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Compared to... Fuji FinePix F30

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Fuji FinePix F31fd and it's predecessor, the FinePix F30, at ISO 3200.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 3200)

  • Fuji FinePix F31fd : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
  • Fuji FinePix F10 : Program mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI

Note: Due to shutter speed restrictions both these shots were taken with an ND4 filter (2 stops).

Fujifilm FinePix F31fd
Fujifilm FinePix F30
ISO 3200, 1/600 sec, F4.9 ND4 filter
ISO 3200, 1/600 sec, F4.9 ND4 filter
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2,964 KB JPEG

When we reviewed the F30 we noted that the highest ISO settings (3200 in particular) were pushing it a bit, and the same is true of the F31fd. It's also at ISO 1600 and 3200 where the F31fd and F30 output take slightly different paths, with the new camera using considerably lower noise reduction, resulting in images that are visibly noisier, but with better detail

As to whether this is an improvement or not...it's a matter of taste, and to be honest neither is usable for anything serious, though both will produce a perfectly usable small print, and the F31fd's can be smoothed with NR software in post-processing if you want a less grainy-looking result.

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