Friday, January 25, 2008

Fuji F100fd

dpreview reports:

Positioned as the flagship [compact] model, the 12 megapixel F100fd sports a 5x 28-140mm zoom lens, Face Detection 3.0 and sensitivity settings of up to ISO 12800. The F100fd is claimed to offer Wide Dynamic Range capabilities similar to those found on the S5 Pro digital SLR.

Brett's 2p-worth: I've blogged before about how much I enjoyed using Fujifilm's F30D. And about how it has now been replaced by a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3, mainly for its wide-angle view and extended zoom range.

The F100fd has the wide angle if not quite the zoom range. It also has aperture and shutter priority modes (which I miss on the Lumix). The expanded dynamic range is intriguing, it has been widely praised on the FinePix S3 Pro digital camera for broadening the tonal capability of the camera, helping it to retain both bright highlights and dark shadows.

However, the 12 megapixel CCD concerns me. More pixels can mean more noise and poor low-light ability. I will be looking forward to reading the first reviews of this camera to see if Fuji have dealt with this issue, or simply succumbed to the marketing people and sacrificed image quality to the consumers' (misinformed) hunger for megapixels.


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