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.
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
Summary: Fujifilm seems to enjoy creating hype around their Z series line of digital cameras. The FinePix Z10fd, for instance, comes in several florescent colors and has a website ( offzhook.com ) for owners of the Z10fd to “network and share.” Pretty corny, and definitely geared towards a young audience.
Pros: Well-made, distortion free lens, Quick focusing speed, Innovative style, Can use SDHC or xD-Picture Card memory
Cons: Battery life is only average, Slow flash recycle time, start up time, Flash was a bit weak, Too much saturation, not enough sharpness
Summary: Despite being only 19.8mm thick, the 8-MegaPixel FinePix Z100fd is packed with state-of-the-art technologies and features. These include a mid-range Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens (equivalent to a 36mm-180mm), a high- resolution 2.7" (230k pixel) LCD with a reinforced glass coating for scratch-free...
Conclusion: 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
Conclusion: This is a fairly standard pocket sized digital camera. The main attraction is likely to be the extra capacity of the zoom when compared to other digital cameras. I also think that this is an attractive camera too.
Pros: Ease of use - choice of colours - large internal memory - good at higher ISO settings
Cons: Nothing really stands out as a serious problem