Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP review: Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP

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Typical Price: £160.00

Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP

(Part #: CNETFujifilm FinePix Z33WP)
3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars 4 user reviews

The Good Attractive styling and design; decent value for money.

The Bad Below-average definition; sluggish playback mode; modest zoom range.

The Bottom Line The Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP looks so good that its comparatively low price is something of a surprise. Its performance doesn't match its looks, though. It's sluggish to use and delivers below-par definition. Note too that it's not shockproof or freezeproof. If you're into adventure sports, you'll need something tougher

6.5 Overall

With a depth rating of up to 3m for up to 2 hours, the waterproof Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP could be the perfect beach accessory this summer. Whether you're splashing in the surf or lounging in the pool, this is a camera that you can take with you. It's small, it's simple and, at around £160, it's rather affordable too. You can even pick a colour to match your towel.

Positives
This is a very pretty little camera. Fujifilm's chosen really bright and eye-catching colours (blue, green, pink, yellow and black), and created a camera that looks contemporary, fashionable and elegant at the same time. It just shows that underwater cameras can also look cool.

The Z33WP delivered excellent colours in our indoor test shot, but outdoors, in bright sun, its auto white balance can deliver an unwanted blue/cyan tinge (click image to enlarge)

Round the back, there's no navigation pad -- just a screen and a vertical grid of buttons on the right, four of which double up as navigational buttons. It takes a while to figure out how to use the controls, but it's an efficient system and, of course, it's waterproof. It also looks rather good.

Inside, you get a 10-megapixel sensor and a 3x optical zoom, which is fine for a casual snapper like this. The shooting modes include Fujifilm's handy 'natural light with flash' option, which takes two pictures -- one with flash and one without -- so you can pick the one that works best. The flash also blends in rather well with the existing light to produce more natural-looking flash shots.

It takes a while to get used to the waterproof controls on the back, but it's actually a good-looking and efficient system

It looks like Fujifilm's forgotten about the old xD-Picture Card format. For a while, it's been building dual-format slots into its compacts that can support both xD-Picture Cards and SD cards, but the Z33WP is SD/SDHC only. That's hardly a great loss, it has to be said.

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