Summary: I've had good luck in the past with Fuji F20 and F45 cameras. The F100fd looked to me like an F45 with more zoom and image stabilization; an attractive package. The camera is just that. It takes dependably good pictures in Auto and Manual modes. Check the Dpreview Fuji forum for good manual settings. The lens is very sharp. I've only noted three negatives, none of which qualify as a big deal.
Summary: I have a Nikon SLR, but like many dragging a big camera around can be a pain! I own an older Canon Elph SD-450 which actually takes rather GOOD pictures..except in low light and well..it's just too old now. I was trying to update my Canon with the newer technology out there..Face detect,image stabilization,better movie mode.
Summary: I assume anyone who's reading this review already has looked at the specs, so I won't regurgitate them. I did a lot of research and finally settled on a top 3 list of point-and-shoot cameras in August 2008, which were the Fujifilm F100fd, Canon SD770-IS, and the Panasonic TZ5. My main criteria were: 1. Picture quality 2. Low-light performance 3. Speed (boot up, focus speed, etc.) This is how the F100fd stacked up against the other two.
Summary: I think overall this is one of the better compact digital cameras (that is pocketable) in its class. Other cameras that I would consider in this class are: Panasonic TZ5 and Canon SD870IS. OK, first of all, the issue of pink banding. Out of 200+ test images that I made, I noticed 2 of them have minor pink banding, and these are shot at ISO1600. I am guessing some batches of F100fd do exhibit this problem worse than others.
Summary: I tested the F100fd I received through Amazon for the pink banding problem described by the previous reviewer, and it does not appear to have that problem. Also, I compared shots with this camera in moderate daylight to my Canon SD950 (both are 12MP and similar in size). I shot the same scenes at ISO100 (ISO80 on the Canon) and at ISO400. In terms of noise levels, the results were practically identical.
Summary: Let me say right off the bat that I'm an owner of a previous F-series camera, the F31fd. I love that camera but I wanted the image stabilization and the wider wide-angle, which the F31 doesn't have. When I first opened the box and tried out a few dozen shots, I was disappointed. Using the F100 as I had used the F31, I thought the results weren't as good. I wasn't used to the new controls, I missed the Manual-Aperture-Shutter- priority and the top-mounted Mode dial.
Summary: I bought this camera back in May, and it's been everywhere with me since (glaciers, mountains, beaches, lots of bad weather...) with no problems whatsoever. Three reasons why it's not 5 stars: it can't handle straight lines, the software that comes with it annoys me slightly (personal preference I think), and I can't get the camera strap through the camera strap hole... but other than those things it's fantastic - and I'm using it well within its capabilities.
good camera but dissapointed with the image stabilization feature
Elizabeth Roberts, Amazon
12 July 2009
Summary: good camera overall. great image quality outdoors, indoors still good but not as great as outside. however the image stabilization feature just hasn't came on and/or doesn't work its very frustrating as i was looking forward to this feature.