Fujifilm FinePix Z90 review

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Fujifilm FinePix Z90: Performance

Fujifilm has given the FinePix Z90 a practical sensitivity range of ISO100-ISO3200. At the lower ISO setting images are clear and sharp; detail is held well, but pixel smearing and noise starts to appear from ISO 1600 and I would avoid going above this unless absolutely essential.

Fortunately, with care, hand-held shots can be taken at 1/8sec at full zoom thanks to the Digital Image Stabilisation, avoiding the need for the highest ISO settings on most occasions.

Image dynamic range is well controlled, but highlight clipping can occur as the standard evaluative meter leans toward rendering images on the bright side. This is easily remedied by locking the exposure with a half press of the shutter button before recomposing the shot.

Fujifilm has done an excellent job of controlling chromatic aberration in the FinePix Z90 and only areas of extreme contrast produce minor colour fringing, but it was not as prevalent as I would have expected for this class of camera.

Unfortunately, if chromatic aberration is taken care of well, lens distortion is not. Under some circumstances barrel distortion at the widest lens setting and pincushion at the longest can be a distraction and Fujifilm could have done more to improve this.

Ease of use is important for a camera in this class and unsurprisingly the auto-white balance system gives accurate results, consistently out performing the six pre-sets that are also available.
Standard, Chrome (Fujifilm colour slide film), black and white and Sepia are the four pre-set colour choices available. Black and white mode produces nice punchy images whilst Sepia gives a novelty feel. Of the two colour settings, the best overall colour results were produced in the Standard setting, and I'd suggest the camera is left at this for colour. Chrome increases blue and green saturation and contrast, but some shots have an unnatural looking greens and a cyan hue.

Overall the FinePix Z90 produces good images and these can be improved further with careful use of the available settings.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution14.2 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyFinePix Z
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationDigital
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom6.8x
Brand NameFujifilm
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)133 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.9 mm
Width95.4 mm
Depth20.1 mm
Product SeriesZ
Focal Length5 mm to 25 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelZ90
Product NameFinePix Z90 Compact Camera
Product LineFinePix
Exposure Control

Programmed AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC03590A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information

Introducing the undeniably stunning FinePix Z90 from Fujifilm, a super-stylish member of the Spring 2011 range of digital cameras. It's packed full of fun and easy-to-use features, this camera really is not just a pretty face. Housing an innovative 3-inch wide LCD touch screen, a 14 megapixel sensor, a 5x Fujinon optical zoom, 720p HD movie and 1080p image capture, and a YouTube/Facebook easy web upload facility; the FinePix Z90 is the perfect camera for a fashion-conscious audience that is looking for a combination of quality and style.

Package Contents
  • FinePix Z90 Compact Camera
  • Li-Ion Battery NP-45A
  • Battery Charger BC-45B
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year