Last update: Review by Macworld (added on 21.07.06)
Fujifilm Finepix V10 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 04.01.06), featuring a 5.0 megapixels (Super CCD HR Sensor) with 3.4x Optical Zoom lens (38-116mm equivalent), a huge 3.0″ LCD screen, and the ability to play game on the camera. The camera is measuring Approx 3.3″ W x 2.5″ H x 0.9″ D, weighing 5.5 oz, and it’s running on NP-40 Batteries. Fujifilm Finepix V10 will be available in stores from March of 2006 at $349 USD.
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Macworld reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix V10 and wrote
“The V10’s features are simple, with an assortment of six basic—but effective—scene modes. In one unique mode, Natural Light and With Flash, the camera takes two shots in quick succession: one without a flash and the other with a flash. This could be helpful for people who are uncertain about whether or not to use a flash in a tricky lighting situation.”
ImagingResource reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix V10 and wrote
“Despite some shortcomings, the V10 is an extremely fun camera with a stylish, portable design and a huge 3-inch LCD. Though it doesn’t live up to its vaunted low-noise, high ISO capabilities, the camera performs well in outdoor daytime and well-lit indoor conditions and is perfect for bringing to a party or on a trip. The four games on the Fujifilm V10, while a bit or a novelty, are an added bonus and should attract younger users to this snazzy and svelte snapshooter. Its biggest feature is the large screen that delivers surprisingly crisp detail.”
LetsGoDigital reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix V10 and wrote
“I have nothing but praise for the small lens, which really does live up to its promise. It produces sharp images that are rich in detail, and is virtually free of distortion. Typical issues such as chromatic aberration simply do not occur with this camera, and the combination of the excellent white balance and light metering ensures the Fujifilm V10 offers an extraordinarily strong digital combination. It goes without saying that the large format 3 inch screen is simply a joy to work with.”
PCMag reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix V10 and wrote
The V10 saves video clips as motion JPEGs with sound. Video recorded from the camera produced very good quality—at 30 frames per second and 640 by 480 pixels. Other ultracompact cameras, such as the Olympus Stylus 710, create choppy, 15-fps video. You can’t zoom while you’re shooting video, but that isn’t unusual for an ultracompact camera.
CamerasUK reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix V10 and wrote
“All in all the Finepix V10 is quite easy to use. The number of buttons and dials on the camera has been kept to a minimum, although all the key controls remain at your fingertips. The menu system is also straightforward, if a little cramped. Zoom is controlled through a ring on the top of the camera. Controls for picture review, deleting images, macro, self timer, flash and accessing the menu can all be found in a line at the bottom of the camera’s back.”
DigitalCameraReview reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix V10 and wrote
“In terms of image quality, the V10 delivers. The V10′s color is hue accurate, but (like many digital cameras) red and blue are slightly punched up. White balance seems fairly precise, although I did notice a very slight but consistent warmish cast. Images shot at ISO 64 and 100 had extremely low noise levels with balanced contrast and very good to excellent shadow and highlight detail and accurate skin tones.What’s wrong with the V10? Ergonomically the camera is like a small slick thin brick – there’s no grip – so using the included neck strap full time is advised (to avoid dropping the camera).”
ePhotozine reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix V10 and wrote
“The Fuji Finepix V10 is a love-it or hate-it camera. The unusual handling may be enough to put some people off on its own. Having said that the quality of the LCD screen is excellent, as is the quality of the images and it’s straight-forward and responsive to use as well. PROS: Excellent image quality up to ISO400, Responsive, Quality of the huge LCD screen, High ISO settings are usable, Build quality.CONS: Unusual handling caused by the LCD screen and tiny controls, Blotchy patterns in high ISO images.”
Steve’Digicams reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix V10 and wrote
“I was happy with the quality of the V10′s 5M Fine mode. Indoors it produced pleasing portrait shots, with good flash exposure, sharp facial and hair detail as well as natural skin tones. The built in flash boasts an effective range of approx. 14 feet at wide angle and auto ISO. This is sufficient for most interior shooting in average sized rooms and portraits of small groups. Despite the absence of a focus-assist lamp, the AF system was very effective in dim lighting. The flash red eye reduction mode was only marginally effective. “
PCWorld reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix V10 and wrote
“In our lab tests, the V10′s overall score for image quality was about average. Most impressive was the V10′s exposure accuracy, but its images scored lower in sharpness than did most other point-and-shoots we’ve tested. In particular, images produced by the Fujifilm FinePix E900 were much sharper.To add to your entertainment, Fujifilm includes four basic video games, but playing them much might prevent you from taking photos later: The V10 took only 198 shots on one charge of its rechargeable 800-mAh battery, far short of the average of 267 shots we’ve recorded for all point-and-shoot cameras.”
CNET Asia reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix V10 and wrote
“Image quality on the FinePix V10 was an ambiguous situation. The pictures we took outdoors in ample light were generally good, but indoor images were less than satisfactory when the camera increased the ISO. Our pictures exhibited washed-out highlights with some loss of details, especially when taken against a brightly lit background. In addition, we also noticed very slight barrel distortion at the wide-angle end of the zoom and some purple fringing in our pictures. “
PopPhoto reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix V10 and wrote
“The Fujifilm Finepix V10 may have 4 built-in games, but it’s not playing around when it comes to image quality. It’s a serious contender in the 5MP category. And with a street price of $300, it’s also a well-priced camera for its class.”
CNET reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix V10 and wrote
“Image quality was average. The Fujifilm FinePix V10 mixes good imaging characteristics with bad, resulting in less than thrilling overall photo quality. For example, it produces a good exposure, rendering detail well in the shadows. But to do so, it sacrifices the highlights, which quickly wash out… Overall, the FinePix V10 renders neutral colors, albeit a bit on the warm side. The automatic white balance does a better job than most of taming incandescent lighting. The flash’s red-eye-prevention feature works particularly well; pupils usually ended up with attractive catch lights at the center. “
Digital Camera Info reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix V10 and wrote
“The FinePix V10 has its other positive points: It takes great portraits and makes red-eye a rarity. The Natural Light & With Flash mode keeps indecisive users from wearing out the Menu/OK button. Unfortunately though, users will have to continue the search for an entirely perfect digital camera. This one has a short battery life of 170 shots, which won’t be enough to play games on the way to Grandma’s and then snap shots of her with the kids. Still, the Fujifilm FinePix V10 proved that it had solid imaging technology and could back up its claim to “change the game.”
LetsGodigital has a preview of the Fujifilm FinePix V10 review and writes
“The Fujifilm FinePix V10 is one very nicely designed digital camera. Its huge display offers enormous comfort when taking pictures or viewing your captured moments. It is just great to see the colourful images on such a big screen. Although there is almost no space left on the back of the camera for the necessary buttons I find the spot just below the monitor a perfectly chosen place. The resolution of 5.1 Megapixel is less than competitive brands have introduced in their compact designed cameras, but thanks to the high quality Super CCD HR image sensor and the combination of the Real Photo Technology Fujifilm offers a more powerful combination. Improving the image quality instead of simply increasing Megapixels proves to be far more worthwhile, at least in this stage…”
Pocket Lint reviewed the Fujifilm Finepix V10 and wrote;
“This fits with what I’ve heard from quite a few V10 users – it’s certainly getting good reviews! This review concludes ‘The FinePix V10 offers a stylish and well-made compact digital camera to the masses with superb noise control and even better image quality. Issues surrounding the compromised controls (due to the gaming functions) may be minor to some, more worrying to others, but at least they’re confined to the non-shooting controls. In short, if superb image quality in a lightweight pocketable package
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Life’s full of fun and games with the FinePix V10 Zoom
Fujifilm today announces the launch of the FinePix V10 Zoom, a next-generation digital compact camera with distinctive looks and an extra dose of fun. Available in a stylish, two-tone design and with a distinctive body, the FinePix V10 Zoom features an enormous three inch LCD screen, whilst remaining remarkably small in size.
The three inch screen is designed to enhance the experience of shooting and viewing photos. With approximately 230,000 pixels, the high resolution LCD is perfect for instant framing during shooting and easy viewing of images during playback. A convenient zoom display has been added to confirm focus and image details as you shoot, by enlarging the centre of the focus position.
The FinePix V10 Zoom combines all this with lightning quick response times of just 0.01 second shutter lag and a 1.5 second start-up, making it an incredibly efficient, user-friendly device.
The camera boasts a 5.1 million pixel Super CCD HR sensor and 3.4x optical zoom (F2.8 – F5.5), equivalent to 38 – 130mm on a traditional camera. Crucially, it also includes Fujifilm’s Real Photo Technology™, giving class-leading sensitivity of ISO 1600 for photography in low light conditions, and a low sensitivity setting of ISO 64 for ultra high-quality photography in bright daylight.
On a long journey, for example, you may find there’s nothing to photograph for a while: this is where the FinePix V10 Zoom comes alive in the form of some surprisingly addictive retro arcade-style games. These include a shooting game, blockbuster and a maze puzzle, which have been built into the camera itself. ‘Playability’ is enhanced by the layout of the camera’s controls, which are positioned in a manner similar to a portable gaming device for easy handling. Captured images can also be incorporated into the games, for a personal touch!
This sociable camera includes a 30-frame playback mode, similar to an alternative slide show, so groups of photos on the large screen can be shared with friends on the spot. For the first time with a FinePix camera, it also comes with a tutorial xD-Picture Card™ that conveniently demonstrates its range of functions.
A new shooting mode, ‘Natural Light & with Flash’, captures two images in quick succession, with and without flash so that the user can make an on-the-spot comparison of the images. This feature is perfect for awkward photographic conditions when it’s difficult to judge whether flash is needed or not. Super CCD Real Photo Technology is the key to enabling the camera to give you such a choice, even in low light conditions.
FinePix V10 Zoom features at a glance:
* Class-leading sensitivity of ISO 1600 for photography in low light conditions with low noise
* Extra-large three inch LCD with approx. 230,000 pixels
* 5.1 million pixel Super CCD HR sensor
* 3.4x optical zoom lens (F2.8 – F5.5), 38 – 130mm equivalent on a 35mm camera
* Zoom playback display setting for confirmation of image focus/details (centre of the focusing position is enlarged)
* Ultra-quick response times (0.01 second shutter lag* and 1.5 second start-up) *After AF/AE lock
* Low sensitivity of ISO 64 for ultra-high quality photography in bright conditions
* Four built-in arcade games
* Natural Light & Flash mode for on-the-spot photo comparison with and without flash
* 3:2 image format option
* Multi-frame playback function
* VGA movie capture of 30 frames per second with sound
* xD-Picture Card™, providing large storage capacity, lower power consumption and fast write speeds (16MB to 1GB capacities currently available)
* Tutorial included on xD-Picture Card™
* PictBridge™ compatible for direct printing without a PC
Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm’s Director of Photo Products, said, “Fujifilm has built an enviable reputation as the only manufacturer to produce a range of compact digital cameras that can achieve high sensitivity at full resolution. The FinePix V10 Zoom is the latest camera in this line. No matter how seriously you take your photography, there is always time for a little fun! The FinePix V10 Zoom combines outstanding photographic capability with a strong personality.”
Availability & pricing
The FinePix V10 Zoom will be available from UK retailers in March 2006. Pricing and stockists will be announced nearer to the date of retail launch.
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