The front of the Fujifilm FinePix F10 has a rather traditional appearance. If you can still remember an old trusty analogue or APS camera, you will see the resemblance at first instant. However, if you turn the camera around to look at the back, the difference will strike you immediately in the form of a huge 2.5 inch monitor on the back of the camera. When you take the Fujifilm F10 into your hand for the first time, you will notice that your right index finger directly falls into the right spot. The thumb will fall into the slightly grinded out place underneath the zoom buttons and the remaining fingers find their place along the front of the camera. A small handgrip on the camera ensures that the fingers stay in place. The buttons on the camera are quite small, and personally I think they're just on the edge as far as minimum size is concerned. Due to the large monitor on the back of the camera there is less room for a large multi functional dial button. They have made it quite compact in comparison to the average size of these buttons. Nevertheless, operating the camera happens smoothly.
Fujifilm FinePix F10 camera - Comfortable grip
The front of the Fujifilm FinePix F10 is bright and shiny. The 3x optical zoom lens is smartly hidden in the housing and is covered by a small lens slide. Top right in the corner the internal flash is placed with below it the AF assist illuminator. Other than that the front doesn't carry any functionality and is neatly finished. The material used for the housing feels pleasant and doesn't tend to collect finger prints. From the front we go directly to the top of the camera; we find a large dial here that controls the settings of the desired programs. The centre of the large dial contains the release button which reacts smoothly to a little pressure of the finger. Almost in the centre of the top the on/off bottom is situated.
Fujifilm FinePix F10 - Well-organized camera
When we take a close look at the Fujifilm F10, we come to the conclusion very quickly that this is not a digital camera with an abundance of buttons. On the whole it looks very well-organized with a minimum number of buttons. The right side of the camera (viewed from the back) has a small connection for a camera strap. This connection is flexible and turns along with the movement of the strap. The other side of the camera has an interface hidden behind a small (plastic) cover. This interface in fact offers access to three different connections. The camera is delivered with some sort of adapter that can be connected to this interface. The adapter itself is equipped with an audio/video connection, a USB 2.0 High Speed connection and a power supply connection. In itself a clever way of limiting the number of interfaces on the camera, on the other hand the user gets an extra adapter with it, with the risk of forgetting to take it along or even worse: loosing it.
Fujifilm FinePix F10 - Battery / memory compartment
The bottom of the camera is equipped with a (plastic) universal tripod connection, placed off-centre. This is necessary because of the space that the combined battery/memory compartment takes up. This compartment is covered by a simple, yet functional cover. A disadvantage is that Fujifilm left an extra security catch out, that should prevent the battery from falling out as soon as the compartment cover is opened. In the corner we also find a built-in speaker.
Fujifilm F10 digital camera - Huge LCD monitor
The back of the camera is mainly dominated by a huge size LCD monitor. It is definitely a surplus value to work with a digital camera that is equipped with a monitor of this size. Checking the composition, sharing the image with others and information rendition on the monitor are all improved on this monitor. The fact that the optical viewfinder is lacking is of no importance at all because of the presence of the big-size monitor. I can only cheer! The quality and functionality of the LCD screens on a digital camera have improved enormously over the last few years and in practice it turned out that users of a digital camera like the Fujifilm FinePix F10 hardly ever use an optical viewfinder. A nice detail that became obvious during last year's European championship, showed the difference a digital camera has brought to the body position of the photographing spectator. In the years before, the spectator would hide his or her face behind the camera, however; during the EC it became clear that this view would be past tense from now on. All photographing spectators were standing up with stretched out arms in front of them, holding the camera and viewing the monitor in order to capture moments of this championship. For those who didn't notice, pay attention to these kinds of large events, and soon you will see it for yourself!