Fujifilm F60fd Review

 
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Fujifilm FinePix F60fd Performance


Timing and Performance

Overall slower than average timings, though some areas stand out.

Startup/Shutdown

Power on
to first shot

2.7 seconds

Time it takes for LCD to turn on and lens to deploy and capture a picture.

Shutdown

1.6 seconds

How long it takes to retract lens.

Buffer clearing time

14 seconds
(after 3 L/F JPEGs in Top-3 mode)
4.5 seconds
(after 20 L/F JPEGs in Continuous Long mode)

Worst case buffer clearing time. -- This is the delay after a set of shots before you can remove the card. Some cameras won't retract their lenses and shut down until the buffer is cleared.

About average times here, though worst case buffer clearing is markedly slow.

 

Mode Switching

Play to Record,
first shot

0.8 second

Time until first shot is captured.

Record to play

0.8 second

Time to display a large/fine file immediately after capture.

Display
recorded image

0.5 second

Time to display a large/fine file already on the memory card.

Mode switching times are better than average.

 

Shutter Response (Lag Time)

Full Autofocus Wide

0.592 second

Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at wide angle position.

Full Autofocus Tele

0.745 second

Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at telephoto position.

Prefocused

0.028 second

Time to capture, after half-pressing and holding shutter button.

Continuous AF

0.580 second

This mode usually shows no speed increase with our static subject; we have no way to measure performance with moving subjects.

Full Autofocus Flash

0.716 second

Time to capture while forcing flash to fire, wide angle.

Shutter response is good at both wide angle and telephoto, at 0.592s and 0.745s respectively, and enabling the flash only results in a lag time of 0.716s (faster than telephoto without flash). "Prefocusing" the camera by half-pressing and holding down the shutter button before the final exposure results in a lag time of 0.028 second, which is very good.

 

Cycle Time (shot to shot)
Single Shot mode
Large Fine JPEG
3.17 seconds

Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots.

Single Shot mode
640 x 480 JPEG

3.32 seconds

Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots.

Early shutter
penalty?

YES

Some cameras don't snap another shot if you release and press the shutter too quickly in Single Shot mode, making "No" the preferred answer.

Continuous mode
Long Period
Large Fine JPEG

2.97 seconds (0.34 frames per second);
>20 frames total;
4.5 seconds to clear

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length or 20 shots, whichever came first.

Continuous mode
Long Period

Small Basic JPEG

3.10 seconds (0.32 frames per second);
>20 frames total;
3.5 seconds to clear

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length or 20 shots, whichever came first.

Continuous mode
Top-3
Large Fine JPEG

0.50 second (2.00 frames per second);
3 frames total;
14 seconds to clear

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length or 20 shots, whichever came first.

Continuous mode
Top-12
3MP & 400 ISO JPEG

0.21 second (4.85 frames per second);
12 frames total;
8 seconds to clear

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length or 20 shots, whichever came first.

Flash recycling

9.3 seconds

Flash at maximum output.

*Note: Buffer clearing times measured with a SanDisk Extreme III 8GB SDHC memory card. Slower cards will produce correspondingly slower clearing times. Slow cards may also limit length of bursts in continuous mode. ISO sensitivity also affects cycle times and burst mode performance, with higher ISOs generally increasing cycle times and reducing burst performance.


Shot-to-shot cycle times are quite sluggish, at about 3.17 seconds for large/fine JPEGs, and even slower at the lowest resolution, at 3.32 seconds. The camera's Long Period Continuous mode is quite slow, capturing only 0.34 frames per second at the large/fine JPEG setting. The Top-3 mode captures 3 frames at 2 frames per second and the Top-12 mode captures 12 frames at an impressive 4.85 frames per second. However, Top-12 is limited to the 3MP resolution size. Flash recycling is about average, though a little slow considering its modest power.

 

Download Speed

Windows Computer, USB 2.0

3,750 KBytes/sec

Typical Values:
Less than 600=USB 1.1;
600-769=USB 2.0 Low;
Above 770=USB 2.0 High

Connected to a computer or printer with USB 2.0, download speeds are very good.

Overall, the Fujifilm FinePix F60fd is quite slow. Its cycle times alone are very slow, and its Continuous modes are much slower than average. The exceptions here are its mode-switching times, which are fairly fast, and its Top-12 Continuous mode. Shutter lag also isn't too bad. Though it should handle average shooting conditions fairly well, you may find yourself tapping your foot between exposures.

Battery and Storage Capacity

Battery
Mediocre battery life for a lithium-ion design.

Operating Mode Number of Shots
Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery,
(Based on CIPA standard)
230

The Fujifilm FinePix F60fd uses a custom rechargeable lithium-ion battery for power, and ships with a charger. Battery life is a bit below average, so we recommend you pick up a spare battery and keep it freshly charged and on-hand for extended outings.

The table above shows the number of shots the camera is capable of (on a fully-charged rechargeable battery), based on Fujifilm's standard test conditions.

(Interested readers can find an English translation of the CIPA DC-002 standards document here. (180K PDF document))

Storage
The Fujifilm FinePix F60fd accepts SDHC/SD or xD memory cards, and includes about 25MB of usable internal memory.

Image Capacity with
25MB Internal Memory
Fine Normal
4,000 x 3,000
Images
5
8
File Size
4.9 MB
3.0 MB
2,848 x 2,136
Images
8
15
File Size
3.1 MB
1.6 MB
2,048 x 1,536
Images
29
-
File Size
855 KB
-
1,600 x 1,200
Images
36
-
File Size
691 KB
-
640 x 480
Images
151
-
File Size
164 KB
-

We strongly recommend buying a large capacity SD/SDHC memory card or xD-Picture card. (These days, 2GB is a good trade-off between cost and capacity.)

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