Fuji FinePix F10 Zoom digicam

Class leader?


Review The F10 boasts the companies new, 1/1.7in Super CCD HR sensor that uses a full 6.3m gross pixels rather than the interpolated, dual-pixel elements of yore. Fujifilm's Super CCD technology has been with us for some time now and it just keeps getting better. To prove the point the F10 has its best incarnation yet in a camera of this class, writes Doug Harman.

FujiFilm FinePix F10 ZoomLook over the camera - which, it has to be said, seems a tad conservative design-wise given many of today's models - and its classy, all-metal body still quite svelte and very well made.

A large four-position switch on the top plate switches the camera between its scene, auto and manual shooting modes, and the excellent 640 x 480, 30fps with sound movie capture setting. A central shutter release button completes the top plate controls apart from...

...a power switch, which sits adjacent to the four-way controller and must be held down for around a second to switch the camera on, in order to prevent accidental activation. On the camera's back, a large 2.5in, 115,000-pixel LCD hogs the real estate, pushing all the other camera controls over to the right. These are quite small and the four-way controller has a central Menu/OK button.

A playback button - which, like the power button, can be held for around a second when the camera's off to activate playback without opening the lens - and an 'F' button are above the four way control. The 'F' button accesses the camera's separate menus for image size and quality settings.

The camera lacks the usual wide array of scene modes plumping instead for four basic scene settings (portrait, landscape, sports and night scene modes) and a natural light mode. There's an auto shooting mode for, well, point and shooting, plus a manual position that provides an extended menu system offering slightly more advanced settings for exposure compensation to +/-2EV in 1/3rd f-stop steps and white balance control. There's no control for shutter or the aperture.

All of these must be mastered through a slow and initially fiddly menu system that takes some getting used to. However, the menu glitches are more than outweighed by the camera's performance, which is pretty much class-leading in terms of responsiveness, lack of shutter lag and the rechargeable battery life - in our tests it lasted up to 500 shots on a single charge in normal shooting.

If you switch to a neat High Speed shooting mode, the focusing speed is dramatically increased and the effective focus distance is altered slightly from 1m to infinity (you can get from 7.5cm in 'normal' macro shooting for example). It reduces the battery life significantly too but you still get around 300 shots on a single charge, still very respectable. My test bore this out as a single charge lasted almost a week's worth of snapping, including reviewing and plenty of flash work too.

FujiFilm FinePix F10 Zoom

The built in flash is quite good, though it overpowered some of my closer portraits, and the recycle time is very slow indeed compared to the speediness of the rest of the camera.

Image quality can be summed up quite succinctly as excellent. The level of detail outstrips many of the seven megapixel digicams on the market. This fact is largely due to the very nice, sharp, F2.8-F5, 3x optical zoom lens that gives a focal range from 36mm to 108mm (35mm equivalent). However, it has to be said that it's still a fairly standard lens range for today's digital compacts.

Colour and exposure is consistent and spot on. Focusing is similarly reliable and noise, or lack thereof, is superbly controlled. Even at the camera's top ISO 1600 sensitivity setting, you get a noise level normally arrived at ISO 400 on other digital cameras. Only very slight pixel fringing on contrast boundaries are image demerits of note.

Verdict

Fuji's Super CCD HR sensor really struts its stuff in the F10, a camera that is built well, is simple to use and produces some stunning images. I have to say it is quite simply excellent.

Review by
Pocket-Lint.co.uk

FujiFilm FinePix F10 Zoom
 
Rating 90%
 
Pros Simple to use; superb features; great resolution and performance; picture and build quality.
 
Cons Lack of external manual controls; fiddly-at-first menu system; fairly uninspiring design; no optical viewfinder.
 
Price £260
 
More info The FujiFilm F10 site

Related reviews

Canon IXUS 700 seven megapixel digicam
Epson R-D1 digital Rangefinder

Recent reviews

Asus P5WD2 Premium i955X mobo
Sony Ericsson K750i
Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5
Adamond ZK1 2GB Flash MP3 player
Samsung E720 MP3 phone


Other stories you might like

  • Verizon: Ransomware sees biggest jump in five years
    We're only here for DBIRs

    The cybersecurity landscape continues to expand and evolve rapidly, fueled in large part by the cat-and-mouse game between miscreants trying to get into corporate IT environments and those hired by enterprises and security vendors to keep them out.

    Despite all that, Verizon's annual security breach report is again showing that there are constants in the field, including that ransomware continues to be a fast-growing threat and that the "human element" still plays a central role in most security breaches, whether it's through social engineering, bad decisions, or similar.

    According to the US carrier's 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) released this week [PDF], ransomware accounted for 25 percent of the observed security incidents that occurred between November 1, 2020, and October 31, 2021, and was present in 70 percent of all malware infections. Ransomware outbreaks increased 13 percent year-over-year, a larger increase than the previous five years combined.

    Continue reading
  • Slack-for-engineers Mattermost on open source and data sovereignty
    Control and access are becoming a hot button for orgs

    Interview "It's our data, it's our intellectual property. Being able to migrate it out those systems is near impossible... It was a real frustration for us."

    These were the words of communication and collaboration platform Mattermost's founder and CTO, Corey Hulen, speaking to The Register about open source, sovereignty and audio bridges.

    "Some of the history of Mattermost is exactly that problem," says Hulen of the issue of closed source software. "We were using proprietary tools – we were not a collaboration platform before, we were a games company before – [and] we were extremely frustrated because we couldn't get our intellectual property out of those systems..."

    Continue reading
  • UK government having hard time complying with its own IR35 tax rules
    This shouldn't come as much of a surprise if you've been reading the headlines at all

    Government departments are guilty of high levels of non-compliance with the UK's off-payroll tax regime, according to a report by MPs.

    Difficulties meeting the IR35 rules, which apply to many IT contractors, in central government reflect poor implementation by Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and other government bodies, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said.

    "Central government is spending hundreds of millions of pounds to cover tax owed for individuals wrongly assessed as self-employed. Government departments and agencies owed, or expected to owe, HMRC £263 million in 2020–21 due to incorrect administration of the rules," the report said.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022