Summary: The Fuji Finepix F30 is an exceptional ultra-compact digital camera which delivers high-quality images with incredibly low image noise. This is the first non-SLR to produce usable images up to ISO 3200, enabling new photographic opportunities. Even more than its predecessor, the F30 is a great camera for indoor photographs due to its high-ISO capabalities, its ultra-compact size and very durable battery life.
Pros: Extremely low-image noise, High-ISO performance rivals DSLR, Accurate exposure and focus, Fantastic battery life, Fast and responsive, Powerful flash for an ultra-compact
Cons: Some color appear under-saturated, Limitations in continuous shooting modes, LCD hard to see in very bright light, No optical viewfinder, Purple fringing
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. Our tests show that the F30's sensor gives you at least a two-stop advantage over the best that conventional CCD technology can offer, and in many cases a three-stop advantage, with ISO 800 output that...
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 illuminator, Large clear screen, More manual control and additional scene modes make it a more versatile tool than the F10
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 defaults to ISO 800 when using flash when it doesn't need to, Images in good light need post-processing to really shine, No optical viewfinder
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. The sensitivity range runs to ISO 3200 and thanks to the Real Photo Processor the photos are relatively free of noise. This is a remarkable achievement which has certainly given Fujifilm's competitors food for thought.
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. This sensitivity gives compact digital photographers a wide latitude when shooting in a variety of conditions.
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.
The low light capabilities are what the F30’s all about, and its options certainly let you shoot under conditions which are normally out the reach of most compacts.
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
Conclusion: Perhaps I’m getting jaded but in year since I reviewed the F10, Fujifilm’s Natural Night alone didn’t do the trick for me. With NL and Flash, it’s a much better result. All in all, the FinePix F30 is a decent but not great point-and-shoot camera. If you stay away from the hyped ISO 3200 and just use it in Auto as well as Natural Light and Flash, you’ll be happy with the results.
Pros: 6MP; 3200 ISO; great battery life, Spot on outdoor photos, Handles noise well at lower levels, Excellent battery life, Good shot-to-shot times
Cons: 3200 ISO; uses xD Picture Cards, 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 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
excellent picture quality with exceptional low
noise at high ISOs, which can now go up to ISO
3200. Noise is low from ISO 100 to 400 and acceptable
at ISO 800.