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Astonishing Performance and Great Value,
This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix F30 Zoom 6.3MP Digital Camera (Camera)
I bought camera on its repuation as being the top pocket camera for performing in lowlight. The results are simply stunning, whether used in automatic, scene mode or manually the high ISO performance whilst still maintaining detail is simply unsurpassed in a camera of this type.
One of the commonly overlooked criteria with cameras is usability. What's the point in have every feature going if the camera is too difficult to use in real world situations. Fuji seemed to have got it just right. The dimensions are just about right, easy to hold with grips on front and rear and a high quality anti-glare LCD screen which doesn't go right to the edge of the camera chassis, thus allowing you to hold the camera with your left hand without finger smudges all over the screen. The menus are definetly better than those of Canon with a dedicated 'F' key with access to ISO, Resolution and Colour settings only. The menus are relevant to the mode selected and options available as required.
Outdoor performance is well above average and once you can start taking advantage of using the camera manually the results can start to rival a digital SLR camera.
Battery life is quoted as up to 580 shots but as we all know quotes never compare to reality. In this case I'd suggest over 400 shots between charges which is better than the vast majority of the competition.
There are always comprimises with any digital camera and with the F30 there is a lack of a viewfinder and optical image stabilisation. That said the F30 does have anti-shake processing and if you wanted all of these features together you'll have to pay more to get more. As it is there isn't a pocket sized camera that offer these features and match the lowlight performance of the F30.
The other cameras I looked at before buying the F30 were the Canon Ixus 800 - Feature packed, small, viewfinder and probably the next best lowlight performance for its size but more expensive and not so easy to use. Panasonic FX-01 - Wide angle and optical image stabilisation and slightly cheaper but awful lowlight performance and no manual mode. Casio EX-Z850 - A great deal of features, viewfinder and manual mode but low quality LCD screen and not so easy to hold and use. Casio EX-Z1000 - Many features, wide LCD screen and 10MP but sensor not capable of utilising those 10MP and ease of use similar to EZ-850.
Basically the F30 is a real winner if you want a camera that can take brilliant pictures in almost any situation. Add to that usability, good looks, long battery life and real genuine camera manufacturer and you've got a great pccketable camera that will last for many years.