Fujifilm FinePix F30

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ DenGuru (Added on 04.02.07)

Fujifilm FinePix A600 Zoom is the first point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 14.02.06) with an ISO 3200 capability makes you able to take photos in a low light condition easier. The camera equipped with a 6.3 megapixels (super CCD HR Technology sensor), Fujinon 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 36-108mm) and a 2.5-inch LCD screen. It’s measuring 92.7 x 56.7 x 27.8 mm (3.6 x 2.2 x 1.1 in), 155 g (5.5 oz) and running on a rechargeable NP-95 Li-ion battery

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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 04.02.07)

DenGuru reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30, where they rated the camera 8/10 and wrote:
“The F30 produces photos with very good color, dynamic range and sharpness that print beautifully without any computer-based manipulation on 6 x 4 color printers such as Epson’s PrintMate 240. I am impressed with the layout of controls on the camera. Everything falls neatly under my rather large fingers and I learned the controls very quickly. Downsides of the F30 include the somewhat less than standard xD card, lack of a viewfinder, slow startup and very occasional purple fringing around such things as distant leaves on a tree. I’ve seen the latter problem in maybe 3 out of the roughly 1,000 pictures I’ve taken. Though the F30 is available at this writing, FujiFilm has released an upgrade for the camera. It’s called the F31fd. That lower case “f” tells most of the story of the upgrade. The camera has special technology to allow it to focus on human faces. There’s also the F40fd, which is essentially the F31fd with an 8.3 megapixel CCD sensor.”

ThinkCamera reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30, where they rated the camera 8/10 and wrote:
When I got the camera I charged it up. I’ve taken around 300 shots, uploaded to the pc several times forgetting once that it was still plugged in and turned on for at least 3 hours. I still have 2 bars showing on the battery display. When you take into account that probably 50% of the photos were taken with flash that’s pretty impressive….I don’t know but there is an intelligent flash on the F30 which means it will balance the foreground with the background. It has all the flash settings you would expect – Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, and Red Eye & Slow. Not all functions are available at all times especially when in the scene modes but when they are you alter which flash you want by pressing the right side of the 4 direction button on the back of the camera. It’s simple and intuitive to use.”

CameraLabs reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30 where they rated the camera 87% and wrote:
“Decent high sensitivity performance allows you to seriously consider shooting indoors without a flash which in turn can deliver natural-looking results, or allow you to photograph with greater discretion, such as in a church or museum. That said, the F30’s flash is one of its other highlights, again delivering natural-looking results which rarely suffer from a washed-out effect, even when high sensitivities are selected to record background detail. “

T3 reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30, where they rated the camera 80% and wrote:
“It’s a breeze to operate, with aperture and shutter speed settings for the more adventurous and a good selection of scene modes. It fires up in under two seconds, while the shutter is fast enough for action shots. We even managed to fire off some usable snaps from a moving car…VERDICT: if you’ve been groping around for a great low-light performer, this is your baby. “

LaptopMag reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30, where they rated the camera 3.5/5 and wrote:
“In regular conditions, the F30 fared better, with its 6.3-MP Super CCD and 3X Fujinon lens capturing colorful images with good overall sharpness, though skin tones tended to look a little pink. Overall, the F30 is one of the best low-light performers on the market. If you like shooting night scenes or indoor portraits without a flash, you owe the F30 some serious consideration.”

TrustedReviews reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30, and wrote:
“The Finepix F30 is a stylish, efficient and easy-to-use compact camera with excellent picture quality, a useful range of features and outstanding performance, but even these qualities are overshadowed by its amazing low-light performance. It has easily the best high-ISO picture quality of any compact camera on the market, and is perfect for shooting pictures at any social occasion. While not exactly cheap, it does offer unique abilities that you won’t find anywhere else.”

Pocket-Lint reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30, and wrote:
“The F30 won TIPA’s Best Compact Digital Camera in Europe award and on this performance I can see why. Neat handling, design and specification further enhance a World first in terms of that high ISO capability….The Fuji FinePix F30 is then a camera with great flexibility. But that alone does not do it justice. At its £279.99 price, it provides an almost perfect balance of control and automation, sensitivity without noise problems and image quality yet retaining pocketability that make it a real “stunna”, and you’ll be hard pressed to find better on the market today “

CNET Asia reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30, and wrote:
“Overall, the FinePix F30 is a zippy camera. Powering up the unit took 1.6 seconds and the first picture was snapped at 2.7 seconds. Shutting down took barely a hair longer at 1.7 seconds. You can shoot every 2 seconds thereafter without flash and 2.7 with forced flash. If you turn on red-eye reduction, you have to wait approximately 4.9 seconds in between frames. Shutter lag was near negligible. One complaint we had was with the somewhat irritating noise the camera made during autofocusing. “

DigitalTrends reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30, and wrote:
“Perhaps I’m getting jaded but in year since I reviewed the F10, Fujifilm’s Natural Night alone didn’t do the trick for me. With NL and Flash, it’s a much better result. All in all, the FinePix F30 is a decent but not great point-and-shoot camera. If you stay away from the hyped ISO 3200 and just use it in Auto as well as Natural Light and Flash, you’ll be happy with the results. And make sure you pay under $300 for it—and have the dealer throw in an xD Picture Card to nail down the deal. “

Let’sGoDigital reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30, and wrote:
“…The FinePix F30 gives fantastic results with excellent color reproduction, good detailing and a lovely contrast. Thanks to the first rate lens, the pictures are almost completely free of distortion and vignetting The high resolution means that you don’t have to worry making large prints on your printer on in the mini lab. It would be a waste to only look at the photos on the computer. There is a considerable difference between the average screen’s reproduction and a print and if you don’t make prints, you will never be able to appreciate the actual quality.

ImagingResource reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30, and wrote:
“…the Fujifilm Finepix F30 offers the latest bold leap into high ISO shooting in a stylish compact digital camera. In most cases I wouldn’t recommend shooting at ISO 3200, but that setting functions as well as it does on the F30 is a tribute to the engineers behind this camera. Shots at ISO 800 were some of the best I’ve seen from a camera in this class, which means you will get more out of your pictures under a variety of conditions with the F30. While I’ve preferred competing models with dedicated optical image stabilizers to the Anti-Blur/Picture Stabilization mode offered in the F30, this camera breaks new ground in offering effective expanded light sensitivity in a compact product. That’s worth the price of admission alone.

Popular Photography reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30, and wrote:
“The Fujifilm Finepix posted impressive numbers in the lab, keeping noise at bay all the way up to ISO 3200, which scored a 2.45 (Moderate) in our noise test, with just about a 20% drop in resolution (1310-Very High) over the resolution results for ISO 100 (1655-Extremely High.) Fujifilm is doing a lot of things right with their in-camera processing and noise suppression algorithms to post results such as these. Color accuracy is excellent (Average Delta E: 7.94 ISO 100 Auto White Balance.) The 3x zoom shows slight barrel distortion at 38mm (17%), imperceptible barrel at 78mm (.07%) and imperceptible pincushioning at 108mm (.02%.) “

PhotographyBlog reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30. They rated the camera 4.5/5 and wrote:
“The Fujifilm Finepix F30 produced images of excellent quality during the review period. The 6 megapixel images are a little soft straight out of the camera and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop. Unfortunately there are no in-camera sharpening options. The Fujifilm Finepix F30 struggledl with chromatic aberrations, which purple fringing effects appearing in very high contrast situations. Macro performance is above average, allowing you to focus as close as 5 cms away from the subject. The built-in flash worked well indoors with no red-eye and good overall exposure. The night photograph was very good too, with the maximum shutter speed of 15 seconds offering lots of scope for creative night photography.”

CamerasUK reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30 and wrote:
“There are no real problems when it comes to ease of use. I do find the menu system a bit over busy, but that aside it is not particularly difficult to find your way around. Everything seems to be in the right place. There are quite a few buttons on the back of the camera, but a quick read through the manual should set you on the right lines…A rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-95) is used to power the camera. Fuji supplies both a battery and charger with the Finepix F30. Fuji estimates that you should be able to take around 500 shots before the battery needs to be recharged.”

DigicamReview reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30 and wrote:
“Colours are very good and in a very wide range of situations the camera will take sharp, detailed pictures with good exposure. In particular, the camera is probably great for daylight outdoor sporting events where fast photography is essential. The challenges that this camera will face that most others will fail at will be low light situations where you don’t particularly want to use the flash. Even for these situations it has a scene mode that allows you to try and see what a photo would be like without the flash, and yet not lose the benefits of flash photography. Having additonal manual controls will let you try new ideas out and the image quality settings are high enough for A4 prints of your images. The camera was generally competent and fast at focusing and the focus assist lamp seems to be used alot less than previously, and is much less irritating. There is a good range of image sizes but few compression options. The camera doesn’t give you many options to customise images in-camera – there are no sharpness or contrast controls for example. Purple fringing is slighly higher than average. (8.5/10)”

Photoxels reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30 and wrote:
“The Fujifilm FinePix F30 is unmistakably built with quality in mind. From the moment you pick it up to your first pictures, you gain a sense that it has been well thought out in construction and design. Controls are logically placed and intuitive to use, with only a few niggles that should not detract from either the capability of this camera or the enjoyment of its user. A beautiful high-resolution LCD monitor, incredible low-light capability, high performance, compact and light..”

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30 and wrote:
“Image quality was very good for a 6-megapixel model in this price range. All of our samples were sharp and showed good color balance and saturation. The exposure system did well in most lighting situations, however it did tend to overexpose the sky on very sunny days. When shooting in marginal lighting, you’ll be happy the F30 features an AF-assist lamp, which will allow you to focus on subjects in complete darkness. Its flash also has a powerful range of approx. 21.3 feet using ISO Auto. This is due to the camera’s ability to us ISO speeds as high as 3200! Overall, I found this flash worked very well for your typical indoor people photos as well as a fill flash for outdoor portraits.”

Megapixel reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30 and wrote:
“In use, the F30 is a quick camera. Fast to start, fast to focus and fast to decide the exposure, and fast to save photos.Indeed, the only time the camera shows some hesitation is when, for one reason or another, it has trouble auto focusing. While the F30 is equipped with an AF assist lamp, it only works when the camera is used indoors, but is ineffective when the camera is set to Macro mode, or when capturing photos at night of a distant subject. And with the latter, an infinity focus setting would have been a useful feature.”

DigitalCameraInfo reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30 and wrote:
“The new F30 performed very well, earning an amazing 11.71 overall manual ISO noise score. This is better than the F10’s 11.42, which is still an incredible score. Both digital cameras’ low noise results are unprecedented in the market as many compact models still have random speckles of noise creeping into even the brightest of images. The F30 improves upon the lower end of the F10’s ISO range, but the F10 and F30 have about the same level of noise at the higher ISO 1600. The F30 adds the higher ISO 3200 and the noise level remains on a steady curve. Overall, the Fujifilm FinePix F30 performed very impressively.”

DigitalCameraReview reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30 and wrote:
“Startup times, focusing speeds, and shot-to-shot cycle times were very good. I was initially concerned about the speed to read/write from the xD-Picture memory card due to many comments I read on various forums from users complaining about the speed of xD-Picture media as compared to other types of media. In a sense, this discussion does not mean much because the F30 does not accept any other type of media, so if you want the F30 you are going to have to use xD-Picture media. On the other hand, I purchased a “high speed” (Type H) 1GB card, and the speed seemed to be about the same as other cameras I have used, and it was not noticably faster or slower.”

ComputerActive reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30 and wrote:
“Though not as slender as its own Z2, the build quality of the F30 is high, with champagne-coloured metal faceplate and a solid feel. It’s fast to power up and, so long as the previous image has been committed to memory, there’s no discernable shutter delay. And so to the images, which are pin sharp straight out of the camera. Colours err on the side of being naturalistic – even slightly muted – rather than vivid, though these can be boosted by switching to our preferred ‘chrome’ setting.”

ePhotozine reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30 and wrote:
“Noise levels are very low up to ISO400. At ISO800 a little more luminance noise shows, but it’s still very acceptable. By ISO1600 the noise levels have increased to noticeable levels, but still very low by comparison. The ‘landmark’ sensitivity of ISO3200 produces acceptable quality with very little chroma noise. I did notice that the colour tends to shift slightly at the maximum sensitivity, but not enough to cause any major problems and the noise that is present is fine, randomly arranged and not brightly coloured, giving a wonderful film-like appearance.”

CNET reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix F30 and wrote:
“With a short shutter lag, average wake-up and shot-to-shot times, and a disappointing standard burst mode, the Fujifilm FinePix F30′s performance lands on the better side of average when measured against its competitors….Images from the Fujifilm FinePix F30 were pleasing overall, with well-saturated and accurate colors. Our test images were sharp, though the automatic white balance turned in noticeably warm images under our lab’s tungsten lights.”

DigitalCameraInfo had their hands on the new Fujifilm Finepix F30 and wrote:
“With its flat body, there aren’t too many features to aid in handling. The F30 manages to squeeze in a few, however. On the front there is a polished wavy finger grip. The grip is skinnier than most fingers, so it is more of a highlight than a functional grip. The better feature is on the back. There are rubber bumps below the zoom toggle that really do grab and keep thumbs in place. There is no protrusion for a right-hand grip, so long periods of shooting could be uncomfortable. The Fujifilm F30 has decent handling for a compact model, though. “

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