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Fujifilm FinePix F30 Review

Review Date: Jul 24, 2006

Fujifilm FinePix F30
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Photoxels Editor's Choice 2006 DIWA Awards Fujifilm F30 wins DIWA Platinum Award

Category: Beginner Amateur

The Fujifilm FinePix F30 follows in the footsteps of the award-winning FinePix F10 with 6.3 megapixel resolution on a 1/1.7 in. 6th Generation Super CCD HR image sensor, a Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens with Multi-layer Super EBC Coating, and 2nd Generation Real Photo Technology delivering low noise ISO 3200 at full resolution.

This low-noise high-ISO capability means that you can take pictures indoors in low-light situations much better than with other digital cameras. To this effect, the Fujifilm F30 features a "Picture Stabilization" setting that will automatically select a high ISO and fast enough shutter speed to reduce blur due to camera shake.

The Fujifilm F30 comes with a Low Light AF Focusing Assist Lamp to help focusing in low-light and an extra large 2.5 in. LCD monitor (230,000 pixels) with Anti-Glare Coating and Low Light Viewability Gain-up Brightness Mode so you can see and compose in low-light.

Improving on the FinePix F10 which was basically a point-and-shoot digital camera, the FinePix F30 has enhanced manual controls including shutter and aperture priority modes. 15 pre-programmed scene modes help automate common picture-taking situations.

Movie recording is 640 x 480 pixels at 30 frames/sec with monaural sound. A new i-Flash system avoids washed out pictures by outputting only the right amount of light.

The Fujifilm FinePix F30 with its enhanced manual modes rectifies what many photographers were asking to be included in the F10, and its low-light capabilities still put it miles apart from its competitors.

If you do not require Aperture-Priority AE and Shutter-Priority AE mode, then consider the Fujifilm F20 at about US$120 less.

If you desire a long zoom version of the F30, then consider the Fujifilm S6000fd, with Face Detection technology.

Fujifilm F30 wins DIWA Gold Award..

Fujifilm F30 wins DIWA Platinum Award...

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Fujifilm F30
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Fujifilm FinePix F30  
  Number of Effective Pixels 6.3 Million Pixels  
  Image Sensor 1/1.7-inch Super CCD HR  
  Real Photo Technology Yes  
  Picture Stabilization Yes, Mode Dial  
  Number of Recorded Pixels Still image: 2,848 x 2,136 / 3,024 x 2,016 (3:2 format) / 2,048 x 1,536 / 1,600 x 1,200 /640 X 480 pixels
Movie: 640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec), 320 x 240 pixels (30frames/sec)
 
  Image Processing Type New Fujifilm Real Image Processor - (RP (Real Photo) Processor)  
  Lens Fujinon 3.0x zoom lens (6 elements in 5 groups with 2 aspherical elements)  
  Lens Focal Length (Rated) / (35mm Equiv.) 8.0 - 24.0mm (36-108mm on a 35mm camera)  
  Aperture Range F2.8 - F8, 10 steps in 1/3 EV increments  
  Optical Zoom 3.0x  
  Digital Zoom 6.2x  
  Focus - Auto / Manual / Macro Auto/Macro  
  Focusing Range     
    Normal Approx. 2.0 ft. to Infinity  
    Macro - Closeup Wide Angle: Approx. 2.0 in. to 2.6 ft. Telephoto: Approx. 1.0 ft. to 80cm 2.6 ft  
  Focusing AF System: TTL contrast type
AF Mode: Single, Continuous
AF Area: Center, Multi
 
  Low Light AF Focusing Assist Lamp Yes  
  Shutter Speed

3 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (exposure mode dependant)
When the scene position is at NIGHT, it is possible to have long exposure times of 1 to 15 sec.

 
  Shutter Release Control Press half way to set focus, all the way to release the shutter.  
  Exposure Control Programmed AE (AUTO/SP), Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE  
  Shooting modes Auto, Picture Stabilization, Preprogrammed Scene Position (SP), Macro, Movie, Burst/Continuous, Aperture or Shutter Priority AE  
  Preprogrammed Scene Modes (SP) Natural Light/Natural Light & with Flash/Portrait/ Landscape/Sport/Night/Fireworks/Sunset/Snow/ beach/Underwater/ Museum/Party/ Flower Close-Up /Text  
  Continuous Shooting Modes 1.Top-3 (max. 2.2 frames/sec., up to 3 frames
2.Final-3 (max. 2.2 frames/sec., up to 3 frames)
3.Long-period (max. 0.6 frames/sec., up to memory card size)
 
  Movie Recording Movie Recording: 640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec), 320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec) w/ Monaural sound. Zoom cannot be used during movie recording.  
  Self-timer Approx. 10 sec./2 sec.delay  
  Color Control Modes Standard, Chrome (Vivid), B&W  
  Start-up Speed Approx. 1.4 sec.  
  Shutter Lag Time 1/100 sec. (with AE/AF locked)  
  Other Features High Speed Shooting, Self-timer: approx 2/10 sec., World Time, Language menu interface, Exif Print, Tripod socket, FinePix Photo Mode (F-button)  
  Light Metering (Photometery) TTL 256-zones metering Multi, Spot, Average  
  Exposure Compensation –2 EV to +2 EV in 1/3 EV-step increments  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / ISO Range equivalent to 100/200/400/800/ 1600/3200  
  White balance Automatic, Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light), Custom  
  Viewfinder None  
  LCD monitor 2.5 in., Approx. 230,00 pixels, Coverage approx. 100%  
  LCD Anti-Glare Coating Yes, Anti-glare/Low reflection coating  
  LCD Low Light Viewability Gain-up Brightness Mode Auto, Manual  
  Storage Media Internal memory (approx. 10MB) /
xD-Picture Card (16MB - 1 GB)
 
  File formats Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.2), Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG), (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)  
  Recording Capacity with 256MB xD-Picture Card (not included) Still images    
 
6MP(F) 6MP(N) 3:2 3MP 2MP 0.3MP
85 169 169 325 409 1997

Movies
640x480 320x240
Approx. 3.7 min. Approx. 7.3 min.
 
  Playback Trimming, Image Rotate, Automatic Playback, Multi-Frame Playback, Sort by Date, Voice Memo  
  Image Management Modes Best Framing, Post shot Assist Window, Frame # Memory  
  Frame to Frame Intervals 1.5 sec  
  Audio Recording Mode Yes  
  Flash     
    Flash Mode Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro  
    Effective Range
  (ISO Auto)
2.0 - 21.3 ft (Wide), 2.0 - 11.5 ft (Tele), 1.0 ft - 2.6 ft (Macro)  
  Camera Terminals USB 2.0 high-speed , 5 volt power-input socket, Video-out (NTSC/PAL)  
  Printing Interface PictBridge, DPOF, and EXIF Print 2.2 Compatible  
  Power source Rechargeable NP-95 Li-ion Battery, AC Power Adapter AC-5VW (included), additional NP-95 Li-ion battery and AC-5VX AC Adapter available (optional)  
  Pictures / Battery Charge (CIPA Standard) Battery NP-95 (1800mAh): approx. 500 frames  
  Systems requirements

- Factory installed USB port

- IBM PC/AT compatible computer:
• CPU Pentium, 200MHz or higher
• Window®98, 98SE, 2000Pro., Me, XP HE/Pro.
• RAM of 256MB or more
• 450MB of free hard disk space
• CD-ROM drive

- Macintosh computer:
• CPU of Power PC
• Mac OS 10.2.8 to 10.3.9
• RAM of 256MB or more
• 400MB of free hard disk space
• CD-ROM drive

 
  Included Accessories • USB cable
• A/V cable
• Hand Strap
• NP-95 Li-ion Battery
• AC Power Adapter AC-5VW
• FinePix Viewer
• ImageMixer VCD2 LE for FinePix
• User Manual
 
  Optional Accessories AC Power Adapter AC-5VX
xD-Picture Card (256MB to 1GB)
Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1
Waterproof Housings
NP-95 Li-ion Battery
 
  Camera Dimensions (W x H x D) 92.7x56.7x27.8 mm /
3.6x2.2x1.1 in.
 
  Weight

Approx. 155 g / 5.5 oz. (not including accessories, battery & xD Card)

Approx. 195 g / 6.9 oz. (including battery& xD Card)

 
  MSRP US $399 / CDN $430 (ESP)  

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