Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR Review
Fujifilm have concentrated on delivering great value for money with their recent compact cameras, and the new FinePix Z1000EXR is no exception. Less than £200 / $275 for a stylish yet advanced point and shoot with wi-fi connectivity and excellent image quality makes the Z1000EXR a real bargain, especially as street prices will inevitably be lower. We'd have liked to have seen Fujifilm go further with the wireless options, and there are a few design flaws such as the smooth exterior, tiny handgrip and flimsy battery compartment cover, but we're really nitpicking here.
The Z1000EXR is principally targeted at the younger, more fashion-conscious crowd who want to take and share pictures quickly and easily, and for the most part it will satisfy their needs. Being able to transfer your photos onto a smartphone, where they can be edited and shared in many different way, means that you no longer have to rely on a computer, although being able to upload them straight to any wi-fi network would have been the real icing on the cake.
We feel that the FinePix Z1000EXR would also suit a a keen amateur that simply wants a camera for fitting into a bag or pocket but doesn't want to compromise on image quality, as it delivers a lot more than its shiny exterior might at first suggest. The pictures we produced were very good with realistic colours and minimal noise. The zoom is only modest but using the camera, we never felt that it was lacking. The rest of the camera is built to a high standard and the only areas we didn't approve of were the battery that can be put in the compartment either way and the thin and award plastic cover that protects it.
In summary the Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR manages the tricky task of marrying style and substance, with the new wi-fi options making it the perfect partner to your smartphone. Given the affordable price-teg, there's little to quiblle about , earning the Z1000EXR our coveted Highly Recommended award.
|Ratings (out of 5)|
|Value for money||4.5|