Fujifilm F50fd Review
|Full model name:||Fujifilm FinePix F50fd|
|Sensor size:||1/1.6 inch
(8.1mm x 6.0mm)
|Extended ISO:||100 - 6400|
|Shutter:||8 - 1/2000|
3.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 in.
(93 x 59 x 23 mm)
|Full specs:||Fujifilm F50fd specifications|
One of no less than five new digital cameras announced by Fujfilm on July 26 is the FinePix F50fd, an update that follows in the footsteps of the company's existing F10, F30, F31fd and F40fd models.
As compared to the most recent of the group - the FinePix F40fd - the newly unveiled Fujifilm F50fd has four more megapixels from the same image sensor size, yielding a total of 12 megapixels from its 1/1.6" SuperCCD HR image sensor. The Fuji F50fd also has a 2.7" LCD display and 25MB of built-in memory, up from a 2.5" display and 10MB in the previous model. There's also the useful addition of aperture-priority, shutter-priority and manual modes to help F50fd users unleash their creative side, and the longest shutter speed improved from three to eight seconds, while the higher-res imager has led to a boost in the digital zoom strength - now 8.2x.
The F50fd also marks the debut for the latest generation of Fujifilm's face detection technology. "Face Detection 2.0" is capable of detecting faces at more extreme angles in a scene - for example, where your subject is looking away from the camera, or laying on their side. Two final changes of note are that the F50fd only offers 256-zone multi metering, with the center / spot metering of the F40fd absent from the spec sheet, and a new full-resolution sensitivity maximum of ISO 2000 equivalent, as compared to ISO 3200 in the F40fd. Higher sensitivity up to a maximum of ISO 6400 equivalent is possible in the F50fd, but only at reduced resolution.
The Fujifilm FinePix F50fd will ship from September 2007, priced at around US$300.
Note: For details, test results, and analysis of the many tests done with this camera, please click on the tabs at the beginning of the review or below.