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Fujifilm FinePix Z90 Front Open
The Fujifilm FinePix Z90 was announced in January 2011 with a 3 inch LCD touch screen and Facebook & Youtube uploading facilities. It is available in blue, purple, black, red, silver and pink for £89.95.
Due to similarities in performance, some of this review is taken from our Fujifilm FinePix XP20 review.
Fujifilm FinePix Z90 Front
In SR AUTO mode the camera automatically detects from six scenes (portrait, landscape, night, macro, night portrait and backlit portrait) and sets the appropriate camera settings. Other modes include AUTO, Program Auto, Natural Light & with Flash, Natural Light, Baby, Motion Panorama, Sport, Snow, Sunset, Night (Tripod), Beach, Flower, Fireworks and Text.
There are a handful of features that help take perfect portraits. Face Detection automatically identifies faces and adjusts the focus and exposure, Red-eye removal detects and corrects flash reflection, the camera will also warn you when people are blinking. Face Detection can recognise up to 10 faces in a photo, which each cropped and saved individually. Smile & Shoot Mode automatically releases the shutter when a smile appears.
A range of features are included for post capture editing. For photos there is aspect ratio, cropping, brightness, face mosaic, image rotation, red-eye removal, resize and collage. For videos there is trimming and joining.
Movies can be recorded at 720p HD with optical zoom available during recording.
Fujifilm FinePix Z90 Top
- 14.2 megapixel sensor
- 5x optical zoom (35mm equiv: 28-140mm)
- Slim metal body with vertical sliding lenscover
- 3.0 inch wide touch LCD screen
- YouTube/Facebook Easy Web Upload
- 720p HD movie capture
- One-touch Movie Mode and Movie Editing feature
- Digital Image Stabilisation
- Touch and Shoot mode
- Auto Picture Rotation
- Tracking Auto Focus
- Image search function
Fujifilm FinePix Z90 Rear
The screen is a touch-screen and it is impressive how responsive it is. With the easy to navigate camera menus, the Z90 is ideal for the beginner. The camera is ready to take photos within two to three seconds after switching on and focus speed is perfectly acceptable. The battery has a CIPA rating of 220 shots which is good and likely to be enough to last through a day of shooting. The camera has just one mode of continuous shooting which takes a maximum of five full resolutions shots at 1.3 fps.
Fujifilm FinePix Z90 Battery
Fujifilm FinePix Z90 Lens test images
1/420 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
1/400 sec | f/8.0 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
1/350 sec | f/8.0 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/14 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Even at ISO 100 noise is clearly affecting image quality. It steadily worses through ISO 200 and ISO 400, with ISO 800 producing the kind of images you are only going to use for sharing on the web. Noise is terrible at ISO 1600 and it's amazing that Fujifilm included ISO 3200 as the images are awful even when viewed small with large purple patches throughout the images.
Fujifilm FinePix Z90 ISO test images
ISO 100 | 1/8 sec | f/4.4 | 7.7 mm
ISO 200 | 1/14 sec | f/4.4 | 7.7 mm
ISO 400 | 1/28 sec | f/4.4 | 7.7 mm
ISO 800 | 1/58 sec | f/4.4 | 7.7 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/120 sec | f/4.4 | 7.7 mm
ISO 3200 | 1/240 sec | f/4.4 | 7.7 mm
Below are example images using some of the scene modes available. In sunny conditions the camera takes a very pleasant landscape shot, with superb blues and greens. The camera also takes good portrait shots and without any red-eye.
Fujifilm FinePix Z90 Scene modes
1/280 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
1/450 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.6 | 10.5 mm | ISO 400
1/300 sec | f/4.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Under our incandescent lighting in the studio the auto white-balance gives a slight magenta cast in the image, with the incandescent preset producing the better image. When switching to the fluorescent lights, the AWB performs much better than any of the fluorescent presets.
Fujifilm FinePix Z90 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/12 sec | f/4.1 | 5.6 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent lighting - incandescent preset | 1/12 sec | f/4.1 | 5.6 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.1 | 5.6 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent lighting - fluorescent preset 1 | 1/4 sec | f/4.1 | 5.6 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent lighting - fluorescent preset 2 | 1/4 sec | f/4.1 | 5.6 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent lighting - fluorescent preset 3 | 1/4 sec | f/4.1 | 5.6 mm | ISO 100
As well as Standard, the Z90 can shoot pictures using Chrome, Sepia and Black and White filters.
Fujifilm FinePix Z90 Digital filters
Standard colour | 1/12 sec | f/4.3 | 6.9 mm | ISO 100
Chrome | 1/12 sec | f/4.3 | 6.9 mm | ISO 100
Sepia | 1/12 sec | f/4.3 | 6.9 mm | ISO 100
Black and white | 1/12 sec | f/4.3 | 6.9 mm | ISO 100
Video ModeVideos can be shot at 720p HD and 640 x 320 VGA, both at 30 fps.
Value For MoneyThe Fujifilm FinePix Z90 is available for £89.95. There are a wide range of cameras to consider with a similar specification and price such as the Nikon Coolpix S3100 at £79.00, Canon IXUS 115 HS at £149.00, Canon PowerShot A3300 IS at £124.99 and Samsung ST90 at £89.99.
Fujifilm FinePix Z90 ProsResponsive touch-screen
Good colour reproduction
Good value for money
Available in wide range of colours
Fujifilm FinePix Z90 ConsPoor noise performance
Detail in images isn't good
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Fujifilm FinePix Z90 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.9 - f/6.2|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 140mm|
|CCD pixels||14.2Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Continuous shooting||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Box Contents||Battery, charger, USB cable, CD-ROM, Strap & User Guide|