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Dennis Hissink : February 23th 2009 - 00:20 CET

Fujifilm FinePix Z30 preview

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FujifilmFujifilm Z30 : Even before the PMA 2009 kicks off, Fujifilm introduces a new series of FinePix cameras, among which is the new stylish Fujifilm FinePix Z30. A year ago, the FinePix Z20fd was the successor to the Z10fd. The Fujifilm Z30 is next in line and comes with an entirely new look and feel. The material used on the camera is smooth, smaller when it comes to its design, and it has a whole new button-layout on its back. The Fujifilm Z30 clearly targets at the trendy consumer who wants to carry along a cool, small camera at all times. This should not be a problem with the Z30, thanks to its small dimensions and low weight. In addition, Fujifilm considers the Z30 a perfect accessory for network sites such as FaceBook and Hyves.
Fujifilm FinePix Z30

Fujifilm FinePix Z30 digital camera
Unlike the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR, the FinePix Z30 digital camera features a standard CCD image sensor. With 10 Megapixels, this sensor keeps up with the competition. The Fujifilm Z30 camera has an internal zoom lens which does not extend while zooming or repositioning when activating the camera. The focal range of 35-105 mm is somewhat limited, although it might be enough for the trendy owner with a personal view on photography.

Fujifilm Z30 test

Fujifilm Z30 test sample
The Fujifilm FinePix Z30 test sample is a preproduction model which means we cannot come to a final conclusion as far as its image quality is concerned. Nor is it possible to publish a picture gallery with test pictures. The camera is activated by opening the slide on the front of the Fujifilm Z30. The 3x optical zoom stays inside, which saves time, and the camera is ready to take the first picture in less than a second. Zooming in is enabled in nine precise steps. It is carried out at a reasonable speed; it takes approximately 2 seconds to zoom from 35mm to telephoto.

Fujifilm compact digital camera

Fujifilm compact digital camera preview
The back of the Fujifilm Z30 digital camera is mainly dominated by the 2.7 inch LCD monitor with a resolution of 230,000 pixels. The monitor has a wide viewing angle, which means you can hold the Fuji FinePix Z30 camera above your head without a problem or shoot from a very low angle. The buttons, right of the monitor, are covered with rubber, which gives you the impression the camera is hose-proof, but according to the specifications, this is obviously not the case.

FinePix Z30

Fujifilm FinePix Z30 menu navigation
If you're familiar with Fujifilm cameras, the menu of the Fujifilm Z30 will not be a stranger to you. It is colorful and offers familiar subdivisions of functions in the play and record mode. The large 2.7 inch monitor leaves hardly any room for the necessary buttons on this compact sized camera. Navigation takes some time to get used to. Whereas you would normally use the multi-controller, you now have to use several buttons that are not intuitively accessible. It's simply a matter of getting used to.

Fujifilm FinePix camera battery

Fujifilm FinePix camera battery
The compartment, placed on the rear of the Fujifilm FinePix Z30, offers room to a Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 3.7V 740mAh. The same compartment holds a card slot. There's no longer support of xD picture cards, but instead there is support of SD and SDHC memory cards. Quite predictable, since various Fujifilm FinePix cameras have appeared with a dual lock for SD / SDHC and xD memory cards.

Fujifilm Z30 memory

Fujifilm Z30 memory support
With the Fujifilm FinePix Z30, Fujifilm finally gave up on the xD card. This is a logical step while the market share of this card has remained below expectation in the last few years. Even more important is the limited growth. At the time the xD was introduced, the prognosis was a possible storage capacity of 8GB; but in reality, it reached 2GB and that was it. The SD platform proved too strong. The turbulent growth of the SD platform has reached its peak with 32GB as maximum storage capacity so far.

Fujifilm FinePix Z30 review

Fujifilm FinePix Z30 review
As soon as a full production Fujifilm Z30 test sample becomes available, it will be extensively tested in our DIWA Labs. In addition to these tests, a picture gallery with high resolution pictures made with the FinePix Z30 will be published, followed by an extensive Fujifilm Z30 review.

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