Conclusion: Fujifilm FinePix F30 digital compact camera Fujifilm surprised both friend and foe when they first launched a digital compact camera with a sensitivity range up to ISO 1600. It has now gone even further with the Fujifilm FinePix F30 camera.
6.3 megapixel digital camera with ISO range up to 3200
Consumer Electronics Net
27 November 2006
Excerpt: The Fujifilm FinePix F30 is a 6.3 megapixel compact digital camera that sports a 3X optical zoom lens and uses the company's second generation Real Photo technology to offer ISO range of up to 3200 at its full 6.3 megapixel resolution.
Summary: The Fujifilm FinePix F30 may have been available since early 2006, but still easily competes with the very latest compact digital cameras. It’s tough, handles well, offers a fair degree of creative control, delivers decent all-round image quality and performs impeccably under low light.
Pros: Good results at high ISO: 800 & 1600 are usable, Great battery life, Natural results with flash, Good build quality and quick handling
Cons: Not the slimmest compact around, Aperture and Shutter priority share dial position, On-screen tonal range sometimes limited, 3200 ISO pushes too far, but 1600 still good
Excerpt: As denizens of DigitalTrends.com know, we liked the Fujifilm FinePix F10 reviewed a little over a year ago. That 6.3MP camera has gone to digicam Valhalla—in other words, it has sold out. In its stead, Fujifilm released the FinePix F30 with several new tweaks.
Pros: Spot on outdoor photos, Handles noise well at lower levels, Excellent battery life, Good shot-to-shot times
Cons: Fairly pokey in continuous shooting mode, Way too much noise at high ISOs (1600, 3200), More powerful zoom would’ve been nice, Uses more expensive xD Picture cards
Summary: The F30’s appeal is as a pocket point-and-shooter for keen photographers – people who appreciate the value of good high ISO performance. Its qualities could be lost on the less tech-savvy buyer though, for whom a little more visual pizzazz wouldn’t have gone amiss.
Pros: Good, sharp, well-exposed results up to ISO 1600 and passable ISO 3200 (full resolution), fast, good hi-res screen, long battery life, robust metal body.
Cons: Slightly boring styling; unremarkable lens range (a 28mm wideangle would have been useful), no viewfinder, misleading ‘manual’ position.
Conclusion: The FinePix F30 offers a tantalizing glimpse of how very different compact cameras would be if all manufacturers put as much effort into developing sensor and processing technology as they do into designing and marketing pretty cameras with features no one ever asked for.
Pros: Excellent resolution, Class-leading high ISO performance; superb results up to ISO 400, Surprisingly good ISO 800 performance, Very low shutter lag, Class-leading battery life, Clean, sharp results, Superb build and handling, Good flash performance, Decent movie mode, Fast, reliable focus, AF ill...
Cons: High contrast tone curve loses highlight & shadow detail - cannot be changed in-camera, Exposure inconsistencies (generally overexposure) using default settings, Purple fringing, 3-shot limit in continuous mode, Screen can be hard to see in very bright light, Limited manual controls, Auto mode de...
Summary: The Fujifilm FinePix F30 Zoom has raised
the bar previously set by the award-winning FinePix
F10 (and F11). Fujifilm's new 6th Generation
SuperCCD HR image sensor, 2nd Generation Real
Photo Technology processing and quality Fujinon
lens work together in the Fujifilm F30 to produce
Summary: The 6.3 MegaPixel FinePix is one of the first point-and-shoot consumer cameras to offer speeds as high as 3200 - a setting previously reserved for advanced consumer and professional digital camera models.
Excerpt: The Fuji FinePix F30 ($399) is the follow-up to the company's popular F10 and F11 models. Like those two cameras, the F30's claim to fame is its high ISO performance, which is unmatched in the compact camera arena.
Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Amazing high ISO performance, Fairly compact body, well put together for the most part, Large 2.5" LCD is visible in bright outdoor light and dimly lit rooms, AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, Many manual controls, Snappy performance in mo...
Cons: Above average purple fringing; colors could be more saturated in some photos, No optical viewfinder, Plastic tripod mount and somewhat flimsy door over battery/memory card compartment, Unimpressive continuous shooting mode, Tiny amount of built-in memory, FinePixViewer is pretty basic compared to...