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Friday, July 28, 2006

F30 on DPReview

Dpreview.com has published its review of the Fujifilm F30 digicam. In his conclusion, Simon Joinson says, "To sum up, the F30 is far and away the best low light compact camera on the market today, bar none."

I have to admit I bought one of these a few weeks ago. Like most digicams, it's not much fun to use—fiddley menu interfaces driving you crazy. But its high-ISO results are within shouting distance of those of some DSLRs. You can use ISO 400 without penalty, and ISO 800 is fully usable by my standards. In B&W mode, it's the first digital compact that meets and beats Tri-X.

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON

13 Comments:

Blogger Uwe Steinmueller said...

Hello Mike,

I also have a F30. Using the F30 just as B&W camera is a great idea. I normally convert from color to B&W but it is quite a hassle. Color always prevents from thinking in B&W.

Uwe

12:35 PM  
Blogger Terry Cioni said...

I am extremely intrigued by your comment "In B&W mode, it's the first digital compact that meets and beats Tri-X". Perhaps when you have a minute you can elaporate. My only concern about F30 is xD memory - yet another storage format! Thank you for your work on the blog - I look forward to checking it out most everyday. Great job!

12:38 PM  
Blogger dazedgonebye said...

Sensor technology to show up in a future DSLR???

1:10 PM  
Blogger Dave New said...

I agree with the reviewer, that the sensor deserves a better camera.

My wife uses a Z1, which has the same sensor as the older F10 in an ultra-compact format, and I've had to deal with the really horrible menu system, the fiddly xD cards, and the tendancy to blow out highlights too easily.

Since she is strictly a snapshooter, I have no hope that I could get her to apply exposure compensation for bright outdoor scenes, so she just lives with the once-in-a-while garish pictures.

I'm still fence-sitting when it comes to selecting a pocketable digital camera for myself. There were enough issues even with the F30 to turn me off. Really high on my list is the lack of an optical viewfinder. I take a lot of outdoor shots, and not being able to see what I'm doing would be a real problem.

The final blow is lack of a histogram, or at least flashing highlights.

And then there's the lack of RAW support, and, and...

Guess I'll dust off my Nikon Coolpix 4500. In spite of it's early technology, it still had the highest satisfaction factor for me (for a digicam), short of resorting to an SLR.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I bought one too! Apart from the handling difficulties of a compact camera, the image quality is stunning. There's no shutter lag worth talking about and up to ISO 400 I can't see any differences in quality between the F30 and my Nikon D70. An optical viewfinder and it's almost perfect.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Carsten Bockermann said...

Mike,

can you post some of the pics you took with the F30 ?

Curious

Carsten

4:09 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

Hi Carsten,
I already did, in this post:

http://theonlinephotographer.blogspot.com/2006/07/
my-non-photographing-non-photography.html

(Can anybody tell me how to make a link in the comment field? I suppose it would have to be tagged html, using one of the allowed tags....)

--Mike

4:31 PM  
Blogger Brobo said...

Funny to hear. I ordered mine this morning - also mainly for B/W (where purple fringing is not an issue).

4:31 PM  
Blogger Robert Roaldi said...

I have never used a digicam without an optical finder. I tend to only use the LCD when on a tripod or when I've mounted auxiliary lenses. I just like holding the thing up to my head.

Most people comment on the difficulty of using the LCD viewfinder in bright light, but since this camera is "sort of" aimed at low light shooters, what's the LCD like in the dark?

10:22 PM  
Blogger stevierose said...

I bought one a few weeks ago, too. I've only had a little experience with it. It appears to be a great available light camera when used in low light. I agree with DPreview that in bright light outdoors it tends to clip both highlights and shadows, and there is: 1. No in camera contrast adjustment and 2. No histogram to check yourself with. It also tends to overexpose by about 2/3 stop in bright light which I compensate for. I'm thinking if I really want to go the small digicam route that I may need the F30 for lower light and another camera for bright outdoors shots. I think I will really enjoy using this camera, but agree that the sensor needs a better camera to go with it.

11:01 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

How much lag does the F30's LCD have in low light? I really like using the LCD on my Sony digicam, but I find that the only way to get half-decent candids of people indoors is to zone focus and use the (lousy) viewfinder. Otherwise I tend to miss the brief expressions that I am trying to capture.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Ian said...

I find it funny how some people start to list all the things the F30 DOESN'T have. You want Raw support, histrograms and a viewfinder, grab your DSLR! I have the F10 and am considering the F30, its a nice cmaera when you don't wnat to lug all your gear. The natural light mode where the flash stay off when you start up is my fave feature.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Nils Jorgensen said...

Goodness, we are having to wait a long time for an Olympus XA digital replacment, arent we? And even now we don't get RAW. I might try it out, but I see no reason why I should sacrifice RAW functions. The images I would take on any compact are no less important just because they are not taken on a big DSLR.

2:05 PM  

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