Lifestyle camera that’s good in low light...

Product Overview

Overall rating:

84%
Performance:80%
Value:85%
Features:85%
Overall score:84%
Image Quality:80%
Design:90%

Pros:

  • Good looks, high ISO

Cons:

  • Price, low-light AF is disappointing

Product:

Fujifilm FinePix Z3

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£200.00

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The latest in the lifestyle category from Fujifilm is the Z3, available in three colours – pink, blue and silver.



Features

With a 6MP Super CCD, the Z3 also boasts a top ISO speed of 1600 for low light photography, making this Fujifilm’s party camera. This is reinforced with a flash system designed to balance background and foreground for enhanced skin tones. The camera can capture two consecutive images – one with, and one without flash – allowing users to choose the preferred one.



Design

We had the pink one, which the ‘laydeez’ found attractive, but in bars and clubs, the artificial lighting just made it look silver. It’s attractive nonetheless, with a sliding lens cover, 2.5inch LCD and easy operation.



Performance

Using the flash slows the camera down, a common problem with compacts. However in other respects it’s speedy, from powering up to recording.



Image Quality

Generally image quality is good for a compact, though we had a few blurred flash shots as the AF struggled to cope in a dark nightclub. The noise is well controlled at ISO 1600, thanks to the same system as that on the Fuji F30.



Value For Money

At the RRP, it is slightly expensive, but it has a reasonable feature set and is well made. Lifestyle cameras always command a slight premium, but street prices of £180 are more realistic.

Verdict

There are many lifestyle cameras around, but the Z3 seems particularly attractive to women, judging by my straw poll in Southend.

Full Specification

Power:
Li-Ion cell
Dimensions:
90 x 55 x 20mm

Weight:
130g
Other:
-

Connectivity:
USB 2.0

Flash Modes:
4
Memory Card:
xD + internal memory 10MB

White Balance:
Automatic Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light
Metering System:
-

ISO Range:
Auto, equiv 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Exposure Modes:
Programmed AE, Movie

Shutter Speeds:
4-1/1000sec
File Formats:
JPEG

LCD:
2.5in 230,000 pixel LCD
Sensor:
5.1MP 1/2.5in Super CCD HR

Lens:
36-108mm equivalent, f/3.5-4.2