The 8-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix Z100fd is a stylish compact that features a 5x zoom, CCD-shift image stabilisation and face detection.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

86%
Overall score:86%
Features:90%
Value:85%
Performance:75%
Image Quality:85%
Design:95%

Pros:

  • Design, size, good images, nice features.

Cons:

  • Operational speed, slight fringing evident.

Product:

Fujifilm FinePix Z100fd

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£170.00

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Design and Performance

A few jaws dropped when the Z100fd arrived at WDC – this really sets a benchmark for style. Its brushed metal finish is complemented by a diagonally sliding lens cover that houses a 5x optical zoom – still a rarity in such a small body.



In addition, there’s also sensor-based image stabilisation, a 2.7in LCD screen and up to ISO 1600, so it gets brownie points for its spec. Face Detection works well, though not quite with the dexterity of other systems. Its biggest let down is its operation – a long-winded menu system, and a lens whose proximity to the edge of the camera makes getting a finger into shots far too easy.





Image Quality

Images are fairly pleasing – good colour and detail is maintained, and while there’s a little noise in shadow areas at all ISOs, images at ISO 200 and under are fine. Edge and corner sharpness are neither good nor bad; the only main gripe is purple fringing.

Verdict

Operation, fringing and speed aren’t strong points, but great images can still be achieved.

Full Specification

Flash Modes:
6
White Balance:
Automatic scene recognition, Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light)

ISO Range:
100-1600
Metering System:
TTL 256 zone

Exposure Modes:
Programmed AE
Shutter Speeds:
4 sec. to 1/1000 sec. (depends on Shooting mode)

File Formats:
JPEG, Movie AVI (Motion JPEG) with sound
LCD:
2.7in 230,000 pixels

Lens:
36-180mm
Sensor:
8mp

Memory Card:
xD/SD/SDHC + 54MB internal
Connectivity:
USB 2.0

Power:
Li-Ion
Dimensions:
92.0 x 55.7 x 19.8mm

Weight:
138g
Other:
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