Fujifilm FinePix F700 review

Started Aug 27, 2007 | User reviews thread
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Fujifilm FinePix F700 review
Aug 27, 2007

Two words TONAL QUALITY. Pixel peepers should look elsewhere. This camera is all about pleasant and more film like tonal quality, not resolution.
To understand it you have to step back and compare the overall picture with other cameras that use regular sensors. You will see the difference in smooth tonal rendition. For instance light skin tones don't blown into yellows. Flash photos look more natural, etc
The F700 offers lots of photography control. The manual focus system is a joy to use thanks to the dedicated AF button on front, same as the Fuji 810. Manual exposure is also very usable thanks to a live meter.
Dynamic Range is HUGE. All available when using RAW. Because of it it will handle any light situation. Shooting at Noon no problem, Shooting at Night no problem.
Jpeg engine is fantastic, so no forced to use RAW.
Camera works great as a P&S in full Auto mode.
Fast Focusing, Fast Power On, Fast Burst 5fps at full resolution.
Has an AF assist light to focus in total darkness.
Unlimited VGA 30fps video.
ISO 800 full resolution looks good.
Huge value for what it sells now.

Problems:

Lens has soft corners at larger apertures. (Typical of compact lenses) But sharp from f4.5 on.
Purple Fringing and CA at large apertures.
No Histogram. (Huge Fuji mistake) It really needs a S+R Histogram.
Selftimer doesn't stick. (I hate this)
RAW works only at base ISO, but you can underexpose to get the equivalent of higher ISOs then boosting levels in Software.
RAW is not buffered although the write time with xD type H cards is about 3sec, not bad.
RAW files are huge 12Mega a pop, but can be compressed using Fuji Hyper Utility.
Slowest shutter speed is only 3 Sec.

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4.6
Average community score
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