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Fujifilm Finepix F31FD has 6.3 million
effective pixels and 3x Optical Zoom. Face Detection instantly and accurately identifies faces everywhere in the scene and brings them into clear focus. You can also enjoy 580 shots on a full charge! You can take hundreds of photos at a daily snapshot or long vacation destination without recharging.
The Fujifilm FinePix F31fd is a compact, feature laden, 6.3- megapixel Super CCD digital camera with a 3x f/2.8-5.0 optical zoom lens. Advanced digital camera technology including Face Detection, Shake reduction, and extraordinary performance at high ISO result in a picture taker with something for everyone.
USB cover is a rubberized plug and plastic battery door
Kids and dogs beware; your picture will be taken. The durable Fujifilm FinePix F31fd is quick, has a large, easily viewed display, and with the controls and modes available results in a nifty snap shooter. "It's party time" with restaurants, gatherings, and events no challenge for the FinePix F31fd.
Fujifilm Finepix F31fd Features
Fuji Finepix F31FD Features
Fifteen scene modes, video, as well as Aperture and Shutter Priority are available. Advanced features including Face Detection and Picture Stabilization plus image quality and White Balance adjustments round out the controls.
A 2.5-inch LCD display with 230, 000 pixels makes up for the lack of a conventional viewfinder. The 100% display coverage aids in good composition when combined with the user selectable framing grid. There is Best Shot including with and without flash and high speed shooting with AF control options.
A sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 3200 and Auto ISO selections help 'get the shot'. The black-and-white and Chrome color modes in the F-menu offer creative options.
Playback functions include trimming capability, sorting choices, slide show, voice memo, and "IR simple" transfer capability. There are also basic direct printer control (DPOF) features. Image trimming is done safely, with the adjustments saved as a separate file so the original file is left unchanged.
Picture Stabilization works by increasing the shutter speed. Although mechanical image stabilization is preferable, the F31fd's excellent high ISO performance make this technique is very satisfactory.
With such advanced features and technology, it's no wonder the FinePix F31fd's printed manual comes in at 180 pages!
Since Face Detection is a new and popular digital camera feature, it deserves a little extra attention. The Fujifilm FinePixe F31fd manual says this about Face Detection:
"Intelligent Face Detection allows you to focus on and adjust the brightness of people's faces."
Selectable Auto-Focus combined with a people-optimized exposure mode make up Fujifilm's Face Detection system. The big bonus is that after a picture is taken the camera reviews your photo, scrolling through the faces it detected, so you can immediately see how well it worked! The screen captures from the included software and camera display photographs further illustrate what Face Detection does to assure the photographer gets what they want.
Is Face Detection technology just another gimmick? Only if image stabilization and auto focus are also passing fads. If you look through this year's PMA tradeshow coverage, you'll see that almost every camera manufacturer is including Face Detection in their 2007 compact digital camera lineup. Some implementation of face detection technology will probably be on a camera you own, sooner or later. And it will improve photos in certain photographic situations.
The image of the children's choral group had bad light, dozens of people snapping photos, video assist lights playing across the scene, a flickering set of overhead fluorescent lamps, and bad reflected color. This is an "overhead grab shot," taken with the camera held up in the air. When presented with a scene where it's not easy to 'select' a good exposure option, the Fujifim F31fd found a solution. The resulting 4x6 print was very acceptable.
The other 'people' samples benefited from Face Detection if only in the ability to quickly review them. With Face Detection turned off, photos suffered in most of the auto modes including Portrait. Face Detection works well and sets this camera apart.
Fujifilm Finepix F31fd Design
Fuji Finepix F31FD Design
On first impression, Fujifilm F31fd is almost tiny. The camera is nicely finished, smoothly slides in and out of a pocket or case, but is slippery to hold. It needs more to hang onto to ensure a secure grip. A wrist cord helps. The rubberized nubs below the wide/tele zoom control on the back of the camera and the grip on the front do not really allow for a secure one-hand grasp of the camera. There is no satisfactory place to rest fingers or thumbs on the left side of the camera without blocking the LCD display.
The tripod socket and battery/memory card door are plastic. The socket is offset to one end of the camera and allows the battery door to be opened when using some smaller tripods. A plastic tripod socket isn't a very good idea as it's very likely to be ruined by cross-threading or otherwise damaging the plastic threads.
The shutter release is a comfortable diameter but needs more relief (height) and texture. It has good half / full press differentiation so it's easy to tell when you've hit the focus-lock mark.
The large, variable brightness LCD display updates quickly and has a better viewing angle from left to right (important for reviewing and sharing images) than it does top to bottom (bad for taking overhead or low angle photos). Since the FinePix F31fd has no optical viewfinder, the display is much more important and a screen protector should immediately be placed over the LCD.
The main dial on the top of the camera gives the impression it might be delicate. It does have a raised notch that allows for easy setting via finger, fingernail, or the seam of a glove.
Left: Fuji Finepix F31FD main dial Right: Fuji Finepix F31FD back controls
The remaining controls are mostly multi-function, but the camera is not burdened with excessive layers of menus or obscure settings.
Camera Experience "Is it easy to use?" was the most frequently asked question about the F31fd. The answer is yes.
The Fuji FinePix F31fd is a fast machine. It turns on, beeps (if set that way), and is ready to shoot. That quick. The camera is very responsive, with very minimal shutter lag. Successive shots will slow it down, but not unexpectedly or excessively. The shot-to- shot time is sometimes slow but there are fast/continuous modes that lessen the delay. The battery life is excellent.
The F31fd really performs in poor lighting and difficult exposure situations. It will make a good photograph under an extraordinary range of conditions. High contrast, mixed lighting that challenges far more expensive cameras is no problem for the F31fd's metering. Low light performance for this size and category of compact digital camera is excellent. The Super CCD sensor and Fujifilm image processing are tuned to the extreme limits of this camera's performance envelope. And the results are very good.
The lack of a manual mode and histogram display made for a different type of testing than I would normally do. Using it to just shoot snapshots in various auto modes produced photo after photo that was very acceptable. But the low light, flash assisted, high ISO photos are the real eye catchers. Even in dark restaurants the F31fd performed at a high level - especially for a compact point-and-shoot digital camera. Having a histogram display to help improve exposures would make this an over-the-top contender for a great little digital camera.
Fuji Finepix F31FD playback mode with image info displayed
Fuji Finepix F31FD during capture with image info on
Fuji Finepix F31FD mode menu with standard color mode function selected
Fuji Finepix F31FD shooting mode menu with photometry function selected
Image Quality The photos made with the Fujifilm F31fd impressed with their color rendition and exposure. However, there were occasional image quality issues due to focus and depth-of-field problems.
Careful examination revealed that there is aggressive processing applied to images in some scene modes. TEXT mode, for example, applies heavy sharpening that introduces digital artifacts in order to achieve sharp edges, ultimately compromising image quality. Some scene modes are excellent particularly those, like the SNOW scene mode, that adjust for extreme light conditions. The MUSEUM mode, which suppresses the flash and any camera noise, should be on every camera of this type.
The strengths of the F31fd cried out for use in difficult photographic conditions. The sample photographs in this review were taken to represent the most likely use of the F31fd. Ultimate performance in perfect light, with careful exposure adjustment, can no doubt deliver better photos. The ISO 1600 photo of film canisters demonstrates what some careful work can produce.
Skin tones are very good to excellent, even at higher ISO settings. Color noise is apparent at very high ISO, but with the Face Detection engaged, in-camera processing reduces it in the critical areas. There is some loss of fine detail from the processing, but the prints produced from F31fd images are very pleasing and generally enlarge to 8x10 successfully.
The Fujifilm FinePix F31fd's exposure programming appears to be biased towards underexposure, undoubtedly to prevent blown-out or overexposed highlights. I found that using +1/3 to +2/3 exposure compensation made perfect exposures for me most of the time. Auto processing software or at a do-it-yourself photo kiosk will usually produce very good photographs from image files straight from the camera.
Exposure and image quality aren't entirely predictable. There is some ambiguity in that a well-lit outdoor scene may produce just average photos yet taking a snapshot in a restaurant booth with a swinging over head light produces a very acceptable photo. Other problems I experienced include chromatic aberration (purple fringing) at wider apertures, occasional blurry images due to auto focus failure, and a tendency to underexpose resulting in slightly dark photos.
Click on thumbnails to view sample photos.
Click on thumbnails to view sample photos.
Conclusion What the F31fd does well, it does very well. Any failings the camera has are either minimal or standard among comparable cameras.
Face Detection sets the Fujifilm F31fd apart and makes it a leading contender for children and group photos that are usually a challenge for most point-and-shoot digital cameras.
The Fujifilm FinePix F31fd captures images that print well, it's a strong performer in a wide set of photographic conditions, and it's compact and handy enough to be an everyday all-purpose camera.
Who Should Buy The Fujifilm Finepix F31fd
Who Should Buy It The Fuji FinePix F31fd is an excellent choice for travelers who may only get one or two quick shots at some once in a lifetime site or who may need to take pictures in challenging lighting conditions.
Photographers who need to 'get the photo' of family events, a quick shot of kids, pets, or any spur of the moment event when a larger camera just won't do, will be well served by the F31fd.
More experienced photographers may find the F31fd difficult to leave at home since it takes great pictures with little effort. It will make a great "go to" camera for many and should be attractive to every photographer as long as they can keep its minor limitations kept in mind.
Strengths: face detection is hardware supported so faster performance.
beautifull night picture clarity
good battery life
easy to use, set the mode and shoot or use the full auto.
Weaknesses: poor grip it slipped from my hand the day i purchased.
i have spend quiet a time studying about the different point and shoot cameras available in the market. i have sllected this camera for its advanced features. its perfect for lanscapes, family and travel. this is eaxctly why i wanted a camera.
I havent really used its face detection to the limit yet but works very well. the night photography is outstanding. you can even take the picture of the sky. it captures the sky color and the stars vividly. if you are using in a party, no more washed our photos they are lively and clear in detail. i really recommend it for point and shoot camera users. the battery life is very good too for a regular use of about 15-40 pictures a day, i charge it once every 10 daz or two weeks .
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PHOTOKINA 2006, COLOGNE, GERMANY, September 26, 2006 — Fuji Photo
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