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Fujifilm FinePix F10 Review

Review Date: Aug 1, 2005

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Fujifilm FinePix F10

Photoxels Editor's Choice 2005 Award

HANDLING & FEEL

Lantern: 1/60 sec., F5.0 and ISO 800
Lantern
24mm, Manual (Programmed Auto), Pattern, 1/60 sec., F5.0 and ISO 800
Cropped and sharpened in Photoshop Elements

The Fujifilm FinePix F10 is very elegant in its rugged metal and plastic body with sleek flowing lines and curves -- a classic, clean and good design that makes the camera both pleasant to look at and easy to handle. It is quite lightweight at 155g (5.5oz.) and, with dimensions of 92 x 58.2 x 27.3 mm (3.6 x 2.3 x 1.1 in.), easily fits in a large trousers pocket. The camera has a slightly raised and rounded handgrip with the "FinePix" logo providing a surprisingly good non-slip grip. Overall, there is a nice expensive feeling of quality and attention to details in the construction.

The back of the camera is mostly taken by an extra large 2.5-inch LCD monitor with a standard 115,000 pixels resolution. It is clear and easy to view in most lighting conditions, and quite usable in bright sunlight. A fast refresh rate makes for a smooth display. The LCD monitor also has an Auto Gain function which brightens up the image in low-light conditions. There is no viewfinder.

The control buttons on the back of the camera are few and cover many of the most common and useful functions: macro, flash, self-timer, "F" Photo Mode (which controls Image Quality, ISO, Color). A nice touch is that a press on the Up Arrow will temporarily turn the LCD backlight higher to allow you to see the image even better, for example in extra bright sunlight situations. Framing guides can also be overlayed (select it by pressing the DISP button repeatedly) to aid in vertical and horizontal composition.

To keep the size of the camera down, Fujifilm removed the I/O ports off the camera and put them onto a separate Terminal Adapter. It means you have an extra item to carry with you if you want to use any of the ports on the go or even recharge the battery (the power adapter cable does not plug directly into the camera but into the Terminal Adapter). So remember to always carry the Terminal Adapter with you. I personally leave the Terminal Adapter always connected to the power adapter cable so they function as one unit.

The menu has 3D shading and numbered tabs. The tab numbers do not really mean anything, which can at first be confusing until you just tune them out and ignore them. Some reviewers have complained about the menu structure but I do not find them any better or worse than many others, though there were disconcerting spelling mistakes in my review model: WHITE BALLANCE (with 2 Ls instead of 1 L) and FOLUSCENT (instead of FLUORESCENT) -- corrected by doing a firmware upgrade.

I like the 2 sec. self-timer availability with a couple of button presses of the Down Arrow.

The Fujifilm FinePix F10 is as good as it gets for a P&S digital camera -- well designed, and with good handling and quality construction.

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