"Excellent performing, well thought out little camera"4.5 starson by Michael Leventhal
Pros: Excellent photos, even in dim light
Cons: Like all small cameras, uncomfortable for someone with large hands
Summary: Sorry CNet, but I don't see any meaningful purple fringing. With that said, let me begin.
I'm an SLR guy going back to the Nikons that are gathering dust in my closet. Over the last year or so, I switched to digital and currently use a Finepix S9000. If you don't drop the apeture below 5.6 and do some lab work, it does a very nice job. It doesn't risk getting dust on the sensor and takes beautiful movies to boot.
Concerning the F30, I was really reluctant to use one of these little cameras. I'm 6'2" with large hands and couldn't wrap my mind around using something so small as an "always take along" contraption.
Happily, I was wrong. Manual control over apeture and shutter speed works well, although I'm finding that the "action" and other settings usually preclude the need.
The large and very clear screen (set to a 60 per second refresh rate) is excellent. You can view your subject in almost total darkness.
Auto Focus is excellent and color rendition is impressive. When set to "fine" mode, the photos are razor sharp. As with any camera, there is noticable softening with the apeture wide open. That's why you'll love the high ISO capabilities.
You can do some very nice work right through ISO 1600. You can use the ISO 3200 mode, but for blow-ups, you should be prepared for creative lab work.
This is a very superior and responsive piece of technology. Fuji even gives you a decently thought out menuing system which from my observation, is a first for them.
My rating is a spectacular for this kind of camera.