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Fuji FinePix F10
Fuji FinePix F10

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Fuji FinePix F10

Editor's Review

The Fuji FinePix F10 is a 6.3 megapixel, point & shoot camera that distinguishes itself with a remarkable battery life: Fuji claims the F10 can take up to 500 pictures on a single charge. In addition to its impressive battery life, the Fuji F10 has what Fuji calls a "Real Photo Processor," which allows the F10 to shoot at a maximum ISO of 1600 -- a great advantage for low-light photographers. A large 2.5-inch LCD monitor makes it easy to frame and share your shots.


  • 6.3 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/6.2x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPE file format
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • proprietary lithium-ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: FINEPIXF10
  • UPC: 074101440119
  • Release Date: Feb 08, 2005

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Fuji FinePix F10 Reviews

Fuji FinePix F10 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
no problems here (chris — 10/11/2006)

i have no problems with my cam...i would recommend to those unhappy with picture quality, to experiment and play around with different settings on cam because unless they got a dud,their picture quality should be the same as mine which is excellent.don't rely on auto-mode.sometimes pics do suck if set on auto on iso setting...but you can also set iso setting in auto mode which improves picture quality.although i love my cam...i use a canon IP5000 printer and the canon easy photo print program,which produces better quality printout than the fuji photo print program...(sorry fuji).i highly recommend this camera to anyone lookin' for a somewhat easy to use digital cam and do all the well people are impressed by this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
primo point and shoot (the lady katherine — 08/31/2006)

the only problems i have found with this great wee number, is that i wasn't using it correctly. super zoom is for LONG distance shots and if you want good close ups, use macro or half zoom. great quality prints with the right setting, it produces super images!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Slow shooting, non-standard interfaces, below-average picture quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera based on a number of professional review stating that the super CCD of the Fuji F10 produces finer picture quality than larger CCD's with more megapixels.

While this may be proven in a laboratory environment, I have found that the case is more often the opposite: poor auto-focus and slow response create bad pictures and missed moments. Exacerbate these issues with a non-standard interface (don't think about using that extra USB cable you have sitting around), and I couldn't be much more disappointed.

I have had a couple of Canon ELPH's, and I have used a number of Sony's, enough to know that both work great and reliably. I am going back. Sorry, Fuji.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great little camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've had my F10 for over a year and have shot indoors / outdoors / Christmas / concerts etc.
I've been very pleased with it overall. The battery life is fantastic. My friends are running out to recharge or change batteries and I just keep shooting. I know there are better cameras on the market, but for the price and size you can't beat it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Don't Believe the F10 Hype: Wait for the F30 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am saddened to report that I second the opinions of those who were disappointed by the F10��s image quality. On the LCD images tend to look sharp, on screen they look poor and in print they look only average. This observation comes from someone who has been shooting digitally for six years and has also used the Konica/Minolta Z6, Digital Rebel SLR, Olympus FE-140, Olympus E-300 SLR , Panasonic Z2 and Olympus SP-350.

Just in case I was mistaken about the F10, I exchanged my first F10 for a new one. I also tried all the settings, shot over 200 pictures and read roughly 70 percent of the manual before drawing the conclusions you will read here.

The first F10 could not take an indoor shot in "natural mode" no matter the ISO, focusing method or illuminator setting (for those that don��t know, natural mode is a setting that allows the camera to function without flash even in low light). The second F10 I obtained performs better, which confirms that the first one was defective. And with that in mind I'm going to make an educated guess as to why people either seem to love this camera or hate it: varying degrees of quality control on the part of Fuji. Second to whether or not the camera functions as intended out of the box is whether or not the user shoots in AUTO or manual. In manual mode �� which allows you to control the ISOs but not the shutter speed �� the shortcomings of the F10��s AUTO system can be overcome �� but only to a limited extent. And this brings me to my second observation: Whether or not you love or hate this camera depends on your taste in image quality and, of course, how many years of digital photography you have under your belt. If you want your photos to have a diffuse ��mood�� look, this is your camera. But if you��re looking for tack-sharp images, the F10 won��t provide them �� although folks with the steady hands of a surgeon probably will obtain the best that the F10 can offer.

Fujifilm's substitute for image stabilization is to up the ISOs so that the shutter speed can remain fast enough that camera shake doesn't ruin your pictures. Even so, camera shake and noise reduction still add up to photos at high ISOs that often appear somewhat fuzzy. Though the F10 is indeed better than most consumer-point-and-shoots with respect to ISO performance and true-to-life color reproduction, that doesn't mean you can expect fine detail to show up in high ISO pictures. It still requires slow-sync flash or adequate light �� without severe highlights and purple-fringe inducing contrasts �� to bring out the best in the F10.

Even at low ISOs outdoors without flash, pictures tend to appear as if there is an ultra fine haze, with the light areas being washed out and, similarly, dark areas losing detail. EV compensation will help, but if your intent is to purchase a point-and-shoot that you can hand off to a stranger during a vacation for a quick snapshot, you won��t obtain ideal results without first fine-tuning your F10��s settings. Considering that the F10 is aimed at the point-and-shoot market, requiring users to adjust EVs, ISOs and focusing/metering options in order to obtain ideal results disappoints.

Despite the camera��s difficulty producing consistently sharp images, the F10 is revolutionary for its ability to make flash optional under low light. But unless you don't mind pictures that �� without significant post processing �� lack depth, detail and accurate color reproduction under dim conditions, you'll probably resort to the flash anyway. But that��s no reason to despair. If you need high ISOs for those situations where flash isn't allowed, a better bet would be the upcoming Fujifilm F30 featuring 3200 ISOs and, by Fujifilm's own admission, an improved image processor. The F30, due out in May, offers a new wrinkle with respect to the ��natural light�� setting by incorporating a sort of "intelligent" flash to give your pictures the look of proper exposure �� at a lower detail-preserving ISO �� without also giving the resulting image the typical "flash" appearance (or so the advertising claims).

  • 4.0 out of 5
Maximum Zoom is Fuzzy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great small camera but, no one mentions the optical zoom problem. I am very disappointed with image quality at max zoom. Quality is just-as-good to shoot at widest angle then crop later on computer to get an X3 image. Because of this, this camera is equivalent to a camera without optical zoom. I now shoot only at wide angle. ISO-1600 is not really usable, too much noise. I find that 400 is the maximum usable ISO. Focus is very accurate and shutter lag is nil.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Point and Shoot (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera is not a dSLR, but in some cases it sure comes close. Most bad reviews here complain about the auto mode. Well, there's also a manual setting that just so happens to give many more options than most point and shoots. Sure, you can't set the aperture but, hey it's a tiny camera. Speaking of picture quality, the Fuji F10 is excellent. There is nearly zero barrel distortion and ISO sensitivity is great. I'd like to see the Canon 7900 (similar to F10 in price) compare to the F10 at ISO 400. No battle there, the F10 wins, hands down. ISO 1600 pictures are acceptable, and with noise reducing software (Noise Ninja), the pictures are quite usable, though you won't be reading any small lettering on any of the images. Macro mode is great, providing sharp pictures all the time. Battery life is great even with such a large LCD. The camera offers the possibility of using a tripod, which is certainly useful for those night shots. Long exposure allows exposure times from 3 to 15 s (that's pretty impressive too). All in all, the F10 is an excellent camera. It certainly takes a bit of time to learn its ins and outs, but in the long run, the end results are just great. Before you think of returning the camera, (those who are unhappy with it) read some reviews and then decide again.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera for the Price!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Ok, I have used this camera and LOVE IT! I'm sorry but the people rating this camera POOR must be using $1200-$1500 camera's. I think the camera is great and picture quality is great. Considering the price It would be hard to find a better picture quality than what this camera gives. maybe the people writting the POOR reviews should learn to use the camera or go spend $1000 or more to get something better.

  • 5.0 out of 5
what is wrong with some of you? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

this camera is amazing. a point-and-shoot with up to 1600 iso sensitivity? try and take an indoor photo with no flash with any other pocket cam. it just won't happen without a tripod. to the fellow that said, "they all came out at 800 iso." do you have any clue what iso actually means? of course it came out at 800 iso. that is what's necessary to shoot indoor with no flash (of course, you could MANUALLY select the iso if you knew how, and pick iso 50, and see what happens...jeez). this little camera takes images which compare to my nikon d70. in fact, i more often reach for this camera than the d70 due to it's ease of use and actually leave the d70 at home due to it's size. at a concert or small club gig, forget your average compact, except this one. this is the only one capable of shooting in a lowlight environment while being handheld.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Impressive camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I can't see how anyone can take bad photos with this camera. Even at ISO1600 the photos are extreamly low noise and I've never seen a Canon or Nikon (even a lot of DSLRs) that can compete with the F10. I got a lot more usable photos than my digital rebel (which I don't use anymore) or any other digital camera I've owned.
The photos are very sharp, the auto focus is very usable, and the metering is good. The ISO performance is incredible. Never noticed purple fringing, which is a problem with most digitals, either.

Many people may be loyal to Canon or Nikon, but they are not getting the best photos they could be getting. Fuji has actually a lot more experience in professional camera business, than Canon or Nikon and has legendary lens. This camera in no exception.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Terrible picture quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After being totally impressed by my Fuji s7000, we bought the F10 as a second pocket sized camera. - We have been disappointed by it.
The image quality is poor. Focus is often not on the main subject. Fast ISO / low light setting is hopeless as you just end up with grainy pictures. The photos have that special bluey white you don't want and the flash produces chronic red eye.
All in all not impressed.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lots of Red Eye (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

after using the Olympus C3000 for 4 1/2 years I was able to go from any room lighting and outside and take pics with the camera set on Auto and out of all the pics I took I very rarely had red eye show up.....I purchased this camera 6 days before Christmas..used it Christmas afternoon and out of 62 pics I took 28 pics had red eye really bad when pic were taken up close 1/2 way across room and across the room..I was so disappointed in the camera...liked everything else like the 2.5 LCD, long battery life and size....but I was told when I bought it I was told it could be treated just like my Olympus go from any room and just point and shoot. I'm not into having to change settings that's what Auto is for and a good camera will take care of these things for you on Auto..I sent it back!!! I am not use to having to use a manipulating program to fix will look for another camera to talking to another guy at the place I purchased the camera from said there had been problems with this...the guy who sold me the camera didn't tell me think twice and wait a little longer before purchasing till more people write reviews....hope this helps someone. By the way this was my 4th camera and the worst when it come to red eye.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Incredible low light pics (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I spent the New Years holiday in Paris and was able to take some fantastic night pictures of the monuments without a tripod. Even hand held shots were great. Also was able to take no flash shots in several museums with fantastic results. Daylight pictures are also very good. I'm very pleased with the Fuji F-10

  • 2.0 out of 5
bad choice (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I wanted to replace my Nikon Coolpix4300- F10 was bad choice. Pictures are purple, sharpness is ??? I lost my Christmas pictures :(.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Perfect size! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love my new finePix F10! This camera is very user friendly. Not to mention it takes better picture's than my sister in law's Kodak digital. I used my camera on a recent hunting trip and was able to take some very clear picture's of the local wild life. The outside picture's were beautiful as well as the one's taken in side the camper. Thank's Fuji for a great camera!!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
i dont own this but..... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

as a camera salesman this is one of the easiest cameras to sell it is in my opinion the best in its class with great iso range and fantastic low light options including fujis advanced real photo technology and super ccd make this one a winner by far

  • 4.0 out of 5
Supper CCD? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera from HSN online, They said that it was a SUPPER CCD device. I don't see any mention of the Supper CCD in any of the literature. I just got it and have been out in the park taking fall follage photo's. I will check it closely and if it is not SUPER CCD Like I was lead to believe it was, back it goes

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very Nice (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Picture quality is excellent. I had to read the manual to make sure that all of the settings were correctly setup on the camera because the images were fuzzy in the initial photos. I guess the camera guy at the store had lowered the megapixel quality. Once I raised it up to the 6F setting, all I can say is WOW. A nice camera indeed. I don't miss the view hole either.

I work in the construction industry and the one handed operation is nice. The camera comes on fast, the zoom is fast, it takes the photos fast, and it turn off fast. Battery life is excellent. Once you get used to the software (make sure you get the patch on-line) it works really well. It is just setup alot different than most other types I have used. And finally, taking dark pictures with the flash works really well. I did notice that taking photos in the light of a darkened area was alittle washed out. Oh well nothing is perfect.

The only downer is the dongle cord for transferring photos/charging/video. The dongle does it all so you have to take it with you everywhere. I don't know why fuji did this. I guess it cuts back on the holes in the camera.

Overall my early impressions are excellent and very satisfied.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera but needs viewfinder (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I already own a Fuji F401 (that I love) and bought this one to get the extra megapixels for a publication. I do like this camera BUT I find it a serious drawback not having a viewfinder. I often shoot in bright sunlight and with this camera in sunlight, you just have to point and guess. I would prefer to have had a smaller screen. In the end, I'll probably use the F401 for the publication shots.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Wow (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Probably one of the best image takers in the business. Image quality excellent, battery life great, metal body is a bonus plus first class build quality. My "proper" digital camera is an SLR (Pentax *ist DS), and this produces images almost as good. This is a great travel camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
LOVE IT!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love this camera. I had a Kodak Easy Share before and the two just don't compare! This camera takes AWESOME pictures!! WE LOVE IT!

  • 4.0 out of 5
One Of The Better Point & Shoots In It's Class: (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I gave my old Olympus 410 to my wife because I just had to get the F10. I wanted something I could put in my pocket and take to art museums, galleries and night clubs without creating a distraction by using a flash. To this end it serves it's purpose well with it's ISO of 800, -which seems to be enough as I never had to use ISO of 1600 yet. With 4"X6 prints, noise is not noticable at ISO 800, -which is very good. You will get best results using the manual mode and adjusting ISO yourself. The best indoor pics can be taken in it's 'Natural' setting. My biggest gripe is no viewfinder and an LCD screen that you can't see through in bright sunlight makes it a real bummer. Also the daisy-chain rig of connecting three different cables to charge up the battery is not so great either, -it needs a battery charger or cradle. It could also provide more manual control. They could also simplify the menu by not layering it. Otherwise I like it's fast responsive action and incredible battery life, -and good solid feel that only a metal body can provide.
Now maybe Fuji will correct their errors with their new and improved model F11???
I may not be overwhelmed by the F10 perhaps because I also own a Leica CM p&s film camera which no other film or digital p&s camera can approach. But, the F10 can do things that the Leica CM can't do, so the F10 does have it's place in my closet of cameras.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera....... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is an amazing camera, the results you can get are nothing short of great, even a novice can get professional looking pictures. Get one today, you will not be disappointed.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fine Little Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased this because of the following specs, confirmed so far in practice:
Ultra long battery life
6 mp sensor providing high quality prints
Large screen (2.5")
Very usable 800 and 1600 ISO performance
Good daytime visibility
2 very good professional reviews
Pretty good timings for shutter release

What more can I say?

  • 5.0 out of 5
SLR Quality Photos in a Point & Shoot Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Excellent resolution
Bright, but natural colors
Class-leading battery life
Low noise Usable ISO 1600 setting (and pretty accurate ISO ratings too!)
Clean, sharp results
Fast start-up and operation, very low shutter lag Superb build and handling
Good flash performance
Good movie mode
Fast, reliable focus
AF illuminator
Large bright screen

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best out of 9 other digital compact cameras (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I don't fool around when finding the perfect camera. It has to take sharp, crisp pictures with great color, fit in my pocket and take excellent low light shots indoors and outdoors at night.

I've found it! I've purchased and returned 9 other digital cameras from camera shops that encourage trying them out. Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Casio, Fuji and Sony, from the smallest to the Canon G6.

I love the 800 and 1600 ISO setting as finally I can take low light shots with unbelievable results. 500 pictures per battery charge! Wow.

I now have a Sony P150 with wide angle and auxiliary flash to sell on ebay (it's only 3 months old).

This will not disappoint the professional or the casual user. Photography is my hobby and I've had SLR's, digital SLR's and all these compacts.

The few negatives is lack of selecting aperture or shutter priority and in bright sunshine, the LCD is hard to see.

Since most of my picture taking is in low light, I'll go for the excellent low light shots. Think about your situation... if you also take mostly indoor photos or would like to have great night time photos, this is the camera for you.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A class of its own.. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I can say that I am an experienced photographer. I process my pics with Photoshop CS and print them on an Epson R800.
This camera is simply amazing when it comes to sensitivity. It allows to take pictures that would never have been made with any other camera this size. There is almost no noise even up to ISO 800! This explains why the Fuji people had no problem to allow the auto mode to switch to 800 quite early to make sure the exposure time gets short enough to avoid shaking. The screen is bright and large, the battery lasts very long, and due to the high sensitivity the flash will reach quite far. Add the start up time of 1 second and you have a camera second to none in its class. I can only highly recommend it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
very disappointing (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I couldn't wait for this camera to be launched as it seemed to have everything in a camera that I wanted. Large screen, long battery life, easy to use. Unfortunately the ISO on the camera has a mind of its own. I had the ISO set on auto and the outdoor shots came out at 100/200, which wasn't too bad, but the indoor shots,90% of them came out on 800 ISO, which never resulted in a sharp image

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great grab camera!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

From some reviews I have found that you use the manual model..not the auto. Set your own ISO and the thing is nothing short of GREAT. I used to own a 8mp prosumer camera and this was matching it in quality images...sold the prosumer because this is so small I will use it for most everything. At ISO 1600 it holds it own with the dSLR cameras costing $1000 to 1200!

For an all around camera I highly recommend it...I am VERY happy with mine.

  • 5.0 out of 5
So far so good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have only had this camera for a day, and it is the first digital camera I have ever owned, so perhaps not the best person to give a review, But so far I think the camera is excellent. I love the LCD Screen, it is so fun to watch pictures back on it because it is crystal clear. I have also been very happy with the quality of the pics so far, the best feature I think being the macro feature for taking shots up close. I have had some really impressive results when getting right up close to something, very professional looking. For something so high tech it is surprisingly small too, but not so small it makes you clumsy. Another great addition is a little cable that lets you hook it up to your TV, which is great should you be in a house in a group of people who want to see the pictures, as they look great on TV plus the camera has a feature where it does a slide show of all the images with a nice fade in/out effect, which is nice. Plus when you watch videos back on the TV they are just as good as you would get from a Camcorder (though bear in mind with a 512mb card you are likely only going to get 12 mins of video). There are three points about this camera which I think you should consider before buying it. First of all, you don't get a camera case with it, you pay this much money you would think they would throw in a little case. Second is that the XD Card you get with it is only 16MB, which means at the high quality setting (6 mega pixels, the camera's default) you will only get about 10 pics, and at the very highest setting you only get one pic. Third is that it has no view finder, which to the non photography techies means that it has no little window to hold up to your eye to take a pic, you have to use the screen, which may be a problem if you are an old fashioned sort, but I don't mind because the screen is so much fun to look at.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Fuji F10 great battery poor pictures. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was going to the Maldives with my wife to celebrate our 25th anniversary last week so I thought that I would upgrade my Casio 3.3MP camera as I'd had it for 3 years, so I bought the F10 with a 128 meg card, when taking the pictures they look great on the large screen provided and the battery lasted the whole week which was great.
On returning home I unfortunately discovered that on the PC the pictures taken in bright sunlight were only fair and did not have the same depth of detail of my old camera and anything in lower light levels was extremely poor and they took a lot of Paint Shop Pro work to make them acceptable.
I am think the lens quality may be the problem as my other camera had a cannon lens and this one has an own brand Fuji lens but I'm not sure, I don't think it is worth the money and will be getting in touch with Fuji right away as unless they can do something about it I'll have to go back to using my old camera and will have wasted my money.