Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP

Last update (08 December’09):
– Review & Sample Photos @ DCI

Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP is 10 MP World’s smallest and lightest waterproof digital camera (as of January 2009) features 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 35 – 105mm on a 35mm camera), ISO 64 – 1600, New SR AUTO, Face Detection and a 2.7-inch, Approx. 230,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor. The camera measures 92.0 (W) x 59.6 (H) x 20.6 (D) mm / 3.6 (W) x 2.3 (H) x 0.8 (D) in. and weighs 110g / 3.9oz
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Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

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Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP Reviews

DCI reviews the Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP and writes;
“If you’re looking to take snaps of fun in the sun and sand, the Z33WP is a good, cheap pick. But if you are doing any serious diving, climbing or spelunking, you might want to spend more on a camera that can go deeper, colder and take better pictures. “
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Cameras.uk reviews the Fujifilm Z33WP and writes;
“This is a relatively inexpensive, waterproof digital camera. Fuji has placed the emphasis on fun and the Finepix Z33WP is available in a range of bright colours. Highlights include ease of use, but picture quality struggles in places.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

PCW reviews the Fujifilm Z33WP and writes;
“Picture quality wasn’t up to much, though. Although the 10-megapixel pictures were fine when taken in good light, indoors they were speckled with noise and poorly coloured..”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

PCMag reviews the Fujifilm Z33WP and writes;
“With dismal still-image quality, poor video quality, an LCD you can’t see in the sun, and a lens that fogs up when it hits the water, the Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP isn’t a good choice for a beach camera. If you need a waterproof shooter, and you can afford it, check out the $330 Canon PowerShot D10, which features a high-quality LCD and lens, and takes beautiful images and decent SD video.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DCR reviews the Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP and writes;
“Don’t count it out, though. It took some good quality images in and out of the water, it withstood our underwater testing, and it was generally a fun camera to use. For under $200, it’s not a bad option at all, assuming you want all the attention that goes along with a flashy pink camera. And if you do, then flaunt it, baby, flaunt it.”
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Pocket-Lint reviews the Fujifilm Z33WP and writes;
“The good: Waterproofing, compact, easy to use. The bad: Overall image quality, ISO noise, lens flare. Verdict: Compact and waterproof, the Z33WP will appeal to many, but is let down by overall image quality”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

CNET reviews the Fujifilm Z33WP and writes;
“The good: Nice design; decent features for the money; waterproof to 10 feet. The bad: Soft, grainy photos; slow performance. The bottom line: A simple, inexpensive waterproof camera to keep poolside, the Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP is nonetheless lacking in photo quality and performance.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

ImagingResource reviews the Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP and writes;
“While its prints at low ISO looked fine at sizes up to 8×10 inches, they didn’t enlarge particularly well beyond that size. We felt that prints as large as 11×14 might be suitable for wall viewing, but they were visibly a little soft even at normal viewing distances at that size..”
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CNET.uk reviews the Fujifilm Z33WP and writes;
“The Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP looks so good that its comparatively low price is something of a surprise. Its performance doesn’t match its looks, though. It’s sluggish to use and delivers below-par definition. Note too that it’s not shockproof or freezeproof. If you’re into adventure sports, you’ll need something tougher”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DPInterface reviews the Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP and writes;
“The FinePix Z33 produced sharp, detailed pictures, fit for large prints/display up till ISO 400 while ISO 800 still comes in handy for emergencies. Lens distortion, aberration and redeye were all non-issues.”
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InfoSync compares Olympus Tough 8000 vs. Panasonic TS1 vs. Fujifilm Z33WP and writes;
“.. the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 looks to be the best so far. The camera mopped the floor with its competition in almost every category. It had the best image quality, feature set and most impressive hardware out of the three…”
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Photoxels reviews the Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP and writes;
“If you are looking for a waterproof point-and-shoot digital camera that is not afraid of dust and water — and that is able to take decent shots in the bright outdoors — then for its intended purpose of sunny beach, boating, and bright outdoors, the Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP is an affordable and easy choice.”
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Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP Samples

Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP Sample Photos @ DCI
Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP Sample Photos @ Cameras.uk
Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP Sample Photos @ CNET
Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP Sample Photos @ DPInterface
Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP Sample Photos @ Photoxels
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Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP User Manual (PDF)

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Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP Press Release

‘Life-Proof’ FinePix Z33WP Captures Treasured Moments Anytime, Anywhere and in Any Conditions

fujifilm-finepix-z33wp-smValhalla, N.Y., February 17, 2009 – Expanding the popular Z-series digital cameras for young-at-heart, trend-savvy consumers, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. delivers flexible functionality and form to active and hip users with the launch of the FinePix Z33WP digital camera. Perfect for budding photographers who want to experience life to the fullest, the FinePix Z33WP enables users to capture those precious moments, regardless of the conditions and share them easily with their extended network of friends and family members.

The 10-Megapixel FinePix Z33WP is available in three striking colors – green, pink and black – and is ready for any adventure including underwater activity up to approximately 10 feet (3M)! A 2.7″, 230,000 dots resolution LCD screen – the largest of any Z-series camera yet – and Fujinon 3x Optical Zoom lens allows for a clearer view of those not-to-be-missed moments on the beach, on the ski slopes, hiking in the mountains or boating at the lake. It’s also perfect for everyday activities in the rain, the pool or any other place you might think twice about taking a conventional digital camera.

Intelligent Scene Recognition

Adding ease to outdoor navigation, the FinePix Z33WP is equipped with a new SR Auto (Automatic Scene Recognition) mode that enables the camera to intelligently recognize six types of scenes automatically. For each picture taken in this mode, the Z33WP will optimize the ideal exposure, focus, white balance and ISO for the scene to ensure the best quality picture is captured with ease. In addition, Fujifilm’s Picture Stabilization is powered by high sensitivity for faster shutter and operational speeds to help reduce camera shake, keeping real life moments as true to form as possible.

Easy Sharing

The family-friendly Z33WP also features Fujifilm’s handy Blog Mode which allows for easier sharing with friends and family members. The Blog mode automatically resizes a photo to a standard 640×480 pixels (VGA) or 320×240 pixels (QVGA) image size and enables 12 in-camera editing features such as Zooming, Miniature effect, Illustration and Painting, cutting the need for extra time with home editing.

In addition to these innovations, the FinePix Z33WP is loaded with the following handy features:

– Face Detection Technology: Operating in tandem with automatic red-eye removal, the FinePix Z33WP identifies up to 10 human faces in a scene, and sets the correct focus and exposure, regardless of where subjects are located within the frame.

– Automatic Red Eye Removal accents the aforementioned features by lending an extra touch to that group shot. The Z33WP automatically checks for red eye and self-corrects it in each and every person in the photo, saving time on post-editing.

– Couple and Group Timer Modes: Working in conjunction with Face Detection technology, detects two faces in ‘Couple Timer Mode’ and up to four faces in ‘Group Timer Mode’ in a frame.

– One Touch MOVIE Button: Capture VGA quality movie clips at 30 frames per second with sound to capture all of those once-in-a-lifetime moments.

– Battery Life: The long-life rechargeable Li-ion battery (up to 200 shots) allows for extended use without worrying if the camera is going to last for the duration of the trip.

“With the success of the FinePix Z20fd for the Gen Y crowd, it is only a natural progression for Fujifilm to provide active, technology-savvy families with the unparalleled style and function that everyone demands in the 21st century,” said David Troy, marketing manager, Consumer Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. “Today’s users not only want to experience everything life has to offer, but they also want their camera to be able to experience and capture it with them.”

The FinePix Z33WP will debut in late March at a retail price of $199.95.

3 Responses to “Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP”

  1. Jane says:

    I hope this camera is better than that of Olympus’ waterproof line-up-2009.

  2. N.W. says:

    I just got the Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP camera for Christmas in pink, and I love it! I love how it’s waterproof, so taking pictures in rain, when sledding etc won’t be a hassle.

    You can crop, edit, and add voice memos right on the camera. (And it comes in fun colors!)

    The picture quality isn’t as bad as people might think it is, but if you just want a digital camera, nothing fancy, this is perfect! Viewing pictures on the camera is a little slow, but altogether I like it 🙂

  3. PCF says:

    I sent my Z33wp in to be serviced under warranty. Received with a no problem found…that would be okay if it had no problem. Did not use again until I was on vacation, and when I went to take my first picture I found the problem once again.

    Got back from vacation and sent back to Fuji Service and they told me it would be $90.00 to fix the problem. I called and explained when it was sent back under warranty the problem was not solved so it should be covered under warranty. They would not wave the $90.00 repair fee. Instead of sending Fuji $90.00 I sent Canon a little more for a much better camera.

    Save you time and money and do not buy a Fuji product.

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