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The Fujifilm FinePix Z100 is a budget compact camera which is extremely tiny and has a self-portrait mirror as well as 5x optical zoom and a 14 megapixel CCD sensor. It is available in a variety of colours including white, black, blue, green, pink and purple for around £89.95.
As well as Auto mode there are a number of scene modes to choose from including Natural Light & with Flash, Natural Light, Motion Panorama, Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Night Out, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, Text, Group Self Shot. Motion Panorama automatically stitches together three shots.
There is a Night Out shooting mode which helps take sharp, clear photos in low light and a Shooting With Friends function. The Z110 also makes it easy to shoot self-portraits thanks to its Frame Assist Mirror. There is also a Face Detection self-timer and couple timer.
When in playback you can tag images for upload to Facebook and Youtube, when you connect your camera to your computer they will upload automatically. There are also in-camera editing options that includes Face Retouch, which enhances the charm of faces by enlarging eyes, brightening or softening skin tones. You can also crop, adjust aspect ratio, adjust brightness and contrast as well as much more. Videos can be trimmed and joined together.
Videos are recorded in 720p HD and you can also use the optical zoom during recording which can then be viewed on a HDTV.
- 14 megapixel CCD sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-140mm)
- Digital Image Stabilisation
- 2.7 inch LCD screen
- 720p HD movie recording
- ISO 100 - 3200
- 9cm minimum focusing distance
- Motion panorama mode
- Available in white, black, blue, green, pink and purple
The screen is fairly small, with a modest resolution, but is easy to view in varying light. The menu system is well laid out and simple to navigate. Battery life is rated at 220 shots according to CIPA test results, we were able to take just short of 250 shots before the battery went flat.
We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.1 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.35 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.5 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.65 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||2.6 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||3.4 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||0.66 fps|
Continuous shooting records at full resolution, but is limited to just three shots. In low light the focusing really struggles.
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Fujifilm FinePix Z110 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.6 | 10.5 mm | ISO 100
Landscape | 1/400 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Sport | 1/250 sec | f/4.2 | 6.2 mm | ISO 400
Pet Portrait | 1/30 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
Sample Photos - Colour reproduction is fairly good but some of our test shots were underexposed. Portrait shots have decent skin tones and are free of red-eye when using the flash. When shooting moving subjects, such as pets, we found that the digital image stabilisation struggled to cope leading to more blurry photos than we would have liked.
Fujifilm FinePix Z110 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/320 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Some Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/4.7 | 11.8 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/4.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/15 sec | f/4.4 | 7.7 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Image detail is OK for a budget camera, but quality does reduce a little when using the zoom at its longest. Purple fringing and chromatic aberration is common, which can be seen very clearly in our ISO test shots below. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 9cm which does allow for a decent macro shot.
Fujifilm FinePix Z110 ISO test images
ISO100 | 1/10 sec | f/4.9 | 14.6 mm
ISO200 | 1/20 sec | f/4.9 | 14.6 mm
ISO400 | 1/40 sec | f/4.9 | 14.6 mm
ISO800 | 1/80 sec | f/4.9 | 14.6 mm
ISO1600 | 1/160 sec | f/4.9 | 14.6 mm
ISO3200 | 1/320 sec | f/4.9 | 14.6 mm
ISO Noise Performance - Although images are free of noise at ISO 100, there is some at ISO 200, with images becoming softer at ISO 400. Images are a little softer at ISO 800 with detail lost at ISO 1600. Lots of detail is lost at ISO 3200 and is best avoided unless absolutely necessary.
Fujifilm FinePix Z110 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandecent lighting | 1/30 sec | f/4.4 | 7.7 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/30 sec | f/4.4 | 7.7 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.4 | 7.7 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 1 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.4 | 7.7 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 2 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.4 | 7.7 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 3 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.4 | 7.7 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, the AWB struggled a little with the incandescent preset performing much better. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB and fluorescent presets all struggled, with colour casts appearing in all of the images.
Panorama | 1/640 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Panorama mode - Panoramas have a decent amount of detail and are well stitched together.
Fujifilm FinePix Z110 Digital filters
Colour - Standard | 1/4 sec | f/4.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Colour - Chrome | 1/4 sec | f/4.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Colour - Black And White | 1/4 sec | f/4.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Colour - Sepia | 1/4 sec | f/4.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital Filters - There are four colour modes to add a touch of creativity to your images, with examples of each above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in 720p HD. You can use the optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be found on the ePHOTOzine Youtube Page.
Value For MoneyThe Fujifilm FinePix Z110 can be purchased from the ePHOTOzine Shop for £89.95. There are a number of alternatives below with a similar specification which we have reviewed. For more, read our Top 11 Best Budget Compact Cameras article.
|Olympus VG-170||Pentax Optio LS465||Nikon Coolpix S3300||Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS45||Canon Powershot A3200 IS|
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
Fujifilm FinePix Z110 ProsVery compact
Has a self-portrait mirror
Available in a wide range of colours
Videos and images can be tagged for sharing on the web
Takes good panoramas
Fujifilm FinePix Z110 ConsStruggles to focus in low light
Blurry photos all too common
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Fujifilm FinePix Z110 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.9 - f/4.9|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 140mm|
|CCD pixels||14.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||230,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||NP-45A Li-ion battery|
|Box Contents||Li-ion battery NP-45A, AC power adapter, USB cable , Hand strap, CD-ROM, Owner's manual|