Fujifilm FinePix F50fd review
Lovely camera for pictures which I bought on the good experience I had with a previous FuijiFilm. The pictures are excellent (although in common with all FujiFilms there is purple fringing at high contrast boundaries when viewed at 100%). However, the video was so bad that I have returned the camera. Details below. I have my nice Canon SLR for still images so video is an important component of a compact camera for me. Without good video the camera is flawed in my opinion.
The video works well apart from when the camera is pointed into the light. With light falling on the lens the entire image gets a horrible purple cast. This is very clear if you rotate through 360 degrees whilst videoing. Additionally, any darker objects get a shadow "smeared" across the video frame (top to bottom). I don't know whether this is down to the lens coating or internal reflections but if was sufficiently serious to warrant returning the camera - especially as I use it a lot skiing where the effect on white snow is particularly bad.
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