Pros Excellent low light capability, very long battery life, quick start-up and near DVD quality video!
Cons can't use off the shelf batteries
Summary This is just one plain excellent little camera!
Approx 1.5 secs from power-up to the first photo is good for those "need to take a photo now" moments.
Although limited to about 14 minutes on a 1GB chip, the video is the best I've seen from a still camera!
Also, there are quite a number of canned shooting modes to cover a broad range of shooting circumstances.
Now you can't just go buy off the self batteries but.....they say you get over 500 photos on a charge. I shot just under 300 photos and 35 minutes of video and the battery indicator was bouncing between full and down one bar. (most of the photos were in sports mode which uses more juice with full time focus).
The view screen is solid and clear.
What's more, for about $150 you can get a waterproof case to use the camera while scuba diving. With it's low light sensitivity I expect it would be a great dive camera....still/video!...all for under $500.
I wish it had a 10X optical zoom, but that's a tough job for such a small package.
I have an Olympus that takes great photos and has a 10X zoom but it is slow and not as good for action shots. I'll use the Oly for scenery and other special needs, but for everyday use and pictures of the kids sporting events...the Fuji F-30 is numero uno!
Pros Great performance in all lighting conditions
Cons Auto ISO mode too readily boosts ISO, needs to support RAW or TIFF formats
Summary The F30 is the best digicam that I've ever used, and I've used many. Image quality under low light conditions blows every other digicam away, and in full daylight image quality is also great.
The dreaded purple fringing that CNET complains about is only visible under bright, contrasty conditions with the lens at wide-angle and a large aperture. Under these conditions, you can stop down, and this eliminates the PF problem (and gives you sharper, better images, too!).
I use Aperture Priority mode exclusively, with the ISO set to 100 most of the time, and aperture set to f/6.4, and the shots are outstanding. Like all digital cameras, a little judicious post-processing makes scads of difference, but the F30 gives you a very good 'negative' to start from. Final print quality at up to 8x10 is outstanding; your friends will wonder which dSLR you used.
If you're looking for a neat little camera that fits in a pocket, and that takes fantastic photographs, you won't go wrong if you pick the F30 over the competition.Updated
Look on http://www.obijohn.smugmug.com/gallery/1720639 for some sample images.
Pros Fantastic image quality; brimming over with useful features,fast, sharp Fujinon lens, plenty of optional extras.
Cons No viewfinder. No case supplied (available seperately)
Summary I have just received my F30 but first impressions are usually the best. Excellent ergonomics even for a big handed boy like me.First images appear sharp, crisp and more like the results from my Nikon D70s DSLR than a pocket compact. This camera oozes class. 'Serious' snappers can rest assured that this little baby can sit comfortably in their camera bags along with their Nikon and Canon SLRs.
I love the option of Aperture/Shutter priority features and the ISO list (100-3200) reads like a quality DSLR.
I'm not missing a viewfinder just yet as most of my shots have been taken in cloudy conditions and the big, 2.5" LCD monitor appears to cope well, especially in very low light.
It's early days but Fuji appear to have come up with a winner.
"UNBELIEVABLE"on by r2a2teddy
Pros ISO 3200 usable, picture quality is OUSTANDING
Cons some of the menus are a little strange
Summary Wore/used the F10 for over a year and was ecstatic about it. Been expectantly waiting for the F30 since its announcement. Soon as it arrived, plunked down the money and scooped one up. IT IS UNBELIEVABLE!!! ISO 3200 is wonderful although sometimes a little noisy. ISO 1600 is better than the F10, which made my Canon EOS 20D look bad. Way to go FUJI! When are the Fuji engineers get smart and put this kind of chip in the Fuji S4 Pro SLR model?
"Almost Perfect"on by SeanCumm007
Pros Great low light pictures, almost never need flash, nice LCD screen, pocket-sized, 6.3 mp pictures, beautiful colors, and price!
Cons Not as much control over images as some would like
Summary This is an excellent camera and probably the best-buy in the digital camera world. Like the video says this camera should be about $400, instead it's 2 and change.
It takes high quality photos is very low light, which is extremely important because other cameras simply can't take the picture. Colors come out so accurate most photo editing distorts rather than improves them.
It's high 6.3 mega pixel resolution is excellent, it's stylish, and small enough to fit in jean pockets of even the thinest teenagers. It even has it's own image stabilization which doesn't cost an extra $150.
Do yourself a favor and pay attention to the user reviews. The only thing that could have been improved is the optical zoom which is an adequate 3x (that would also increase the thickness of the camera).
Bottom Line: I couldn't be more happy with the camera. For a non-SLR this is definately the most versitile camera on the market. Almost perfect.