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The Fuji Finepix F10: Low-light Performance in a Compact Camera

The Fuji Finepix F10 is a low cost point-and-shoot model designed for everyday use. But it’s a little different from the rest of Fuji’s F Series range in one important respect.

The SuperCCD Sensor in the camera allows you to shoot at a high ISO with very little noise or loss in quality. This superb feature makes the F10 stand out from its Fujifilm counterparts. This makes the camera much more useful for shooting at night and for shooting moving objects. It’s also useful when shooting indoors with poor lighting.

Features of the F10

Here’s a breakdown of what you get with the Finepix F10:
  • The camera measures 3.6 by 2.4 by 1.1 inches and weighs 155 grams
  • 6.3 Megapixels
  • 3x zoom lens
  • 2.5 inch LCD display screen
  • Natural light mode, which allows for clearer and sharper images in low-light conditions
  • Macro mode, allowing shots as close as 7.5cm
  • Capacity to shoot movies at 30 frames per second in 640x480 pixel resolution
Besides these features of the camera, these extras come along with it:
  • NP-120 ithium-ion rechargeable battery
  • AV cable
  • USB cable
  • 16MB xD picture card
  • Charger and adapter
In terms of appearance the F10 is quite a stylish silver model. Aside from being able to shoot low noise images at high ISO speeds, there are several other functions that make the camera complementary to night and action shooting.

There are five flash modes:
  • Slow Synchro
  • Forced
  • Suppressed
  • Auto
  • Red-eye Reduction
The built-in Auto Focus Illuminator means you don’t have to manually adjust the focus in low light scenarios. Slow Synchro Flash mode also ensures illumination of the background of the photo, although the flash is only effective up to a range of about 21 feet – which should be more than enough for a casual photographer.

If you’re hoping to use the camera for amateur photography, you may be disappointed by the lack of an option to manually adjust the shutter speed.

Consumer Responses to the Fuji Finepix F10

Many digital camera enthusiasts have praised the Fujifilm Finepix F10 for achieving a low-noise ISO 1600 speed.

Other similar cameras in the Fuji range have been plagued by the noise issue when shooting at higher speeds, even though they create 12MP high resolution images.

Some users have reported a purple fringe around some images taken with the F10.

Other positive points include a long battery life, and, of course, the F10’s excellent advantages as a low-light camera. The movie mode has also been praised as it allows the casual user to shoot video that can be displayed on a TV screen in high quality.

Some Cons Related To The Fuji F10 Digital Camera

Points that are often criticized about the F10 include its relatively user-unfriendly menu system, which can take some getting used to.

The lack of a viewfinder has also been pointed out as a flaw – because although the camera functions well in low light scenarios, in bright sunlight the LCD screen can become virtually useless due to wash out.

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