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Fuji FinePix F30
Fuji FinePix F30

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Fuji FinePix F30

Editor's Review

The Fuji F30 is meant to supersede their popular F10 and F11 models with a bevy of powerful new features for versatile shooting. Fuji claims that the F30 is the closer to the sensitivity of the human eye than any other digital camera. It's the first digital camera to allow for an ISO of 3200 at full resolution, and is specially tuned for low-light, and sports or action photography. The F30 is topped off with a nice 6.3 megapixel sensor to capture as much of that extra sensitivity as possible.

Specifications

  • 6.3 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 6.2x digital zoom
  • auto focus
  • auto exposure
  • ISO 100-3200
  • JPEG file format
  • movie mode w/sound
  • lithium ion battery
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • xD-Picture card storage (10MB internal)
  • Release Date: Mar 03, 2006

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Fuji FinePix F30 Reviews

Fuji FinePix F30 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera... if you know what you're doing (Greg — 07/31/2007)

I bought this camera because there are times when I don't want to lug around an SLR or dSLR. If you have a rudimentary understanding of photography, this is an excellent camera. For low-light shooting without the flash, it is superb. A minor modification to the flash (placing a piece of folded paper over it) works wonders for the flash. But, you can't, as the saying goes, polish a turd.

On board flash is weak... unless you're going for the snapshot. The previous reviewer who talks about the dismal performance of this camera for band and nightclub shots should have his/her head examined for using a P&S for professional work in the first place.

If there is a fault with the Fuji F30 it is the high-contrast curve that can't be adjusted. Highlights tend to clip in bright, high-contrast lighting... unless the photographer takes the necessary steps to compensate (see: negative exposure compensation).

This is ultimately a P&S for the more advanced photographer. It does not have an "idiot mode" and most situations require a little thought in order to extract the highest quality images from this camera.

The B&W mode is also one of the best I have seen on any digital camera. Well worth every penny spent.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A compact camera with SLR performance (Mr Camera — 07/03/2007)

I was doing a lot of research before buying this camera. The first thing I was concern was with low light capacity. Mos current cameras in the market are good for day light or flash but they become grainy in dim light, indoors, night situations. Most people argue that small cameras can't perform well in low light as the lens is smalland don't allow enough light to get in, well that's is true but this camera the Fuji Finepix F30 has a way around it, it has a superb CCD sensor with photocells arranged in a honeycomb shape, each cell is octagonal in shape, this maximize the light capture efficiency reducing the signal to noise ratio which indeed is what causes the grainy appearance in low light. I don't care much about technical details, all i need to see is a picture taken with a camera to see how good it is, and this one blows away competition in picture quality it even gets closer to the high end SLR cameras in the market. I send some pictures to a friend and he is sure I took them with an digital SLR. Well compact, easy to carry and with SLR capability and comparable quality. You can't be wrong with this camera I'm very happy with it. :)

  • 3.0 out of 5
Don't buy it (Ben Liu — 06/28/2007)

You buy a much better camera with same amount of money, movie mode is bad, can not zoom in or out while filming. USB interface is not smooth and slow, many problems.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Best Ultra Compact for indoor shots (M����rcio Costa Lima — 01/13/2007)

Superb image quality at indoor shots, and with i-flash, if using auto iso and spot Fhotometry.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Best low light - I don't think so (Ben Clissold — 10/25/2006)

I'm disappointed with the Fuji F30. Everyone bills it as the "best low light camera" but its not.
We do lots of shots of nightclubs and bands. We need maximum light into the shot in minimum time. You'd think the Fuji sensor would do it, but the lens is too small.
I've had two Olympus cameras previously and they left the Fuji F30 for dead. The Olympus C-2040 was the best low-light camera I have ever used. The Olympus C-4000 was okay too. I haven't found a digital SLR or compact which can match them. The F30 tries hard, and isn't terrible, but isn't as good as the Olympus.
The F-30 blurs too much (even on the manual settings), can be grainy, and the red-eye reduction doesn't cut the red-eye much.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Finally Great Night Pics With A Compact Digital Camera! (Michael Santos — 08/28/2006)

Takes great pics for low light and night photography (up to 3200 ISO!) . Even though the xD memory is a little more expensive and less memory capacity than others (currently only 1GB max), the features and specs of this camera blow away the competition. The large, high resolution screen is viewable even in the brightest sunlight. I was able to take over 500 pics at 6mp and still the battery was working! Great for the point & shoot novice but catered more to someone who wants a compact camera with high-dollar SLR features. I'm glad I waited to buy this upgrade over the f10/11 models.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A very capable piece of equipment (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm an SLR guy going back to the Nikons that are gathering dust in my closet. Over the last year or so, I switched to digital and currently use a Finepix S9000. If you don't drop the aperture below 5.6 and do some lab work, it does a very nice job. It doesn't risk getting dust on the sensor and takes beautiful movies to boot.

Concerning the F30, I was really reluctant to use one of these little cameras. I'm 6'2" with large hands and couldn't wrap my mind around using something so small as an "always take along" contraption.

Happily, I was wrong. Manual control over aperture and shutter speed works well, although I'm finding that the "action" and other settings usually preclude the need.

The large and very clear screen (set to a 60 per second refresh rate) is excellent. You can view your subject in almost total darkness.

Auto Focus is excellent and color rendition is impressive. When set to "fine" mode, the photos are razor sharp with little purple fringing. As with any camera, there is noticeable softening with the aperture wide open. That's why you'll love the high ISO capabilities.

Don't be fooled into thinking that cameras with lower ISO capabilities equipped with stabilization devices can do the same job. These systems use inferior and fragile moving sensors or lenses which ONLY reduce camera shake. They do nothing for capturing action shots in reduced light situations. These devices are great for movie cameras, but for fast moving still photography, you need a usable high ISO.

With the F30, you can do some very nice work right through ISO 1600. You can use the ISO 3200 mode in a pinch, but for blow-ups, you should be prepared for some creative lab work.

This is a very superior and responsive piece of technology. Fuji even gives you a decently thought out menuing system which from my observation, is a first for them.

My rating is a spectacular for this kind of camera. Five stars for its kind.

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