Range Normal:Approx. 60 cm - infinity
Macro - Closeup:7.5cm (W) / 30cm(T) to 80 cm
Super Macro - Closeup:None
Focusing Operation Center point AF, Multi point AF, Continuous AF
Low Light AF Focusing Assist Lamp Yes (4.0 Meters at wide angle)
Aperture F2.8 /F4.7 (Automatically selected); F2.8-F5.0
Viewfinder None - 2.5" LCD Monitor Only
Light Metering (Photometery) 64 Multi Point TTL, Multi, Average, Spot
Color Control Modes Standard, Chrome, B&W
Exposure Control Program AE; Program AE; Auto / 5 Preprogrammed Scene Types (SP) Natural light, Sports, Night scene, Portrait, Landscape
Sensitivity Auto/Equivalent to ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600
Shutter Release Control Press half way to set focus, all the way to release the shutter.
Shutter Speed 3 sec. - 1/2000 sec. (depend on shooting modes ) Long exposure mode available( Up to 15 sec.)
White balance Automatic, Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light), Custom
Flash Auto Flash
  • Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
  • Effective range: 1 ft. - 21.3 ft. (W), 1 ft. - 13.1 ft. (T)
LCD monitor 2.5-inch TFT, Approx. 115,000 Pixels, Approx. 100% coverage
LCD Low Light Viewability Gain-up Brightness Mode Yes
Auto Rotation Playback Mode Rotation mode available
Camera Terminal USB 1.1 & 2.0 compatible interface (2.0 speed), 5 volt power-input socket, Video-out (NTSC/PAL)
Printing Interface PictBridge, DPOF, and EXIF Print 2.2 Compatible
Power source
  • NP-120 Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • Fujifilm AC-5V AC adapter (Included)
Pictures / Battery Charge (CIPA Standard) Approx. 500 pictures per NP-120 Charge
Dimensions 92 x 58.2 x 27.3mm
Weight 5.5 oz (excluding battery and media)
Start-up Speed Approx. 1.3 Sec.
Shutter Lag Time 0.01 Sec. (After AE/AF locked)
Shooting modes Auto, Preprogrammed Scene Position (SP), Macro, Movie, Burst/Continuous
Preprogrammed Scene Modes (SP) Natural light, Sports, Portrait, Night scene, Landscape
Continuous Shooting Modes 2.2 frames / sec. to a max of 3 frames
Frame to Frame Intervals 1.1 Sec.
Movie Recording VGA (640 x 480)/QVGA (320 x 240) pixels continuous, 30 fps, AVI (Motion JPEG) with sound
Video output NTSC and PAL Switchable
Playback Single frame (4.5 x playback zoom), 9 multi frame (Playback can be activated without powering the camera lens), Rotation, Slide Show, Trimming
Other Burst Mode; 3 Frames at full resolution (0.45 Sec. Intervals), or 2.2 frames at 6MP
Voice Memo (30Sec.)
Color Mode
Self-timer: approx 2/10 sec.
7 Language menu interface (English/French/German/Spanish/ Italian/Chinese/Korea)
Tripod socket
High speed shooting mode available
Optional Accessories AC-5V AC Adapter
xD-Picture Card (16MB to 1GB)
Compact Flash™ Card Adapter DPC-CF
Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1
xD USB Driver / Reader DPC-UD1
NP-120 rechargeable battery
SC-FXF10 Fitted Soft Case
WP-FXF10 Waterproof Case

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer)

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