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FujifilmFinePix F100fd Digital Camera
 
4.4

(based on 28 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Large clear LCD (22)
  • Great picture quality (19)
  • Easy to setup (18)
  • Strong construction (17)
  • Simple controls (16)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Short battery life (4)
  • Long lag time (3)

Best Uses

  • Fun (23)
  • Travel (23)
  • Family photos (18)
  • Photojournalism (12)
  • Art (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (8), Enthusiast (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Little Camera

I like to always have a camera with me - this one lives in my briefcase. I use it to document sites I visit, family events, and general photography. The photos are AWESOME...Read complete review

I like to always have a camera with me - this one lives in my briefcase. I use it to document sites I visit, family events, and general photography. The photos are AWESOME - the Fuji SuperCCD is a great sensor - I've had a few Fuji's over the last 7 years, beginning with an S1. The wide zoom range is a big benefit. It is nice an compact - very easy to carry. My only negative comments are there's no optical viewfinder and it takes a "special" (non-AA) battery - that said, these "features" do yield a solid and compact camera. So far, I can live with not having an optical viewfinder and I'll just be sure to carry a spare battery.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pretty good, but..........

I like having a "point and shoot" to supplement my DSLR.

I got the F100fd to replace my aging Finepix F30. But after 200 shots with the...Read complete review

I like having a "point and shoot" to supplement my DSLR.

I got the F100fd to replace my aging Finepix F30. But after 200 shots with the F100fd, I see I'll still be using the F30 for some shots - like interior flash shots.

The F100's flash is an underachiever, and the flash is just under the shutter button, so my shooting hand gets in the way if I don't remember to adjust for it. I've lost several shots because of the flash location.

I like the Dual IS mode for available light shots, but some color blotches appear in low-light situations. Blame a lot of junk in the blue channel in darker areas.

The noise reduction is aggressive, often mistaking detail for noise. It's not bad at ISO 200, marginal at ISO 400, and horrible at 800 and above.

I like the lens - 28mm on the wide end, very sharp, and outstanding depth of field. It's quite remarkable for a camera this size.

The 4-way controller on the back of the camera requires a delicate touch with its addition of a rotating ring. It makes it easy to select the wrong menu item.

Bottom line: it's great for outdoor shots, but I can't recommend it for interior shots unless the user is proficient in image editing / post processing. And forget about ISOs above 400.

I would strongly recommend that one get an extra battery, because battery life is MUCH shorter than the F30's.

It isn't as good as the F30, IMO. Too bad.....

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4.0

GOOD CAMERA FOR BEGINNERS

By HACKSAW

from ST. PETERS, MO.

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bright LCD
  • Comfortable Controls
  • Easy Setup
  • Easy to Keep Clean
  • Easy To Use
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Poor Operation in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Fun
  • Travel

Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

USE FOR HOME PHOTOS.THE GREAT THING ABOUT THE F100fd is the auto focus, it's easy too use . Haven't found anything bad about the camera .

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5.0

Great Camera - Discontinued ???

By Texarkana

from Houston,TX

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Bright LCD
  • Comfortable Controls
  • Easy Setup
  • Easy to Keep Clean
  • Easy To Use
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Long Lag Time

Best Uses

  • Art
  • Family Photos
  • Fun
  • Photojournalism
  • Travel

Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

I really like this camera. I bought it for a back-up since my Fuji D-SLR was a little to bulky to carry around for formal events. Imagine carrying this huge camera bag while wearing a pretty cocktail dress/ballgown.

At first, I was a tad bit disappointed since I thought that this did not fare well in low light or the night shots, but if you set it at the night vision and put the flash "on", the pictures come out great. The down arrow is the flash button on the side of the wheel. I also love the double picture feature - one with and one without a flash. this makes it easier to choose the better picture <- A big selling point.

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5.0

great camera

By Snowhite

from Charlotte, NC

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bright LCD
  • Comfortable Controls
  • Easy Setup
  • Easy to Keep Clean
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Not easy-use controls

Best Uses

  • Art
  • Family Photos
  • Fun
  • Photojournalism
  • Travel

Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

My SLR is bulky and I often want to have something small in my purse. A couple of years ago after reading several reviews I got the Fujifilm f31fd (after a couple of Canon cameras), but it got soaked in sodapop... To get a replacement, after reading through reviews, I again decided between Fujifilm and a Canon and due to the reviews on the light sensitivity I went for this camera.
I must say it is excellent in low light conditions, no flash needed - especially if you have a steady hand (like my husband) the pictures come out excellent. Setting the menu takes a little bit of getting used to, but all the manual override options you need are there such a WB, ISO, Flash settings, Face detection, color (chrome vs normal or B&W).

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4.0

Meets my expectations

By Dave

from Walla Walla Wa.

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bright LCD
  • Easy To Use
  • Great Picture Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel

    Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

    This is a good camera to take with you. Small enough, with much better than average picture quality. I bought it because DPREVIEW rated it very high. Works good in low light,
    The menus aren't the easiest to use but are ok.

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    5.0

    smart camera for young-adult

    By photo monster

    from san anselmo, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Bright LCD
    • Comfortable Controls
    • Easy Setup
    • Easy to Keep Clean
    • Easy To Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Fun
      • Travel

      Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

      This is the second Finepix camera I've purchased. This one for my child, so I get to use one too. Despite the first one requiring two visits for repair (at our cost, because of "rough use") the quality of the photos is outstanding. The face recognition makes a huge difference in capturing, well, people's faces, which is reason we take so many pictures. [...]

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      5.0

      Takes Great Photos w/ Beautiful Colors.

      By Shoie

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright LCD
      • Comfortable Controls
      • Easy Setup
      • Easy to Keep Clean
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Picture Quality
      • High ISO Performance
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • No Black Model in the US

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Fun
      • Photojournalism
      • Travel

      Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

      This is an excellent compact digital camera to bring along when carrying a DSLR is too much of a hassle.

      For a compact digital camera it produces wonderful images with true "Fuji" colors. The image stabilization seems to work well. Even at ISO 400 the image quality is very good with much less noise compared to other compact digital cameras on the market.

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      5.0

      Great camera!

      By Phil

      from Asheville, NC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright LCD
      • Comfortable Controls
      • Easy Setup
      • Easy to Keep Clean
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Fun
      • Travel

      Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

      Excellent dynamic range function, nice 5x zoom lens, easy to use and just takes great pictures!

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      5.0

      fast and correct focus, great detail,

      By Weinlander

      from Houston, Tx

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright LCD
      • Easy to Keep Clean
      • Easy To Use
      • Great colors and detail
      • GREAT PICTURE QUALITY
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Fun
        • Photojournalism
        • Travel

        Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

        on jobside, snappshots on the move
        landscape and uban, macro indoors.

        color options work for our team, we
        use several F 100 FD.

        indoor the flash could be a little
        stronger, hard to shoot rooms with
        poor or no lighting.

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        4.0

        + Image Quality - Manual functions

        By Sunny

        from Hangzhou, China

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fun
          • Photojournalism
          • Travel

          Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

          I bring this camera everywhere, the wide zoom range and acceptable high iso performance makes it a good a everyday camera. The image quality up to iso 400 is decent, but at 800, the image definitely suffers and this is with the camera taking 6MP images. In addition, the manual functions are sorely lacking. However, with the $100 rebate, I believe this camera still offers the most bang for the buck from amongst all other options.

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          5.0

          Nice Camera

          By Bella

          from New Jersey

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Long Lag Time
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Art
          • Family Photos
          • Fun
          • Travel

          Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

          I decided to buy this camera because I wanted get photos that are less noisy than regular compact cameras. I wanted it to be as close to professional camera as possible and still be small and inexpensive. I think this camera was the right choice for me.

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          4.0

          Works great under low lights

          By JW

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good in low lights
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Weaker user interface

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Fun
          • Indoors
          • Photojournalism
          • Travel

          Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

          I was looking for a point and click camera that allowed me to take sharp photos indoors. After doing some research, I found that this one was the best one for the purpose and after taking 300+ shots, I agree. I let the ISO level go all the way up to 1600 and the photo does not come out to be too grainy, and when I shrink them for blog usage, it's all smooth, so I'm happy. Of course, if you zoom into the photo, you'll see a lot of graininess, but when viewed 1:1 on a 15 inch monitor, the 1600 ISO image looks quite smooth, so the camera serves my purpose.

          One con I would mention is the somewhat clunky user interface compared to the Canon series, but it's just an extra click or two, so the issue is somewhat minor.

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          5.0

          Totally Amazing Premium Compact Camera

          By RL

          from Janesville, WI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Comfortable Controls
          • Easy Setup
          • Easy To Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Art
            • Family Photos
            • Fun
            • Photojournalism
            • Travel

            Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

            I am completely amazed and impressed by the quality of the images I have taken with this camera. The low light shots are amazing. I have taken lots of pictures that were of a very fast moving object that have turned out amazing. My favorite feature is the Portrait Enhancing mode, it makes faces appear so smooth, wrinkle free, and soft. It reminds me of portrait enhancing professional photographers do. I did a lot of research before buying this camera and in my opinion it is the best value for the money. I am so impressed with this camera, I love the size I am able to keep it in my purse so I can take it everywhere I go and not miss photo opportunities. I completely recommend this camera 100%.

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            5.0

            best value in the premier compact space

            By blakmark8

            from Michigan City, IN

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • 100 Rebate
            • Bright LCD
            • Chrome Film Simulation
            • Easy to Keep Clean
            • Great Picture Quality
            • High ISO in certain modes
            • Strong Construction
            • Superior Dynamic Range
            • Wide angle lens

            Cons

            • No Aperture Priority
            • No Shutter Priority
            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Fun
            • Photojournalism

            Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

            as the review for this camera at [...](holiday comparison-premier compacts) points out, *despite* a confusing interface, the f100fd is the thoroughbred of the field. Fuji has made the best digital photography ccds for at least the past four years. this chip is no exception. while small, it is bigger than the others in the space. add to that a broad and controllable dynamic range that none of the competition has.the f100fd also offers 5x optical zoom and 28mm wide angle lens--both which increase the cameras ability to capture more and better images in the moment.the weight and form-factor make the camera very portable. i use a nikon d200 and a sony cybershot dsc-v3. the both take great images, but i don't like carrying them. my wife has a canon powershot sd400 that's small enough to carry all of the time but it misses a lot of information because of its limited "glass."as for the fuchsia banding mentioned elsewhere, that problem was addressed with a firmware update (1.02). fujifilm could do a better job notifying the public of updates. on the other hand, some manufacturers never supply updates.one last thing: after rebate, this 12megapixal camera will cost you less than [$]

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            5.0

            I like this camera

            By Chip

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Controls
            • Easy Setup
            • Easy To Use
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Fun
            • Travel

            Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

            I had the f31fd, but was forced to upgrade when that one was stolen... Picture quality on this camera is great! Download speed to computer is fast. Only complaint would be battery does not last as long as it did on f31fd. Get a spare battery. You can charge the battery in the included external charger while using the second battery in the camera.

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            3.0

            Pretty good, but..........

            By Muggsy

            from Mid-south

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright LCD
            • Easy Setup
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Poor Operation in Low Light
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Outdoor shots

            Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

            I like having a "point and shoot" to supplement my DSLR.

            I got the F100fd to replace my aging Finepix F30. But after 200 shots with the F100fd, I see I'll still be using the F30 for some shots - like interior flash shots.

            The F100's flash is an underachiever, and the flash is just under the shutter button, so my shooting hand gets in the way if I don't remember to adjust for it. I've lost several shots because of the flash location.

            I like the Dual IS mode for available light shots, but some color blotches appear in low-light situations. Blame a lot of junk in the blue channel in darker areas.

            The noise reduction is aggressive, often mistaking detail for noise. It's not bad at ISO 200, marginal at ISO 400, and horrible at 800 and above.

            I like the lens - 28mm on the wide end, very sharp, and outstanding depth of field. It's quite remarkable for a camera this size.

            The 4-way controller on the back of the camera requires a delicate touch with its addition of a rotating ring. It makes it easy to select the wrong menu item.

            Bottom line: it's great for outdoor shots, but I can't recommend it for interior shots unless the user is proficient in image editing / post processing. And forget about ISOs above 400.

            I would strongly recommend that one get an extra battery, because battery life is MUCH shorter than the F30's.

            It isn't as good as the F30, IMO. Too bad.....

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            5.0

            Overlooked impressive little point shoot

            By Tflyer

            from Philadelphia

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright LCD
            • Excellent backup to slr
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Lack of Manual Controls
            • Mediocre menu
            • Relatively slow lens wide

            Best Uses

            • Art
            • Photojournalism
            • Travel

            Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

            I am a serious amatuer, semi-pro looking for a backup for my SLR rig. Researched led me to this model. Excellent sharpness, color rendition is a little on cold side at default settings (but can set for saturated.) Menu structure is not the easiest to understand but gets the job done. Overall, excellent street shooter, very low noise, actually useable up to 800 ISO, near SLR performance in metering,excellent handling of highlights with little white blow-out in image. Solid construction.Particulary with large rebate, cannot beat this little gem.

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            2.0

            i agree

            By disappointed

            from kentucky

            Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

            i completely agree with the previous post about this camera being a "dud"...i read these reviews before i purchased this camera, but unfortunately that post had not yet been made. i have a fuji finepix that is about 3 years old & loved the camera so much that i decided to "upgrade" to this model. the aforementioned post is accurate in its description of the bright band at the left edge of the screen & the extreme noise in images when taking pictures in low light which is also the main reason i bought this camera. it drives me crazy & i am returning it. if you plan on using this camera with the flash on or in bright light only, it should function fine for you.

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            5.0

            very nice camera

            By W Yang

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright LCD
            • Comfortable Controls
            • Easy Setup
            • Easy to Keep Clean
            • Easy To Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Fun
              • Travel

              Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

              very nice camera, [...]

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              4.0

              lots of features

              By dukhat

              from San Antonio, TX

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bright LCD
              • Comfortable Controls
              • Easy Setup
              • Easy to Keep Clean
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Fun
                • Travel

                Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

                Pros:
                * High quality photos.
                * Lots of features.
                * Good low light photos.
                * Neat night time 8 second exposure.
                * Browsing photos is fast.

                Cons:
                * It is very important to wear the wrist strap, since the large LCD is where you would want to grip it firmly in your left hand.
                * You have to switch it to sport mode to make sure that pictures with movement don't turn out blurry.
                * Some features don't work with other features, and it is not always obvious. For example, if you are taking an 8 second exposure, you have to be in night mode, and there is no adjustment of the ISO for light levels either automatically or manually.
                * It's hard to take full advantage of 12 megapixels. When you zoom in all the way, it isn't any clear

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again

                By Sawdust Kid

                from Toledo, Iowa

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Bright LCD
                • Comfortable Controls
                • Easy Setup
                • Easy to Keep Clean
                • Easy To Use
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Fun
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Digital Camera:

                  this camera is very usefull for my wife. She does not like anything that is not easy to use. This camera is very user friendly.
                  She likes the face detection on it and the large 5X zoom range that it has.
                  I can not truely find anything that is not great about this camera

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