Really excellent overall (more pixels do NOT equal higher quality)
5 October 2007
Summary: This is a great camera taking excellent pictures. Many compact cameras these days have loads of pixels but an inadequate light sensor, which means poorer quality results. On holiday I took identical images to someone with an 8Mb camera of a rival brand, and mine were noticeably better. Fantastic battery life. Well built & good video quality. Face detection I thought might be a gimmick but works well.
Summary: Significant plus points from my point of view: 1. Battery life!!!! - I can't say this enough - it seriously lasts forever! I took 400+ shots over one weekend and the battery is STILL showing full! 2. Picture quality when using manual mode - almost perfect. 3. Sensitivity capabilities in dark situations - very good indeed. 4. User-friendly interface/controls/menus - what can I say, they suit my style of use. 5. Build quality and 'feel' i.e.
Summary: I bought this as a first step into digital photography (I mainly use 35mm SLRs). The price is very good for what you get. The F31 is well built, battery life is excellent and it is a fast, responsive camera. I was drawn to this becuase of its reputation for high image quality (compared with other compact digitals). Image quality is good, and I find the high ISO speeds useable, although I think ISO 1600 and 3200 can only really be used in B&W.
Summary: I've been intrigued by reports and tests of the special image qualities of Fuji's F-series cameras for some time, but it was the Amazon price that tempted me to buy one. The F31fd is a nicely made, solid, metal bodied compact, quite chunky compared to some other models, but I find this makes the F31 good to hold. The image quality has also proved to be impressive, with very fine detail and little 'noise' to mess up the detail.
Summary: Used to have an F601 Fuji as my first ever digital camera a few years ago, and loved it then. Only gave it up to try a Canon Powershot, which had big zoom and image stabilization etc... Found the Canon a bit of a pain to use to be honest, and the F31fd comes as a breath of fresh air :). This camera has two big strengths in my opinion; - Indoor performance. My wife ALWAYS takes blurry shots in doors, and thankfully this camera seems to have gone a long way to curing it.
Excerpt: "...it is a H 1gb Fujifilm Xd card and will take 341 photo's on the best setting. Make sure you buy the H XD and not the M XD card as the H is faster and better for speed and using the camera as a video recorder. Press the power button on the top and the camera fires up instantly even with flash on. My older Ricoh camera was very quick at start up but a lot slower when the flash was turned on so the F31 is better. After you have turned the camera on ...
Pros: Great indoor photo's . Photo's good with auto settings
Cons: Manual settings will take a while to learn for a novice .