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: 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 durability and sensitivity settings of up to ISO 16001.
Excerpt: Handbag and party cameras are a dime a dozen these days. They come in all manner of fashionable colours and they're designed to produce vibrant snaps that you can post on Facebook even if your hands are shaking from one Bacardi Breezer too many.
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
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
Excerpt: The Z100fd is a strong contender for the best-looking camera ever to grace the pages of Shopper. The brown finish resembles varnished wood, and it's also available in black and white, bright pink or a metallic-olive finish. The Z icon illuminates as you slide back the front cover to reveal the lens, and the slim design adds to its appeal. At the back is a 2.7in, 230,000-pixel screen and a selection of buttons.
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.