Review posted for Fujifilm FinePix V10|
(Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 12:45 EDT)
There's a lot to like on the Fujifilm FinePix V10.
It's a sleek snapshooter with a huge, high resolution 3-inch LCD that makes composing shots on the live screen and image playback a joy. The Fujifilm V10 is also reasonably responsive, powering on quickly and moving briskly from shot to shot so you're always ready to take pictures.
Under adequate lighting, this photo monster gobbles up images in standard mode almost as fast as in its high-speed Continuous mode. Images captured in outdoor daylight and well-lit indoor conditions had crisp color and sharpness. Under low light and more contrasty conditions, however, the Fujifilm V10 fared less well despite its vaunted "low-noise" high ISO settings of 800 and 1,600; a disappointment to be sure. Many of the shots I took at 800 and 1,600 were riddled with noise.
Similarly, while I loved the concept of the "Natural Light & With Flash" mode which takes two shots in succession, under lower lighting, the Natural Light shots with boosted ISOs of 800 or 1,600 came out splotchy while the flash shots looked blown out. It was only under more moderate lighting that the mode seemed to work well.
And what can I say about a camera that lists four video games as one of its selling points? Well, two of the four games are fun, but if you're looking for portable gaming, get a Sony PSP instead. What the games do provide is a way to show off the Fujifilm V10's fabulous screen, which, along with camera's great design and excellent usability, warrant a closer look.