|Just as one would expect from a true design camera, the Fujifilm V10 is particularly easy on the eye. We received the orange version of the camera, which will undoubtedly spark the interest of the orange aficionados among us, but the Fujifilm V10 also comes in a less conspicuous metal colour. The camera's compact design and light weight ensure the Fujifilm FinePix V10 can be carried along at all times. Furthermore, its superb grip enables hassle-free, relaxed photography. |
|Fujifilm FinePix V10 - Optical zoom
The front side of the Fujifilm V10 camera draws the eye to the lens, which has a 3.4x optical zoom and offers a range of 38 - 130 mm. Although it perhaps does not provide quite enough wide-angle for certain landscape enthusiasts, it is still a very decent zoom range for most circumstances. A small microphone for audio recordings is positioned right below the lens. On the far left, we find a LED for the self-timer, barely visible if not activated, with the built-in flash beside it. The position of the flash proves convenient; especially as it is not easily shielded by your hand, which significantly reduces the risk of underexposed flash images.
Fujifilm V10 - Connections & Memory compartment
The right side of the camera holds the connection for the A/C power, hidden behind a small plastic cap. The opposite side shows the lid behind which the USB and audio/video connections are found. Above this small lid, we see an eyelet for the wrist strap, which we would always recommend to prevent the camera from falling, as well as from theft. At the very top, we find the switch for the video or photo mode. The bottom side of the camera is taken up mainly by the door that provides access to the battery and the xD Picture memory card. A plastic (universal) tripod connection is located in the centre. This connection is in fact positioned quite close to the small door, which means the memory card and battery cannot be changed when the Fujifilm FinePix V10 is placed onto a tripod. Lastly, the bottom side of the camera features the loudspeaker for the playback of audio recordings.
Fujifilm FinePix V10 - Photo function button
Naturally, the shutter release button, which is surrounded by the zoom switch, is found on the top side of the Fujifilm FinePix V10. It is a logical position, which ensures zooming in and out can be done effortlessly. The main switch is located left of the shutter release button. It has to be said it seems somewhat hidden from sight, and should perhaps be indicated a little more clearly.
|The so-called F-button is the last button we find on the camera's top side. Those familiar with Fujifilm cameras will undoubtedly recognise this button, which has been a standard feature of the camera since several generations. This so-called photo function button enables you to adjust the image quality, the ISO value and the settings for the different colour modes during photographing. When playing back your images, the F-button serves as a button for the DPOF prints.
Fuji FinePix V10 - LCD monitor & Shuffle button
The most dominant feature on the back side of the camera is the attractive 3 inch screen. However, Fujifilm have left sufficient room to fit a row of small buttons below the monitor. On the far left, we see the playback button, so that images can be swiftly reviewed. Beside it, we find the recycle bin. During photographing, this button enables you to temporarily increase the brightness of the screen, so that you are able to maintain a proper view of your image in tricky light situations. In the centre, we find what Fujifilm call the shuffle button, flanked by a button for macro images and one for the flash settings. These buttons also serve to navigate through the menu, and assist you when reviewing your photos. The shuffle button itself can be moved both upwards and downwards. When capturing your images, doing this will activate the self-timer. In the menu, it serves as the navigation button.
Fujifilm V10 - User friendly digital camera
All the camera's features are in perfect working order, and it has to be said that Fujifilm put the buttons on the Fujifilm FinePix V10 to excellent use. The two buttons next to the shuffle button enable you to access the menu or adjust the settings for the screen rendition. The Fujifilm FinePix V10 does not feature a lot of buttons. This helps keep the camera clear and well-arranged, something that is undeniably beneficial to the camera's operation process. The less experienced photographer in particular is likely to experience this as a positive factor.