The Fuji Finepix F10 is a six megapixel digital camera with a metal body. It falls into the stylish category and is easy to use. It offers something different to other digital cameras in this class as it has a wide range of ISO settings you can select from. This can help you to take better photos indoors and in dark conditions. Other than this feature the Finepix F10 is a straightforward point and shoot camera. It is likely to appeal to anyone you enjoys taking photos without thinking too deeply about how the camera works.
92.0 x 58.2 x 27.3 m
Overall the Finepix F10 produced a good set of test photos. One area where the camera excelled was in the level of detail it was able to bring out in the shots. Digital cameras often struggle on darker areas of a photo, but this model produced a greater level of detail than the vast majority of cameras I have tested to date.
Running through the tests starting with the outdoor shots this is where the high level of details shows up. There are a couple of minor negative points as well. I would have liked to have seen more colour in the skies. Perhaps the blues could be a bit brighter. The other problem is that a small amount of purple fringing occurs. Purple fringing is where a very thin purple line shows up at the edge of brightly coloured objects. In this instance it manifests itself on the bow of one of the boats in the picture.
The macro and colour tests also confirm some of the findings from the outdoor test. On the whole the macro shot is good. It is bright and clear, but there is a hint of purple fringing in the shot. Likewise the colour test I would just like to have seen a more vibrant showing from the colours.
The outdoor portrait shot is a winner and comes out very well indeed. I particularly like the skin tones. The indoor portrait is not sharp enough. I must admit my test shot that you can see if you follow the link at the bottom of the review was taken using the flash in fairly low light rather than trying to create the shot using a high ISO setting. I found that the ISO settings were more of a help outdoors than inside.
The indoor shot taken in almost complete darkness is o.k., but there have been many better attempts bu other cameras and this one is overexposed.
Shutter Lag and Recycling Times
Shutter lag is the time it takes to take each picture. A constant criticism of digital cameras is the delay in between clicking the shutter button, the picture being taken and also the camera being ready to take the next picture. From a pure shutter lag view the Finepix F10 took a picture and recorded it in 0.30 seconds. This is a relatively new test, so I feel a degree of caution is called for, but I have to say early indications are that this is a fast time.
In terms of recycling times I was able to take five pictures in the space of 7.42 seconds. That works out at a rate of 1.48 seconds per picture. I am not claiming that this is the most scientific tests, but it should give you an indication of the recycling speed of the camera. This again is a fast time. My test is carried out indoors under standard conditions and it is possible that you would see better results outside.
The Finepix F10 has a 3x zoom capacity. This is the equivalent of a 36 - 108mm focal length in 35mm format. For close up shots there is a macro mode that lets you get as close as 7.5cms.
You can shoot TV quality movies with this camera. The highest resolution available is 640x480 pixels. Movies can be shot at a speed of thirty frames per second. The duration of each movie is only limited by the capacity of the memory card.
For composing photos there is a large 2.5" LCD screen. This is also used for reviewing images and accessing the menu. You will find a button on the back of the camera that brightens the LCD screen. This can be useful in dark conditions. There is no viewfinder.
The effective range of the flash unit is six and a half meters. This reduces to four meters when the zoom lens is in use. This is a powerful flash for this type of camera. The flash modes available are Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro. Slow Synchro is often used outdoors at night when you would like both the background and subject to be lit. There is also an Auto Focus (AF) Illuminator that helps the camera to focus in low light.
When you first get your hands on the Finepix F10 you are likely to place it in automatic mode and use it as a simple point and shoot camera. To back up the automatic mode there are also a small number of scene modes. These are Natural Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sports and Night Scene. By using these you can help the camera to take the best possible shot in the prevailing conditions.
For when you would like to appear in the picture there is a self timer. The delay on the self timer can be set to either two or ten seconds. To add something different to your photos you can shoot in black and white or chrome. You can also add voice memos to each photo. These can be for up to thirty seconds in length.
Fuji supplies all the necessary cables and software to connect the Finepix F10 to a PictBridge compatible printer, a computer and a television set.
Although the specification mentions a manual mode it does not give you access to set the shutter speed or aperture. These settings are controlled automatically by the camera. The manual mode gives you access to features such as light metering (64 multi point TTL, multi, average, spot), exposure compensation and white balance (Custom, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light).
The camera can set the shutter speed in a range between 15 seconds and 1/2000 seconds and the aperture between F2.8 and F8.
A waterproof case is available for this camera. You need to buy this separately and it works in depths of up to 40m.
Ease of Use
As with most Fuji digital cameras the Finepix F10 is relatively easy to use. The dial to select the shooting mode sits on top of the camera. This allows you to select automatic, manual, scenes or movie mode. All the usual buttons for the flash, self timer and macro/close up shooting are conveniently situated on the back of the camera.
Fuji has changed the layouts of the menu system for this camera. In my opinion they are not quite as easy to use as they were previously, but they do not represent too much of a challenge.
You can pick up a Fuji Finepix F10 for around £225. This compares to around £220 for a Canon IXUS 500, £190 for an Olympus MJU 500 and £185 for a Nikon Coolpix 5900. One point worth adding is that the Finepix F10 is a six megapixel camera. All the cameras I have listed in this section to compare prices are five megapixel models. This is because I cannot think of any similar digital cameras with six megapixels.
This is a fairly stylish digital camera with a metal body. In my view its design is not quite as eye catching as some of its competitors. It is neat and tidy though with a more or less typical rectangular shape.
The Finepix F10 weighs 115g and has dimensions of 92.0 x 58.2 x 27.3mm. This makes it a little on the large size to fit into a tight pocket, but it should fit in a larger jacket type pocket or a small bag.
Batteries and Memory Cards
Power is supplied by a rechargeable lithium ion battery. Fuji supplies a battery and charger with the Finepix F10. Replacement batteries are expensive so you will need to make sure the battery is fully charged before you set off to take any important shots.
Images are stored on xD Picture cards. A 16mb card is supplied with the camera. I was able to take ten shots before the memory card became full. Therefore I would suggest including a high capacity card in your budget.
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Points I like:
Excellent detail reproduced in photos
ISO sensitivity settings
Where it is not so hot:
Colours could be brighter
Purple fringing can show in high contrast shots
The Fuji Finepix F10 is a handy camera with little to dislike about it. The wide range of ISO settings are a bonus and will help you to take photos in poor light. Other than that it is a relatively straightforward point and shoot camera with a good build quality. The fact that it has six megapixels gives it something different and I would also say that it is fairly priced.
Fuji Finepix F10 Front View
Fuji Finepix F10 Back View
Fuji Finepix F10 Top View