The Z1 connects to the PC via a neat docking cradle that also incorporates a charging socket – keeping things nice and tidy. The Z1 is primarily marketed as a fashion camera, the sort of thing you would take to a party to impress your friends, so it’s not really intended to compete with a semi-pro SLR. While it does have the benefit of a 5.1 megapixel CCD, it is distinctly short on the kind of features that would sell it to a photography enthusiast.
The menu offers seven basic shooting modes. In the manual mode, you have access to exposure compensation, seven pre-set white balance options and a choice of centre or multi-zone AF, as well as a set-up menu. The other six shooting modes are variations on the automatic program mode, with settings for natural light, portraits, landscapes, action and night shooting. In these automatic modes no exposure, AF or white balance adjustments are possible.
In common with most of Fuji’s range, the Z1 also has a Function button that provides quick access to image size/quality, ISO sensitivity and colour mode, with a choice of standard, high saturation or monochrome. The F button functions are available in both manual and automatic modes.
The other controls are equally simple. In shooting mode the D-pad has four secondary functions, one for each direction. These are macro on or off, self timer on or off, LCD brightness on or off, and a choice of six flash modes. Macro mode focusing range is 6cm, which is better than average for a camera in this class. In playback mode, menu options include image rotation, print selection and a variety of slideshow options, including fade-in and multi-image display.