Price When Reviewed: 212
Pros: Large LCD screen. High ISO rating for great performance in low-light conditions.
Cons: Few manual controls. Noisy photos at ISO 1600. Images not sharp enough.
The most eye-catching feature of the Fujifilm FinePix V10 Zoom is its big LCD. The three-inch screen almost fills the back of the camera. It’s handy for framing shots and makes viewing images a pleasure.
The V10 starts up quickly (in less than a second), and shutter lag is generally minimal, though it’s sometimes noticable in low light.
The camera feels sturdy despite its relatively slim profile. Operating the V10 with one hand isn’t practical: the buttons on the back panel run all along the bottom because the LCD leaves little room for controls. These buttons are small and too close together for nimble navigation.
To navigate the menus you use a pair of tiny left/right buttons and an up/down toggle. This arrangement is less than ideal – with a better design, some selections might have taken fewer steps. On the plus side, the buttons double up on functions, so you can quickly change the flash mode, turn on macro mode, or activate the self-timer. A dedicated button on the top of the camera offers ready access to the quality mode, ISO, and colour settings menus.
The V10 lacks some basic manual controls, such as aperture-priority and shutter-priority modes. You can’t bracket its exposures or calibrate its white balance. Instead there are six basic scene modes.