Stylish, ultra-compact 8-megapixel camera with advanced features
30 November 2011
Summary: With the Z100fd, Fujifilm offers its most advanced "Z" series camera yet. It is a small and slender 8-megapixel camera with eye-catching design and color options. The fully internal 5X optical zoom means no annoying lens barrel protruding from the camera. A combination xD Picture Card and standard SD card slot provides more storage options.
Pros: The Fuji Super CCD HR imager, Large, high resolution 2.7-inch display, Nicely styled, easy to use, 5X internal optical zoom, Dual image stabilization almost eliminates blur
Cons: Addition of IR only marginally useful as IR is becoming rare, Diagonally gliding lens cover a bit gimmicky and adds to thickness, No zoom in movie mode, Apparently no voice recording mode
Excerpt: Physical Views The FinePix Z100fd and a standard CD for size comparison. Continue on to Features & Controls FinePix Z100fd Specifications Number of Effective Pixels 8 million pixels CCD Sensor 1/2.5 inch CCD Storage Media Internal memory (approx. 54MB) /xD-Picture Card™ ( 16MB - 2 GB ) SD memory card/ SDHC memory card File format Still image : JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2) AVI (Motion JPEG) with sound Audio: WAVE format, Monaural sound Recording capacity with 512MB xD-Picture Card...
Excerpt: The Z100fd houses a 5x optical zoom that ranges from 36-180mm and an 8Mp sensor which gives plenty of scope for enlargements, though it would have been nice to see a slightly wider zoom to get more into the frame. ISO runs from a very low 64 to 1600, while there is also a CCD-shift image stabilisation system with two modes – continuous or shooting only.
Summary: A decent but still somewhat disappointing compact, the FujiFilm FinePix Z100fd produces decent pictures at low ISO settings. It's hampered by an annoying interface and some image quality issues.
Pros: Stylish design, minimal shutter lag
Cons: Noise issues, lack of colour options hurts accuracy, irritating menu structure
Summary: The Fujifilm Finepix Z100fd is a surprisingly good point-and-shoot digital camera.
It's stylish enough to appeal to the fashion-conscious, built
well enough to survive a few bumps and scrapes, and offers
enough features to appeal to both beginners and more experienced
photographers alike. The 5x zoom lens in particular sets
the Z100fd apart from the vast majority of affordable compacts,
which usually offer a bog-standard 3x zoom.