Fujifilm FinePix Z30 review: Fujifilm FinePix Z30

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Typical Price: $299.00

Fujifilm FinePix Z30

(Part #: Z30 Whirl White)
3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Nice, punchy colours in images. Interesting design. Quirky features like montages.

The Bad Slow zoom. Soft images. Cumbersome navigation system. Awkward buttons. Expensive for what you get.

The Bottom Line Unless you're a social networking addict and child of the YouTube era, you won't find much use for the FinePix Z30. The novel aspects don't make up for the clunky buttons, slow performance and noisy images at all.

6.9 Overall

Design

Awkward buttons at the back make using the Z30 an interesting experience. (Credit: Fujifilm)

Imagine for just a moment that there was a camera-wielding Pokémon. Have you got that image? Well, the Fujifilm FinePix Z30 would definitely come close to resembling it. Coming in a fine array of colours, from an acrid purple to a peculiar orange, this little baby sits at a dainty 116.5g.

The main point of interest is the sliding front cover that moves to the — yes, that's right — side, rather than the conventional up and down motion that we've seen on other slider cameras such as the Sony Cyber-shot T700.

This is a much cheaper camera than that though, and you can tell from the build quality — all plastic, with a small 2.7-inch screen at the back, and plastic grid buttons. The buttons give a satisfying click when you press them, but they are so squashed together on the back panel that distinguishing between them without looking carefully is a cumbersome task indeed.

Features

For a camera of this price there's nothing surprising in the feature set. It's a 10-megapixel CCD sensor, and inside, all the standard options seem to be present. There's scene recognition that automatically changes the camera's settings in accordance with the shooting situation, plus a 3x optical zoom and a maximum ISO level of 1600.

Ladies and gentlemen, we take no responsibility if you choose to use any other setting in couples mode apart from this one. (Credit: CBSi)

Fujifilm also dubs this camera as "internet friendly". There are a number of options available that automatically resize either an image or a video into a lower resolution, plus there's a dedicated auction mode that makes VGA-sized composite images for use on sites such as eBay. We actually found more use for this in making your own DIY Pop Art-esque montages, but each to their own.

Image stabilisation is present, as well as automatic red-eye removal, plus there's a special feature dedicated for those lovebirds who enjoy snapping themselves at arm's length. The couple self-timer has three curious options — presumably which one you choose depends on how much you like your partner — near, close up or super close, all denoted by an increase in love hearts next to the option.

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