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Hands-on with the Fujifilm FinePix Z20fd: Fairweather friend

The 10-megapixel Fujifilm Finepix Z20fd is a sunny compact that heralds the arrival of summer with a selection of colours and assorted outdoor video shenanigans

The sun is out, birds are singing, and the world is once again flooded with colour after the pitiless grey misery of an English winter: our pasty white knees may even make an appearance this weekend. What better time to get our hands on the Fujifilm FinePix Z20fd, the latest in Fuji's rainbow-hued Z range of compact cameras?

The 10-megapixel Z20 follows the slidey-front template of its predecessor, the Z10. It packs a non-protruding Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens, with an aperture of f3.7-f4.2 and a 35mm equivalent focal length of 35-105mm. The screen is a 64mm (2.5-inch) LCD, showing 150,000 dots, with approximately 97 per cent coverage.

Features include face detection, assorted red-eye removal options and IrSimple/ IrSS infrared photo transfer. Playback mode offers a giant 10x10 micro-thumbnail array, slide shows and resizing for blogs or eBay.

The summer's a good time for video, and you'll be posting your frolics in the park to YouTube in no time, with the Z20fd's dedicated movie button. MPEG-4 is recorded at 640x480 or 320x240-pixel resolution at 30 frames per second. You can add new video to existing clips and edit out bits, all in-camera.

The Fujifilm FinePix Z20FD uses xD, SD and SDHC memory cards. It comes in a rainbow of colours: light green, blue, pink, red and black, and is available now for a very summery £99. -Rich Trenholm

Update: Read our full Fujifilm FinePix Z20fd review