Overall conclusion: (korte samenvatting)
The FinePix F30 offers a tantalizing glimpse of how
very different compact cameras would be if all manufacturers put as much effort
into developing sensor and processing technology as they do into designing and marketing
pretty cameras with features no one ever asked for. Our tests show that the
F30's sensor gives you at least a two-stop advantage over the best that
conventional CCD technology can offer, and in many cases a three-stop
advantage, with ISO 800 output that can rival some cameras at ISO 200.
Given that most 'average' casual snapshooters
are likely to use their camera at (dimly lit) social occasions more than at any
other time, this is a real, significant advantage; allowing flash-free
photography without blur. More serious photographers will welcome a camera that
brings the low light capabilities of a compact a step or two closer to those of
most digital SLRs. It's also, surprisingly,
significantly better than the F10, something I must admit I doubted would be
true when I started this test.
To sum up, the F30 is far and away the best low light
compact camera on the market today, bar none. It's the perfect 'social' camera
for the DSLR owner who doesn't want to lug all his or her gear to parties, and
it is - in expert hands - capable of superb results in any light. I would even
go as far as to suggest - funds permitting - getting one for low light work
even if you already own a camera you use for daylight shooting...
So then, Highly Recommended
unless you rarely shoot indoors or at night.