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Fujifilm FinePix Z30 review




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Like most of the big camera companies, Fujifilm makes a wide range of models to suit every type of photographer, including high-spec professional SLRs such as the S5 Pro (review coming soon), powerful superzooms like the S100FS and S2000HD, high-tech luxury compacts like the F200 EXR and F100fd, and simple budget compacts such as the J50 and J12. It also makes a popular range of cameras aimed at the more style-conscious consumer, including models such as the Z100fd and the Z20fd. Today I'm taking a look at the latest in the Z series, the FinePix Z30. It's a 10.0-megapixel 3x zoom ultra-compact with a 2.7-inch 230k monitor, currently selling for around £130.

Even at first glance there's little room for doubt as to exactly what sort of camera the Z30 is. The slim, rounded plastic body, the simplified controls and the fact that it's available in a range of colours including pink, purple, orange, white and black, are a sure-fire indicator that this is a camera for people more concerned with style than with substance. Its relatively low price makes it a good choice if you're looking for a present for a fashion-conscious teenager, and its extremely simple controls mean that even those with the shortest attention spans should be able to work out fairly quickly how to take pictures with it.

The Z30 is very compact and lightweight, tipping the scales at approximately 131g including battery and measuring just 90.5 x 59.0 x 25.7mm. Despite the rather toy-like plastic body the build quality is up to Fujifilm's usual high standard and the camera feels solid and well made. The shiny finish resists dirt and scratches, and the curved shape is inherently strong, although it does make the camera rather slippery and hard to grip securely. There's no denying that it's a nice looking camera, although the white finish and the rubber-covered buttons on the back do remind me of a Sinclair ZX80, and not in a good way. (If you don't know what a ZX80 is, ask your grandparents.)


July 4, 2009, 11:38 am

I purchased this camera for one reason only the auction function. I have read Cliff Smiths review and the buttons may be a bit fiddly for a man but for a woman or teanager they would not be. I am also concerned that he has a bit of a duff camera as i have not experianced any of the problems he has, my z30 takes pictures as soon as the shutter is open, with no delay at all but a quick card in the camera when it was using it's own memory on the camera there was a slight delay. I did used to teach photography so i have a professional cameras as well but this z30 does actually beat my small cannon ixus that i used to keep in my hand bag for every day, moments on macro etc. The auction mode of this camera and its sister model the waterproof z33 also has this allows you to take 1 to 3 photos (or 1 to 5) etc and arrange them onto one photo . The main plus of this is the photo uploads quick onto the auction site and you only get charged for one photo. I found the macro alot sharper than my cannon ixus that was 3 times the price. The camera it self feels very good in my hands which is a good plus. I found the other reivew a little bit harsh, bright coloured camera are in at the moment what ever your age, and most features are mundain, as they are on most cameras now, but this auction mode and the price for the camera , i am very pleased with it will never ever match my professiona cameras but it saves me alot of money listing items on a famous auction site.


August 19, 2009, 2:58 am

This has to be the worst review ever. If I had read it before buying the Z30 I wouldn't know what a GREAT little camera this is!

It is as light as the best Canon Ixus and as small. Really cool looking. 2 secs to start up and take pic which is fast.

The reviewer says it doesn't have many features but that's cos he didn't actually bother to find out. It has face recognition and can take out facial blemishes, it has anti-shake, auto anti-red-eye, an auto mode that recognises the conditions and will set accordinging, i.e, backlight portrait, portrait, action mode, etc and about 12 other decent features.

It takes really good pics. The user menu is fantastic and simple to understand. The buttons are easy to use and look splash-proof (not tested).

The Z30 can accept High Capacity SD cards and has it's own battery which plugs into a charger (takes 40 mins from no charge to full). It has a very good screen and best of all, is a true pocket digital camera (with no sharp edges to snag in your pocket).

This camera is going to be a best-seller.

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