Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 EXR Digital Camera Review

Daniel Bell reviews the Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 EXR, a stylish digital camera with built-in Wi-Fi, 16 megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor and 5x optical zoom.

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The Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 EXR was announced in January 2012 and is a compact camera which can share pictures to a smartphone/tablet device via Wi-Fi. It is available in pink, white and jade (green) for £184.00.

Fujifilm Finepix Z1000 Lens Covered

Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 EXR Features

The Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 has a 16 megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor which is designed to adapt intelligently to lighting conditions. It has a 5x optical zoom lens, a 35mm equivalent of 28-140mm, which can also be extended using 10x intelligent digital zoom.

The Z1000 EXR can be connected to a Android smartphone/tablet or iPhone/iPad with the free Fujifilm Photo Receiver app. Images can then be shared to your favourite social networking site. Another headlining feature is the High speed Auto Focus (AF) which Fujifilm say can be as quick as 0.19 seconds.

To make picture taking as easy as possible there is EXR-Auto mode with motion detection which automatically adjusts the camera settings, recognising from 58 scene types. It can also switch to the ideal sensor mode, HR High Resolution for well-lit conditions, SN High Sensitivity / Low Noise mode for low light and DR Dynamic Range mode for high-contrast scenes.

Advanced Pro Low-light mode is for shooting non-moving objects in low light, taking a series of four images and combining them together to reduce noise. The flash is called super intelligent to ensure  pictures taken with the flash aren't washed out.

The range of modes available include Natural Light with Flash, Self Portrait mode, Face Recognition, Face Retouch, Motion Panorama, Dog / Cat detection, Couple Timer and High Speed Shooting up to 12 fps.

There are a number of film simulation modes including Provia / Standard, Velvia / Vivid, Black & White and Sepia. Images can be edited in-camera with Face Retouch which enlarges eyes and brightens or softens skin tones. You can also rotate, crop resize and remove red-eye. Images can also be tagged to be shared on Facebook the next time you connect your camera to a computer.

The Z1000 EXR records videos at full 1080p HD at 30fps, with optical zoom and stereo sound available. You can take pictures during video recording as well as use the film simulation modes. High-speed movie mode captures the action at 320 fps (320 x 112 pixels).

Fujifilm Finepix Z1000 Top

Key Features

  • 16 megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor
  • 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-140mm)
  • CMOS shift type image stabilisation
  • 3.5 inch LCD touch screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Full 1080p HD video recording
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 9cm minimum focusing distance
  • High speed auto focus
  • 12 fps continuous shooting
  • Advanced Pro Low-light mode
  • Motion Panorama Mode 360
  • Available in pink, white and jade
Fujifilm Finepix Z1000 Screen

Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 EXR Handling

The Z1000 EXR has a slim, metal body, with a moving front plate which is used to switch the camera off and on, while protecting the lens when not in use. There isn't much to aid grip other than a thin metal strip on the front of the camera. Also on the front of the camera is a mirror, making it easy to take well composed self-portraits.

The rear of the camera is dominated by the 3.5 inch LCD touch screen. There are very few buttons on the camera (video, playback, shutter release and zoom rocker are found on the top), with the rest of the camera settings adjusted via the touch screen. Thankfully it is very responsive and easy to use, although not easy to see in bright sunlight, with the menu system well laid out. The shutter can be released by pressing the screen, in Touch EXR Auto mode. When rotating the camera between landscape and portrait orientations, the layout also switches.

Fujifilm Finepix Z1000 Wi Fi Screenshot 3   Fujifilm Finepix Z1000 Wi Fi Screenshot Ipad 1
The Wi-Fi is easy to use, we tested it on an iPad, you need to download the app from iTunes and follow the instructions. The images are transfered one at a time, when you've finished receiving they are then saved to the Camera Roll. You can the edit your pictures and/or share them on your favourite social networking site.

(Above) Screenshot of the Z1000 EXR sending a picture to the iPad.

(Right) Screenshot of the iPad receiving pictures from the Z1000 EXR.

The battery has a CIPA rating of 220 shots, we managed over 300 during testing. We tested the camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average.

Shutter Response   0.05 seconds
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response   0.25 seconds
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response   0.35 seconds
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo   2.2 seconds
Shot to Shot (without flash)   2.2 seconds
Shot to Shot with Flash   5.3 seconds
Continuous shooting
  3 fps
Continuous shooting H
  6 fps
Continuous shooting SH   12 fps

All three continuous shooting modes have different maximum number of images, the more images (3/6/12), the lower the resolution (between 2 and 8 megapixels).

Fujifilm Finepix Z1000 Battery And Memory Card

Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 EXR Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review and product ratings.

Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Images are generally well exposed with excellent colour reproduction. Portrait shots have pleasant skin tones, with no red-eye when using the flash. The low light picture was taken using the SN EXR mode (high ISO & low noise).

Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR Lens test images

Lens Performance - Image detail is good whether shooting wide or with the full optical zoom, although a little softer in the corners. When using the zoom there is vignetting, but the Z1000 EXR does well at keeping purple fringing and chromatic aberration to a minimum. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 9cm, this doesn't allow you to get particularly close, but a decent macro shot is still possible. 

Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Images are free from noise at ISO 100, with a little appearing at ISO 200. There is enough noise at ISO 400 to cause a slight loss in detail but images remain sharp. Again, images are still sharp at ISO 800, but there are black and white dots appearing. Noise worsens at ISO 1600 to a point where images are softer, with a very soft image with a significant loss of detail at ISO 3200. File size is restricted to 8 megapixels at ISO 6400, with noise massively reducing quality. 

Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - The Z1000 EXR struggled under our incandescent lights, with a magenta/orange cast when using the AWB (Auto White Balance) setting, with the incandescent preset giving a green cast. The AWB does really well under the fluorescent lights, producing a good image, with the three fluorescent settings giving a cast in the image.

Panorama | 1/640 sec | f/7.1 | 5.6 mm | ISO 200
Panorama | 1/640 sec | f/7.1 | 5.6 mm | ISO 200

Panorama mode - Panoramas are taken using a sweep method, with impressive results. If you look really closely you can see some ghosting, but it's only very minor.

Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR Other sample images


Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR Digital filters

Digital Filters - Above are example images taken using the film simulation modes available.

Video - Below is a video shot at full 1080p HD. Optical zoom is available during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube Page, where you can also watch a video taken using the hi-speed video mode.

Value For Money

The Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 EXR is currently available for £184.00. There are a number of cameras with 16 megapixel sensors and 5x optical zoom, with other features being more varied, such as the Canon PowerShot A1300 at £89.95, Nikon Coolpix S3300 at £94.95, Canon IXUS 125 HS at £179.00 and Canon IXUS 240 HS at £224.00. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX80 is also very similar, with a 12 megapixel sensor, priced at £194.95.

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 Z1000 EXR Verdict

The Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 EXR will appeal to the younger generation thanks to its stylish body and responsive 3.5 inch touchscreen, which even rotates between portrait and landscape when rotating the camera. Another appealing feature is the ability to connect it to a smartphone via Wi-Fi, making it easy to share your pictures and videos via social networking sites.

There were a few niggles, such as the 9cm minimum focusing distance and the screen is tricky to see when the sun is shining on it. With decent image quality and good colour reproduction as well as a slim, stylish compact body, the Z1000 EXR is easy to recommend.

  The Fujifilm Finepix Z1000 EXR is a stylish compact camera, which performs well and will appeal to the younger generation.

Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 EXR Pros

Feature packed
Built-in Wi-Fi
Camera looks good
Responsive touch screen
Good image quality
Colour reproduction is good
Decent 360 panoramas

Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 EXR Cons

Mixed white balance results under our studio lighting
9cm minimum focusing distance
Screen not easy to see in bright sunlight
Vignetting when using zoom


Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR Specifications

Max Aperturef/3.9 - f/4.9
35mm equivalent28mm - 140mm
Optical Zoom5x
Image Sensor
Pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeExmor CMOS
Sensor Size1/2 inch
Sensor Size (width)6.4mm
Sensor Size (height)4.8mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.5in
Screen resolution460,000 dots
Touch ScreenYes
Min Focus9cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest4sec
Bulb modeNo
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • Spot
  • TTL
  • Multi Pattern
ISO sensitivity100 - 6400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting12fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeNP-45A Li-ion battery
Battery Life (CIPA rating)220shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsLi-ion battery NP-45A, Battery charger BC-45C, Plug adapter, USB cable , Hand strap , CD-ROM, Owner's manual

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