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Fujifilm Finepix F100fd compact camera

Good performer

When it came to performance, the Finepix F100fd did pretty well. One odd quirk is that in auto mode, the ISO speed can only be set to 400, 800, 1600 or 3200, which the user selects. When we took our brand new review sample out of the box, the default setting was 3200, which is crazy, not least, because noise becomes apparent at around ISO 800, although the results aren’t too bad.

Fujifilm F100fd

Good performer

That said, the higher ISO settings of 6400 and 12,800 - which are only available at 3MB image settings or lower - are too noisy to be worth bothering with.

The F100fd's picture quality was generally impressive, although colours were a little subdued. We didn’t notice a great deal of impact with the dynamic range settings, which were more subtle than spectacular.

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Botox mode: before (left) and after

The face-detection system is very impressive, however, being both fast and accurate, and the automatic red eye remover does a good job. The image stabilisation system was effective too. We also liked some of the scene modes, including portrait enhancer, which helps remove lines from a face. If you’re the wrong side of forty, it’s a lot cheaper than using botox...

Verdict

The Finepix F100fd isn’t going to win many awards for design or innovation, even though it packs some pretty useful technology. But then again, it sure isn’t a contender for turkey of the year. If you’re the sort of person, who essentially wants a point and shoot camera, but quite fancies having some extra features and advanced technology thrown in, then the Finepix F100fd won’t disappoint. It’s a friendly camera to use and will produce pleasing results in most situations. ®

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Fujifilm Finepix F100fd compact camera

It’s no Flash Harry when it comes to looks, but in terms of handling and performance, the F100fd does the business.
Price: £200 RRP