|Fujifilm FinePix Z1 - Adjustment
First, the camera has to be equipped with a fully charged battery. This battery is charged by placing the camera into the docking station. Charging will start immediately, so it will hardly ever happen that you reach out for the camera and that it's out of energy. Place your camera in the docking station as a standard action and you will always be ensured of having a freshly charged battery. After activating the camera, it is ready to shoot, just go to the right setting: photo or video and the camera is ready to capture every desired moment. The optical zoom response is fine and direct when pressing the zoom button, you're able to zoom in on a subject 3x optically, in nine steps precisely. The optical zoom covers a focus point of 36 - 110 mm and has a bright of f3.5 at wide angle and f4.2 at telephoto mode. It still fascinates me to see, or rather: not to see, how the zoom work takes place inside the housing of the digital camera. Also time and date can be set through the menu of the camera, with a choice of many languages.
Fujifilm FinePix Z1 - LCD monitor
Despite the lack of a clear handgrip the camera feels comfortable in ones hand, the housing is a little stiff without diminishing the ergonomics though. The huge LCD monitor is pleasant to work with and it almost always produces a colourful, sharp and clear view. We don't miss the optical viewfinder at all. Rendition of the 115,000 pixel 2.5 inch screen is almost 100%, you don't miss out on any information. The menu of the Fujifilm Z1 is pleasant to look at. Large letters are possible because the screen is so huge which makes reading easy. The camera is standard set to automatic mode at which certain underlying settings are disabled. It is possible to activate various preset scenes beside the automatic mode. When the automatic mode is deactivated you can choose for the so-called 'M' setting, which will call more functions. For example white balance settings, exposure compensation and the type of AF (automatic focus).
|Fujifilm FinePix Z1 - Modes
It is also possible to switch over directly to rendition or play mode when capturing images by pressing the quick button. This play mode shows thumbnails of all the images and the selected image will light up, very useful! Beside that it is possible to sort images on date, or to show them enlarged by activating the digital zoom in play mode. We also find the well known Fujifilm F button again next to the handy quick button. This time less striking, for the blue colour is only found in the F, but nevertheless very much present. The so-called FinePix photo mode offers direct access to typical photographic features: quality, ISO and type of film. The quality can be set from 5 Megapixels with low compression to VGA quality (640x480) for example for pictures that have to be send by e-mail. ISO can be adjusted from a respective low 64 ISO to 800 ISO, a good range that makes the camera applicable to many light-circumstances. And last but not least; the setting for the type of film; standard, chrome or black & white. Chrome is very suitable for images that have to be rich in contrast and ask for high colour saturation, not suitable for portraits which ask for soft skin tones, but definitely suitable for images with colourful areas, nature images with striking skies etc.
Fujifilm FinePix Z1 - Operation is extremely easy
Operation of the Fujifilm FinePix Z1 is extremely easy. In fact; you can push the camera in anybody's hand and one can start capturing images straight away. The buttons are placed on a convenient spot, the ergonomics are fine. The menu is well-organized and easy to read. The combination with the docking station makes you not having to worry about the remaining energy of the battery and makes transferring of images a piece of cake. In our opinion Fujifilm did a great job, not only because of the classy design of the digital camera but also what user friendliness is concerned.