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I have been hunting for a budget (less than s$250) compact digital camera for a friend and spent weeks on research, visiting weekly clearance sales and second-hand resale forums. I had these criterias for selection: ease of use, friendly operations, image stabilization, good noise control, uses Li-ion battery, cheap. It seemed impossible to find one brand new camera with these specs and fit within my budget. But I found the Fujifilm FinePix J10 fitting the bill perfectly! However, this recently launched (April 08 in SG) "J" series of compact digital cameras are less popular and lacked proper online reviews with tests. I believe that this model lacking the renowned Fujfilm's "Super CCD" sensor, failed to interest camera reviewers. Nevertheless, I decided to check out this model itself and was IMMEDIATELY SOLD by its FANTASTIC noise control! I pondered no more and was certain the FinePix J10 to be the one!
FinePix J10 Gallery
8.2 million pixels 1/2.5-inch CCD sensor
Internal memory (Approx. 8MB)
xD-Picture Card™ (16MB - 2GB) SD/SDHC memory card
Number of recorded pixels
Still image: 3,264x2,448 (8M) / 3,264x2,176 (3:2) / 2,304x1,728 / 1,600x1,200 / 640x480
Fujinon 3x Optical zoom lens, F2.8 - F5.6
Lens focal length
f=6.2mm - 18.6mm, Equivalent to 35 - 113mm on a 35mm camera
F2.8 - F5.6 (Wide) / F5.2 - F10.4 (Telephoto)
Normal: Approx. 40cm / 1.3ft. to infinity
Macro: Wide angle : Approx. 15cm / 6in. to 40cm / 1.3ft.
Telephoto angle : Approx. 40cm / 1.3ft. to 80cm / 2.6ft.
AUTO / Equivalent to ISO64 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
TTL 256-zones metering
Mode dial: Auto, Manual, Picture Stabilization (Anti-blur), Movie
SP: Natural Light, Baby, Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Sunset, Flower, Party, Museum, Text
8 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (depends on exposure)
AUTO focus (Center)
Automatic scene recognition, Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light)
Approx. 10sec. / 2sec. delay
Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro
2.5 inch, 153,000 dots , Amorphous silicon TFT color LCD monitor, Approx. 96% coverage
640 x 480,320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec. With monaural sound
* Zoom function cannot be used during movie recording
Best framing, Frame No. memory
Slide show, Trimming, Single frame, Multi-frame playback, Sorting by date, Image rotate
NTSC / PAL selectable
Digital input / output
NP-45 Li-ion battery (included)
91.0(W)x55.0(H)x22.0(D)*4 mm / 3.8(W)x2.2(H)x0.9(D)*4 in. (excluding accessories and attachments)
Approx. 110g / 3.9oz. (excluding accessories, batteries and memory card)
Some basic tests done with the FinePix J10.
ISO 64 - ISO1600 (Wide 38mm)
In the Hands
In terms of performance, I was stunned that it faired surprisingly close to my FujiFilm FinePix F50fd (with Super CCD) at controlling the noise levels (as shown in TEST #5). TEST #1 and TEST #2 shows how well the FinePix J10 controls the noise. The macro is not something to shout about, since it can only go up close to 15cm but quality is well preserved even at highest ISO (as shown in TEST #4). TEST #5 shows that ISO 1600 is very usable at reducing blur and looks very good when resized (in this case 800 x 600). The night shots are rather decent and limited to maximum of 8 seconds (as shown in TEST #6). TEST #7 demonstrates the slow saving buffer when using a 1x speed SD card, as it takes 5 seconds to save before it allows user to shoot again, despite setting a compulsary image review to a minimum of 1.5 second. The speed could possibly be improved with the use of higher speed cards.
All in all, I think this budget FujiFilm FinePix J10 is a very decent model for its price. It fits my selection criteria perfectly and is definitely adequate for my friend, Nicole's use to shoot her adorable baby. I am glad I found her a good camera that is not too heavy for her pockets. Nothing beats a smile at the end of the day from a satisfied friend!
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