6.3 MegaPixels with 6th generation Super CCD HR Technology 2nd Generation Real Photo Technology delivers ISO 3200 at full resolution One Touch Picture Stabilization for blur-free pictures Fujinon 3x Optical Zoom Lens Multi-layer Super EBC Coating for high light transparency High resolution 2.5 LCD with anti-glare Clear View Filter New i-Flash Intelligent Flash System exposure level for truer tonality and finer detail Enhanced manual controls including shutter & aperture priority Li-ion Battery with 500 shots/charge
Memory Type: xD-Picture Card
LCD Screen Size: 2.5 in
Camera Type: Compact Camera
Megapixels: 6.3 Megapixel
Lens Mount: Fixed
Optical Zoom: 3
Product Title: Fujifilm FinePix F30 6.3 Megapixel Compact Camera
Power Score: 4.3 | 36 Reviews
Image Sensor: CCD
Effective Megapixels: 6.3 Megapixel
Total Pixels: 6300000
Camera Type: Compact Camera
Lens Mount: Fixed
Optical Zoom: 3 X
Digital Zoom: 6.2x
Max Aperture: 2.8 1/f
Focal Length: 8 mm to 24 mm
Memory Card Support: xD-Picture Card
LCD Screen Size: 2.5 in
Maximum Video Capture Resolution: 640 x 480
Flash: Auto Flash, Red-eye Reduction
Interface Connection: 1 x USB, 1 x Audio/Video Out, 1 x DC Power In
Height: 2.2 in
Width: 3.6 in
Depth: 1.1 in
Weight: 5.50 oz
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
URL: Manufacturer Link
Frequency Band: Audio Recording Language menu interface Tripod socket New Fujifilm Real Image Processor Built-in Microphone & Speaker Shutter speed: 15 sec at long exposure mode Sensitivity: Auto ISO 100 ISO 200 ISO 400 ISO 800 ISO 1600 ISO 3200
Software Included: FinePix Viewer ImageMixer VCD2 LE for FinePix
Camera Modes: Color Modes: Standard Chrome (Vivid) Black & white Shooting Modes: Auto Picture Stabilization Macro Movie Burst/Continuous Aperture or Shutter Priority AE Preprogrammed Scene Position Natural Light Natural Light with Flash Portrait Landscape Sport Night Fireworks Sunset Snow Beach Underwater Museum Party Flower Close-Up Text
Viewfinder Type: No
Product Series: F
Lens Construction: 6 Elements in 5 Groups
Autofocus Type: Passive
Maximum Image Resolution: 3024 x 2016
Maximum Frame Rate: 30 fps
Battery Built-in: No
Battery Include: Yes
Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/2000 Second
HD Movie Mode: No
Product Reviews (19)
Excellent performing, well thought out little camera
Strengths: High quality photos, even in dim light. Fast and response shutter. Quick auto focus. Nice color and skin tones.
Weakness: Like all small cameras, uncomfortable for someone with large hands.
Sorry CNet reviewers, but I don't see any meaningful purple fringing. With that said, let me begin. I'm an SLR guy going back to the Nikons that are gathering dust in my closet. Over the last year or so, I switched to digital and currently use a Finepix S9000. If you don't drop the apeture below 5.6 and do some lab work, it does a very nice job. It doesn't risk getting dust on the sensor and...
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Sorry CNet reviewers, but I don't see any meaningful purple fringing. With that said, let me begin.
I'm an SLR guy going back to the Nikons that are gathering dust in my closet. Over the last year or so, I switched to digital and currently use a Finepix S9000. If you don't drop the apeture below 5.6 and do some lab work, it does a very nice job. It doesn't risk getting dust on the sensor and takes beautiful movies to boot.
Concerning the F30, I was really reluctant to use one of these little cameras. I'm 6'2" with large hands and couldn't wrap my mind around using something so small as an "always take along" contraption.
Happily, I was wrong. Manual control over apeture and shutter speed works well, although I'm finding that the "action" and other settings usually preclude the need.
The large and very clear screen (set to a 60 per second refresh rate) is excellent. You can view your subject in almost total darkness.
Auto Focus is excellent and color rendition is impressive. When set to "fine" mode, the photos are razor sharp. As with any camera, there is noticable softening with the apeture wide open. That's why you'll love the high ISO capabilities.
Don't be fooled into thinking that cameras with lower ISO capabilities equipped with stabalization devices can do the same job. These systems use inferior and fragile moving sensors or lenses which ONLY reduce camera shake. They do nothing for capturing action shots in reduced light situations. These devices are great for movie cameras, but for fast moving still photography, you need a usable high ISO.
With the F30, you can do some very nice work right through ISO 1600. You can use the ISO 3200 mode in a pinch, but for blow-ups, you should be prepared for some creative lab work.
This is a very superior and responsive piece of technology. Fuji even gives you a decently thought out menuing system which from my observation, is a first for them.
My rating is a spectacular for this kind of camera. Five stars for its kind.
By dublin9 - Jun 16, 2006
F30 - In a Class of its Own
Strengths: LONG battery life, manual settings, excellent low light performance, great picture quality and movie mode.
Weakness: xD card format, weak plastic cover over the ports, proprietary a/v port.
STRENGTHS: This camera is AWESOME for a point and shoot. I tested it out for the last couple of days in indoor, lowlight settings, and the camera captures sharp, clean images that my old cameras (Sony Cybershot DSC-P2, Nikon 7900) could never do. Hence the reason why I bought the camera. Not to be understated, but the outdoor,sunlit pictures were outstanding as well. It was definitely worth it,...
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This camera is AWESOME for a point and shoot. I tested it out for the last couple of days in indoor, lowlight settings, and the camera captures sharp, clean images that my old cameras (Sony Cybershot DSC-P2, Nikon 7900) could never do. Hence the reason why I bought the camera. Not to be understated, but the outdoor,sunlit pictures were outstanding as well. It was definitely worth it, especially at the sub-300 price! As a bonus, I think, the camera has had awesome battery life and is still running on the initial charge.
The biggest weakness for me is the xD card format. It's fine and dandy, but xD isn't as universal as say, SD cards. Not to mention, xD cards in general are more expensive and I don't think, have reached the 2GB capacity level. Other than that, my biggest gripe is the darn plastic door over the ports. I wish it could be taken off and on, because with my big hands, its such a hassle to plug in the USB cable when the door doesn't open all the way.
If you're wavering on the fence like I did, I suggest you just take the plunge and buy it. I was debating between this camera and the Canon Powershot SD700 IS, but what really swayed my decision was the fact that I was getting more value with the F30. It's cheaper and performs well in low-light situations, which is all I really need.
By TwoSmooth - Jul 12, 2006
Strengths: - great price ($50 rebate thru Jan) - compact design - long battery life (500+ shots) - excellent low light capability - very good image quality - solid design, good build quality (w/one exception)
Weakness: - Would be nice if they had a bigger zoom (only 3x zoom) - Would be nice if they had wider lense - flimsy USB/AC cover - some purple fringing
This is my first digital camera & I'm not disappointed. I read a lot of reviews before choosing to buy the F30 and it's lived up to the hype. For me, I wanted to get a dig cam that was compact enough to fit in my jean pockets, but still be large enough to easily hold when taking pictures & have an excellent battery life. The F30 excels in both areas with 500+ shots at night with its propietary...
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This is my first digital camera & I'm not disappointed. I read a lot of reviews before choosing to buy the F30 and it's lived up to the hype.
For me, I wanted to get a dig cam that was compact enough to fit in my jean pockets, but still be large enough to easily hold when taking pictures & have an excellent battery life. The F30 excels in both areas with 500+ shots at night with its propietary batteries (which is lightyears ahead of the competition). Some reviews had said that your thumb may accidentally hit a button on the back while trying to take a picture -- while I can see this, I have not found this to be the case and I have large hands. But definitely try it out before you buy to see for yourself.
Also, I wanted a point and shoot camera that had some manual controls that I could start to experiment with to create some artistic shots. While the F30 doesn't have full manual, it does essentially give you the ability to change a wide variety of settings including aperture, shutter speed, exposure, white balance. So you'll have plenty of features to grow into and try when you're ready.
Most important, the camera has to take decent shots -- else, what is the point?? Again, the F30 has impressed me. I have read reviews that mention there is some purple fringing in high contrast shots (like on a dark branch in a bright sky). I haven't had a chance to see for myself, but I read there are ways to minimize this by changing settings and if you wanted, post picture editing.
The low light capability has been great compared a couple of my friends Canon camera. You can easily shot in ISO800 and even ISO1600 if you don't blow up your pictures to much. What this means is a lot of your indoor or night pictures actually can come out good now!
It seems like every camera I looked at had its tradeoff and the F30 is no exception. Decide what's more important to you and go with that. If it's the F30, be sure to check out the Fuji website and get the info on the $50 rebate that is running on the F30 thru Jan 07.
best of luck,
By amungiel - Oct 25, 2006
Good for specific low light uses, not so outstanding for general purpose photography
Strengths: Fast startup. Minimal shutter lag. Nice LCD resolution with anti-glare screen. Battery lasts roughly 500 shots! Excellent video (in stereo). Best low light camera for "still life" pics.
Weakness: Flash recharging doesn't keep pace on a series of quick pics. Needs TRUE image stabilization. BAD redeye problem. Port cover doesn't move aside for connections — might eventually twist off and break!
To start off, I've been shooting digitally for about seven years. While I presently own Panasonic and Olympus cameras, I've also used the Fuji F10 and F20, Canon cameras, etc. A unique F30 feature is the Natural Light + Flash mode. It takes a natural light picture first, followed by a typical flash shot (prepare to keep that hand steady until both pictures are complete!). Over the holidays, I...
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To start off, I've been shooting digitally for about seven years. While I presently own Panasonic and Olympus cameras, I've also used the Fuji F10 and F20, Canon cameras, etc.
A unique F30 feature is the Natural Light + Flash mode. It takes a natural light picture first, followed by a typical flash shot (prepare to keep that hand steady until both pictures are complete!). Over the holidays, I took over 100 indoor photos. For one reason or another, I dumped almost all the natural light pics. If they turned out at all, there was usually a room lamp in the background that threw off the auto exposure. Second, auto white balance is better than some cameras, but walls and skin tones still take on a mustard or orange cast indoors (without flash). Flash-free images are also somewhat soft or fuzzy, though not as bad as the F10. Still, it was enough to convince me to turn back on the flash in order to obtain the maximum amount of indoor image detail. Without flash, when left to its own default settings, the camera will pick ISO 3200 for a watercolor effect. Of course, you can force it down to a more realistic ISO setting — say anything below 1,600 — which is still very impressive for a camera in this class. Unfortunately, don’t expect to ditch that tripod quite yet; otherwise, images taken in natural light will never appear as sharp and detailed as those taken with flash (or under adequate sunlight). That being said, you can obtain nice low light pics if you adjust the white balance, make sure all light sources are at your back, make use of the manual shutter settings, etc.
As you may have read, the F30, unlike the F10, offers "image stabilization" to help compensate for the length of time the shutter might otherwise stay open to let the small lens soak up all the low light. I did find it useful in some shooting situations. I obtained the best pics of a fireworks show by switching to the anti-blur mode (otherwise a tripod is necessary). Even so, out of 25 or so fireworks photos, only five were “print worthy”.
I also took the camera through some kiddie attractions at a theme park, and found that the F30, when left in Natural Light scene mode, is a particularly bad performer in challenging situations where the subject is relatively fixed but the photographer is moving. Low image noise, combined with the high ISO capability, makes for shots that are considerably better than competing cameras, but low light gains are offset by the tendency for the images to blur or lose detail under low light. Similarly, Fuji admitted that panning would cause motion blur in the F10 manual, and seemingly little has changed in this regard with the F30 — at least not when the subject is close to the lens. In fact, the F30 is the worst camera I’ve ever owned for capturing fish swimming in an aquarium. Consequently, out of roughly 300 “natural light” theme park photos, I felt only 25 were truly print worthy. Likewise, out of roughly 100 holiday photos I felt only half were “keepers” (and the majority were flash photos).
In general, the Fuji FinePix F30 is more reliable as a point-and-shoot (in full auto mode) than F10 because it is far less prone to exposure irregularities. Unfortunately, highlight clipping remains slightly above average. Highlights are even clipped near dusk under a winter sun. In one particular shot, white roller coaster tracks against a blue sky resulted in entire chunks of the track missing beyond, even, Photoshop recovery. By contrast, image details in the balance of the picture were outstanding enough to nearly cause me to overlook the blown highlights.
As for the notorious purple fringing, it remains an issue with the F30, just as it was for the F10/11. I see chromatic aberration in nearly every landscape shot I take, particularly when tree branches are in close proximity. A lesser known image quality issue is this: If something in your picture has a tight pattern it will produce a moiré effect (mostly on clothing, but also to a limited extent on buildings, roofs, etc). On the plus side, Macro works very well. Close-up flower pics, and the like, never looked so good.
YOUR user experience will vary. Potential buyers should also be aware of the digital camera manufacturing phenomena known as “sample variation”. To the Fuji’s credit, I’m shooting more “keepers” than I obtained with the F10. Even so, genuine image stabilization would offer bigger gains still. In my experience, image stabilization is particularly useful when you hold your arms out over your head to get the camera above a crowd, or in those situations where you are aiming the camera close to the ground to capture pets, flowers, or even children (because holding one’s arms above or below normal picture-taking form makes bracing/holding still difficult). I’ve tried both types of cameras, and for all-purpose shooting those with gyroscopic image stabilization seem to result in a greater percentage of useable images.
By Good_Buy - Dec 26, 2006
Fuji Finepix f30
Strengths: small, excellent pictures, high iso (3200), flash that works as advertised, gorgeous LCD.
Weakness: Still uses XD cards instead of SD or Compact Flash. Hard to find a case that fits it like a glove. No viewfinder.
I have owned a lot of digital cameras and they have come and gone. Now, I only have this F30 and my Canon 20D. This is the perfect compliment to a digital SLR for those occassions that you can not carry the big one. Excellent everyday camera that provides beautiful pictures. Biggest advantage is the High ISO (3200) and the excellent iflash. I have owned the F10 and this is better in most ways...
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I have owned a lot of digital cameras and they have come and gone. Now, I only have this F30 and my Canon 20D. This is the perfect compliment to a digital SLR for those occassions that you can not carry the big one. Excellent everyday camera that provides beautiful pictures. Biggest advantage is the High ISO (3200) and the excellent iflash. I have owned the F10 and this is better in most ways than that camera. Has a lot more features and better lens coating. I just wish that Fuji drops the XD format.
By keyonman - Jun 14, 2006