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Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP @DASHING THING REVIEW

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Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP


The Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP is, says the company, “Life Proof”. Featuring a newly designed body that’s waterproof to ten feet (three meters), the Fuji Z33WP’s front panel holds a Fujinon-branded 3x optical zoom lens offering a range from a 35mm-equivalent wide angle to a 105mm-equivalent telephoto. Behind this lens sits a 1/2.3″ CCD image sensor with ten megapixel resolution. The Fujifilm Z33WP includes no form of mechanical image stabilization – only what the company calls “Picture Stabilization mode”. Essentially, this boosts ISO sensitivity / shutter speeds to freeze blur, at the expense of some image noise / detail. ISO sensitivity in the Fuji Z33 ranges up to a maximum of ISO 1,600 equivalent at full resolution. The Fuji FinePix Z33WP’s rear panel also has no provision for an optical viewfinder, instead opting solely for a 2.7″ LCD display with 230,000 dots of resolution.

The Fuji Z33WP doesn’t offer much in the way of manual controls, instead focusing on simplicity and ease of use. Focusing choices are either Multi or Center AF with Face Detection capability that can detect up to ten faces in a scene. As well as being linked to the autofocus system, the Fujifilm Z33WP’s face detection function offers automatic red-eye removal. Shutter speeds range from 3 seconds to 1/1000 second, and apertures from F3.7 – F8.0 at wide angle, or F4.2 – F9.0 at telephoto. These are controlled automatically, with seventeen scene modes offering the Z33WP’s main method of controlling the look of images. There’s also an SR Auto scene recognition mode which automatically selects from a subset of six different common scene types and adjusts for exposure, focus, white balance and ISO sensitivity as appropriate. The Fuji FinePix Z33 is also capable of recording VGA or QVGA videos at 30 frames-per-second with monaural sound. Movies are saved in AVI format using QuickTime Motion JPEG compression, and are captured using a dedicated Movie record button which is separate from that used to trigger still image capture. Note that it is it is not possible to use the Z33’s optical zoom lens during movie recording.

The Fujifilm FinePix Z33 stores its images on SD or SDHC cards or in 50MB of built-in memory. Power comes from an NP-45 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery, CIPA rated at 200 shots per charge. Available from late March 2009 with pricing of about US$200, the Fuji FinePix Z33WP is available in black, pink or green finishes for US market customers.

 
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Fujifilm FinePix Z30fd@DASHING THING REVIEW

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Replacing the FinePix Z20 in the company’s Z-series lineup, the Fujifilm FinePix Z30fd has a completely redesigned body whose front panel holds a Fujinon-branded 3x optical zoom lens offering a range from a 35mm-equivalent wide angle to a 105mm-equivalent telephoto. Behind this lens sits a 1/2.3″ CCD image sensor with ten megapixel resolution. The Fujifilm Z30 includes no form of mechanical image stabilization – only what the company calls “Picture Stabilization mode”. Essentially, this boosts ISO sensitivity / shutter speeds to freeze blur, at the expense of some image noise / detail. ISO sensitivity in the Fuji Z30 ranges up to a maximum of ISO 1,600 equivalent at full resolution. The Fuji FinePix Z30fd’s rear panel also has no provision for an optical viewfinder, instead opting solely for a 2.7″ LCD display with 230,000 dots of resolution.

Not surprisingly given its affordable pricetag, the Fuji Z30fd doesn’t offer much in the way of manual controls – instead focusing on simplicity and ease of use. Focusing choices are either Multi or Center AF with Face Detection capability. As well as being linked to the autofocus system, the Fujifilm Z30fd’s face detection function offers automatic red-eye removal. Shutter speeds range from 3 seconds to 1/1000 second, and apertures from F3.7 – F8.0 at wide angle, or F4.2 – F9.0 at telephoto. These are controlled automatically, with sixteen scene modes offering the Z30fd’s main method of controlling the look of images. There’s also an SR Auto scene recognition mode which automatically selects from a subset of six different common scene types and adjusts for exposure, focus, white balance and ISO sensitivity as appropriate. The Fuji FinePix Z30 is also capable of recording VGA or QVGA videos at 30 frames-per-second with monaural sound. Movies are saved in AVI format using QuickTime Motion JPEG compression, and are captured using a dedicated Movie record button which is separate from that used to trigger still image capture. Note that it is it is not possible to use the Z30’s optical zoom lens during movie recording.

The Fujifilm FinePix Z30 stores its images on SD or SDHC cards or in 50MB of built-in memory. Power comes from an NP-45 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery. Available from March 2009 with pricing of about $180, the Fuji FinePix Z30fd will be available in black, pink or orange finishes for US market customers.

 
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Fuji Z20fd @DASHING THING REVIEW

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Fuji Z20fd


As a colorful update to the Fujifilm FinePix F10fd digital camera, the FinePix Z20fd comes in one of five vibrant colors: red, pink, light green, blue, and black. The camera features a 10-megapixel sensor with a standard 3x optical zoom lens (covering a 35mm-equivalent range of 35-105mm).

Designed as a pocketable point-and-shoot, the Fujifilm Z20fd is extremely compact, and its rainbow of body colors will get you noticed in a crowd. In addition to the 3x optical zoom, there’s another 5.6x of digital zoom (though remember that also means losses in resolution and overall quality).

Exposure control remains automatic, though a range of preset shooting modes aims to accommodate many commonly tricky situations, such as beach scenes and fast action. Additionally, there’s Face Detection for better portraits, Picture Stabilization for reducing blur at higher sensitivity settings, and high-tech improvements such as IrSimple compatibility for wireless communication and even a Blog mode.

The FinePix Z20fd is suitable for a range of experience levels, from novices to more advanced users, and retails at an MSRP of about $200.

 
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Fujifilm FinePix Z10fd@DASHING THING REVIEW

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Among Fuji’s numerous digicam announcements made on July 26, the most-fashion friendly is probably the new FinePix Z10fd, to be offered in a range of body colors including Wave Blue, Wasabi Green, Hot Pink, Sunset Orange, and Midnight Black.

Following in the footsteps of the existing FinePix Z5fd, the Fujifilm Z10fd has one more megapixel of resolution from a CCD image sensor rather than the Super CCD HR sensor of the past model, effective resolution of the new camera being seven megapixels. The Fuji Z10fd also has Fuji’s combined xD-Picture Card / SD / MMC / SDHC media slot and 54MB of built-in memory, where the previous model only had support for xD-Picture Card and 26MB of built-in memory. There’s also the addition of IrSimple infrared connectivity, allowing users to swap images wirelessly with other IrSimple cameras – a feature that may prove popular with the tech-savvy, sharing-friendly 13 to 26 age group the Z10fd is being aimed at.

Some other changes of note are that the Z10fd has a new minimum ISO of 64 (was 100), has a lower-res 150k pixel LCD display (was 230k pixel), uses an NP-45 Lithium Ion battery (was an NP-40), and drops the VGA movie mode in favor of only QVGA movie resolution. The changes all add up to a camera that’s 1mm slimmer and 27 grams lighter than its predecessor.

The Fujifilm FinePix Z10fd will ship from September 2007, priced at around US$200.

 
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Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd @DASHING THING REVIEW

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Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd


Featuring a 6.3 megapixel Super CCD HR imager in place of the 5.1 megapixel sensor used in the previous Z3 model, the Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd retains the same Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens and much the same styling as its predecessor.

Another significant change in the Fuji FinePix Z5fd is the addition of the company’s Face Detection function, first seen in the FinePix S6000fd model. Achieved with a dedicated LSI chip in the camera, the feature can detect up to 10 faces in the photo simultaneously, with Fujifilm rating the feature as capable of achieving this in just 1/20 of a second. With the feature enabled, the camera indicates the faces detected in the scene by framing them with rectangles in the display — white for all but the top priority face, which is framed in green. The locations of faces are then used by the Fuji Z5fd to confirm the appropriate location for focus and exposure detection, so as to ensure that your subject is correctly focused even when off center. In Playback mode, the feature can be cleverly used to automatically zoom images to the primary face in an image (for confirmation of pose, focus, etc.), and can also be used to automatically crop a shot for optimum portrait framing. Face detection can be disabled if desired.

On top of the face detection feature, the built-in storage memory in the Fuji FinePix Z5fd is more than doubled as compared to the Z3, from 10MB to 26MB (and is of course still supplemented with optional xD-Picture Card storage). One other slight change is that the minimum ISO sensitivity is now 100, rather than ISO 64 as in the FinePix Z3. The digital zoom has also increased in strength slightly to a maximum of 6.2x (was 5.7x), and a couple of new modes have been added: Blog mode allows creation of a reduced size duplicate image in playback mode, and dual-shot mode captures two images in succession, with and without the built-in flash firing. While camera size is almost identical to the Z3, the Fuji Z5fd is just a few grams heavier than that camera.

The Fujifilm Z5fd ships from March 2007 at a price of $229.

 

 
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Fujifilm FinePix Z3@DASHING THING REVIEW

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Featuring a 5.1 megapixel Super CCD HR imager and Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens, the Fujifilm FinePix Z3 is a replacement for the existing FinePix Z1 model (an intermediate model from Europe and Asia, the FinePix Z2, was not offered for the US market). The Fuji Z3 retains much the same styling and lens as its predecessor, although the body has been updated somewhat. (There’s also a new color choice on offer, in addition to the original silver – an attractive metallic blue). Although the Z3 actually uses the same fifth generation Super CCD HR sensor as the original Z1, Fuji has increased the maximum ISO sensitivity from 800 to 1600. Fuji USA is referring to this as “image stabilisation”, although it should be noted that this isn’t the same thing as mechanical stabilisation systems – although it offers the ability to freeze not only camera shake but moving subjects as well, it will come at the expense of some extra noise / reduced image detail.

Other features of the Fuji FinePix Z3 digital camera include Fuji’s “Natural Light” shooting mode that allows low-light photos without unflattering flash – great for birthday parties! – as well as the company’s i-Flash intelligent flash metering system. The Fuji Z3 offers image resolutions up to 2592 x 1944 pixels, 256-zone TTL metering, VGA movie mode, and fourteen scene modes, plus xD-Picture Card storage, 10MB of built-in memory, and a large 2.5″ LCD display with 230,000 pixels.

The Fujifilm Z3 ships from July 2006 at a price of $279.95 – a whopping 38% below the original list price of the FinePix Z1 announced just over a year beforehand.

 
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Fujifilm FinePix Z2@DASHING THING REVIEW

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The Fujifilm FinePix Z2 Zoom is an update to the existing FinePix Z1 model with only a handful of changes. A resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels is derived from a 5.1 megapixel CCD image sensor, coupled to a Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens equivalent to 36 – 108mm on a 35mm camera. Changes in the FinePix Z2 as compared to the Z1 include a higher maximum ISO sensitivity of 1600 (previously 800), a 256-zone multi metering system (previously 64-zone), and a higher resolution 2.5″ LCD display (232k pixels, versus 115k pixels in the Z1)

Shutter speeds and apertures in the Fujifilm Z2 remain identical to those in the original Z1, and the Fuji Z2 also features the same lens, xD-Picture Card storage, USB 2.0 High-speed and NTSC / PAL connectivity, and proprietary NP-40 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery as the Z1.

When we reviewed the Fuji Z1, we found it to be a stylish, responsive camera with excellent low-light performance, good image quality, and an above-average movie mode. Given its close relationship to that camera, if you’re looking for a compact, attractive camera with a large LCD and a reasonable price point, the FinePix Z2 should definitely be on your short list!

 
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