The Fujifilm FinePix Z1 digital camera is a straightforward digital camera as far as operation is concerned. The camera features enhanced setting possibilities, focussed on automatic use. The built-in 3x optical zoom remains to be a different story. The fact that the optical zoom is invisible, makes it look like some sort of magical trick for many people. The Fujifilm FinePix Z1 is equipped with a new generation Super CCD HR of 2.5 inches. The Fujifilm Z1 digital camera is capable of taking a fine picture, even in difficult light circumstances. This is also made possible by applying a new technology: Real Photo technology. Another advantage of the Real Photo technology is the operating speed thanks to the most modern processor. One of the settings of the Fujifilm FinePix Z1 is the so-called Hi-Speed mode. The time the camera needs to focus on a subject is being reduced drastically in this mode. The recommended distance is about 1 meter, ISO sensitivity is being enlarged, the energy consumption increases a bit, and the energy saving setting for the LCD display is being disabled. Everything is focused on getting a speed as fast as possible. Capturing moving subjects is made easier by simplifying processes or by speeding them up.
Fujfilm FinePix Z1 - Settings
Another handy setting is to make a sort of grid appear on the LCD monitor, and getting the right composition of a subject is so much easier. When the camera is set to record mode, the user can choose from a fully automatic operation or one of the preset programs. Auto setting is recommended for the most common images, choosing Natural Light disables the internal flash and the atmosphere of the image is decided by the amount and the type of the surrounding light. Most handy when you are in places you are not allowed to use flash, like a museum or a theatre play etc. The portrait mode makes skin tones natural and delivers soft tones. This setting enables the use of the flash where as landscape pictures don't require flash. This latter setting ensures contrast and sharpness at daylight images. In Sports setting only one thing is important: action. Therefore emphasis lies on shutter speeds, and of course the shortest one. The last setting is the possibility for night shots. Other than the action images, emphasis is put on slow shutter speeds with a maximum of 4 seconds. When taking night shots you really have to consider stability. It is almost impossible to make these shots holding the camera in your hand. You ought to look for a stable underground to place your camera on in order to prevent all movement at the time of shooting.
Fujfilm FinePix Z1 - Exposure compensation
Sometimes it might occur that a camera, despite of the advanced recording techniques, allows slightly too much or just not enough light during capturing an image. Then the exposure compensation will come in handy. The Fujifilm FinePix Z1 is capable of carrying out a compensation to guarantee a refined end result. The same occurs with white balance. Although the auto white balance is well capable of judging the most common pictures and guaranteeing the correct balance, it might be necessary at times to give the camera a hand, manually. Personally I don't believe the owner of a digital camera like the Fujifilm FinePix Z1 would consider for one moment to correct the white balance, but in any case; if they want to, the possibility is available.
Fujfilm FinePix Z1 - Centre and Multi auto focus settings
Beside the possibility of fine tuning the exposure, you can also make a choice from two types of auto focus settings: centre and multi. The centre focuses in the centre and is rather precise, and doesn't take into account the place or the type of the subject. Multi will find the most contrast rich subject closest to the centre and will recognize it as the main subject to focus on.
Fujfilm FinePix Z1 - Video features
Besides capturing still images, the Fujifilm FinePix Z1 is also capable of capturing movies. Fujifilm's digital cameras are renowned for their video features, and the Fujifilm Z1 digital camera is no exception. The camera can record a screen filling video clip in a resolution of 640x480 pixels (VGA) at a speed of 30 frames per second. It is not possible to use the zoom when recording a video clip, the zoom has to be decided in advance. Rendition of the LCD monitor is fine, it is also possible to adjust the brightness manually but the average setting will be sufficient for a good rendition. For those who want to have more zoom than just the optical zoom will have to add the digital zoom. The optical zoom range is 108mm in telephoto mode, multiplied by 3 for a digital zoom gives us a maximum of 650mm to play with, impressive distances!
Fujfilm FinePix Z1 - Speed and design can go together
The status of the model we laid our hands on, is not a complete 'full production' model, but the first impressions are very positive. The design of the camera is daring and can be called 'design' rightly. The settings and the operation are straight forward, no nonsense, no difficulties. The new Real Photo technology entered the camera with already the fifth generation Super CCD HR and we are welcoming this technology very warmly. Fujifilm proves that speed and design can go together effortlessly.