Fujifilm FinePix Z90 Review

4.0
June 20, 2011 | Matt Grayson |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 14 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 3.5Mb.

Noise

Considering that the Z90 is an entry level model, Fujifilm have made sure that the low ISO performance is very good. There's no problem with coloured noise or indeed salt and pepper noise in any parts of pictures taken at ISO 100 and a satisfactory result comes from all pictures up to and including ISO 400. Sure, a little bit of noise starts to creep in at this stage but it's tolerable. It starts to get really noticeable at ISO 800 with green blobs covering dark and mid-tone areas. By ISO 1600, the problem has exacerbated and edge definition is starting to falter. However, comparing ISO 1600 results to ISO 3200, there's a big difference so hats off to the noise reduction software. Black and shadow areas of pictures are bright purple at the top setting with green invading mid-tones and only the bleached whites escape it.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

Focal Range

The Fujifilm FinePix Z90's 5x zoom lens provides a focal length of 28-140mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

28mm

140mm

Sharpening

The processor and focus system work very well and pictures that are produced from the Fujifilm FinePix Z90 are nice and sharp but they definitely get a little boost using an editing suite such as Adobe Photoshop.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

Chromatic aberration (CA) does have a tendency to show itself in high contrast areas, usually when white is on a dark colour as opposed to the other way around.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Fujifilm FinePix Z90 has a macro facility with a close focusing of approximately 9cm. Centre sharpness is excellent while out towards the edges the image starts to become more blurry. On our sample picture of the memory card there appears to be a little pincushion on the vertical and bottom edges of the card.

Macro Shot

100% Crop

Flash

There are 4 flash modes on the camera and they're accessed via the direct button on the screen to the left. Light spread is weighted towards the centre of the frame with some vague vignetting at the corners, even more so in the top right and bottom left. The darkness dissipates as the lens zooms in to its full telephoto range but it's still present to a degree.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (28mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (28mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (140mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (140mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

The camera does have a tendency to give red-eye if the red-eye reduction is switched off and flash is enabled. However, we found that the red-eye reduction feature on the Fujifilm FinePix Z90 works very well and eliminated all of it in the picture.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red Eye Reduction

Red Eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

The night scene on the Fujifilm uses a slow exposure to get as much information as possible from a dark scene. However, even late at night we found that the camera used a higher ISO rating and a shutter speed of around 1.5 seconds. The white-balance doesn't cope very well either and in our test the pictures came out a bit too warm.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

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3 inch LCD, compact, 720p, beginner, 5x zoom, 14 megapixel, touch-screen, touch screen, touchscreen, fujifilm z90, Fujifilm FinePix Z90 Review

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