Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd

Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd
  • Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd
  • Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd
  • Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd
  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5

Pros

  • Face detect technology, blog mode, excellent video capture, design and looks

Cons

  • Lens position

Bottom Line

The Z5fd is a good balance of size, style and function and its video capture is very impressive for a compact digital camera.

Would you buy this?

Fujifilm was the first to develop hardware-based face-detection technology, and the FinePix Z5fd puts it to great use. The Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd is capable of capturing up to 10 faces in the frame, and will automatically compensate for the available light while focusing and following each face until it leaves the viewfinder. The Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd is perfect for nights out, when you haven't got time to fiddle with settings.

The diminutive Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd comes with 14 useful preset scene modes, the newest of which is the blog mode. This will allow you to take perfect pictures for posting online - particularly useful for eBay sellers. Speaking of which, it may be time to put your video camera up for auction. Fujifilm's FinePix Z5fd has cracking movie capture capabilities and, at 30fps (frames per second), your films are limited only by the size of your memory card.

One of the major selling points of the Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd, however, is its looks. Once the sliding cover has revealed the tiny (but still decent) 3x optical zoom lens, the Z5fd logo does its own party piece and lights up. And as it's a party camera, it's also available in lurid pink. One downside to the Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd's design, however, is the non-extending zoom lens set into the face of the camera. It's positioned extremely close to the top left corner, so if you don't pay full attention to the LCD then you may end up with more than a few shots of a big fat finger.

Everyone loves a party, and none more so than Fujifilm it would appear. The Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd is a formidable party animal. The Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd perfectly balances size, style and function, and can cope on a night out when quick snaps are in order. Video quality is truly impressive.

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