Fujifilm FinePix F10 review:

Fujifilm FinePix F10

The Fujifilm FinePix F10 scored decent to high marks on every performance test and can be tweaked to do even better. For example, at 0.7 second, shutter lag was pretty good under contrasty illumination, and at 1.2 seconds, average under more challenging low-contrast lighting, even when using the brilliant green focus-assist lamp. But switching to the optional High Speed Shooting mode set an all-purpose focus distance, and with the autofocus system out of the equation, shutter lag dropped to a speedy 0.1 second.

We were especially impressed with the camera's NP-120 lithium-ion battery, which plugged away for 1,480 shots on a single charge, half of them using the camera's muscular flash unit. The 2-ounce, 1,950mAh battery is disproportionately large for a camera this compact--in fact, it's the highest-capacity lithium-ion battery we've seen so far in a snapshot camera. We subjected it to a heavy dose of zooming and card formatting during its workout, and it managed to keep that 2.5-inch LCD lit up the whole time for framing and picture review.

Wake-up time from a deep slumber was only 2.3 seconds, and we were able to snap off shots every 1.4 seconds thereafter (3 seconds with flash). Continuous shooting produced 40 shots, both at full-resolution (in about 60 seconds) and at 640x480 VGA settings (in about 48 seconds), for a maximum continuous speed of 1.2fps.

Shooting speed
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Typical shot-to-shot time  
Shutter lag (typical)  
Time to first shot  
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Note: In seconds.

Typical continuous-shooting speed
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Note: Frames per second.

Battery life
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Note: Number of shots.

Overall, image quality was pretty good, with only a couple of problems. Most shooters should be pleased with the photos the Fujifilm FinePix F10 produces at sizes up to 8x10 and occasionally larger. The SuperCCD sensor delivers relatively sharp photos, with lots of detail in highlight and shadow areas and without the tendency to blow out the lightest areas. Colors were not overly saturated, but the generally good white balance was fairly warm under incandescent lights.

Though you probably won't want to blow them up too big, low-light photos shot at ISO 800 look surprisingly good.

Of course, those higher ISO ratings provide much of this camera's allure. There was very little noise at all at ISO 80, and while noise was noticeable at ISO 800 and ISO 1,600, it was no worse than that produced by most other point-and-shoots at ISO 400. The upper ISO ranges were good enough that we felt comfortable switching off the flash indoors and going for a more natural look.

The downside of the image quality is excessive fringing, predominantly on the sides, as is typical for snapshot cameras. But we also frequently saw it in the middle of the shot, where we didn't expect it, on boundaries between saturated hues.

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