Fujifilm FinePix Z70 Review

4.0
May 28, 2010 | Mark Goldstein |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 12 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5.75Mb.

The Fujifilm FinePix Z70 produced images of average quality during the review period. This camera handled noise quite well, not becoming obvious until ISO 400 and then becoming progressively worse at the faster settings of ISO 800 and 1600. Chromatic aberrations were fairly well controlled, with purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The 12 megapixel images were sharp enough out of the camera at the default sharpen setting and don't require much further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop. Macro performance is below average, only allowing you to focus as close as 9cms away from the subject when the lens is set to wide-angle. Barrel distortion is clearly evident at the 36mm focal length, and the built-in flash is rather under-powered, although at least there was no sign of red-eye. The maximum shutter speed of 4 seconds is disappointing, as it doesn't allow the camera to capture enough light for many after-dark situations.

Noise

There are 5 ISO settings available on the Fujifilm FinePix Z70. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting:

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

 
 

Focal Range

The Fujifilm FinePix Z70's 5x zoom lens provides a focal length of 36-180mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

36mm

180mm

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are sharp enough at the default setting and don't really benefit from further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

File Quality

The Fujifilm FinePix Z70 has 2 different image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

12M Fine (5.64Mb) (100% Crop) 12M Normal (4.00Mb) (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

The Fujifilm FinePix Z70 handled chromatic aberrations fairly well during the review. Some purple fringing was present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Example 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Fujifilm FinePix Z70 offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 9cms away from the camera. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject in Macro mode (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro Shot

100% Crop

Flash

The flash settings on the Fujifilm FinePix Z70 are Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (36mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (36mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (180mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (180mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. Neither the Auto or Red-eye Reduction mode caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red Eye Reduction

Red Eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

The Fujifilm FinePix Z70's maximum shutter speed is 4 seconds, which is not great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 4 seconds at ISO 200.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

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