High ISO comparison

The F30 increases the maximum ISO on offer to 3200 (where the F10 topped out at ISO 1600). Below you will find a studio comparison showing the FinePix F30 at ISO 1600 and 3200.

Note: Due to our standard lighting setup being too bright for the F30's ISO 3200 setting, the ISO 3200 shot was taken with an ND4 filter over the light source (2 stops less light).

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 1600 & ISO 3200)

  • Fuji FinePix F30 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 1600, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
  • Fuji FinePix F30 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 3200, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Fujifilm FinePix F30
Fujifilm FinePix F30
ISO 1600, 1/942 sec, F4.9
ISO 3200, 1/600 sec, F4.9
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OK, so the Super CCD sensor has amazing high ISO capabilities, but it isn't magic, and once you get to ISO 1600 and above, in the words of the Starship Enterprise's chief engineer 'ye cannae change the laws of physics'. That said, the ISO 1600 result is still better by a wide margin than the F10, and - for small prints - might well get you out of a tight spot when light is very low. For snaps of friends and family in low light (faces don't need that much detail) the ISO 1600 setting would be, just about, usable. I wouldn't go to ISO 3200 unless I had no other way of getting the shot; the noise reduction is so extreme that most fine detail has been lost, and there is so much bleeding of color that the result looks a little like one of those magic coloring books after a good soaking.

That all said, the I've seen small-sensor compact cameras that produce ISO 400 results that look like the F30's ISO 1600 result, and the fact that you can shoot at ISO 3200 (something no other camera offers at full resolution) does make the F30 a very versatile camera indeed.