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Fujifilm FinePix Z30 - Fujifilm FinePix Z30

By Cliff Smith

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7

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The Z30 is a very simple point-and-shoot ultra-compact, and as such is doesn't have a lot of features or options. It has only automatic operation, with a choice of basic or standard auto modes, plus 16 fairly mundane scene modes and an automatic scene recognition mode, which is the best default setting for ease of use. Menu options are limited to the basics, including image size/quality, ISO setting, white balance and exposure compensation, but precious little else. The only colour options are between standard or high saturation mode, and there are only two focus mode options. What it does have however is a "Blog" mode and an online auction mode. This is a camera for the Internet generation.

The external controls consist of a double row of rubber-covered buttons to the right of the monitor. Presumably the rubber coating is intended to help resist dust and splashes, but the Z30 is not waterproof like its sibling the Z33. In practice the controls are extremely fiddly, particularly the zoom control, which is very small and hard to press accurately. The zoom action itself is very slow, but at least it has nine steps between wide and telephoto, so accurate framing is possible.

I'm not a big fan of sliding-cover cameras, but in fact the design of the Z30 does work fairly well. The curved shape means that the cover is less likely to come open in your pocket, and the lens is positioned far enough away from the corner that you don't end up accidentally getting your finger in the way when holding it two-handed.

The Z30 features a dedicated button to immediately start recording video, although it is limited to 640 x 480 resolution at 30fps with mono audio and no optical zoom. The video quality is reasonably good, but the sound quality is pretty dreadful thanks to the small and very tinny microphone.

The only other features of note are a couple of unusual self-timer modes, a couple-timer and a group-timer. These use the face detection system to count the number of faces in the frame, and then start the timer countdown when everyone's in position. It's a simple feature but one that could come in useful for exactly the type of social snapshot photography for which the Z30 is designed.

swifty

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.

hero11

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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