Excerpt: When the 6-megapixel FujiFilm FinePix F30 was released last year, its high ISO limit of 3200 was groundbreaking. And when we tested it in the Pop Photo Lab, it boasted full resolution capture with astounding noise and resolution results all the way up to ISO 3200.
Excerpt: The Fuji FinePix F50fd ($399) is the long-awaited successor
to the popular FinePix F30 and F31fd. I was a huge fan of the F30: it had much
better high ISO performance than your typical compact camera (thanks to its
SuperCCD sensor design), plus snappy performance and top-notch battery life.
Pros: Good exposure and color; no redeye, Better-than-average high ISO performance, Sensor-shift image stabilization, Slim, stylish metal body, Nice 2.5" LCD is easy to see outdoors and in low light, Many manual controls, Can use xD or SD/SDHC memory cards, Support for IrSimple infrared protocol, USB 2...
Cons: Lots of blurring near the edges of the frame, Heavy noise reduction, visible even at low ISOs, Step down from the F30/F31 in terms of photo quality and battery life, Quality control concerns, Unimpressive continuous shooting modes; sluggish shot-to-shot, playback, and memory card write times, Slo...
Conclusion: Like any sequel the F50fd was always going to suffer by comparison to its illustrious predecessor, so is Fujifilm's new flagship compact a Godfather II or a Matrix Reloaded ? The answer, unsurprisingly, is that it's neither one or the other, but something somewhere in between.
Pros: Class leading resolution, Improved slimmer design and a few new features, Superb results at low ISO settings, Natural but vivid colors, Although not as good as the F31fd, ISO 400 and 800 still far better than most, ISO 1600 usable for small prints, Low shutter lag and good overall responsiveness,...
Cons: Some noise reduction artefacts visible at 100% even at ISO 100, Strong chroma noise at ISO 800+ and shadow noise visible at ISO 400 in low light, Some corner softness, Few external controls, User interface feels outdated and 'fiddly', Noisy focus, macro focus can be very slow (low light focus als...
Summary: The FinePix F50fd is the latest in Fujifilm's F-Series of compact digital cameras, and includes many high-end features, like a 12- Megapixel Super CCD HR image sensor. Following a long line of award winning models, the FinePix F50fd, like the , offers consumers a compact digital camera that takes...
Conclusion: Fujifilm's 12-megapixel pocket camera offers advanced automatic features, including flexible low-light and action shooting tools and effective face-detection technology that's ahead of the pack.
Pros: Nice ergonomics and control layout. High-quality LCD. Market-leading face-detection technology. Both automatic and priority exposure modes. Useful continuous-shooting modes and low-light settings.
Cons: Unremarkable 3X zoom lens. No built-in exposure enhancement processing to bring out shadow detail.
Summary: The Fuji Finepix F50 is an advanced ultra-compact digital camera which is packed with technology. It combines a 12 megapixels sensor, CCD-shift image stabilization, semi-automatic exposure and high-ISO capabilities going up to ISO 1600 at full-resolution and ISO 6400 at reduced resolutions.
Pros: Image noise well under control up to ISO 800, Below average image noise at high ISO, Accurate image colors, Good automatic white-balance, Very reliable exposure system, Consistent sharpness from corner-to-corner, Fast focusing and zooming, Short shutter-lag, Excellent LCD visibility
Cons: Slight image noise starts at ISO 100, High ISO image noise adds slight color-cast, Slow shot-to-shoot speed, Below average battery life, Exposures longer than 1s lock ISO at 100, Limited full-resolution continuous drive modes, Image review cannot be disabled, General image softness
Summary: Fujifilm’s FinePix F50fd is one of the more highly anticipated compacts of recent times. It’s the successor to the legendary FinePix F30 / F31fd models which both shunned higher resolutions for better performance at higher sensitivities.
Pros: Very high resolution images., Good face detection and flash., Manual control over exposure., Cheaper than 12 Mpixel rivals.
Cons: Pedestrian 35-105mm lens range., Noise artefacts at 200 ISO and above., Screen and IS bettered by rivals., Not much grip to speak of.