Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP review: Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP

The Z33WP is a slow camera. About the only thing it does somewhat quickly is turn on; from off to first shot is 1.8 seconds. Shot-to-shot times without using the flash average 3.5 seconds; using the flash extends that average to 3.8 seconds between snaps. Shutter lag is noticeably long. It takes 0.6 second to capture a photo in bright conditions once the shutter release is pressed. In low-light situations it takes 1.4 seconds. The continuous shooting speed is sluggish, too, at 0.3 frames per second.

Overall photo quality from the Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP is mediocre. The biggest issue is that the pictures lack sharpness regardless of ISO. Noise is a problem across all sensitivities as well. Shots taken using settings up to ISO 400 are suitable for prints below 5x7 inches or Web use. I can't recommend this camera for low-light or action photography due to the poor high ISO results in addition to the shutter lag performance. Colors are passable from the Z33WP. In our lab tests, blues were off, but other colors were decent. In field tests, things looked fairly natural though somewhat washed out. Video quality is OK and good enough for Web use, if not much else.

The Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP is an inexpensive waterproof point-and-shoot ultracompact camera. And by inexpensive I mean that it's considerably less than other waterproof cameras. However, the pictures and performance aren't the greatest, so while the Z33WP on paper looks like a good deal for an everyday pocket camera, you're better using it as a secondary camera specifically for shooting in rain and snow, or at the beach and pool.

Shooting speed
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Time to first shot  
Typical shot-to-shot time (flash)  
Typical shot-to-shot time  
Shutter lag (dim)  
Shutter lag (typical)  
Canon PowerShot D10
1.2 
3.9 
2 
0.7 
0.5 
Olympus Stylus Tough 8000
1.8 
5 
2.5 
0.8 
0.7 
Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP
1.8 
3.8 
3.5 
1.4 
0.6 
Olympus Stylus 1050 SW
2.4 
6.1 
5.1 
1.8 
1.3 

Typical continuous-shooting speed
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Aug. 10, 2009
  • Digital camera type Ultracompact
  • Optical Zoom 3 x
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
  • Sensor Resolution 10.0 Megapixel
  • Optical Sensor Size 1/2.3"
  • Lens 35 - 105mm F/3.7
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Joshua Goldman is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. He has been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 2000.