Fuji FinePix F60fd review

Point the FinePix F60fd at your subject and its SR-Auto setting evaluates the shapes, focus distance and lighting conditions, then automatically selects one of four scene modes for your shot.

If a flower is close to the lens, it automatically sets Macro mode to focus on the fine detail. For low-light and night scenes, it adjusts the shutter speed and sensitivity to reduce blur. It chooses extra sharpness and depth of field for landscapes. It even optimises focus, aperture and speed to keep portrait images sharp and evenly exposed.

And all this automation produces little or no shutter lag – the F60fd continuously monitors the subject, so it’s very quick to lock in and shoot when you press the shutter button. What’s more, when you need maximum control, you can also select aperture priority, shutter priority or full manual modes.

However, it didn’t fare so well in battery tests, where we could take only 190 shots on a single charge.

Whichever mode you’re using, the F60fd’s built-in dual-image-stabilisation system helps reduce the effects of camera shake. The device lacks a few advanced features, however: notably exposure bracketing, panoramic stitching and manual focus.

Although the F60fd has a larger screen than its predecessor, the F50fd, it maintains that camera’s understated look. It’s available in an uninspiring silver finish, but our sample came in a more sophisticated matt black. The camera accepts SD and SDHC cards, in addition to xD-Picture.

The F60fd impressed us with the fine sharpness and low distortion of its images. However, the weak flash hampered some of our shots. In our tests, we tried to leave the flash off as much as possible. One of the strengths of Fujifilm’s proprietary Super CCD sensor design is its performance in low light.

Finally, the Fujifilm Finepix F60fd has a Movie mode, shooting 640 x 480 clips with mono sound.

OUR VERDICT

If you take mainly impromptu photos of family and friends, you’ll find the Fujifilm FinePix F60fd a breeze to use. Its automatic scene recognition means there’s little to think about before you start snapping, yet it also offers plenty of advanced features for when you have more time to make adjustments.

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