Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom Review
Timings & File Sizes
The F601Z proved to be a fast camera. The lens extends quickly and almost as soon as it has finished the live view appears and the camera is ready to shoot. Auto focus and shutter release lag times are very respectable for a camera at this level. The F601Z inspires confidence that you can literally point and shoot and will capture an image within a second of that. More impressive are the shot to shot time of around one second with record postview disabled. Kudos Fujifilm.
Note that the auto focus lag times (shutter release half-press) are slower than the total lag time, this is probably because the camera waits a short time to pre-empt the full shutter release. If you half-press the shutter release the camera comes back with a focus and AE lock in just over a second, if you instead perform a full depression of the shutter release the camera doesn't need to display this information and can continue to take the shot (again, around one second).
Timing Notes: All times calculated as an average of three operations. Unless otherwise stated all timings were made on a 2832 x 2128 (6MP) Fine JPEG image (approx. 2.3 MB each). The media used for these tests was a 128 MB TwinMOS SmartMedia card.
|Power: Off to Record||Lens extension||2.7|
Power: Off to Play *1
|Power: Record to Off||Lens retraction||3.2|
|Power: Play to Off *1||Lens already retracted||0.5|
|Mode: Record to Play||Image displayed||2.4|
|Mode: Play to Record||Lens already extended||1.6|
|Mode: Play to Record||Lens extension||2.4|
|Play: Thumbnail view||9 thumbnails||<0.5|
|Play: Image to image||6 MP FINE||1.3|
|Zoom from Wide to Tele||Full zoom from 36 mm to 108 mm (3 x)||1.8|
|Auto Focus LAG||Wide angle (36 mm) *1||~1.0|
|Auto Focus LAG||Telephoto (108 mm) *1||~1.3|
|Shutter Release LAG||Viewfinder||0.1|
|Shutter Release LAG||LCD Monitor||0.1|
|Total LAG *2||~1.0|
|Off to Shot Taken||3.3|
|Shot to Shot||Record 'postview' disabled||~1.0|
|*1||Add between 0.2 and 0.8 for medium / low light situations|
|*2||Depending on focus and light levels|
Auto Focus LAG is (roughly) the amount of time it takes the camera to autofocus (a half-press and hold of the shutter release button), this timing is normally the most variable as its affected by the subject matter, current focus position, still or moving subject etc. This timing is an average.
Shutter Release LAG is the amount of time it takes to take the shot after autofocus, this timing assumes you have already focused (half-pressed the shutter release) and now press the shutter release button all the way down to take the shot. This timing is an average.
Total LAG is the total time it takes (not just the two above added together)
if you haven't pre-focused, that is no finger touching the shutter release
button, press it all the way down in one movement, this new timing is
how long it'd take if you were in one of those spur-of-the-moment situations.
This timing is an average.
The F601Z has two distinct continuous shooting mode, normal continuous shooting and a special '40-frame continuous' mode. Normal continuous shooting is limited to four frames but shoots at a blistering 5.7 frames per second. 40-frame continuous mode can take up to 40 frames but only at 1280 x 960 and at a rate of approximately 1.3 frames per second. To summarize:
- Continuous: 4 frames in 0.7 seconds (5.7 fps) @ Any size / quality combination
- 40-frame continuous: 40 frames in 30 seconds (1.3 fps) @ 1280 x 960 Fine or Normal
File Write / Display and Sizes
Timings shown below are the time taken for the camera to process and "flush" the image out to the SmartMedia card, the timer was started as soon as the shutter release was pressed (shutter click was heard) and stopped when the camera allowed a switch to play mode (this is the only way to determine the write process has completed).
This means the timings also include the cameras processing time and as such are more representative of the actual time to "complete the task". The media used for these tests was a 128 MB TwinMOS SmartMedia card.
128 MB SM Card
|2832 x 2128 (6mp) Fine||3.3||1.4||2,400 KB||41|
|2832 x 2128 (6mp) Norm||2.4||1.0||1,000 KB||87|
|2048 x 1536 (3mp) Fine||2.5||0.9||1,200 KB||78|
|1280 x 960 (1mp) Fine||1.9||0.5||600 KB||157|
|640 x 480 (VGA) Norm||1.5||<0.5||130 KB||770|
|*1||All file sizes are an average of three files. As is the case with JPEG it's difficult to predict the size of an image because it will vary a fair amount depending on the content of the image (especially the amount of detail captured). For example, take a photograph of a fairly empty wall and you'll get a small JPEG, take a photograph of a bush with a lot of detail and you'll get a larger image. File sizes here are closer to the later, the larger size of file you should expect.|
We ran the camera through our new battery life test. This test is designed to be fair and comparative to each camera and battery type:
- Take 4 shots without flash
- Wait 2 minutes (50% of the time powering the camera off)
- Take 1 shot with flash
- Wait 1 minute
Batteries are fully discharged and recharged before the test and all cameras were reset to their factory default settings. Here are the results:
Compact / Ultra compact
|Battery||Power||Battery life||Number of shots|
|Kyocera S3||BP-800S||2.1 Wh||54 mins||95|
|Canon PowerShot S300||NB-1L||2.5 Wh||1 hr 26 mins||155|
|Pentax Optio 430||D-LI2||3.3 Wh||1 hr 33 mins||160|
|Olympus C-40Z||2 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||3.6 Wh||1 hr 33 mins||165|
|Nikon Coolpix 3100||2 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||3.6 Wh||1 hr 42 mins||175|
|Minolta DiMAGE F100||2 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||3.3 Wh||1 hr 42 mins||175|
|Minolta DiMAGE X||NP-200||2.8 Wh||1 hr 45 mins||180|
|Pentax Optio 330||D-LI2||3.3 Wh||1 hr 48 mins||185|
|Canon PowerShot S330||NB-1LH||2.5 Wh||1 hr 48 mins||185|
|Sony DSC-P71||2 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||3.6 Wh||1 hr 50 mins||185|
|Kodak DX4900||2 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||3.5 Wh||1 hr 51 mins||190|
|Sony DSC-P5||NP-FC10||2.4 Wh||1 hr 51 mins||190|
|Nikon Coolpix 3500||EN-EL2||4.1 Wh||1 hr 54 mins||195|
|Sony DSC-P9||NP-FC10||2.4 Wh||1 hr 59 mins||200|
|Nikon Coolpix SQ||EN-EL2||3.7 Wh||2 hr 03 mins||210|
|Minolta DiMAGE Xt||NP-200||2.8 Wh||2 hr 12 mins||225|
|Canon PowerShot S400||NP-1LH||2.5 Wh||2 hr 17 mins||230|
|HP Photosmart 812||2 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||3.6 Wh||2 hr 21 mins||240|
|Nikon Coolpix 885||EN-EL1||4.8 Wh||2 hr 21 mins||240|
|Nikon Coolpix 775||EN-EL1||4.8 Wh||2 hr 27 mins||250|
|Canon PowerShot SD100||NB-3L||2.9 Wh||2 hr 29 mins||250|
|Pentax Optio S||D-LI8||2.6 Wh||2 hr 33 mins||260|
|Nikon Coolpix 2500||EN-EL2||4.1 Wh||2 hr 33 mins||260|
|Fujifilm FinePix F601Z||NP-60||3.7 Wh||2 hr 47 mins||275|
|Casio EXILIM EX-Z3||NP-20||2.5 Wh||2 hr 48 mins||285|
|Casio EXILIM EX-S3||NP-20||2.5 Wh||2 hr 48 mins||285|
|Olympus C-50Z||LI-10B||4.0 Wh||2 hr 54 mins||295|
|HP Photosmart 935||2 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||3.6 Wh||3 hr 09 mins||320|
|Canon PowerShot A70||4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP)||7.7 Wh||5 hr 08 mins||515|
|Other test notes:|
| LCD monitor is left on during
the battery test
The camera is powered off half of the time and left on half of the time (switch every 10 iterations)
There are now higher capacity AA NiMH batteries available, however in the interests of fair
comparison we will continue to use our 1600 mAh test set
The F601Z performed better than any other camera with the equivalent power. The camera managed an impressive 2 hours and 47 minutes on its small NP-60 battery, outlasting even The Nikon Coolpix 775 / 885 which both use the more powerful Nikon EN-EL1.
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