Fujifilm FinePix F30 Zoom review

Started Aug 19, 2006 | User reviews thread
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Daniel Bliss Senior Member • Posts: 1,917
Fujifilm FinePix F30 Zoom review

This is overall a welcome development in small cameras. It is fast, responsive, has good image quality where it counts, and is probably the only camera in its class that won't trip you up with nasty surprises in low light when using high ISO. This really is the first small digicam out there that fulfils the promise of being able to capture grab shots at night, in a bar and so on, either without the distraction of flash at all, or else with the high ISO yielding a decent range for the flash.

The battery is out of this world. But then, not too surprising given that Fuji has stuffed in a battery that a few years ago would have been considered standard issue for a laptop computer in terms of power capacity. There is simply no need to worry about a spare. The battery is almost the size of a Zippo lighter. (As big as it is, you wonder if it would be worthwhile for Fuji to try and make the next version run on a pair of AAs -- this tank of a battery shows that a lot can go into even a miniature camera).

The Type H XD card has been a pleasant surprise in terms of transfer rates to a computer. Earlier iterations of XD have been dog-slow, but Type H seems to deliver the goods. However (see below) to say it is non-standard is putting it mildly; unless you have another Fuji or Olympus, it is yet one more card format to deal with.

I'll probably be back with some more edits, but so far, so good.

Problems:

Phil Askey is right about Fuji needing to make some adjustments to the standard contrast curve. Sunlight shots do require some work in post process; hardly what you'd have in mind for a P&S.

The manual controls are goofy. If you overshoot one extremity -- let's say pushing at F2.8 or F8 for aperture -- you knock it back out of manual mode and have to call manual back up again with the function key. Very irritating. That's unfortunate because the overall concept is very intuitive; and like the too-aggressive contrast curve, it could easily be corrected in firmware.

XD picture card is a nuisance. Fuji should just go SD like everyone else. It is much too small and easy to lose, though at least the Type H (see above) runs at a reasonable speed which earlier Type M cards did not.

Fujifilm FinePix F30 Zoom
6 megapixels • 2.5 screen • 36 – 108 mm (3×)
Announced: Feb 14, 2006
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4.5
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4.5
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