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Fuji Finepix F100fd Review Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsContinuous DriveContinuous DriveVGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts xD memory.Accepts xD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Fuji Finepix F100fd Assessment

The Fuji Finepix F100fd is the new flagship F-series digital camera from Fuji. It combines a stabilized 12 megapixels sensor with a 5X wide-angle optical zoom lens in a body which is about 1" thick. With that come ISO capabilities up to 3200 at full-resolution and up to 12800 at 3 megapixels. This makes the F100 an instant contender for most-specified ultra-compact cameras.

As most ultra-compacts, the F100 is strictly a point and shoot model with a simple interface and limited external controls. This one delivers great quality images at good speeds which provides the basis for its Excellent rating. Kudos to Fuji for getting this year after year in a category that is plagued with under-performers. That being said, it is clear that Fuji is going for more consumer appeal and less advanced users than before. Compared to the Fuji Finepix F50
Fuji Finepix F50
and F31 before it, the Fuji F100 lost semi-automatic exposure modes and single button access to exposure-compensation.

The downsides of the Finepix F100 are its inefficient user-interface and rather short battery-life. Whether the F100's interface is a serious problem depends on how often you use exposure-compensation, white-balance and drive mode. Those who use these features in the moment will find themselves frustrated accessing the required menu.

Options to weight against the F100 obviously include the Fuji Finepix F50 which has a similar sensor and image stabilization feature. On the negative, the Fuji F50 has a standard 3X optical zoom, equivalent to 35-105mm. On the plus side, the F50 has more advanced features and a less frustrating user-interface.

An interesting alternative in terms of features is the HP Photosmart R967
HP Photosmart R967
. Although its image quality is not as good as the F100 and neither is its speed of operation, the R967 does feature full-manual controls and a number of interesting technologies like in-camera panorama-stitching, adaptive-lighting and a great help system.

See our full-length review for an in-depth look and images samples at all ISO sensitivities.

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PROS CONS
Image noise significantly below average at all ISO settings Exposure-compensation and white-balance are slow to access
Large prints possible at up to ISO 400 Very limited use ISO 6400 and 12800 modes
Good preservation of details and sharpness High barrel distortion near wide-angle
Wide dynamic range Difficult to hold securely
Very fast and responsive Short battery-life
Excellent LCD visibility
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Sister Models
Fuji Finepix F40fd - 8 Megapixels, 3X Non-stabilized optical zoom, ISO 100-2000, 3s max shutter-speed, xD & SD, 2.5" LCD
Fuji Finepix F50 - 3X Stabilized optical zoom, ISO 100-1600, 1/2000s-15s Shutter-speeds, Semi-automatic exposure modes
Previous Models
Fuji Finepix F31fd - 6 Megapixels, 3X Non-stabilized optical zoom, ISO 100-3200, 1/2000-15s Shutter-speeds, Semi-automatic exposure modes, 2.5" LCD, xD Only
Fuji Finepix F30 - 6 Megapixels, 3X Non-stabilized optical zoom, ISO 100-3200, 1/2000-15s Shutter-speeds, 2.5" LCD, xD Only
Fuji Finepix F20 - 6 Megapixels, 3X Non-stabilized optical zoom, ISO 100-2000, 1/2000-4s Shutter-speeds, xD Only, 2.5" LCD 115K Pixels, xD Only
Fuji Finepix F10 - 6 Megapixels, 3X Non-stabilized optical zoom, ISO 80-1600, 2.5" LCD 115K Pixels, 1/2000-15s Shutter-speeds, xD Only
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By on 2008/05/03
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Fuji F100fd Facts

Ultra-Compact digital camera
12 Megapixels Ultra CompactISO 100-3200
5X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/1500-8s
2 FPS Drive, 3 ImagesCustom white-balance
640x480 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSpot-Metering
2.7" LCD 230K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital High Capacity
xD
Internal Memory
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