Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ CNET (28 September’07)

The Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd (announced 08 November’06) is a stylish point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 09.11.06) featuring 1/2.5″ 6.3 million effective pixel Super CCD sensor, 3.0 X zoom lens , (35mm equiv: 36 – 108 m) sports Fuji’s new face detection technology, blogging mode, and a 2,5″ TFT LCD screen. The Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd is measuring in at 2.8 (W) X 55.0 (H) X 19.4 (D) mm / 3.6 (W) X 2.2 (H) X 0.8 (D) in, weighing Approx.148 g / 5.2 oz, running on NP40 Lithium Ion battery and available in Raspberry Red, Mocha Brown, Silver colors. (Full Specs)

OverallRating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd Reviews

CNET reviews the Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd and writes;
“Though its photos can be pretty good, the Z5fd performs inconsistently. On one hand, I see no lens distortion or focus problems, nary a compression artifact and only the occasional case of purple fringing… The bottom line: It’s thin, pretty, and reasonably fast, but exposure problems make the Fujifilm Z5fd hard to recommend to its budget snapshooter audience. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCMag reviews the Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd and writes;
“The camera had a very good boot-up time of 2.7 seconds, and its recycle time was equally good (2.3 seconds)…On my tests video quality was good, however, with smooth motion and pleasing color—if not a high level of detail. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ImagingResource reviews the Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd and writes;
“The pictures I brought home were very good, although they do exhibit the same ultracompact detail I always find a little disappointing. But I also found myself taking shots with the Fuji Z5fd’s special features, which are indeed practical and unique.”
Rating: N/A

Pocket-Lint reviews the Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd and writes;
“The Fuji Z5fd provides the sort of image quality that other digital compacts with higher resolution sensors can only dream of. The good lens performance also helps and while this is, strictly speaking, a trendy, nice-looking snapping camera, probably to be found in clubs or pubs, it deserves a wider audience but particularly for those looking for a simple to use, ultra-compact digital camera that takes excellent pictures.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Unbeatable reviews the Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd and writes;
“Focusing was quick and showed no problems whatsoever, and good photos were produced upto ISO800 which is pretty average for Fuji as they seem to have nailed to the high ISO settings… We really enjoyed using the Fuji Z5FD and though it was excellent value for money. Although the battery life could be slightly better, the images we recived were fab and as long as you keep the battery charged for every occassion you should have no problems with this one.”
Rating: ★★★★★

ePhotozine reviews the Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd and writes;
“With features such as Intelligent Face Detection, anti-camera shake mode, Fujifilm’s Super CCD HR technology and Real Processor II, the Fuji Z5 FD has a lot of features for such a small compact. The camera also boasts an extremely slimline and compact design, with an attractive outer casing. As for the quality of images, the Macro mode gives high quality close ups and the landscape test renders good detail, but with any ISO setting above 100 quality quickly deteriorates and noise becomes evident. Unfortunately, the Fuji Z5 looks a lot better than it actually is, and I wasn’t impressed with the overall quality of the image. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd and writes;
“Proving that you should never judge a book by its cover, the party-oriented Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd is a very accomplished little camera, capable of producing excellent results both indoors and out in a wide range of lighting conditions, as long as you keep your grubby fingers clear of the lens. It is stylish, well made, performs and handles well, and is very easy to use. The only real issue is the limited battery life, but if as long as you keep it charged up this shouldn’t be a problem.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PersonalComputerWorld reviews the Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd and writes;
“When reviewing images on computer, it’s plain that, even with the diddy Fujinon lens, such aberrations as vignetting, distortion and fringing along high-contrast edges are seemingly absent. Colours are natural, or super-rich if Chrome is engaged, and the camera’s 256-zone metering does a sterling job of balancing exposure….Overall: A very capable, easily pocketable digicam with the bonus of rapid face detection – ideal for the style-conscious socialite”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoReviewAU reviews the Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd and writes;
“Pictures taken with the FinePix Z5fd had a natural look, although with a slightly warmish tone, which was confirmed by Imatest testing. Contrast was elevated to the extent that is typical of most compact digicams but saturation was relatively modest. Digital zoom shots were soft and riddled with artifacts but close-ups were competently handled, in the main. Shots taken in dim lighting were noise-free up to ISO 200 but noise became apparent from ISO 400 on and was quite obvious at ISO 1600. The flash had insufficient power to illuminate an average-sized room at ISO settings below 800. However, it worked quite well for close-ups.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DigitalCameraInfo have a preview of the Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd where they write;
“It is rare that a sexy camera actually performs decently. The Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd does just this though. It comes in a 0.8-inch skinny metal body with a sliding lens cover – and in three colors too. There are a few drawbacks to the camera such as a 3-shot burst mode, a relatively small maximum aperture, and some of the smallest controls out there. Still, the $229 retail price and encouraging pictures on the show floor make the future look bright for the Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd…Likes: Fancy colors in skinny sexy camera body, IrSimple transfer of pictures, Effective face detection, High ISO sensitivity, Good $229 retail price. Dislikes: Movies can’t be transferred via IrSimple, Max f/3.5 aperture isn’t very bright, Tiny controls, Burst maxes out at 3 shots, Misleading “manual” mode”
Rating: N/A

Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd Samples

Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd Sample Photos @ CNET
Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd Sample Video @ ImagingResource (.AVI – 7.9 MB)
Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd Sample Photos @ Pocket-Lint
Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd Sample Photos @ Fujifilm

Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd User Manuals (PDF)

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Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd Press Release

08 November 2006 – Fujifilm is pleased to announce the launch of the Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd; the first in its range of ‘Z’ series cameras to feature hardware-based Face Detection technology. Available in three colours, Raspberry Red, Mocha Brown and Silver, the Fujifilm Z5fd becomes the flagship in Fujifilm’s ultra-slim, style-compact line-up alongside the FinePix Z3 and Z2. With 3x optical zoom, 6.3 Megapixels, ISO 1600, Intelligent Flash and new blog mode; plus Fujifilm’s unique Super CCD HR and RP Processor II, the Fujifilm Z5fd’s diminutive size and chic outer-shell look at odds with the amount of technology at its heart. The Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd is small enough that it will fit easily into a pocket or the most minimalist of clutch bags. The Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd features the traditional ‘Z’ series sliding lens cover, with a ‘Z5’ motif that lights up in operation, 2.5” scratch resistant LCD screen and non-extending Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens so that it will emerge unscathed from even the most cluttered of spaces.

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