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If Fuji is no longer #1 for low light compacts, who is?
Given that the reviews of the Fuji F50FD seem to suggest poorer low light performance than the F30 - is there any other manufacturer stepping up and providing a great low light compact? I quite like the look of the Canon G9 in general as an upgrade to my F10, but if low light performance is going to be worse (is it?) then I don't know whether to bother.....

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Who says Fuji is no longer #1? The F30/31 still have no equal in low light..

You know what the trouble is, don't you? Most manufacturers (including FUJI) are increasing their CCD megapixel count without increasing physical size. Result, less light per pixel - more noise..

The thing about Fiji is that they offer two different physical sizes for their 6.3 MP sensor i.e. 1/1.7 and 1/2.5. The difference in performance is much more than the figures indicate and, not surprisingly, the smaller sensor appears in the cheaper models. Even so, the Fuji F50 crams 12MP into a 1/1.6 sensor so you cannot expect the performance of the 1/1.7 sensor in the F30 - all other things being equal..

Rule of thumb: check the sensor size per megapixel count and don't trust the manufacturer's claimed ISO capabilities..

Cheers..

Comment #1

To answer your question,.

Yes, low-light is worse on the G9 than your current F10. Although it probably improves in many other areas..

I think your best bet is to try finding a F20/F30/F31fd somewhere, even if it's somewhat used...

Comment #2

Nathan Yan wrote:.

I think your best bet is to try finding a F20/F30/F31fd somewhere,even if it's somewhat used..

Until very recently (just a few weeks ago) it was still possible to buy the F31fd in the UK at very reasonable prices, but now they are basically sold out - if you find one the price will be sky high. For some reason they sold out much earlier in the US..

But I took a look at the F40fd recently. Ok it's low light performance is slightly less than the F30/31 but it's still there or thereabouts, and it has the advantage (IMO) of using SD cards. The only major problem, for some, is the lack of manual control..

I should stress that I don't own one of these, I'm just passing on what I've read...

Comment #3

Steve Balcombe wrote:.

Nathan Yan wrote:.

I think your best bet is to try finding a F20/F30/F31fd somewhere,even if it's somewhat used..

Until very recently (just a few weeks ago) it was still possible tobuy the F31fd in the UK at very reasonable prices, but now they arebasically sold out - if you find one the price will be sky high. Forsome reason they sold out much earlier in the US..

But I took a look at the F40fd recently. Ok it's low light performanceis slightly less than the F30/31 but it's still there or thereabouts,and it has the advantage (IMO) of using SD cards. The only majorproblem, for some, is the lack of manual control..

I should stress that I don't own one of these, I'm just passing onwhat I've read..

I am glad I got my F30 when I had the chance, although I regret a bit that I didn't take the opportunity to step up to the F31fd. It seems like all of our F-series cameras will be like the Canon G-series of yesteryear - highly sought-after used cameras that sell for as much or more than their original price!..

Comment #4

It's a pity Fuji had to introduce the F50fd to *replace* the F30 line. I think they could have sold just as many, if not more, cameras by introducing the F50 as an addition to their line of cameras, thus having a 12MP to appeal to all the mass market consumers, and keeping a high-quality F31fd for those of us who know better. Would have made them plenty of money, kept photographers happy. Right now, I'd be very reluctant to get another compact, perhaps waiting 6 months or even a year to see if Fuji will revert back to it's old ways with an updated release...

Comment #5

You can find a few F30/F31fd on ebay. The f31fd is a bit pricier, but the F30 price is semi-reasonable - about what I paid for one new a year ago..

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