Fujifilm FinePix F60fd review:

Fujifilm FinePix F60fd

A cold start has you shooting in 1.2 seconds--not too shabby. After you take that picture, though, you'll be waiting 3 seconds until you can focus and take the next; that's pretty slow. Adding flash only takes that time up to 3.2 seconds. When it comes to burst shooting, things get a little more complicated. The camera has five continuous shooting menu choices: Top 3, Final 3, Long Period, Top 12, and Final 12 (the last two can only capture 3-megapixel images).

CNET Labs tested with Long Period, the closest to a traditional burst mode, resulting in a 0.5 frame per second typical burst speed. The Top 3 options do perform faster, but they do not refocus, and once you release the shutter it takes 15 to 20 seconds to store the images to memory. At least shutter lag is respectable at 0.6 second for our high-contrast test and 0.8 second on our low-contrast test.

Photo quality results are less cut-and-dried. Color, detail, exposure, contrast, and white balance are all good, though they're best under natural light; indoors, it tends to underexpose a bit. That said, all the shots, regardless of ISO, exhibited some amount of noise manifesting itself as off-color specks. Also, the noise suppression tended to make everything look like an oil painting both onscreen and in prints. However, I was pleased by the amount of detail that remained in prints up to 8 inches by 10 inches.

One of the F60fd's main attractions is the A/S Priority mode, and I'm happy to say it works. If you're used to having the extra control of being able to stop motion or change depth of field, the Fujifilm FinePix F60fd is worth considering. Its picture quality isn't too shabby, either. On the other hand, those used to or in need of fast shooting won't be thrilled by the camera's slow shot-to-shot times.

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