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"Picky Details" for the Fujifilm FinePix F10 digital camera
(Timing, Power, and Storage Info)

 

Timing

When you press the shutter release on a camera, there's usually a lag time or delay before the shutter actually fires. This corresponds to the time required for the autofocus and autoexposure mechanisms time to do their work, and can amount to a fairly long delay in some situations. Since this number is rarely reported on (and even more rarely reported accurately), and can significantly affect the picture taking experience, I routinely measure both shutter delay and shot to shot cycle times for all cameras I test, using a test system I designed and built for the purpose. (Crystal-controlled, with a resolution of 0.001 second.) Here are the numbers I collected for the Fujifilm FinePix F10:

Fujifilm FinePix F10 Timings
Operation
Time
(secs)
Notes
Power On -> First shot
2.0
LCD turns on and lens extends forward. Faster than average.
Shutdown
1.2 - 7
First time is time to retract lens, second time is worst-case buffer-clearing time. Faster than average.
Play to Record, first shot
1.2
Time until first shot is captured. A bit faster than average.
Record to play
3.7 / 1.2
First time is that required to display a large/fine file immediately after capture, second time is that needed to display a large/fine file that has already been processed and stored on the memory card. About average.
Shutter lag, full autofocus
0.545 / 0.537
First time is at full wide-angle, second is full telephoto. A fair bit faster than average.

Shutter lag, continuous autofocus

0.55
As usual, no advantage to continuous AF with stationary subjects, and we have no way to test performance with a moving target.
Shutter lag, full autofocus, "High Speed Shooting" mode 0.29 Very fast. (Measured wtih lens at wide-angle position.) This is one of the fastest shutter lag numbers I've yet measured in a consumer digital camera. High Speed Shooting mode shortens battery life by an unknown amount, but the dramatically reduced shutter lag will undoubtedly be worth it in many situations.
Shutter lag, prefocus
0.014
Time to capture, after half-pressing shutter button. Very fast.
Cycle Time, max/min resolution

1.68 / 1.06

First number is for large/fine files, second number is time for "TV" mode (640x480) images. Times are averages. Continues at this pace indefinitely regardless of resolution. Buffer clears in 4 seconds for large/fine images, 2 seconds for lowest resolution.
Cycle Time, Flash Recharge ~7 Time required to recharge flash and shoot the next photo, after a full-power flash discharge. About average.
Cycle Time, continuous "40 shot" mode, max/min resolution 1.65 / 0.94
(0.61 / 1.07 fps)
First number is for large/fine files, second number is time for "TV" size images. Times are averages. Shoots up to 40 frames this fast, and clears the buffer in 6 seconds for large/fine images, 2 seconds for lowest resolution. Fairly fast.
Cycle Time, continuous "3 shot" mode, max/min resolution 0.44
(2.30 fps)
Times are averages. Shoots 3 frames this fast regardless of resolution. Buffer clears in 5 seconds for large/fine shots, in 4 seconds for "TV" sized images. Good speed, but somewhat limited buffer capacity.

Faster than average shutter response, average cycle times. With full-autofocus shutter lag of 0.54-0.55 second, the Fuji F10 is more responsive than most cameras on the market, and its 0.011 second shutter delay when "prefocused" (by half-pressing and holding down the shutter button prior to the shot itself) is absolutely blazing. A special "High Speed Shooting" mode further increases focusing speed at the cost of shorter battery life, producing full-autofocus delays of only 0.29 second at wide angle, making the Fuji F10 easily one of the fastest focusing consumer cameras on the market. Shot to shot cycle times are good but not spectacular, at 1.68 second/frame for large/fine images. Continuous shooting speed ranges from a leisurely 1.65 second/frame in the "40-shot" mode, to a very respectable 2.3 frames/second in the "3-shot" mode. All in all, a solid performer with better than average shutter response.

 

Power

The Fujifilm FinePix F10 uses a custom rechargeable LiIon battery for power.

Operating Mode
Power
(@6.5 volts on the external power terminal)
Est. Minutes
(3.6 volt, 1950 mAh LiIon cell)
Capture Mode, w/LCD
305 mA
276
Half-pressed shutter w/LCD
482 mA
175
Memory Write (transient)
396 mA
n/a
Flash Recharge (transient)
573 mA
n/a
Image Playback
210 mA
400

 

Really excellent battery life. The Fuji Finepix F10 is powered by a proprietary LiIon battery pack, and showed really excellent battery life in my tests. Its worst-case run time in capture mode (without the shutter half-pressed though) was an impressive 276 minutes, and run time in playback mode was a full 400 minutes. Very few cameras on the market can equal it in this respect. I usually recommend buying a second battery right along with the camera, but the F10's battery life is good enough that most average users would probably never need it.

 

Storage Capacity

The Fujifilm FinePix F10 stores its photos on xD memory cards, and a (completely inadequate) 16 MB card is included with the camera. (I strongly recommend buying at least a 64 MB card, preferably a 128 MB one, to give yourself extra space for extended outings.) The chart below shows how many images can be stored on the included 16 MB card at each size/quality setting.

Image Capacity vs
Resolution/Quality
16 MB Memory Card
Fine Normal
2248 x 1536
Images
(Avg size)
5
3.0 MB
10
1.5 MB
Approx.
Compression
6:1 12:1
2048 x 1536
Images
(Avg size)
- 20
790 KB
Approx.
Compression
- 12:1
1600 x 1200 Images
(Avg size)
- 25
634KB
Approx.
Compression
- 9:1
640 x 480
Images
(Avg size)
- 124
129 KB
Approx.
Compression
- 7:1

 

Download Speed

The Fujifilm FinePix F10 connects to a host computer via a USB interface. Downloading files to my Sony desktop running Windows XP (Pentium IV, 2.4 GHz), I clocked it at 4274 KBytes/second, a very fast pace. (Cameras with slow USB interfaces run as low as 300 KB/s, cameras with fast v1.1 interfaces run as high as 600 KB/s. Cameras with USB v2.0 interfaces run as fast as several megabytes/second.)

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