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Fujifilm FinePix F30 Zoom

Fujifilm FinePix F30 ZoomPMA 2006: The Fujifilm FinePix F30 Zoom is announced today. ISO 3200, 6 megapixels, 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5 inch LCD.


Fujifilm UK Press Release

Fujifilm FinePix F30 Zoom: a low light landmark - Fujifilm’s revolutionary Fujifilm F30 compact works in the light conditions that other cameras hate

After almost a decade of obsession with pixel counts, Fujifilm is proud to announce the launch of the Fujifilm FinePix F30 Zoom, a camera which confirms a new stage in the evolution of digital camera technology.  Breaking away from the tired and irrelevant practice of pixel counting, the FinePix F30 Zoom is the world’s first digital compact camera to deliver ISO 3200 sensitivity at full resolution. Fujifilm has identified sensitivity as one of the major photographic benchmarks for the digital age, and this camera makes it possible to capture images of unrivalled quality, even in very dark conditions.

Building on the success of the award-winning FinePix F10 Zoom, the Fujifilm FinePix F30 Zoom pulls away from the pack with a sensitivity setting that is eight times as effective in low light as a conventional compact with ISO 400.  The product of many years of accumulated expertise in sensor technology, this is the closest that any digital compact camera has come to approximating the remarkable sensitivity of the human eye. In practical terms, it is a breakthrough in delivering crisp images, even at night-time, or with fast-moving subjects.

Beneath its sleek exterior, the FinePix F30 Zoom boasts powerful technology that puts simple ‘style’ compacts to shame, with newly developed sixth generation Super CCD and Fujifilm’s groundbreaking Real Photo Processor II.  Users are able to produce sharp images with minimal noise, no subject blurring and atmospheric lighting in dark conditions. While traditional film is no longer top of the agenda for some photographers, it is good to see that Fujifilm is maintaining the same forward-thinking attitude to its digital photographic quality.

The FinePix F30 Zoom showcases a new ‘intelligent flash’ system which uses the camera’s exceptional sensitivity to combine natural foreground illumination with balanced exposure in the background.  Avoiding both the messy background blur of ‘slow-sync’ flash, and the stark contrast of conventional flash, this will bring your after-hours photography to life.

Thanks to its 500-shot battery life, the FinePix F30 is an indispensable compact for when photographers are out and about, with enough power to make sure you never miss out on capturing the action. The camera also uses xD-Picture Cards ™ which provide large storage capacity, fast write speeds and lower power consumption, further enhancing speed and efficiency for users.

The camera’s 2.5-inch LCD screen is coated with Fujifilm’s proprietary CV film, minimizing glare and reflections for enhanced ease of viewing.  In addition, the FinePix F30 Zoom has 15 new scene positions from underwater, beach and snow, to sunset, party and fireworks.  These make it easier than ever for users to experiment with photography in a range of lighting conditions.

FinePix F30 Zoom features at a glance:

• Real Photo Processor and new Super CCD HR VI
• ISO 3200 sensitivity at full resolution
• 6.3 million pixels
• 3.0x optical zoom
• Long-life battery (up to 500 shots)
• VGA movie capture of 30 frames per second with sound
• PictBridge ™ compatible for direct printing without a PC
• Quick response times (0.01 second shutter lag and 1.4 second start-up)

Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm’s Director of Photo Products, said, “The FinePix F30 Zoom is quite simply a landmark digital camera. In the past, compacts could only really achieve good image quality in ideal light conditions – however the F30 Zoom is in its element in all light conditions.  On top of that, our Real Photo Technology gives the camera the image quality that people associate with Fujifilm, as well as brisk performance, all wrapped in a design that is possibly our best yet.”

Availability & pricing
The FinePix F30 Zoom will be available from UK retailers in May 2006.  Pricing and stockists will be announced nearer to the date of retail launch.*

For information about Fujifilm and its products, please visit: http://www.fujifilm.co.uk or call 0870 084 1310.

About Fujifilm
Fujifilm is a global leader in imaging technology, products and services including digital cameras, photofinishing, digital storage and recording media, consumer and professional film, motion picture film, professional video, printing systems, medical imaging, office technology, flat panel displays and graphic arts. The company employs more than 70,000 people worldwide, with 178 subsidiaries stretching across four continents.

Uniquely placed to be a market leader in digital imaging, Fujifilm develops and manufactures its own sensors, lenses and processing technology.  In addition to its production plants and R&D operations in Japan, the company has key manufacturing facilities in Europe and the USA for core products such as colour film, colour paper, single use cameras and CTP printing plates, and has further factories in Brazil and China. It has a global turnover in excess of £13 billion.

In the UK, Fujifilm has been supplying the imaging, printing and graphics industries, as well as consumers, professional and enthusiast photographers, with high quality, innovative products and services for over 25 years.  Fujifilm UK currently employs more than 450 people and has become one of the country’s most popular photographic and imaging brands.

Fujifilm FinePix F30 Zoom Specifications and features

Number of effective pixels 6.3 million pixels
CCD sensor 1 / 1.7 inch Super CCD HR
Number of recorded pixels Still image : 2,848×2,136( 6.1million ) / 3,024 X 2,016 ( 3:2 format ) / 2,048 X 1,536 / 1,600 × 1,200 /640 X 480 pixels
File formats Still image :  JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2 ),  Movie : AVI (Motion JPEG ),  (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Storage media Internal memory (approx. 10MB), and xD-Picture Card™ (capacities currently up to 1GB – available to buy separately)
Number of images / recording time Please refer to below chart
Lens Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens with 2 aspherical elements, F2.8 – F8 in 1/3 EV increments
Lens focal length Equivalent to 36 - 108mm on a 35mm camera
Focus Auto focus with Macro
Focus distance Normal:  Approx. 60cm to infinity
Macro:  Approx. 5cm (at wide angle)
Shutter speed 15 sec to 1/2,000 sec. (exposure mode dependant)
Aperture F2.8 to F8
Sensitivity Auto / equivalent to ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200
Start-up time Approx 1.4 sec
Shutter lag 1/100 sec (with AE/AF locked)
Exposure control Programmed AE (AUTO/SP), Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE
Exposure metering TTL 256 zones metering
White balance Automatic, Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light)
LCD monitor 2.5”  with Anti-glare/Low reflection CV film (FUJIFILM Original)
Approx.  230,0000 pixels
Flash Auto, Intelligent flash mode, Red-eye reduction, Forced flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow synchro, Red-eye reduction + Slow synchro
Self-timer Approx. 2 / 10 sec.
Video out NTSC / PAL selectable
Printing PictBridge, DPOF and Exif Print 2.2 compatible
Digital input/output USB 2.0 High-speed
Video output NTSC/PAL selectable
Power source Rechargeable NP-95 Li-ion Battery, AC Power Adapter AC-5VC(included), additional NP-95 Li-ion battery and AC-5VX AC Adapter available (optional)
Pictures/batt charge Battery NP-95(1800mAh):  approx. 500 frames
Dimensions 92.7mmW x 56.7mmH x 27.8mmD / 3.6"W x 2.2"H x 1.1"D
Weight approx. 155g / 5.5 oz (not including accessories)
Camera Functions
Digital zoom 6.2x
Shooting modes Auto, 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 (min. 1.5 sec.intervals at 6M(N) 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.
Playback Trimming, Image Rotate, Automatic Playback, Multi-Frame Playback, Sort by Date, Voice Memo
Accessories included • NP-95 Li-ion battery
• AC Power adapter AC-5VC
• Hand strap
• A/V cable
• USB cable
• Owner’s manual
• CD-ROM
FinePix Viewer +  ImageMixer VCD2 for FinePix
?FinePix Viewer

Optional accessories
• xD-Picture Card™: 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB, 1GB capacities currently available
• AC-5VX power adaptor
• Battery charger BC-65S (BC65 cannot be used)
• NP-95 Li-ion battery
• PC card adaptor (DPC-AD)
• CompactFlash™ Card Adaptor (DPC-CF)
• DCR2-161 multi-format card reader/USB 2.0 hub
• DCR2-xD memory card reader for xD-Picture Card™
• World Adaptor
• Waterproof case WP-FXF30
• Soft case SC-FXF30

Number of images / recording time on xD-Picture Card™ :
Mode Still image
Image quality mode displayed 6M(Fine) 6M(Normal) 6M(3:2)
3M 2M 0.3M

16MB 5 10 10 19 25 122
32MB 10 20 20 40 50 247
64MB 21 42 42 81 101 497
128MB 42 84 84 162 204 997
256MB 85 169 169 325 409 1997
512MB 170 339 339 651 818 3993
1GB (M1GB) 341 680 680 1305 1639 7995
Mode / Quality Movie
640 x 480 320 x 240
Frame rate (fps) 30 30
16MB Approx. 13 sec. Approx. 26 sec.
32MB Approx. 27 sec. Approx. 54 sec.
64MB Approx. 55 sec. Approx. 109 sec.
128MB Approx. 111 sec. Approx. 219 sec.
256MB Approx. 223 sec Approx. 7.3min.
512MB Approx.  7.4min. Approx. 14.6min.
1GB (M1GB) Approx. 14.9min. Approx. 29.3min.

© 2006, Fuji Photo Film (UK) Ltd.  Specifications are subject to change.

Fujifilm FinePix F30 Zoom

Fujifilm FinePix F30 Zoom

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Reader Comments

  1. Well done Fuji. The actual result remain to be seen, but they're definitely pushing in the right direction!

    Jon Read at 09:58am on Tuesday, February 14, 2006

  2. Ditto, Jon. I have always said that 5 megapixels on a 1/1.8" CCD was
    the perfect balance of high resolution and low noise. Now I say that 6
    megapixels on a 1/1.7" CCD is even better. Add to that a 2.5" LCD at
    230,000 pixels resolution, a maximum ISO 3200, an underwater scene
    mode with optional underwater housing, manual controls, VGA movies
    at 30 fps, 500 shots per battery charge, and quick response times, and
    you have everything you could possibly ask for in an ultra-compact.

    Well actually, I could have asked for a 28mm lens with greater than 3x
    zoom, and maybe a 16:9 aspect ratio, but then I do not want to push it.
    So maybe this is not the year for a high zoom, low noise, ultra-compact.

    I can't wait to see Mark's review. I want one (for my wife). :)

    GARY POGODA at 01:10pm on Tuesday, February 14, 2006

  3. What does this mean for the S9000/S9500?

    Will they be upgraded to the F-30's sensor?

    Is the F30 sensor the same as the S9000?

    I am really confused.

    Happy with my S9000, Nicholas

    Nicholas at 01:18pm on Tuesday, February 14, 2006

  4. The S9000 was a 5th generation Super CCD HR while the F30 is a
    6th generation. The S9000 also has smaller pixels at 9 megapixels
    on a 1/1.6" CCD, hence no ISO 3200, but the S9000 is not a noisy
    camera by any standards.

    Fuji has stated its intention to bow out of the megapixel wars (thank
    you Fuji), so I imagine a lower megapixel, high zoom, all-in-one like
    the S9000 is in the works.

    GARY POGODA at 01:45pm on Tuesday, February 14, 2006

  5. Gary, please, in words I can understand, tell me why the pixel count in the 3x2 and 4x3 format remain basically the same with this, and the F10/F11, is the sensor physically larger than both of these ratios, allowing a cropping to maintain equal counts? Duh!

    nick in japan at 02:09pm on Tuesday, February 14, 2006

  6. It appears to have a 6.46 million pixel sensor

    nick in japan at 02:15pm on Tuesday, February 14, 2006

  7. Nick, that would be an excellent question for Gary's Parries.

    http://tinyurl.com/8bndw

    But I think you already know the answer. :)

    GARY POGODA at 02:26pm on Tuesday, February 14, 2006

  8. I do not see any mention of AF assist. You would think that a camera
    designed for low-light situations would have to have it.

    GARY POGODA at 04:52pm on Tuesday, February 14, 2006

  9. IMHO Gary, your endorsement of this un-reviewed camera is exactly what will keep the clones right on coming. Stick to your guns son and refuse the less than wide lenses and lack of IS. F8 at 108mm is gonna need all those extra ASA steps Fuji is bragging about as "full resolution"! What exactly does that double talk mean anyway?
    Your opinions carry alot of weight, I'm sure, with all the manufacturers due to your vast amount of credentials, but, without a strong stance on exactly what an ideal 1" thick camera really should have, progress to pro quality will not become reality. Isn't that what we are all looking foward to? I respectfully think it wont be done with the current CCD sensor sizes.
    Amazing that not even ONE camera falls into a pro level! All we need is ONE, just ONE!!

    nick in japan at 02:35pm on Sunday, February 19, 2006

  10. Nick, you are absolutely right about the 28 mm. It's just that I was so
    thankful to finally see an ultra-compact with such high ISOs, and with
    potentially low noise.

    GARY POGODA at 07:14pm on Sunday, February 19, 2006

  11. Gary, I think you should offer free consulting services to any manufacturer
    who's willing to listen.

    How hard can it be, really, to incorporate
    the extra zoom and 28mm into this model?
    The way the lens sticks out, it should at least be 5 or 6x for 36mm.

    Add folded optics, and that model should be at least 7x like the Ricoh R3.

    Call it the Fuji Pogoda ;)

    Mario at 02:55pm on Monday, March 06, 2006

  12. Mario, I honestly believe, if Fuji coulda, they woulda.

    One of the reasons Fuji was able to achieve such high ISOs with the
    F30 was because of their proprietary CCD technology; however, the
    other was because it uses the largest CCD of any consumer digicam
    currently on the market. Its 1/1.7" CCD is much larger than the usual
    1/2.5" CCDs used in high-zoom ultra-compacts.

    I agree that a folded-optics lens would help but that technology is not
    without disadvantages, as well. Even so, the only high-zoom camera
    which uses folded optics is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1, but it has
    a 1/2.5" CCD, and is still not very ultra-compact, nor wide angle.

    The Fuji Pogoda ... it has a nice ring to it. The Pogoda Fuji ...

    GARY POGODA at 05:20pm on Monday, March 06, 2006

  13. Gary, isnt the Panosonic sensor the biggest?

    nick in japan at 02:02am on Tuesday, March 07, 2006

  14. LX-1, that is!

    nick in japan at 02:06am on Tuesday, March 07, 2006

  15. It's difficult to say since I do not know the actual dimensions of either,
    but my guess is that the LX1's CCD is wider, and that the F30's CCD
    is taller, so their areas might be pretty close; however, since the F30
    crams 6 megapixels into that area versus 8 megapixels for the LX1, I
    would guess that the F30's pixels are larger.

    GARY POGODA at 07:27am on Tuesday, March 07, 2006

  16. How 'bout "Godafuji" ? I was talking about sensor area, not pixel area, which are various designs. With physical size progressing upwards from the older versions in 1/2.7 to 1/2.5 to 1/1.8 to 1/1.7 to 1/1.65 to 2/3rds to 4/3rds to APS variations.I think!

    nick in japan at 08:32am on Tuesday, March 07, 2006

  17. The relationship of a sensor's area to its "size" label is complicated by
    the differences in aspect ratios, with a 1/1.8" CCD having a 4:3 aspect
    ratio, the LX1's 1/1.65" CCD having a 16:9 aspect ratio, and the F30's
    1/1.7" CCD having (what calculates to be) a 7:5 aspect ratio.

    Granted, a 4:3 1/1.65" CCD has more area than a 4:3 1/1.7" CCD but
    not necessarily more area than a 7:5 1/1.7" CCD. For that conclusion,
    we would need to know the actual dimensions of the two CCDs.

    GARY POGODA at 09:28am on Tuesday, March 07, 2006

  18. Thanks! Back to your statement in # 12, could be taken by some as a definite advantage to buying the Fuji; gotta remember that there are thousands of folks that rushed out to buy the Fuju because of it's " largest CCD of any consumer digicam on the market"

    nick in japan at 09:48am on Tuesday, March 07, 2006

  19. I still stand by that statement, but I will amend it to say that the size
    differences are not very significant in the 1/1.65" to 1/1.8" range, as
    the numbers themselves would indicate.

    GARY POGODA at 10:03am on Tuesday, March 07, 2006

  20. Thanks!!!

    nick in japan at 10:33pm on Tuesday, March 07, 2006

  21. I want one now! PLEASE!

    jin at 07:56am on Monday, March 13, 2006

  22. I know the feeling, Jin, but I'd suggest at least waiting for a review, or
    two.

    GARY POGODA at 11:36am on Monday, March 13, 2006

  23. I gave up on all of them. Bought a relatively cheap Taiwanese DigiLife DDC-580 here in Jakarta for $200. CCD is Panasonic 5mp "enhanced" to 8mp, whatever that means, good 2,5" LCD good menus and fairly comprehensive settings. Focus assist lamp. In camera sharpening saturation and contrast settings 3 steps for each. ISO 100, 200 & 400. Only real problem is a fairly weak flash.
    Have already shot around 500 photos over the last 5 days and results are not bad, getting better as I am learning the limitations of the camera.
    One thing that amazed me is the video quality, even in low light. 30fps 640x480 or 320x240.
    Battery life is also great. I have never had a flat battery yet while out shooting with two 256Mb SD cards to use and constantly viewing the images. probably around 200 or so photos on one charge.

    I have shot at 5mp, 6mp & 8mp and the 8mp setting seems fine even thought the CCD is enhanced. I don;t know if that means processing or physically but I suspect it has been physicaly upgraded because the results are just as sharp and detailed at full res viewing as the 5mp images.

    Would have bought an F10 or F11 but they are $350 and with the F30 coming out I am not willing to spend that.
    Funniest thing was I found 2 shops who still had F10's and they wanted more than the best price I had for an F11, go figure. That's a real problem here, old models still usually sell for their full original retail price.
    This one will do for now. Wait for the reviews and then get an F11 or F30 depending on the reports.

    Paul at 01:28pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2006

  24. Forgot to mention that it is about the same dimensions as a Panasonic FX9 and actually looks very similar too.
    This was one real selling point with me as, for that price, I had not seen any camera anywhere near so small.

    Paul at 01:32pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2006

  25. Paul, that DDC-580 could very well be a Panasonic, marketing has targeted consumers in many strange ways, name changes and small cosmetic adjustments abound. Lottsa energy goes into sales predictions and just exactly what they think the comsumer will be attracted by. A while back, I was interested a Samsung camera, only to find out that the store I deal with, a semi-large chain, doesn't even handle that line, guess they projected low sales.
    It wouldn't suprise me if most cameras are all made in Taiwan! When I bought a Leica, a few years back, I was suprised to find the "Made in Japan" stamped in the bottom, a Panasonic product, probably assembled in Taiwan!
    About size, my wife's Pentax S6 is about as small as reasonably practical, a bit less than an inch in thickness is just about right for a pocket camera, less, would maybe be too thin to be structurally sound with all the stuff they gotta squeeze inside!

    nick in japan at 10:30pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2006

  26. I bought my parents the F10 a little while ago (just days as it turns out before the F11 hit shelves). They LOVE it. So simple my Mom, who is not a technophobe but verging on it, picks it up all the time. Very very nice photos.

    Now I see the F30 and I want it. My Panasonic gave up the ghost a couple of months ago. Why do I need to wait till June? ;-).

    Lukasz at 09:29pm on Sunday, March 26, 2006

  27. Not convinced the F30 will be a huge improvement. Just because it's got a 3200ASA button doesn't mean it's a stop better than the F10/11, which has the same sensor (and I still prefer the look of), after all. Unless you believe that Spinal Tap's amplifiers really went up to 11...

    James at 04:43pm on Tuesday, April 25, 2006

  28. James, the F30 gets higher ISOs than the F10/F11 because it uses
    Fuji's newly developed "sixth" generation SuperCCD.

    And you know what they say. The sixth generation is the charm. :)

    P.S. I think Spinal Tap's amplifiers went up to 20 !!!

    GARY POGODA at 05:11pm on Tuesday, April 25, 2006

  29. Thanks Gary. My mistake - I read somewhere (IIRC!) that it was in the processing. I'll be very impressed if it's usefully faster than the F10. I'm still mulling over the F10, as I prefer the spec of the Canon A620, but it's the pictures that count, and the Fuji looks very impressive, as well as being a bit more portable.

    The best camera in the world isn't much use if it's still on the hall table...

    James at 05:24pm on Tuesday, April 25, 2006

  30. Now you've got me thinking :)
    It's Fuji's F30 or Casio's Z1000.

    F30
    Plus:
    Low-light capable
    Picture Stabilization
    Sensitivity/Real Photo Technology
    i-Flash
    6.3 MP
    1/1.7-inch Super CCD HR
    3.0x Optical Zoom

    Minus:
    No wide angle option...Grrr!

    Like The Rolling Stones sang, "you can't always get what you want"...

    Damien at 10:28pm on Monday, May 01, 2006

  31. "It's Fuji's F30 or Casio's Z1000"

    No contest, I suspect, if sensitivity is important.

    Despite the alleged 'high sensitivity' mode on the Casio, this is likely to be the same as that on the Z850, which just means more aggressive noise reduction, described by DP review as "noisier than many of its competitors, and the noise reduction makes it look like you've run one of those horrible artistic filters in Photoshop". And that was at 400ASA!

    More here:
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/casioz850

    The Z1000 is squeezing 10Mpx into the same size sensor, so noise is likely to be more, rather than less, of a problem...

    I've nothing against Casio, BTW - I think they're often underrated, possibly because they aren't always thought of as a 'proper' camera company.

    It's just that Fuji seems to have everyone beaten in this department.

    James at 09:06am on Tuesday, May 02, 2006

  32. Yes, the noise reduction does concern me.
    Ideally I'd like to see a side by side comparison of Casio's Z1000, Fuji's F30 and Kodak's V610.

    Gary, what say you on all this?
    Should I wait for further in-depth reviews?
    And, which camera(s) have wide angle?

    Damien at 06:41pm on Tuesday, May 02, 2006

  33. Yes, I would definitely wait for reviews on the Z1000.

    GARY POGODA at 07:03pm on Tuesday, May 02, 2006

  34. "And, which camera(s) have wide angle?"

    AFAIK, the Z1000 uses the same lens as the Z850, which is 38-114mm, so not very wide angle at all, and slightly less wide than the F10/11/30, which is 35-105mm.

    I'd like more wide-angle too, which sends me back in the direction of the Canon A610/620, as that has conversion lenses - not to mention a proper viewfinder, a swivel LCD, AA batteries, manual focussing, etc..!

    I wish someone made a simple digicam with just a fixed wide-angle lens, say 24mm!

    James at 07:46pm on Tuesday, May 02, 2006

  35. Your prayers are answered, Kodak V570.
    38mm is hyped as wide, it isn't! It will leave you wishing always for more, 28mm is the ideal lens, dont settle for less!

    nick in japan at 08:08am on Wednesday, May 03, 2006

  36. Thanks - I did know about the V570, but it's a bit complex and expensive for me (although I did briefly consider a Sony R1!).

    I've also not been too impressed with the picture quality (from what I've seen on the web) although full marks to Kodak for attempting it at all.

    I'd just like a simple fixed 24mm camera for interior shots and large groups. Landscapes I can stitch... :)

    James at 09:31am on Wednesday, May 03, 2006

  37. F30 Picture Stabilization
    This is not a stabilization system at all. I have contacted Fuji in France and asked them to remove that wording... I will ask Consumers Associations to support my request if they don't comply as they could be sued for using misleading information.

    Olivier_G at 01:05pm on Wednesday, May 03, 2006

  38. "I would definitely wait for reviews on the Z1000"

    I'm willing to bet that it performs no better than the Z750. I notice (in dpreview) that the Z750 has the Z850 beaten in most departments, especially noise.

    The F10/11 is better than both, of course, but lacks a few other useful features. The Casios are amazingly well specified, and nicely built, as you might expect from a watchmaker...

    James at 07:47pm on Sunday, May 07, 2006

  39. It makes sense that the Z750, with its 7 megapixels on a 1/1.8" CCD,
    would be less noisy than an 8 megapixel Z850, and less noisy than a
    10 megapixel Z1000, since they also have 1/1.8" CCDs; however, the
    Z1000's 'Anti-Shake' might give it an advantage for low-light shooting.

    GARY POGODA at 09:52pm on Sunday, May 07, 2006

  40. I suspect that Casio's 'anti-shake' will be like what it already has on the Z850 (and what Fuji calls 'anti-blur'), namely a method of biasing the ISO setting so that the camera uses a faster shutter speed.

    All just glossy brochure-speak really, designed to confuse. The term 'DSP' also gets thrown into the mix, even though you can't make a digicam without some sort of signal processing!

    It's a shame, as all these cameras can stand on their own merits, but I suppose the marketing suits have to justify their existence...

    James at 08:48am on Monday, May 08, 2006

  41. It was my understanding that Anti-Shake DSP is much more than just
    using a faster shutter speed, that it is the digital equivalent of physical
    image stabilization. Have you seen anything to suggest otherwise?

    GARY POGODA at 02:18pm on Monday, May 08, 2006

  42. I may have over-simplified, but I think the end result is the same. Dpreview say (of the Z850): " The 'Anti Shake' system doesn't seem to make a huge difference - it works by cropping the image slightly and digitally analyzing each frame to work out the camera motion. Well that's the theory, though in practice it is no match for a 'real' optical (or CCD shift) image stabilizer."

    I think really I'd rather have neither (jogging a lens or the CCD sounds like a recipe for ultimate failure to me) and rely on more sensitivity, which is why I'm so tempted by the F-series. Wish they had a viewfinder and didn't use xD cards, though!

    James at 07:22pm on Monday, May 08, 2006

  43. This camera looks like a winner to me, especially if it is an improvement over the F10. I guess it will have an underwater housing as well since there is an underwater scene mode. I looked at Fuji's UK website and they have an underwater strobe kit available. I cant find this for the US, does anyone know how to get one here in the US. I don't think it has even been released. Since I like taking pictures while I dive, this camera looks like a good option with the high ISO that has low noise. I am thinking of getting this when it comes out in the US, amazon.com says a release date of June 15.

    Anyone have info on the strobe kit for the US then? For 160 pounds in the UK its not a bad deal at all, I assume it will be priced around 250 US dollars if it ever comes out here in the US, which is a very good price for a strobe alone let alone the whole kit with the bending arms, etc... I guess the strobe wont be the best out there, but I am sure it will emit pretty good light. Cant seem to find any specs on it (which would be nice), does anyone know how these compare to actual strobe manufacturers such as Ikelite, etc. and will it be released in the US or do I have to get one from the UK?
    Thanks in advance, my email is also .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) in case anyone has info on this matter.

    Sinan Tarlan at 10:20pm on Wednesday, May 17, 2006

  44. FWIW, I reluctantly gave up on the F10/11 and bought a Casio Z750. This doesn't have the low-light ability, but is still usable at 400ASA (and the resultant noise responds well to Neat Image) and it has a VIEWFINDER, which is essential for tracking fast-moving objects such as cars, bikes and aeroplanes. It is also genuinely pocketable (you get better pictures when you've got the camera with you), very fast, and uses MPEG-4 compression for videos, which take up a quarter of the space. That space is also on SD cards, which I already have.

    The F10/11/30 are very desirable, but until Fuji incorporates a viewfinder and gives up the xD card habit, I shall carry on shopping elsewhere, I'm afraid...

    James at 10:34am on Monday, May 22, 2006

  45. If the F30 lives up to the low-noise hype, it'll be the one for my wife. I am also disappointed in the xD fixation - in a camera this thick, you'd think there would be room for at least SD, if not CF (I know, it's not about the technical merits).

    As for the [lack of] viewfinder, in the last three years I've had a digicam, I've never used the viewfinder, and can't imagine why I'd want to.

    I'm amazed at how may different cameras there are, and how few of them manage to put a compelling package together. It does appear that you can put a long zoom with a 28mm short end in a 1" thick camera (Caplio R4, 7x), include physical image stabilization, offer a low noise reasonable sized CCD (1/1.7), a large,high resolution preview CCD, and full-rate SD video, and some way to automatically keep the front element from stading naked to the elements.

    That last one is a big beef with me. Why, or perhaps, how do you make a _P&S_ camera with fantastic optics, and then not offer a shutter or - at the least - a filter ring for a sacrificial UV filter (panasonic, I'm taking to you).

    Really, what it comes down to for me is keeping the noise out of my photos in a simple to use camera, and this looks like one of the few options in the compact market. I may never use the 3200 speed, but if it means that I can get useful images at 100 (and perhaps 200), that will keep me happy.

    Overzeetop at 11:00pm on Tuesday, May 30, 2006

  46. i eagerly await the arrival of the f30. i had the opportunity to acquire and test one of the f30's predecessors, the f11, earlier this year. the low noise/high iso capability is truly amazing for the size and price of the camera body. the battery life far exceeded the capacity of my 512mb memory card. and as far as xd cards, while i prefer more commonly used and available formats such as sd cards (who doesn't), it performed no worse. unfortunately for myself, my father decided on keeping the camera as soon as he tried it, using it as a smaller substitute for his nikon d50. if you're interested in seeing some of test images (resized with a tad of usm), they should still be viewable at http://gallery.leica-users.org/f11evaluation.

    Dave at 02:55pm on Tuesday, June 20, 2006

  47. Does the F30 have a socket to synchronise external studio flash?

    Michael Shaw at 11:05am on Wednesday, December 20, 2006

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