Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

Announced Sep 25, 2006 •
6 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 36 – 108 mm (3×)
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I bought this camera to upgrade my (already very capable Finepix F11). The most important improvement for me is that the F20/30/31fd cameras have lost the earlier "hump", have smoother bodies, are slightly smaller and are therefore much more pocketable. The Fujifilm "F" series are the only compacts from any manufacturer I would take on a photo shoot to get cover shots in situations where an SLR might be too cumbersome. I bought the underwater housing for this for messy situations, way cheaper ...

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near perfect compactcamera, the first one I really take everywhere, fast, battery life very good, flash very effective and even for that size, crisp and sharp, 1600 is a joy to use, I have never before shot so much in near darkness ,maybe I become a vampire if this goes on...;-) overall ***** for 300 bucks-amazing. Problems: Now... if there only would be a real wideangle......

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wmouse
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Nice camera. It is fast. Absolutely beautiful Fujifilm color. High ISO and Intellegent flash are very useful for indoor photography. Some people complain about noise in high ISO. However, the noise is only noticable when you look at the photo closely on a 19 inch display. Much better than Canon IXUS or Sony T. Problems: Not at all.

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I was looking for a small camera to replace an old Sony that served me well. The key features I was looking (and I actually wrote these down first) for were Portability, Very good/excellent low light performance no flash, manual/semi manual feature set Long battery life low barrel distortion reasonable zoom lens strong metal build Low shutter lag / fast start up Nice sharp clear LCD Excellent sharp pictures All of this list was satisfied although some barely. For me and my contracting and ...

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It is the best compact camera I ever had!!! In some cases better than many DSLR. Congratulation Fujifilm. Problems: No problems

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The good: Great value for money at £229. Smallest camera I own (well it's a Christmas present that I am trying out to see if I like it first - I do) and more likely to go with me everywhere, yet it is not too light. Very robust construction with two exceptions - see below Image quality is impressive. I will be happy to use in place of my DSLRs (Nikon D200 and D70S) for indoor social occasions and exploratory town and country walkabouts. Macro is excellent. High ISO performance is amazing - ...

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dgad
 
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The picture quality is very good for a Point & Shoot. I prefer it to the Canon. I compared it to a Canon 800 IS which I have extensive experience using. The Canon face detection is much much better and works instantly. The Fuji is slow, and sometimes does not work. Much of the time it is easier to use the central AF sensor . I would recommend the F30 instead for less money if this is the only difference. I never tried the F30 so I have no comments. Things missing: Face detection in ...

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This camera is ideal for me for many reasons. I haven't used other digital cameras, so I only can tell you what I like about this camera without comparing to any others Firstly I teach little children (aged 3) mostly indoors. They can't sit still even for a photo, but my results for pics of them has really pleased me. The natural plus flash mode lets capture the scene and I can see which one I want to keep! Secondly I juggle fire, so I am out at night a lot. As I am carrying large staves ...

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Graham P
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Firstly let me say that I am a Camera taster. I have had several P & S cameras but find that the colours from Fuji are the best. From the very first A200 2 megapixel cams onwards. I have upgraded from the F10 and find that the f31fd has a much stronger outercase and has the added benefit of the Face detection which works well. I also own the Nikon D80 with the nikon 18-200 VR lens. Of course there is no comparison - however the F31fd is tiny and so much lighter and you can carry it anywhere ...

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nspur
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I bought the F31fd rather than the F30 because I hoped that the image quality problems highlighted in the detailed review here of the F30 had been tackled by Fuji. I don't believe that they have, other than the metering which appears to be better than reported. There is a tendency to overexposure, highlights are often clipped and shadows are over-dark. Automatic white balance is not always accurate. While the files have too much contrast, I don't think the criticism of flat midtones is ...

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