Fujifilm V10 Review

 
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Fujifilm V10 Performance


Timing

Fujifilm FinePix V10 Timing
Good speed for a consumer camera.

Startup/Shutdown
Power on
to first shot
2.0 seconds
Time it takes for LCD to turn on and lens to deploy.
Shutdown
1.0 second
How long it takes to retract lens and stow in your pocket.
Buffer clearing time
1.2 seconds
(Large/Fine JPEG,
Four shots in
continuous 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.
Mode switching
Play to Record,
first shot
1.0 second
Time until first shot is captured
Record to play
1.2 seconds
Time to display a large/fine file immediately after capture
Display
recorded image
0.9 second
Time to display a large/fine file already on the memory card.
Shutter response (Lag Time):
Full Autofocus Wide
0.54 second
Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at wide angle position.
Full Autofocus Tele
0.51 second
Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at telephoto position.
Prefocused
0.018 second
Time to capture, after half-pressing and holding shutter button.
Cycle time (shot to shot)
Single Shot mode
Large Fine JPEG
1.23 seconds
Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots
Single Shot mode
640x480 JPEG
1.36 seconds
Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots
Early shutter
penalty?
Yes
Some cameras won't snap another shot if you release and press the shutter too quickly in Single Shot mode, making "No" the preferred answer.
Continuous mode
Large Fine JPEG
0.97 second (1.03 frames per second);
4 shot buffer capacity;
~1.2 seconds to clear
Time per shot, averaged over buffer length of 4 shots. After buffer fill, drops to 1.24 sec/shot, 0.81 fps.
Continuous mode
640x480 JPEG
1.04 second (0.96 frames per second);
No apparent limit
Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots.
Flash recycling
5.8 seconds
Flash at maximum output
Download speed
Windows Computer, USB 2.0
3,855 KBytes/sec
Typical Values:
Less than 600=USB 1.1;
600-770=USB 2.0 Low;
771-4000=USB 2.0 High

The V10's performance is quite good for the most part, despite a somewhat slow continuous mode cycle time (1.03 frames per second for only four frames). However, it starts up fairly quickly, and has a very fast shutter response at wide angle and telephoto. "Prefocusing" the camera by half-pressing and holding down the shutter button before the final exposure results in a super-fast 0.018-second lag time. Shot to shot cycle times are good, at about 1.23 seconds for large/fine JPEGs, and it captures frames continuously at this rate. (There's no apparent buffer capacity limit in single-shot mode.) The flash takes about 5.8 seconds to recharge after a full-power shot, a bit on the slower side of average but not bad for a compact camera. Connected to a computer, download speeds are very fast, meaning you won't feel a need for a separate card reader. Bottom line, while not a first choice for sports or other fast-paced action, the Fujifilm V10 is responsive enough to handle most family photo opportunities.

Battery and Storage Capacity

Battery
Moderate battery life.

Operating Mode
Number of Shots
LiIon rechargeable battery
170

The Fujifilm V10 uses a custom rechargeable LiIon battery for power. The table above shows the number of shots the camera is capable of, based on CIPA battery-life and/or manufacturer standard test conditions. Given the somewhat limited run time, you should definitely consider purchasing a second battery to pack along on extended outings. (170 shots is quite a few for most consumers, but that figure doesn't include running the camera in playback mode to view your photos.)

Storage
A 16MB xD Picture Card is included with the Fuji FinePix V10.

Image Capacity with
16MB Memory Card
Fine Normal
2,592 x 1,944 Images 6 12
File Size 2.5 MB 1.3 MB
2,048 x 1,536 Images - 20
File Size - 786 KB
1,600 x 1,200 Images - 25
File Size - 626 KB
640 x 480
Images - 124
File Size - 128 KB

We strongly recommend buying at least a 128MB xD card, preferably a 256MB one, to give yourself extra space for extended outings.

 

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