Fujifilm FinePix F700 Review
In our normal outdoor shooting the F700's automatic white balance worked well so I was slightly surprised to see a cool cast (blue-ish) on our outdoor test shot (approx. 5800 K color temperature). In both incandescent and fluorescent light auto white balance led to a pink cast. Otherwise obviously the best possible white balance was achieved with manual preset.
|Outdoors, Auto||Outdoors, Cloudy (or Sunny)||Outdoors, Manual|
|Incandescent, Auto||Incandescent, Incandescent||Incandescent, Manual|
|Fluorescent, Auto||Fluorescent, Fluor 3 (1 or 2)||Fluorescent, Manual|
The F700's internal flash has a quoted range of 5 m (16.4 ft) with the camera set to Auto ISO. In our tests the camera produced good white balance if slightly underexposed flash shots. Luckily Fujifilm do provide flash exposure compensation on the F700 so it would be relatively trivial to adjust for an under-powered shot.
|Skin tone - Natural color, no blue cast, slightly underexposed||Color patches - Good color balance, no color cast, slightly underexposed|
The F700 has a fairly limited range of slow shutter speed available for night exposures, in night scene mode the camera automatically engages ISO 400 and allows a slowest shutter speed of 1.5 seconds. In manual exposure mode you can select a slowest shutter speed of 3 seconds. The samples below show that the F700 doesn't perform badly at all but produces cleaner more detailed images at ISO 200.
|Manual exposure: ISO 200, 3 sec, F2.9|
|Manual exposure: ISO 400, 3 sec, F2.9|
Barrel and Pincushion Distortion
The F700 exhibited just under 1% barrel distortion at wide angle and no measurable pincushion distortion at telephoto. This is a good performance for a compact extending digital camera lens.
|Barrel Distortion, 0.9% @ wide angle||Pincushion Distortion, 0% @ telephoto|
Vignetting / Lens Shading
Our vignetting / lens shading test is very simple, a shot
of a blank wall from two meters away, vignetting will always be most visible
at wide angle and maximum aperture and will start to disappear at smaller
apertures and/or further zoom. The F700 exhibited no visible vignetting
/ shading at either wide angle or telephoto. Kudos.
|Some corner vignetting visible at wide angle and maximum aperture, F2.8||No noticeable vignetting at telephoto, F4.9|
Purple Fringing (Chromatic Aberrations)
The F700 did exhibit some chromatic aberrations on our standard test chart (although not too extreme), these only crept into one or two of our everyday shots as a very faint purple halo beside highlight detail.
|Fringing visible around contrast, F2.8||Our standard chromatic aberration test shot|
Overall Image Quality / Specific Issues
Firstly metering, tonal balance and color were all very good, as I have mentioned earlier I am still not overly impressed with the supposed extended dynamic range, most images still have that very distinctive digital camera clipped appearance. One thing that I feel damages the F700's images is the strong and rather unsophisticated sharpening applied, especially at smaller image sizes.
6mp vs. 3mp
We know that the F700's sensor has three million pixel locations (the two photodiodes at each pixel location will make no difference to resolution as they are both under the same color filter and microlens). Fujifilm appear to have further developed their interpolation algorithms, the F700 is the first consumer level SuperCCD digital camera which appears to be able to extract more resolution in its six megapixel image size than at three. Therefore my advice would be to shoot in the 6mp size most of the time.
|6mp image size||3mp image size|
|Smile by Olymguy|
from Ultra Asian Indian Female Faces
|Space Shuttle Cockpit- by vbuhay|
from Aircraft Control Stick
The 3D VR camera launched through a crowdfunding campaign in 2015 goes on sale beginning June 26.
Noctilucent clouds, a crescent moon and Venus were visible in the pre-dawn sky over Budapest yesterday. Photographer György Soponyai captured NASA's astronomy picture of the day.
Squirming pets won't sit still for photos? A Kickstarter campaign is looking to help.
Find out how Chris Burkard shifted from editorial photography to his true passions: landscapes, conservation and, of course, surfing.
The updated EyeEm app scans your camera roll and picks images that are composed particularly well, have the best quality, or highest chance of selling on EyeEm Market.
It's three years old but still a solid option for a Micro Four Thirds shooter looking for a high-quality, fast, wide-angle prime. Take a look at how we got along with it.
Tamron has announced the longest all-in-one zoom lens currently available, the 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD. Designed for Canon and Nikon crop-sensor cameras, the lens will be available in July.
When you're ready to step-up to full-frame from an entry-level or midrange camera, the choices can be overwhelming. Find out which models came out on top in our $1200-2000 enthusiast ILC roundup.
Just a guy wearing a VR headset, smashing invisible Goombas in Central Park.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this gorgeous aerial photo of the Martian landscape. And if you look really close, you can actually see the Mars Curiosity rover in the very middle.
The city of Laguna Beach, California has provided some clarification around the kinds of photography permits it offers.
Later this year, a VR180 camera will be Joining Yi's Halo and 360 VR cameras, which will offer stereo 3D capture, yet be as easy to use and compact as a 2D camera.
Caltech researchers have developed an 'optical phased array' chip that uses time delays instead of a lens to focus the incoming light.
Pricing and shipping have finally been revealed for two highly anticipated lenses from Sigma, announced in February.
These macro photos of clouds of paint billowing through clear water might look like high-quality CGI, but they're real photographs. And photographer Alberto Seveso told us how they were made.
Facebook is testing a feature that prevents people from saving, sharing, or even taking a screenshot of your profile picture.
We've reshot the Sony a9 in our studio. The short story: it's sharper! The long story... well you can read it all here.
The collection will be officially launched during the Europeana Transcribathon Campus Berlin 2017 crowdsourcing event which will be held on 22 and 23 June at the Berlin State Library.
Light gives us some insight into the preparations for the launch of the pre-order shipments of its much anticipated L16 multi-lens camera.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has confirmed in a tweet that the second lens on the back of the OnePlus 5 uses a 1.6x optical zoom and that digital zoom is used to reach the claimed 2x zoom factor.
Fujifilm recently unveiled the second in its series of affordable cine lenses, the MK50-135mm T2.9. We got our hands on it for a couple days and took it for a spin.
Leica's first attempt at an M-series digital rangefinder was rough around the edges, but set a pattern for all of the cameras that came after it. In this week's Throwback Thursday article, Barney remembers the M8.
No stranger to extreme situations, legendary climber and filmmaker Jimmy Chin talks to Outside Magazine about his career, and the challenge of filming Alex Honnold's rope-free solo climb of El Capitain.
A company backed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin is attempting to make video conferencing less terrible.
Rangefinder magazine asked five professional portrait and wedding photographers about posting on Instagram; no surprise, they got five different answers.
This captivating stop motion film was created by stripping away one layer of wood at a time. It's hard to look away.
It will enable users to simulate the presence of the sun, moon and Milky Way and see how they interact with an area's topography.
Since its introduction in November last year Instagram's live streaming feature has been used by millions, but videos could not be archived for watching at a later stage. A new update has now added the capability.
CopyTrack's study also found that the second most-stolen image is a woman wearing painted jeans. That's apparently a thing.
Forget expensive lenses with fancy coatings and special lens elements – photographer Robin de Puy took these portraits using just a water drop for a lens.