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Fujifilm FinePix F60fd Gordon Laing, January 2009
 

Fujifilm FinePix F60fd Gallery

The following images were taken with a Fujifilm FinePix F60fd. The F60fd was set to 12M F JPEG quality, Auto White Balance and Multi metering. The sensitivity was set to Auto for the first three images, but set manually for the remaining five. Dual Image Stabilisation was enabled for all these handheld shots. The shooting mode was set to Manual, but this acts like Program on other models - as such the exposure is automatic, but the camera allows you to adjust the ISO and other settings.

The individual exposure mode, file sizes, shutter speeds, aperture, ISO and lens focal length are listed for each image.

The crops are taken from the original files, reproduced at 100% and saved in Adobe Photoshop CS2 as JPEGs with the default Very High quality preset, while the resized images were made in Photoshop CS2 and saved with the default High quality preset. The three crops are typically taken from far left, central and far right portions of each image.

Note: you may wish to open a number of galleries for direct comparison of detail and noise: Canon PowerShot SD 880IS / IXUS 870 IS sample images, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77 sample images and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35 sample images.

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Landscape: 4.42MB, Manual, 1/800, f5.6, ISO 100, 8-24mm at 8mm (equivalent to 35mm)

  This first shot was taken with the F60fd under bright, direct sunlight with the camera selecting its lowest sensitivity, so this represents ideal conditions.

There's a sprinkling of fine noise that's most obvious in shadow or flat areas. This is barely noticeable at anything other than 100% viewing on-screen though and the image is otherwise very detailed.

The 35mm widest coverage only just squeezes in the entire sail, but the quality is sharp to the edges - the first crop is taken from the extreme left side.
     


Landscape: 4.65MB, Manual, 1/300, f5.6, ISO 100, 8-24mm at 8mm (equivalent to 35mm)

  Another shot taken under bright conditions with the F60fd again zoomed-out and the camera selecting its lowest sensitivity.

Once again pixel peepers will notice a fine sprinkling of noise in some areas when viewed at 100%, but again it doesn't negatively impact the image at most reproductions.

As before, the crops also reveal a great deal of fine detail, and good sharp lens performance at the edges - again the first crop taken from the left edge of the frame.
     


Landscape: 4.56MB, Manual, 1/350, f7.1, ISO 100, 8-24mm at 24mm (equivalent to 105mm)

    For this shot we zoomed the F60fd into its longest focal length and the camera once again chose a sensitivity of 100 ISO.

When viewed at 100%, the image again reveals a fine sprinkling of noise. It's not quite as clean as the best 10 Mpixel models we've tested at 100 ISO, but again there is plenty of detail in the image.

The pedestrian 3x optical range though means the F60fd neither zooms that wide or that close at its extremes.
     
   
     
   


Portrait: 4.40MB, Manual, 1/900, f7.1, ISO 200, 8-24mm at 24mm (equivalent to 105mm)


  For this portrait we zoomed the F60fd into its longest focal length activated face detection, manually set the sensitivity to 200 ISO and forced the flash to fire.

Fujifilm's face detection is one of the best around, with the F60fd easily locking onto our subject even when turned to profile. The camera is also a master at balancing flash with natural light in all conditions.

Even with control over the aperture though, it's not possible to achieve a small depth of field, and the boost to 200 ISO has brought an increase in visible noise speckles.
     


Macro: 4.70MB, Manual, 1/340, f4, ISO 400, 8-24mm at 8mm (equivalent to 35mm)

  For this macro shot we increased the sensitivity to 400 ISO and positioned the camera as close at it would focus in its Macro Mode.

The result taken from a distance of 7cm is slightly under-exposed, but there's little of the geometric distortion or softening towards the corners we often see with compact macro modes. A good result for the F60fd.

The increase to 400 ISO hasn't been too detrimental in this example, but the subject matter is quite forgiving.

     


Indoor: 4.80MB, Manual, 1/85, f2.8, ISO 400, 8-24mm at 8mm (equivalent to 35mm)


  Our first indoor shot was taken with the F60fd at 400 ISO under artificial light.

The camera's face detection easily locked onto the subject and can recognise full profiles. The F60fd is one of the best compacts in this regard.

Noise levels have become more apparent here, especially in shadow or flat areas. Well-lit detailed areas remain full of information though, as seen when viewing the magazine covers at 100%.
     


Indoor: 4.72MB, Manual, 1/50, f2.8, ISO 800, 8-24mm at 8mm (equivalent to 35mm)

 

Our second indoor shot was taken with the sensitivity increased to 800 ISO. As such, there's an unsurprising increase in visible noise levels here, with the result only really acceptable at smaller sizes.

The camera's also arguably underexposed this shot, which has allowed it to avoid potential camera shake from a slow shutter speed.

The F60fd features sensor-shift stabilisation, although in our tests it wasn't as effective as models with optical stabilisation - see first page for details.

     


Indoor: 4.93MB, Manual, 1/100, f2.8, ISO 1600, 8-24mm at 8mm (equivalent to 35mm)

  Our final indoor shot was taken with the sensitivity at 1600 ISO. Here's there's a significant reduction in quality with undesirable artefacts through noise and noise reduction. Interestingly, the F60fd's noise artefacts look quite different from other compacts.

To be fair, the final result isn't any worse than rival models, but like those, you'd only want to use 1600 ISO in emergencies. The F60fd goes on to bravely offer 3200 ISO, and even 6400 ISO options, the latter at a reduced resolution. The results ain't pretty - see our High ISO results page.
     


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