Conclusion: Fujifilm FinePix Z1 - First impression extremely positive The Fujifilm FinePix Z1 digital camera has a beautiful appearance. Nicely finished matte black of solid quality which certainly won't give you a 'plastic' feeling when holding the camera. Despite the stiff design, without handgrip, the Fujifilm Z1 lies comfortably in your hand.
5.1 megapixel digital camera with special F button
Consumer Electronics Net
6 April 2006
Excerpt: The Fujifilm FinePix Z1 is a 5.1 megapixel digital camera in the $300 price range. While it competes with other digital cameras that feature higher megapixels, higher resolutions don't always equate to better value. The design is well implemented, with ample use of metal in the body as opposed to plastic, and it is an absolute joy to use. Specification The FinePix Z1 is built around a 5.1 megapixel, 2.5-inch Super CCD HR image sensor.
Summary: Introduction There comes a time in every review author’s life that the word sexy’ is used to convey the feeling you get by touching, holding, or simply looking at a particular product. I’ve seen it used with sports cars, audio speakers, and televisions. I’ve refrained from using it to date and I simply can’t waste my one opportunity on a camera. But dare I say, this thing is damn fine looking. The FinePix Z1 is latest ultracompact digital camera from FujiFilm.
Conclusion: The Fujifilm FinePix Z1 slowly won me over. At first, aside from the looks, I wasn't very excited about it. But after using it for a couple of months, and looking hard at the images I made with it, I feel pretty good about it. Image quality is good, although I think using the Photoshop Unsharp Mask filter is a necessity if you want your images to look their best.
Pros: Very compact, Good image quality with great color, Great LCD display, Durable, reinforced metal case and LCD display, Excellent battery life
Cons: No optical viewfinder, Minimal and hard to access exposure controls, No histogram display, Easy to obstruct lens with fingers, Slow shot-to-shot time, No tripod threads
Conclusion: If ever there was a camera to carry along as you strolled the Via Veneto in Rome, the Champs-Elysee in Paris or some other chic boulevard, this is it. In the right conditions where the LCD functions properly, the camera is a pleasure to work with and the resulting photographs are quite good. However, it does have its limitations, as we’ve detailed. No camera is perfect, but this is a very good 2005 digicam.
Pros: Chic; slim 5MP digicam with 2.5-inch LCD
Cons: No viewfinder; poor LCD screen; uses proprietary battery
Summary: The 5.1 MegaPixel FinePix Z1 is a slim and stylish digital camera that is the perfect accessory for a night out on the town. The FinePix Z1's sleek and strong all-metal body is sure to draw attention. Available in two colors -- sophisticated black and a stunning brushed silver -- the Z1 is as trim as they come in the world of digicams, measuring a mere 18.6 millimeters thick - thinner than a deck of cards.
Excerpt: The FinePix Z1 ($399) is Fuji's entry into the ultra-thin camera market. Using the same "folding lens optics" system as the Sony T series, Nikon Coolpix S1, and the Minolta X series, the Z1 is just 0.7 inches thick. The FinePix Z1 uses a 5.1 Megapixel SuperCCD HR sensor which allows for lower noise levels at high ISO sensitivities when compared to other cameras. Other features include a 2.5" LCD, VGA movie mode, and support for USB 2.0 High Speed.
Pros: Good photo quality, Compact, stylish body comes in silver and black, Can shoot at high ISOs better than competition, Handy natural light mode gives you sharper pictures without the flash (but noise levels will be higher), Large 2.5" LCD display; visible in bright outdoor light and dim indoor light, Robust performance, Excellent movie mode, USB 2.0 High Speed support (though see issue below)
Cons: Images seem a bit fuzzy; above average purple fringing and noise, Redeye, Camera dock required for using I/O ports, tripod, No optical viewfinder or AF-assist lamp, No continuous shooting mode, Manual controls would've been nice, Fairly weak flash, Battery life isn't great, Flimsy plastic door over battery/memory card compartment
Conclusion: The Fuji Finepix Z1 is certainly up there amongst the best ultra compact digital cameras that I have tested. The picture quality is very pleasing and I am a big fan of the design. It is slightly more expensive than its rivals, but I would be prepared to pay the extra few pounds. One area I would like to see improved is the menu system.