It's been a while since we've seen anything from Fujifilm's premium F-series. It's only a small series, currently consisting of only three models, but it has produced some excellent cameras, including the F31fd and the brilliant F40fd. The last one we looked at was the F100fd back in May, and it was almost a year ago that I reviewed the less-than-spectacular F50fd. Today I'm taking a look at the latest in this once-illustrious line, the new FinePix F60fd.
More by accident than by design, I seem to have been working my way through all the latest luxury compacts recently, so I've already seen most of the F60fd's competitors. It is a 12MP compact with a 3x zoom (35-105mm) lens, 3.0-inch 230k monitor and sensor-shift image stabilisation, but it will most likely be considered alongside models such as the Canon IXUS 870 IS (£200), the Nikon Coolpix S610 (£180 for the non-WiFi version) and the Panasonic Lumix FX37 (£175). Against such competition its £150 price tag must look tempting, but those other cameras all offer features such as ultra-wide lenses and longer zoom ranges. Can the F60fd make up the difference?
The big selling point of the F-series cameras used to be their unrivalled high-ISO and low light performance, but sadly none of the recent models have been able to match the benchmarks set by the F40fd and F31fd in this respect. This doesn't bode too well for the F60fd, since it has the same large but crowded 12.0-megapixel 1/1.6-inch SuperCCD HR VII sensor as its predecessor the F50fd. In fact the F60fd is really just an update of the F50fd, with much the same specification, but with a few extra features.