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Fujifilm Finepix F100fd - Fujifilm Finepix F100fd

By Jamie Harrison

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Fujifilm Finepix F100fd

Summary

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9

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Fujifilm has incorporated a useful 5x zoom lens, offering the equivalent of 28-114mm, with a digital zoom of 8.2x. Normally we don't recommend digital zoom, as it works by cropping the image area, resulting in reduced resolution. However, when the cameras initial resolution is this high, then digital zoom starts to become a useful tool. It still produces a 12MP file, so obviously there's some interpolation going on.

Despite its advanced status, the camera is more or less auto everything, with no manual aperture or shutter control. There are also 16 scene modes, covering a wide variety of commonly photographed subjects. Amongst this little lot are the standard landscape, beach, snow and so forth along with a couple of more unusual modes such as ‘natural' which takes two shots in quick succession - one with and one without flash so you can choose which works best, and ‘natural light' which retains the natural ambient light, ideal for candle-lit scenes for example.

As well as a portrait mode, the camera also features an enhanced portrait mode, which offers some skin smoothing to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, digital Retinol A if you will. Because you're worth it.

Another useful feature in today's digital world is the blog mode, which automatically reduces the size of images taken for quick uploads to websites and blogs. There are two sizes available; 640 pixels and 320 pixels. This is also enhanced by Fujifilm's IrSimple technology, which allows image transfer to compatible infrared enabled devices.

Fujifilm has taken a traditional approach to the camera design, resembling as it does many compacts of the last 20 years. The sturdy aluminium body is robust and the camera has a satisfying weighty feel. Despite this, it remains small enough to easily fit into a pocket. The lens retracts fully into the body to provide a fairly slim profile when powered off.

Finally the two buttons on the bottom right operate playback mode and LCD display options, including a grid screen display for composition assistance.

ARIOSTO

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

GulfFish

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.

humpty

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.

Xman

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..

Xman

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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