Fuji Finepix Z33WP Review

Waterproof

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Fuji Finepix Z33WP Ease of Use 9
Features 7
Movie Mode 8
Build Quality8
Colours 7
Photo Quality 6
Style 8
Lowlight 8
Macro 8
Value for Money 8
10 Megapixels
3x Zoom
2.7 inch LCD Screen
92 x 59.6 x 20.6mm
110g

Overview

The Fuji Finepix Z33WP is a waterproof digital camera. It can keep water out to depths of 3m. It has 10 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom lens. Aside from its waterproof properties the Finepix Z33WP is a fairly typical, cheaper, point and shoot camera.

Why Buy The Fuji Finepix Z33WP

If you are looking for a fun, waterproof digital camera to use around the pool, at a low price, then the Finepix Z33WP is the best fit.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

10
3x
2.7 inches
92 x 59.6 x 20.6mm
110g

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

8cm
No
No
Lithium ion
SD SDHC

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

As you will see throughout my tests picture quality is below average. In this shot there is a clear blue tinge. In the shady areas of the shot there is also a fair amount of noise to take the edge off the definition.

Although sharpness is below par this will not make a great deal of difference to small, snapshot sized prints. Noise also creeps in across the sky.

There is a lack of overall sharpness to this shot. The Finepix Z33WP also has a problem picking out detail in the lighter areas of the shot. I can also see the corners of the shot are darker than they should be.

The most noticeable point about this photo is the darkness showing in the corners of the shot. This is something I have noticed in other tests I carried out with this camera. This is a problem with the lens and there is little you can do about it.

Portraits

This is my favourite test shot in this batch. The colours are warm and the camera finds it much easier to focus on a subject closer to the lens.

This shot is not quite pin sharp. Even with the flash firing there are still signs of noise in the shot.

There is some noise in this picture that takes the edge off the crispness of the shot. It is not a bad effort though. Overall the portrait shots, with the camera that much closer to the subject, have worked a lot better than the scenic shots that have overstretched the Finepix Z33WP.

Macro, Colours and Noise

My macro test shot works well enough. As with other shots a slight blue colour caste can be seen. Aside from that you should be able to take o.k. macro snapshots.

Blue tends to be dominant. You can see from my outdoor shots that white objects pick up a blue tinge.

This camera is at its best in good lighting conditions. If you shoot in lower light without flash noise soon becomes an issue.

Summary

Picture quality is not great. It is better when you move in closer to the subject, but the Finepix Z33WP struggles with more distant shots.

See sample images link arrow

Style

This is a very small, compact digital camera. In fact it is so small you will hardly notice you are carrying it.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Slow

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time

0.52 seconds
23.27 seconds
1.53 seconds
26.17 seconds
2.61 seconds


Shutter Lag Table link arrow

Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Easy The Finepix Z33WP is about as simple as it gets. This camera is suitable for anyone looking for a point and shoot camera.

Points I Like

Ease of use - size and style.

Where it Could Improve

Picture quality

Verdict

The Fuji Finepix Z33WP is a fun digital camera. I can't pretend picture quality is top drawer, but the camera is easy to use and relatively inexpensive.

Product Shots

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

Top View

Top View

Sample Menus

menu menu 1

mode setup

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Related Pages

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Review Date

September 2009

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