So this year I’m trying out a One Month, One Camera (OMOC) project, and for February my weapon of choice is the FujiFilm FinePix F810.
I wrote an introduction to the camera here, and now I’ve had a couple more photowalks, I have more thoughts, and of course photographs, to share.
What I like about the FujiFilm FinePix F810 –
- Solid, classy metal build.
- Unusual long body offers good two handed control.
- Camera remembers everything after power off (except focus mode).
- Mode dial offers Program Shift (P) and Aperture Priority (A) amongst others, giving great user control.
- Manual mode allows exposure range from f/2.8 to f/8 and from 1/2000s to 3s.
- Very quick to power up and down.
- Excellent feedback from screen – AF warning, low light / camera shake warning, aperture and shutter speed display, which helpfully turn red when light conditions are beyond the camera’s range.
- Macro mode reasonably close (7.5cm), and has a dedicated, clearly labelled button.
- Exposure compensation of +/- 2 stops with dedicated, clearly labelled button.
- Film simulation modes – Standard colour, Chrome, and B&W are a good attempt.
- Responsive shutter button – obvious half press and full press.
- Impressive lens, and useful 32.5mm focal length – wide but not too wide.
- Very pleasing images, all I could want from a compact.
What I’ve found annoying or disappointing –
- Metal body is rather blocky and smooth. Adding grip tape has greatly improved handling.
- Mode dial clicks out of position too easily, so often shifts mode unexpectedly when in hand/bag.
- Exposure range limited on P and A modes – shutter only goes down to 1/4s.
- Too many buttons and the menus and functions feel a bit of a mess when you first use it.
- Viewfinder is next to useless and warning light tries to do too many things, so it’s distracting. I’ve put a piece of black tape over both.
- Colour modes a bit garish for my tastes, and B&W too grey and low contrast, so needs post processing in Snapseed. Not unusual though for a digital compact!
- No Image Stabilisation – not a big issue for me, but good to have the option of an extra couple of stops in low light like with Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS and others.
Overall, the FujiFilm FinePix F810 a classy, very capable camera, with plenty of manual control, once you get used to where things are.
The images are as good as I could want, no complaints there.
But, at this stage, nearly half way into the month, I can’t really see my keeping it in my stable of keepers. There are just too many quirks I don’t really gel with, especially when I start to directly compare it with some of my favourites.
It doesn’t endear me to try other FujiFilm cameras either, whereas after spending all of January with the “Golden IXUS” I was very interested in exploring other Canon compacts.
We’ll see how the rest of the month evolves.
What are the deal breakers for you with a camera, those quirks or features (or lack of features) that stop you truly embracing and loving it?
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