An easy operation is an absolute must for a digital camera such as the Fujifilm FinePix V10. After all, most users are likely to be regular consumers, intent on using the camera primarily for the average daily snapshot. This type of user is generally not keen on a large amount of setting options, and will thus prefer to use the Fujifilm FinePix V10 as a fully automatic camera. As a result, the Fujifilm FinePix V10 compact camera caters to this need. By offering a simple operation, a large monitor and a fast reaction time, the Fujifilm FinePix V10 ensures photographing is a particularly pleasant experience.
Fuji FinePix V10 - Start-up speed
Upon pressing the main switch slightly longer, the Fujifilm FinePix V10 starts up fast as lightning. The start-up speed truly is remarkable, especially considering the fact the camera needs to extend the lens. However, a certain amount of attention will need to be paid to the main switch on the side of the camera, to ensure it is set to the correct mode: photography or video clips. On more than one occasion, I found myself in a situation where the switch was set to a different mode when taking the camera out of my bag. The exposure is handled entirely automatically, which I find only logical for a digital camera such as the Fujifilm FinePix V10. The only thing that can be adjusted is an over- or underexposure.
Fujifilm FinePix V10 - Grid lines
The Fujifilm V10 offers a handy option to show grid lines in the image. This proves to be an ideal asset when photographing buildings or a landscape; as it enables you to get a straight view of the horizon, which allows you to create a good composition. After all, it is widely known a horizon positioned in the centre of an image often comes across quite dull. Setting the horizon on 2/3 or 1/3 of the image generally produces better, more attractive results. An old yet very effective composition rule that goes by the name of Golden Ratio. The beautiful, large monitor displays a warning when there is a large risk of blur caused by movement of the photographer's hand, or when you are dealing with either a surplus or lack of light. The warning is conspicuous enough to catch your attention.
Fuji V10 camera - Shutter release
The camera has a very decent release pressure, and it takes only a fraction of a second to actually capture the image. This means shutter release lags, something that older digital compact cameras still struggled with, are a thing of the past. Remarkable, however, is the fact that even the current digital cameras are still frequently accused of suffering from this, even though most compact cameras have long since overcome the hurdle. Zooming in and out can be done with reasonable ease, although accurate framing may prove tricky.
However, the range of 38 up to 130 mm will undoubtedly appeal to most users. The large 3 inch screen is of superb quality, and even offers the option to shortly increase the brightness, something that would usually require a search through the menu. The solution that Fujifilm provide certainly is something we would prefer to see more often.
Fujifilm V10 - F-button & Pre-programmed scenes
Should you still want to set something on the camera, you simply have to remember one button: the F-button, located on top of the camera. It allows you to set, for instance, the colour character of the photo, which is in fact just as if you put a different film in the camera. The F-button also provides access to the resolution and the ISO sensitivity. These features can also be changed when photographing in the fully automatic mode. In addition, the Fujifilm FinePix V10 offers several pre-programmed scenes, such as Sport, Portrait and Landscape, which quickly provide the user with the correct settings. Although the M-mode does not allow you to control shutter speed and aperture, it does permit alterations to the white balance, the exposure correction and the auto focus. An excellent digital option for the more experienced photographer.
Fujifilm FinePix V10 digital camera - Menu
Besides this, the menu of the camera also provides several things that can be set and adjusted. Although the structure of the menu does take a little getting used to, you will quickly familiarise yourself with it once you have worked with it in practice. A pity, however, that Fujifilm have not yet seized the opportunity to equip the camera with a large amount of languages. We see an increased number of digital cameras that now offer the option to be set in an impressive variety of languages which, I have to admit, is something I would also expect from a Fujifilm FinePix digital camera. However, it seems to me Fujifilm are likely to do this with a future generation. After all, users do generally prefer to set the camera to their native language.