Summary: This is an excellent device. Great image quality. If mine had not somehow been afflicted with dust/tiny hairs on the sensor I'd still be using it. Fuji says they will attempt a fix for $150 but do not guarantee the outcome. The only thing I think will replace it is a Panasonic LX5 - that's how good this pioneering camera is. (The newer F series Fujis are, for me, a bit too small.
This is a truly remarkable camera, with only a few glaring weaknesses.
R. Hiranaka, Amazon
14 August 2007
Summary: EDIT: I've just noticed that the F20 has not been highly overpriced since its discontinuation. It's been compared fairly against the F30 so it might be a fair substitute for the F31fd. I should preface this review stating that I am not a pro or even serious amateur photographer like many of the other reviews here. I've never even owned a DSLR to compare it to. What I can say is that this camera more than compensates for museum visits and shaky hands.
Unmatched Low Light Shots, Poor Performance & User Friendliness
R. McAuley, Amazon
8 August 2007
Summary: I owned a Canon SD600 before this camera and have researched compact cameras to accompany a Digital SLR, and for image quality this seemed to be the most well-reviewed. I've had this camera for a month and have taken approx. 1000 photos with it in various conditions and across trips over the USA. The single advantage this camera has over every other compact is the low-light shooting quality.
Summary: I was looking for a P&S camera to take on vacation for those times I didn't want to lug my Canon EOS 30D around. This camera had a rave review on [...], so I purchased one. The photos are amazing - the lens is extremely sharp and the sensor in this camera is phenomenal. It really is specatacular in that regard. Dpreview compared it favorably to a Nikon D50 DSLR, and I agree that it does give a digital SLR a run for it's money.
Excellent ultra-low-noise ISO3200 CCD makes up for all flaws
S. Ragsdale, Amazon
27 July 2007
Summary: There's a lot to not like about this camera: it seems bulkier than it should be, it uses a proprietary memory card, the camera doesn't mount as a flash drive when you plug it into your computer (buy a Lexar Single-USB Reader ), the menu system and user interface needs some polish, and it lacks some of the more advanced manual controls. So why do I recommend this camera to everyone I meet? It's all about the CCD.
Summary: I've had the F31 for about 2 weeks now and I am impressed. I have been using a Canon 10D SLR system for several years and I was looking for something smaller to take with me everywhere without lugging a heavy camera bag and lenses. The build quality on the F31 is fantastic. the all metal body and size make it feel like you are holding a hand crafted jewel but it still manages a button layout that fits well in my hand.
Summary: I bought this camera to take pictures of my sons playing basketball. My other camera shot dark grainy pictures indoor. I have had a lot of success with this and really nice outdoor shots as well. What I just started playing with, and I love is the video feature. It is so easy to use and the images are better than I expected. I bought this camera in December as a present to myself and I have used it constantly and recharged the battery twice.
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.