Fuji Finepix F30 Review

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Fuji Finepix F30 Ease of Use 8
Features 8
Movie Mode 8
Build Quality8
Colours 8
Photo Quality 8
Style 8
Lowlight 9
Macro 8
Value for Money 8
6.3 Megapixels
3x Zoom
2.5 inch LCD Screen
92.7mm x 56.7mm x 27
155g

Overview

The Fuji Finepix F30 is a six megapixel digital camera with a three times optical zoom lens. One of the main attractions of the Finepix F30 is the fact it has a wide range of ISO settings. You can select up to ISO 3200. These can come in useful in darker conditions. On top of this the camera also offers some limited manual exposure controls. As you can see with these features the camera is a step up from a standard point and shoot model. It is likely to appeal most to someone who is prepared to get to know the camera and use these extras rather than someone who is looking for more basic camera.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

6.3
3x
2.5 inches
92.7mm x 56.7mm x 27
155g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

5cm
No
Yes
Lithium-ion Rechargeable
xD-Picture Card

Image Quality

On the whole the photos I took using the Finepix F30 were of good quality. Looking at the three outdoor scenic type shots my observations are as follows. One of the most important factors in my view is the sharpness of the photos. Here the Finepix F30 does well and focusing is some way above average. The sharp focus is retained in the main as you move away from the centre of each photo towards the edge.

When the zoom is not in use as in the second outdoor shot the camera still does well when compared to other models in terms of focusing. Again with the zoom fully extended in the third shot focusing is up to scratch.

There are mixed results when it comes to handling light and dark areas of a shot. There is a clear loss of detail when looking at light coloured objects. This is very noticeable when looking at the boats and the wooded slats below the roof of the building in the first photo. There is certainly a problem when the sun is shining on these areas. By way of contrast a good level of detail shows in the darker areas. Taking both factors into consideration I would say I am disappointed with this aspect of the shots.

Based on all the test shots including the dedicated test for colours the impression I have is that Fuji digital cameras tend to have a fairly light touch and the pictures they produce are not as vivid as many others. This is not necessarily a bad point as colour levels in a photo really are a matter of personal opinion. The fact that the colours are not overpowering helps to add a natural feel to each shot. Certainly the skies and also areas of foliage are not as deeply coloured as with many of the cameras I have tested.

Looking at the portrait shots they both produce good results. The outdoor shot has a pleasant warm feel to it while the skin tones are also good. The indoor shot is bright and focusing is spot on. The other big plus point is the way in which the Finepix F30 appears to be able to control red eye. It is rare to come across a digital camera that keeps it in check as well as this one managed.

The other indoor shot works well. This is of some beer bottles taken in almost complete darkness. The Finepix F30 manages to overcome these extreme conditions and produce a sharply focused and well lit shot.

For close up work the macro shot is fairly standard in terms of quality. It is sharp enough and bright enough too. I would not go as far as to recommend the Finepix F30 though if close up photography was one of your main reasons for buying.

One of the big selling points of the camera is its ability to use a wide range of ISO settings. These can help produce good quality photos when the light is not perfect. In my standard tests performed indoors in good lighting the camera does very well. It is clearly far better than the majority of rival models and much less noise shows in the photos right up to ISO 3200.

Shutter Lag and Recycling Times

I was able to take a single shot in 0.32 seconds and five shots in 9.50 seconds. Both of these times are about average.

You can compare this camera to other models by taking a look at the Shutter Lag Comparison Table.

Features

The three times optical zoom lens has a focal length equivalent to 36 - 108mm on a 35mm camera. Zoom can be increased by using the 6.2x digital zoom function. For close up shots the Finepix F30 can focus from 5cm away from the subject when placed in macro mode.

For composing photos there is a 2.5cm LCD screen. The screen is made up of around 230,000 pixels. There is no viewfinder available.

When it comes to flash the Finepix F30 offers a very innovative feature. The camera is able to take two pictures it quick succession. One is with flash on and the other is with flash off. You can then select the picture you like the most. The flash modes available are Auto, Intelligent flash mode, Red-eye reduction, Forced flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow synchro, Red-eye reduction + Slow synchro

To help you take the best possible photos there are a range of scene modes available. These are Natural Light, Natural Light with Flash, Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Underwater, Museum, Party, Flower, Close-Up and Text.

To add something different to your photos there are two colour selections available. These allow you to shoot in black and white or chrome.

For when you would like to appear in the picture yourself there is a self timer. The delay period can be set to either two or ten seconds. There is a 3:2 aspect ratio available. This is ideal for taking 6 x 4" prints as the image does not need to be trimmed to fit on the paper.

There are a number of features you can use after a photo has been taken. These include adding a thirty second voice memo and also trimming the image.

You can take a degree of control over the way your photos will look. Aperture priority and shutter priority are both available to use. There is no fully manual exposure mode available though.

Other more advanced features are shutter speeds in the range 15 seconds to 1/2000 seconds, aperture sizes f2.8 to f8, exposure compensation (+/- 2 in 1/3 increments), metering (multi, spot, average), white balance (Automatic, Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light) ) and sensitivity (ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200).

There are three types of continuous shooting available. The first allows you to take three photos at a top speed of 2.2 frames per second. The next allows you to reel of a number of frames, but only the last three photos taken are saved. Finally there is a mode that lets you keep shooting until the memory card is full. This is at a slower rate of up to one shot every 1.5 seconds.

Movies with sound can be recorded. The duration of each movie is only limited by the capacity of the memory card. The maximum resolution is 640 x 480 pixels. The top speed available is thirty frames per second. Zoom is not available while a movie is being recorded.

Fuji supplies all the necessary cables and software to connect the Finepix F30 to a PictBridge compatible printer, computer and television set.

Ease of Use

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.

Cost

You can pick up a Fuji Finepix F30 for around £225. This compares to around £195 for a Panasonic DMC FX01, £160 for an Olympus MJU 700 and £255 for a Canon IXUS 800 IS.

As you can see the Finepix F30 does not come cheap. It is a good quality camera though and I think it is fairly priced.

Style

The Finepix F30 has the feel of a well made digital camera. It has a metal body and a stylish, yet simple design. Although it is typically rectangular it has enough rounded edges to stop it looking stark.

It weighs 155g and has dimensions of 92.7 x 56.7 x 27.8mm

Batteries and Memory Cards

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.

There are ten megabytes of memory built into the camera. I was able to take just three photos before the memory was full. This is poor and does not even give you the chance to really check the camera out. Therefore you will need to buy a high capacity memory card to go with the camera. It is compatible with xD cards.

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Points I like:

Indoor photos
Photos at higher ISO levels
Build quality

Where it is not so hot:

Small built in memory

Summary

The Fuji Finepix F30 impressed me as a good all round digital camera. It is rare to find a camera with this build quality offering any manual exposure controls so the aperture and shutter priority settings on this camera are a step in the right direction. It is also one of the best models I have tested for lowlight situations.

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Sample Menus

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Review Date

July 2006

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