View Full Version : Replacing my Fuji F50

02-06-13, 07:33 PM
Hi there, is anyone aware of a compact in the 100-200 range that will come close to matching the low light picture quality of my dear old Fuji F50fd but also give me the HD video it sadly lacks.

My wife bought me a Fuji T500 (which I later sold) and I currently have a Lumix DMC FS16. In both cases I found the low light pictures to be on the "soft" side with no sharpness in the picture or colour. I also found the auto setting on both cameras to be hugely inconsistent even when taking test shots from the same spot using a tripod.

I had never realised until recently that the F50 had a 1/1.6 sensor which is pretty good compared with most of the modern budget compacts that have the 1/2.3" sensor. So is there anything out there with decent auto settings and indoor performance (+ HD video) in the 100-200 range? We hope to use it night and day for our holiday to Disneyland so the smaller the better!!

Chris Cool
04-06-13, 02:33 PM
soft side with no sharpness in the picture or colour.

I do hope you do some post processing on your images? What you see and what the camera takes is not the same - read my blurb at the bottom.

I managed to find you a FUJIFILM XF1 Refurbished at just over your budget. It comes with a F1.8 lens and bigger sensor than most compacts and has 1080 HD movies. This makes it suitable for low light recording http://shop.fujifilm.co.uk/fujifilm-xf1-refurbished.html

Read about it here http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/digital-cameras/1297831/fujifilm-xf1
It helps that this 2/3in sensor is almost twice the size (by surface area) as the 1/2.3in sensors used in most compact cameras. It's a little bigger than the 1/1.7in sensors used in other brands of premium compact camera too. It appears to be the same sensor as in the Fujifilm X10, which means that noise levels are among the lowest of any compact camera.

And don't forget. Post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with your camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below.

There are 32 video tutorials to get you started http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/
The most useful is the Adjusting levels http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/06_Levels/06_Levels.html
and for even more adjustment. The Curves tool http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/07_Curves/07_Curves.html is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster).

My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet or whatever :cool:



04-06-13, 07:40 PM
Thanks for the tips Chris, I do very little in terms of post processing so I will have at that tutorial and the links within your sig.

That XF1 looks great, I will see if the wife will give me some extra spending money! :D