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Fujifilm Finepix F100fd review




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Fujifilm Finepix F100fd


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Fujifilm's line-up of consumer digital compacts can be bewildering, with the A-series offering simplicity, the F-series being for advanced users, the Z-series are slim stylish models and the S-series offering DSLR-like operation. In all there are 29 consumer models currently available, some with different colour options.

In the F-series, the new top dog is the F100fd, a feature packed 12MP model featuring Fujifilm's Super CCD HR VIII sensor. The sensor uses the same technology as the top of the range S5 Pro DSLR. Without being too technical about it, the sensor uses a unique pixel array designed to capture a broader dynamic range, in other words the full range of tones from highlight to shadow detail and everything in between. This is especially important in very bright sunlight, when deep shadows and glaring highlights are common.

The camera features a host of other cutting edge technology, including Face Detection auto focus. This technology, now almost universal in compact cameras, recognises faces in the frame and focuses on them, as well as optimising exposure and digital parameters such as automatic red eye removal.

This model can recognise up to 10 faces in the frame and, as well as being faster than previous models, can recognise faces at more extreme angles, claims Fujifilm. The anti red-eye system can correct the image in 0.1 seconds and saves both the original file and the corrected file.

The other headline feature of the camera is its image stabilisation, offering both a mechanically stabilised CCD (i.e. the sensor moves to counteract the effect of camera shake), and high ISO sensitivity to avoid subject based movement. Of course the latter also allows for photography in low light. In fact Fujifilm has really pushed the boat out when I comes to the camera's ISO range, stretching as it does from ISO 100 to 12,800, although ISO 6,400 and 12,800 are at a reduced 3MP resolution.


July 3, 2008, 1:34 am

Why the performance ISO was not proven with pictures of the toy cars that it is made with the other cameras, it is this way impossible to compare


July 6, 2008, 11:08 pm

The Fujifilm F100FD is a serious disappointment, lots of potential but the wrong feature set. Dynamic Range is a good add but it doesn’t compensate for the lack of A and S shooting capability and the lack luster low light performance. Returned after 5 days. Fujifilm still doesn’t get it; the F30 and F31 are still the best digitals they made. And, the F100 is over priced based on performance capabilities and image results.


January 15, 2009, 12:03 am

It's not as good as the legendary F31, but it's the best in it's class. Show me a compact that has 28mm-140mm, can match the 1/1.6 inch sensor for quality, can use SDHC cards, has no color fringing. And I'll probably buy that too.

Cameron K. Fong

January 20, 2009, 10:52 am

I own this camera, it is the compact camera that best fit my requirements and budget, although PASM modes would have been really nice to have. I agree that the ISO comparison shots could have been done better (why not reshoot 100ISO if you have a shakey hand??). GulfFish - lack lustre low light performance - compared to a SLR maybe, but in its class it is still one of the best. DPreview Summer shoot out places this camera in the top of the class with special mention of its high ISO/low light ability.

I would like to point out a small error. The S5 Pro and the F100fd share the SuperCCD BUT there are a few different SuperCCD technologies, SuperCCD HR (High resolution - as found in the F100fd, F50, F40, F30 etc) and the SuperCCD SR (Super dynamic Range - as in the S5 Pro and the S3 Pro). These technologies are designed to combat differing problems, HR for noise due to high pixel count, SR for extended dynamic range. There is a new SuperCCD EXR (not in any cameras yet) that is designed to combine HR and SR technology to give a high resolution (low noise), extended dynamic range sensor, it will be interesting to see how these sensors will be implemented.


April 13, 2011, 9:13 pm

I've owned this camera for a long time and I've been continually disappointed in the quality of the shots in poor lighting. Maybe I just expect too much from a compact but I've compared results against other people taking the same snap with different cameras and mine always seem to be bottom of the class..


April 13, 2011, 9:29 pm

and I should add that the various scene modes generally aren't really worth bothering with.

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