Fujifilm Finepix F30 Review
The F30 is a slightly curvier, slightly more refined version of the F10, and users of that camera will feel perfectly at home here. Like the F10 the build and finish are excellent, giving the F30 a real 'quality' feel. Again it's not the slimmest or prettiest camera in its class (the depth is in part down to the decision to use such a large battery), and external controls are fairly minimal meaning you're going to be using the menu system a lot if you like to tweak settings. the major changes over the F10 include the regrettable loss of the shallow 'grip', meaning the F30 feels marginally less safe held in one hand (there is a small chrome grip, but it's too slippery to be much use) and a new '+/-' button, used to control AE compensation and Aperture / Shutter priority modes.
In your hand
The FinePix F30 is by no means ultra-compact, but the protrusion-free design means it slips fairly easily into a jacket pocket. At around 200g the F30 is weighty enough to feel reassuringly stable in use, without being too heavy to carry with you at all times. The only complaint - common to all small cameras with large screens - is that it is a little too easy to accidentally press one of the buttons (the 'F' button being the worst offender) when shooting with one hand. In fact I found the F30 very difficult to use single-handed; it just feels a lot safer - and the controls are a lot easier to use - if you hold it in both your mitts.
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