Fujifilm FinePix V10 | Digital Camera Review | Adjustments
The Fujifilm FinePix V10 does not offer the option to influence the selected shutter speed and aperture; the exposure is handled fully automatically. However, the Real Photo Technology does ensure the exposure will easily suffice in most cases; a fact that will undoubtedly alleviate many a headache in the long run. One of the most remarkable features of the Fujifilm FinePix V10 is the sensitivity (ISO), which can be set from ISO 64 up to ISO 1600. Although this high sensitivity may seem a little over the top for a digital camera aiming at the average user, it proves particularly useful. By providing the option to work with a high sensitivity, using the flash is no longer a bare necessity, which results in images with an improved atmosphere. It also reduces the risk of jitter, one of the most common faults. And should you somehow find yourself in a situation where you do require a flash; the high sensitivity will ensure the background shows considerably improved detail. It goes without saying that this produces a more natural photo, which is of significant importance for snapshots.
Fujifilm V10 - Super CCD HR
Just like any other company, Fujifilm claim to have reached the optimum with their Real Photo Technology, and I must admit the results of the Fujifilm FinePix V10 certainly are impressive. Thanks to the Super CCD HR and the processor, Fujifilm manage to minimise noise even at high sensitivities. It should be said, however, that I notice the noise reduction and the JPEG compression do leave traces with high ISO values. It is in particular when working with 100% enlargements of a crop that you will notice this causes somewhat of a "watercolour" effect. I do have to point out that this effect is virtually unnoticeable in prints. It is something I have in fact previously encountered in Fujifilm digital cameras, and in those models that support RAW format storage it can be quickly solved. Understandably, however, the Fujifilm V10 does not offer this option.
Fuji FinePix V10 - White balance
This apart, the image quality leaves very little to be desired. The lens shows an impressive amount of detail, the distortion is virtually negligible, and there is next to no vignetting. The colours eye both realistic and true to nature, something that can -of course- be expected from a manufacturer like Fujifilm. After all, they have gained plenty of experience from creating good colour films. The white balance of the Fujifilm V10 can be adjusted. Although I wonder if many users will actually get around to doing so, the option is at least available. It should be said, however, that you are not likely to have to resort to an adjustment; a distortion only occurs when working with incandescent light, which -admittedly- isn't unusual for a compact camera, and can be easily neutralised by a manual correction.
Fujifilm FinePix V10 - Action photos
The Fujifilm FinePix V10 also allows you to capture action photos, which makes it a very versatile camera. It offers several options to shoot a series of images. You have the choice of Top 3 images, Final 3 images and Long Period. Top 3 images prompts the camera to capture a maximum of three images with a speed of 2 images per second, which should prove an excellent mode for most action photography.
When working with Final 3, you are able to capture a maximum of 40 images at 2 images per second, after which the last three images are stored on the xD Picture Card. Lastly, Long Period enables you to keep shooting until the xD card is full. The camera will not stop shooting until your finger is actually removed from the shutter release button. Although the FinePix V10 may not be a true action camera, it does offer a great way to capture fun action moments.
Fujifilm FinePix V10 - Video clips
In addition to the capturing of still images, the Fujifilm FinePix V10 also enables you to capture high quality video clips. Capturing these clips can be done effortlessly, and -as said- the quality is quite impressive indeed. The resolution of 640 x 480 pixels at a speed of 30 images per second provides you with an entertaining way to share images with your friends or family. Unfortunately, you are unable to zoom in during the actual filming. Filming does require sufficient capacity; especially as you are likely to end up filming so much that the card easily fills up. In the highest resolution, a 1GB xD card will permit you to store approximately 15 minutes of film.
Fujifilm V10 - Playing games with your digital camera
To top it all off, the Fujifilm V10 also presents you with the option to play arcade-style games. Although it will not beat the Sony Playstation or the Xbox 360 from Microsoft, the camera does offer a fun way to kill time. Once again, the large 3 inch format screen proves its value. At this time, the Fujifilm FinePix V10 features four games: Number Puzzle, Block Buster, Maze and a gambling game. It is indeed a nice addition, and although it might not seem particularly useful at first glance, it may just prove to be the deciding factor for a certain amount of consumers. Furthermore, it clearly shows that digital devices are likely to integrate increasingly more features in the near future. One of Nokia's surveys, for instance, showed that the public generally regards the mobile telephone as the most important camera. Who knows, perhaps the compact camera will one day evolve into a cutting-edge game computer?