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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Fuji F30 ISO Series


Thanks to a comment by Fazal Majid in the "Improving the Ixus" post, I looked into the FujiFilm F30 a bit. One unusual feature it has is that it will take two near-instantaneous pictures, one with flash and one without, so you can compare flash vs. natural light. (The last time I did that was many years ago, but it convinced me not to use flash except where absolutely necessary.) And check out this impressive ISO series by Stephanie Seto. I haven't personally owned a digital point-and-shoot for a while now, but even my old Sony F707 (hardly a pocket camera) was seriously impaired at ISO 400. Hard to tell from Stephanie's series exactly how practical the F30 would actually be in low light, but on the surface at least her trials look impressive.

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON

12 Comments:

Blogger Tim said...

It's not just high ISO's where the F30 excels. At lower ISO's the sensor renders beautiful smooth images. There's a series of impressive images here: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1012&message=18587391

7:05 AM  
Blogger dingbat said...

This guy has pretty effectively demonstrated how good this camera is at ISO 1600 and 3200.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1012&message=18587520

I have the F10 and think it's a great low-light camera, but I hear the F30 is even better.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

That's pretty impressive for a digicam, although the noise reduction is pretty obvious at those higher speeds. That guy is a good photographer, too. That's a nice set of pictures. "Tramway and a plane" is a super shot.

--Mike

9:31 AM  
Blogger Burton Randol said...

I've been very pleased with the F30 and its predecessor, the F10. I've posted some pictures I've taken with them at:

http://www.pbase.com/brandol/fujifilm_f10f_f30_pictures

9:36 AM  
Blogger Albano Garcia said...

But no RAW option (that must be too grainy to view)!!! I would like a post in this blog about compact cameras with raw mode. I own a Fuji S5000 and would like to replace it but once I see an interesting model, it doesn't have raw capture. Please, Mike, do it!!!!

9:57 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"Please, Mike, do it!!!!"

Albano...do what?

--Mike

3:49 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I second the notion to post some info on compact digicams with a raw option. I would totally by something like that but I'm too lazy to do the research.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Albano Garcia said...

Mike,
To do an info post on the blog about compacts with raw capability and good overall performance. I'm not lazy but there are zillinos of digicams out there and not always is clear if they have raw capability, so since you're the man about the theme (I remember your essay about the camera you want to buy bu doesn't exist) it would be nice to enlighten us mortals in the matter. Or maybe you can make an open call to commenters to leave comments about their favorite models, or something like that. I made several google searches in the theme without success

10:08 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

RAW shooting in a "compact" is not such a common thing anymore. That crop of 8mp cameras from 2003 (or 2004?) was the last group of cameras to really do RAW in a compact package.

The only ones that I can come up with off the top of my head are the Panasonic LX-1, the Fuji E-900 which is totally EOL'd and on firesale prices at the moment, and the Fuji S9500 might do it as well. The other camera that comes to mind is the Canon G6 (or are they up to G7 now???). The older S70 or S60 used to do RAW as well, but the latest S80(?) doesn't.

The problem with RAW is that virtually no manufacturer has bothered to implement the feature correctly in anything that isn't a dSLR save Minolta and to a lesser extent Canon. The typical problems are buffering and responsiveness.

2:42 AM  
Blogger MarkT said...

I just got the Ricoh GR-D. It has raw in the form of DNG files, but is slow to write the data to card. Otherwise this is a very impressive piece of kit.

3:43 AM  
Blogger MarkT said...

There is some discussion of point and shoots that do RAW here:

http://www.prophotohome.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=25

4:00 AM  
Blogger Carsten Bockermann said...

I just came across a very interesting series of pics comparing the performance of the Canon ELPH SD700IS (IXUS 800IS in Europe) and the Fuji F30 at various ISO settings. Check http://lonneki.free.fr/f30/pages/test%20iso%20ixus%20vs%20fuji.htm

5:46 AM  

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