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Fujifilm FinePix Z30 - Test Shots - Detail and lens performance

By Cliff Smith



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A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.


Here's the usual detail test shot of the West Window of Exeter Cathedral, for you to compare with other cameras. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture.


Again the AF system has failed to focus correctly. It looks sharp enough on the monitor, but it's hopelessly out of focus. It's a pity, because the overall level of detail looks quite good.


There's no barrel distortion at wide angle, but that's probably due to automatic correction by the camera.


Proving that the Z30 can focus when it feels like it, the centre sharpness is actually pretty good.


Corner sharpness however is quite poor.



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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