Sunday, April 06, 2008

Fujifilm F11: Noise Challenge

*Photo courtesy of Watch Impress

Most of the photography enthusiasts might have heard of Fujifilm F11 regarding its low noise performance at high ISO setting. Other models such as F10, F30 and F31fd share the same platform. Though it was launched in 2005, but it's still being rated as one of the top performers in that range. By using a larger than conventional compact camera sensor (1/1.7") with 6.3 megapixels on it, it's one of the reasons why it could produce very low noise at ISO800 and 1600. Focal length range of 36-108mm (3x zoom) is quite usable for light travel.

The best part was lately my buddy encountered a bargain on this model at one of the Foto Shangrila chain stores, selling at only RM499. This price tag includes a 1GB xD card and also a camera pouch (which is useless for me). Without considering much, I grabbed it while stocks last.

Why do I still need a compact camera while I have a range of lenses and a fullframe body? You guessed it correctly, it's due to its size and weight. At around 200g, it's almost weightless compared to let's say a EOS5D fitted with EF35mm/2. When you don't wish to grab attention from the public while capturing street photos, this is the "weapon". Most people might assume that you're not so serious in photography, hence less obstruction.

Alright, not too much of reviews here, but just to share with you photos I captured this evening. Photos had been resized, no touch up.

35mm, F/2.8, 1/80s, ISO800

35mm, F/2.8, 1/60s, ISO1600

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Blogger 阿农 said...

compact is good for alltime snapshot, it complements your photographic journey ;-)

8:18 AM  
Blogger Zey said...

Sigma DP-1 is the perfect compact camera, but it's too expensive!

9:28 AM  
Blogger Kenneth Tang a.k.a Fishbonezken said...

Hi Zey,
the second picture right..if you captured that with your DSLR, will the words Mcdonalds and cineleisure be sharper? as in there is no fuzz around the lit words.
Thanks mate!

8:42 PM  
Blogger Zey said...

Hey Kenneth, great eyes you have there. Answer might be yes, might be no. Those words are much brighter than the reflected light on the wet table, and in order to capture enough of reflected light on the wet table, the highlights were burnt. DSLR definitely will capture wider dynamic range, but I think in this case, it might fail too.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Kenneth Tang a.k.a Fishbonezken said...

Thanks for the explanation Zey,

Sorry I'm still a bit *confused*
"highlights were burnt" refers to the 'fuzz' around the lit words?
So if you couldn't capture the reflected light on the water, the highlights won't be burnt. But in this case as your explanation it has to be burnt in order to capture the reflected light on the wet table?

thank youuuu :)

3:03 AM  
Blogger Zey said...


9:38 AM  
Blogger Kenneth Tang a.k.a Fishbonezken said...

Thanks Zey!! =)

9:10 PM  
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