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"Picky Details" for the Fujifilm FinePix Z1 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 Z1.

Fujifilm FinePix Z1 Timings
Operation
Time
(secs)
Notes
Power On -> First shot
1.1
Slide cover open and LCD turns on. Very fast. (No lens to telescope out.)
Shutdown
0.2 - 2
First time is simple shutdown, second time is worst-case buffer-clearing time. Also very fast.
Play to Record, first shot
0.6
Time until first shot is captured. Very fast.
Record to play
3.3 / 1.1
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. Both times are about average.
Shutter lag, full autofocus
0.51 / 0.50
First time is at full wide-angle, second is full telephoto. Very fast, particularly for a subcompact model.

Shutter lag, "High Speed" mode

0.316
Exceptionally fast.
Shutter lag, prefocus
0.011
Time to capture, after half-pressing shutter button. Exceptionally fast.
Cycle Time, max/min resolution

1.60 / 1.03

First number is for large/fine files, second number is time for "TV" mode (640x480) images. Times are averages. In both modes, clears the buffer after each shot. Buffer clears in 2 seconds after last shot. Pretty good, particularly for a subcompact model.

Surprising speed, particularly for a subcompact camera. The Fujifilm FinePix Z1 is a surprisingly fast little camera. It lacks a continuous or "burst" mode, but it starts up and shuts down quickly, has faster than average shutter response (and exceptionally fast response in "High Speed" mode), and does better than average from shot to shot, at least when compared to other compact digital camera models. All in all, good performance from a camera of any size, particularly surprising in a subcompact model.

 

Power

The Fuji FinePix Z1 uses a custom rechargeable LiIon battery for power.

Operating Mode
Power
(@5 volts on the external power terminal)
Est. Minutes
(3.6V 750 mAh cell)
Capture Mode
358 mA
90
Half-pressed shutter
487 mA
67
Memory Write (transient)
469 mA
n/a
Flash Recharge (transient)
688 mA
n/a
Image Playback
218 mA
148

Typically short battery life for a subcompact model. When cameras get small, one of the tradeoffs is that there just isn't a lot of room for a large battery. The FinePix Z1 is no exception in this respect, so you'll definitely want to think about buying a second battery if you plan on any extended outings with the camera.

 

Storage Capacity

The Fuji FinePix Z1 stores its photos on xD memory cards, and a 32 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 32 MB card at each size/quality setting.

Image Capacity vs
Resolution/Quality
32 MB Memory Card
Fine Normal
2592 x 1944
Images
(Avg size)
12
2.5 MB
25
1.3 MB
Approx.
Compression
6:1 12:1
2048 x 1536
Images
(Avg size)
- 40
788 KB
Approx.
Compression
- 12:1
1600 x 1200 Images
(Avg size)
- 51
626 KB
Approx.
Compression
- 9:1
640 x 480
Images
(Avg size)
-
249
128 KB
Approx.
Compression
-
7:1

 

Download Speed

The Fuji FinePix Z1 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 4357 KBytes/second, an amazingly fast rate. (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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