Fujifilm FinePix Z30 Camera Review

FujiFilm Z30
FujiFilm Z30

FujiFilm Z30

The Fujifilm’s FinePix Z30 is a pretty point-and-shoot camera with a somewhat unique design. It comes in a shocking  pink, an intense bright orange, and a vibrant purple. That plus its rounded corners certainly set it off from the crowd.

I love bright colors, but unfortunately, the bright metallic look of this camera make it look a bit toy-like.  Also the designers didn’t take functionality seriously enough. The camera has no place to comfortably place your fingers to hold it when you take a picture. Although the two rows of rubberized buttons on the back look good, every time you want to press one, you have to put on your glasses to find just the one you want. Oh, and you have to open the battery door to plug in the USB cable.

The Z30 is a 10-megapixel camera with a 3x optical lens and a nice-sized CCD. Although the pictures were good, I found that many of the flash pictures had unevenly distributed lighting.

Have I said enough?? Take a pass on this camera. What is amazing to me is that the A150, a similarly priced and sized camera from the same manufacturer (Fujifilm), was one that I really liked. The A150 had impeccable design and took great pictures. (Check out my review of the A150).So take a pass on this camera and check out the A150 for a good entry-level digital camera.  The Z30 retails for $149. The A150 goes for $129. So a higher price is not necessarily a better camera.

Here are my pros and cons fro the Z30:

Pros:

  • Compact size
  • Good manual on CD
  • Numerous continuous shooting, self-timer and flash modes

Cons:

  • Poor lens placement
  • Body feels flimsy
  • Control buttons too small and close together
  • Poorly placed USB port
  • No place to grip
  • 4-way directional control which is on the buttons, is difficult to use
  • Not many manual controls
  • Nested menus that can be difficult to navigate

My full review with pictures, specs and more details is at Hardware Secrets.

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3 Comments

aoblau 03-08-2009, 05:21

$149 is good price, my z30 body design is pretty, my color is hot and my pink color photo is nice.

Best Buy Digital Camera 21-10-2009, 22:51

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dsi r4 17-12-2009, 01:18

This camera is perfect, exactly what I wanted. It looks even better in person!! I’ve used it out on the town, inside with flourescent lighting, and outdoors, and it’s definitely 10.1 megapixels of AWESOME.

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