Fujifilm FinePix F30 Zoom Review

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Review posted 7/17/2006

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The 6.3 MegaPixel FinePix F30 is one of the first point-and-shoot consumer cameras to offer ISO
speeds as high as 3200 - a setting previously reserved for advanced consumer and professional
digital camera models. Higher light sensitivities allow the FinePix F30 to shoot with faster
shutter speeds, which lessen the likelihood of blurry pictures caused by ever-active children,
fidgety pets, dim ambient light or camera movement due to an unsteady hand.

Combining higher light sensitivities with faster shutter speeds is a technique used by seasoned
photographers to stabilize pictures and reduce blur. But even a novice can succeed at this
technique with the FinePix F30. To make it easy for consumers to achieve blur-free results,
Fujifilm has added a helpful "Picture Stabilization" mode dial setting to the FinePix F30. This
easy-to-identify, automatic setting lets the FinePix F30 choose the correct light sensitivity
and best-matching shutter speed for the highest quality digital pictures.

The class-leading performance of the FinePix F30 is due in large part to the second generation
of Real Photo Technology, the latest photographic achievement from Fujifilm. Real Photo
Technology is a synergetic combination of Fujifilm's Super CCD sensor, its proprietary RP
Processor and a world-class lens from renowned manufacturer, Fujinon. It debuted in Fujifilm
cameras in 2005 and models with the Real Photo Technology advantage, like the FinePix F10,
starred in hands-on camera reviews.

In the past, ISO equivalencies as high as 3200, or even 1600 and 800, had been off-limits to
compact consumer digicams due to image "noise", a by-product of higher light sensitivities.
Noise, which can be likened to radio or television signal static, it reduces a picture's
clarity. With the sixth generation Super CCD sensor producing less noise than its predecessors
and the new RP Processor II finely tuned to remove even more noise than last year's processor,
the FinePix F30 produces pictures that are sharp, full of rich color and contain dramatically
less image noise than competitive camera models.

Another innovation on the FinePix F30 that works in tandem with Real Photo Technology and the
higher ISO speeds is a new Fujifilm flash system called i-Flash. The Fujifilm i-Flash system is
more advanced than similar flash systems because it can detect more accurately the subtle
lighting differences within a scene, and then light the subject accordingly with a wider range
of flash intensities. This is accomplished with an adjustment to the flash's intensity based on
a variety of factors including subject position in the frame, subject size, ambient light and
backlight intensity. So, even if the subject is off center and standing under a streetlight, the
i-Flash system will expose the subject properly.

FinePix F30 Features:

  • 6.3 million pixel 6th Generation Super CCD HR sensor
  • 3x optical zoom lens (36-108mm equiv)

  • Compact and stylish metal alloy body
  • Movie Mode; 640×480 30fps w/sound AVI format

  • Auto, Manual, Aperture priority, Shutter priority and 15 Scene modes

  • Large 2.5" LCD color monitor with Anti-glare coating and low light Gain-up

  • Real Photo Technology for low noise at ISOs as high as 3200
  • 1.4-second start-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
  • Includes approx. 10MB of internal memory
  • Uses removable xD-Picture cards

  • Powered by rechargeable Li-ion battery

  • USB 2.0 connectivity and PictBridge direct-print

The FinePix F30 is available now with a retail price of US$399.

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The FinePix F30 and a standard CD for size comparison.

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The FinePix F30 and the Samsung Digimax L60.

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FinePix F30 Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels 6.3 million pixels
CCD Sensor 1/1.7-inch Super CCD HR
Number of Recorded Pixels 6.1 million; 2848× 2136
Image Processing New Fujifilm Real Image Processor (RP Processor)
File formats Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver.2.2), Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)
Storage media 10MB internal memory, or optional xD-Picture Card
Recording capacity with one 256MB xD-Picture Card (not included) Still images Movie
6MP(F) 6MP(N) 6MP(3:2) 3MP 2MP 0.3MP
640×480 320×240
85 169 169 325 409 1997
3.7 min. 7.3 min.
Lens Focal Length 8-24mm / 36-108mm (35mm Equiv.)
Optical Zoom 3.0x
Digital Zoom 6.2X
Focus AF System: TTL contrast type
AF Mode: Single, Continuous
AF Area: Center, Multi
Focus Range Normal:Approx. 2.0 ft. to Infinity
Macro - Closeup:Wide Angle: Approx. 2.0 in. to 2.6 ft.
Telephoto: Approx. 1.0 ft. to 80cm 2.6 ft
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 - F8, 10 steps in 1/3 EV increments
Viewfinder None - 2.5" LCD Monitor Only
Light Metering (Photometery) TTL 256-zones metering
Color Control Modes Standard, Chrome, B&W
Exposure Control Programmed AE (AUTO/SP), Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE
Sensitivity Auto/Equivalent to ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200
Shutter Release Control Press half way to set focus, all the way to release the shutter.
Shutter Speed 15 sec. - 1/2000 sec. (depend on shooting mode)
White balance Automatic, Preset (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 (ISO Auto): 2.0 - 21.3 ft (Wide), 2.0 - 11.5 ft (Tele), 1.0 ft - 2.6 ft (Macro)
LCD monitor 2.5-inch, Approx. 230,000 Pixels, Approx. 100% coverage
LCD Anti-Glare Coating Yes, Anti-glare/Low reflection coating
LCD Low Light Viewability Gain-up Brightness Mode Auto or Manual
Camera Terminal USB 2.0 high-speed , 5 volt power-input socket, Video-out (NTSC/PAL)
Printing Interface PictBridge, DPOF, and EXIF Print 2.2 Compatible
Power source Rechargeable NP-95 Li-ion Battery, AC Power Adapter AC-5VW (included), additional NP-95 Li-ion battery and AC-5VX AC Adapter available (optional)
Pictures / Battery Charge (CIPA Standard) Approx. 580 pictures per NP-95 Charge
Dimensions 3.6 (W) x 2.2 (H) x 1.1 (D)
Weight 5.5 oz (excluding battery and media)
Start-up Speed Approx. 1.4 Sec.
Shutter Lag Time 1/100 sec. (with AE/AF locked)
Shooting modes Auto, Picture Stabilization, Preprogrammed Scene Position (SP), Macro, Movie, Burst/Continuous, Aperture or Shutter Priority AE
Preprogrammed Scene Modes (SP) Natural Light/Natural Light & with Flash/Portrait/ Landscape/Sport/Night/Fireworks/Sunset/Snow/ beach/Underwater/ Museum/Party/ Flower Close-Up /Text
Continuous Shooting Modes 1.Top-3 (max. 2.2 frames/sec., up to 3 frames 2.Final-3 (max. 2.2 frames/sec., up to 3 frames)
3.Long-period (max. 0.7 frames/sec., up to memory card size)
Image Management Modes Best Framing, Post shot Assist Window, Frame # Memory
Frame to Frame Intervals 1.5 Sec.
Movie Recording Movie Recording: 640 × 480 pixels (30 frames/sec), 320 × 240 pixels (30 frames/sec) w/ Monaural sound. Zoom cannot be used during movie recording.
Audio Recording MOde Yes
Video output NTSC and PAL Switchable
Playback Trimming, Image Rotate, Automatic Playback, Multi-Frame Playback, Sort by Date, Voice Memo
Other Features High Speed Shooting, Self-timer: approx 2/10 sec., World Time, Language menu interface, Exif Print, Tripod socket, FinePix Photo Mode (F-button)
Optional Accessories AC Power Adapter AC-5VX xD-Picture Card (256MB to 1GB)
Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1
Waterproof Housings
NP-95 Li-ion Battery

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer)

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