While it’s not quite perfect, the Fujifilm FinePix F30 won me over with its great high ISO performance, battery life, LCD, and manual controls. It’s a camera that I can recommend without hesitation.
Camera performance was very good in most areas. The F30 starts up quickly, focusing times were above average, and I didn’t find shutter lag to be a problem. Shot-to-shot times were just average, and I wasn’t terribly impressed with the continuous shooting modes either. Battery life, on the other hand, was stupendous — the F30 lasts longer than any compact camera on the market. The camera supports the USB 2.0 High Speed standard for fast photo transfers to your Mac or PC.
Photo quality was very good, especially in terms of high ISO performance. The F30 isn’t quite as clean as a digital SLR, but it’s way better than your typical fixed lens camera. You can print 8 x 10’s (and maybe larger) all the way through ISO 800, with smaller prints at ISO 1600. The F30 took generally well-exposed photos, though I thought the colors could be brighter. Sharpness was just about where I like it. Unfortunately the F30 has higher than average purple fringing levels, which is really a shame since Fuji got almost everything right.