Fujifilm FinePix F810 Zoom review

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Ergo607 Senior Member • Posts: 1,481
Fujifilm FinePix F810 Zoom review

I always have demised the Fuji camera's because of their use of the xD/Smartmedia
memory cards, but when I had the chance to buy the F801
(including two xD cards) for only €59,- I didn't hesitate one minute, and bought it.
I now have it for almost half a year and I have it always
with me...

What can I say? The Image Quality is simply excellent and I have trouble to tell the
F810 photo's apart from those made with my ist D and S5
Pro. I think that is saying something. There is some minor Chromatic Aberration
(easily corrected) and the barrel distortion on WA is a little
more than what I would have wanted, but apart from that, the images are sharp
corner to corner. Noise is very low too, even at ISO 200 (I
wouldn't advice on abusing ISO 400 too much, though.)

It is also blinking fast, and I have yet to come across a compact digital camera that
is as fast as this one (and I have had the opportunity to use
a lot of them.) AF is very accurate too.

In short:

- very good and very useable 32,5-130 equivalent Fujinon lens
- impressive Image Quality even ad higher ISO
- RAW is very convenient and useable
- very fast
- good construction
- very easy to use
- excellent battery life (500+ shots possible ad one charge)
- optical viewfinder
- very good LCD (a little small by today's standards, but high resolution and very
viewable even with stray light)
- you can project a rule of thirds grid on the LCD display

- purple fringing at wide angle (but easily corrected)
- dynamic range (logically) lower than on a DSLR
- function dial turns very easy, sometimes leaving the camera in a mode you don't
want (I use scotch tape to keep it in the position I want )
- slowest shutter speed only 3s (no bulb) and only accessible in Tv and M
- xD memory cards (but memory is cheap nowadays)

Makes the blues:
- make the same with ISO 800 and with a weatherproof design (like Olympus SW
and Pentax W series) and I'm one happy camper.

Meanwhile, I can safely highly recommend this camera to anyone looking for a
convenient camera with good image quality. Also look out for
the E550 (essentially the same) or the E900...



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Fujifilm FinePix F810 Zoom
6 megapixels • 2.1 screen • 33 – 130 mm (4×)
Announced: Jul 28, 2004
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