FujiFilm FinePix Z5fd (Silver)

The FujiFilm Z5fd (silver) is a budget camera with an eye-catching design. It is an extremely sleek and compact camera which comes in a basic silver colour. The good news is that it also comes in two other extremely beautiful colours- a slurpily delicious Raspberry Red and a suave Mocha Brown.

The FujiFilm Z5fd is ultra compact and its dimensions are 2.2 inches in height, 3.6 inches in width and 0.8 inches in depth. It is extremely light in weight and weighs just 5 ounces. This makes the camera extremely easy and comfortable to carry around, as it can easily be tucked into a pocket and forgotten. However its small size does make shooting with it, a slight hassle. Since the camera’s extremely slim and the lens is close to the edge, care has to be taken while handling the camera, as very often a finger tends to creep into the frame. Also, as the FujiFilm Z5fd has a thin profile, it is equipped with extremely small controls, and the still/video switch can be difficult to find. The rest of the buttons, however are of a decent size, although a little too flat. The camera has three white, oval rubberised spots, which help in easy gripping of the camera.

The FujiFilm Z5fd is a 6- megapixel camera and has a 3X zoom lens with a narrow f/3.5-4.2 36mm-108mm-equivalent lens. Some of the interesting and new features on this camera are the Trimming for Blog tool and a button dedicated to Face Detection.

The Trimming for Blog tool can not only crop a photograph to 640 X 480 but also allows the downloading of the photographs to a compatible device via IrSimple.

The dedicated button for Face Detection makes it easier to find and use. By the way, the fd in the cameras name stands for Face Detection!! The fd can locate more than one face in a scene, but needs to select a single face, generally the one closest to the centre of the frame. Also for fd to function, the face needs to be within approximately 20 feet. One of the negatives, however, is that it is not fast enough to keep up with changing positions so one ends up shooting in normal focus.

Another feature that this camera has is in fact a norm for FujiFilm cameras and is extremely beneficial for getting the perfect picture. This is the Natural Light and Flash Scene mode. This mode enables one to click two consecutive shots; one at a high ISO setting without flash and the other at a lower ISO setting with flash. The other scene modes are the standard ones- Natural Light (high ISO), Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Museum, Party, Flower (macro) and text. FujiFilm Z5fd has a Picture Stabilisation mode, which uses high ISO settings so as to get faster shutter speeds. The macromode in the camera allows one to focus as close as approximately 3.1 inches.

One of the disappointments where the camera is concerned is a total lack of manual control.

The FujiFilm Z5fd has a 2.5 inch LCD and offers the option of driving the display at 30fps, 60fps or in the standard power save mode.

The FujiFilm Z5fd is on the higher side of average except where shooting movies is concerned. It has no lens distortion or focus problems, the photos are sharp and white balance neutral. Under bright shooting conditions, it is ready to shoot within 1.6 seconds and has a 0.5 second shutter delay, which increases to 1.1 seconds in light, which is not optimal. It has a shot-to-shot time of 1.7 seconds and this time goes up to 2.6 seconds when the flash is enabled.

In conclusion the FujiFilm Z5fd is a cute, little camera, which performs well and gives good photographs when clicked at high ISO sensitivity levels. If you are looking for a camera which is within your budget, is slim-n-sleek and gives good snapshots then FujiFilm Z5fd is the one for you.