some info firstI got sent a FinePix F70 the other day to test (test and send back I must explain before anyone thinks me a mercenary whore!) The F70 is a beautiful looking device slim in construction, with nice chrome accents and a nice crisp 2.7” monitor. Unfortunately it has a couple of faults that make it a non-starter for me.
Before I get to that some info first. The camera specs are as follows;
- Zoom: 10x optical
- Resolution: 10Mp
- Media type: Internal, SD, SDHC
- Focus types: Normal, macro, face detection
- Shutter speed: 8sec-1/2000sec
- Flash: Built-in
- Monitor: 2.7in TFT colour LCD
- Power: Li-Ion Battery
- Size: 99.3×58.9×22.7mm
- Weight: 180g (excl. battery and card)
None of which is as interesting as my thoughts having used it. First up the highlights. It’s pretty cool to squeeze a 10* optical zoom into such a small form factor, it’s an attractive unit and has some interesting features such as allowing for two simultaneous frames – one with and one without flash.
And now for the lowlights – why oh why, in this day and age, do manufacturers continue to make cameras that come with a USB cable but that require separate external battery changers. Having to lug a stand alone charger around with me is enough reason to pass on this phone.
Read it here – if you insist on making a camera that takes a proprietary battery that I can buy in any supermarket around the world, please ensure it can charge via USB, ie without the need for an external charger.
Similarly why build a camera with the flash situated on the right hand side, directly where a user grips the unit – much better to put it on the left hand side where no one is likely to stick their fingers in front of the flash.
So – if you don’t travel and after a small, pretty camera with a good zoom – the F70 could be for you. However if you want something that travels well and is set up for decent nighttime shooting – maybe pass on it.
Oh and Fuji – I’m keen as mustard to have a try of a pocket-able camera that charges via USB and still has a decent zoom – you know my address!