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Front view of the Fujifilm DX-10 camera.
Rear view of the Fujifilm DX-10 camera.
Top view of the Fujifilm DX-10 camera.
Bottom view of the Fujifilm DX-10 camera.
Left hand side view of the Fujifilm DX-10 camera.
Right hand side view of the Fujifilm DX-10 camera.
Daylight with shadows, best quality full size image 1024 pixels by 768 pixels.
Night shot taken with the flash turned off, best quality full size image 1024 pixels by 768 pixels.
Daylight but overcast/cloudy, best quality full size image 1024 pixels by 768 pixels.
Daylight close up "Macro" setting, best quality full size image 1024 pixels by 768 pixels.
Daylight in the shadows with the flash turned off, best quality full size image 1024 pixels by 768 pixels.
Daylight with a reflection on the water, best quality full size image 1024 pixels by 768 pixels.
Daylight in shadows, close up "Macro" mode, best quality full size image 1024 pixels by 768 pixels.
Night shot with flash turned on, best quality full size image 1024 pixels by 768 pixels.

Personal Fujifilm DX-10 Camera Review.

This was my first ever digital camera a Fujifilm DX-10 and if my memory serves me correctly it was bought for me by family as a club together gift in 1999.
I should not really know this as it was a present but at the time it cost £250 and compared to digital cameras today was really basic.

It had no optical zoom but a 1.6 times digital zoom which only worked on the maximum setting (1024 pixels by 768 pixels) and all it really did was crop and enlarge the selected image part the result being a picture that was 640 pixels by 480 pixels and in truth you could do a better job with a decent bit of software.

It only came with a Smart Media card that was 2Mb in size, 16Mb was available as an extra purchase but cost £70, batteries were standard and took four AA size, (re-chargeable's were extra again costing silly money)!

It did come with AV leads and could be hooked up to a television and a reasonable slide show presentation could be had, it also came with some free editing software, Adobe Photoshop Deluxe 2 which at the time I thought was really great and simple to use (alas when I purchased a PC with Windows XP rather than Widows 98 it failed to run which was how I ended up with Paint Shop Pro 7 Anniversary Edition).

When it came to transferring pictures to the PC a RS-232 serial interface was the method of choice which was slow and also ran the risk of loosing data should the batteries conk out. To power the unit from mains would solve this problem but once again the power unit was extra and oddly enough cost £70, I overcame this buy buying a "Tandy" variable voltage transformer for £13 running on the 4.5 volt setting just to be safe and it worked fine.

Using the camera was really simple, the menu buttons seemed to be logically placed and it was literally a point and shot camera, the macro mode was pretty good as well and you could get pretty close to the subject before it went out of focus, (about 10cm or 4 inches).

The built in flash had a range of about 3 meters, (10 feet) but really drained standard batteries so it was best to use re-chargeable NiMH, (Nickel Metal Hydride) batteries if you could afford them. The higher the number on the battery, (usually around 1300 Milliamp/Hour at the time) the better but the better they were the higher the cost. Nicd (Nickel Cadmium) were a waste of time and tended to suffer memory loss when it came to recharging them anyway.

The camera had quite a lot of features that you find in most cameras today things like White Balance correction, EV Correction, various flash modes, a close up Macro setting and a few other manually adjustable settings, picture quality for example.

Night shots were a bit hit and miss as there was no way of manually focusing on a subject in the dark so you had to rely on the cameras range, (0.7 meters (28 inches) to Infinity) to capture an image within the flash range, I never tried using the close up feature in the dark but I guess the same problem would present itself.

For all it's lack of technology compared to today's cameras I thought this camera was great, the pictures it took were perfectly good enough for a 6" by 4" print, (if it was used at the best setting) and apart from some of the night shots the images were fairly well defined for a camera that was only 0.8 Megapixels. The LCD screen was quite clear except in really bright conditions but the optical viewer was always available as an alternative for framing the image as long as you were not to close to the subject.

For my first ever digital camera and compared to some of the competition cameras at the time I can honestly say I was very impressed and glad that it was the camera that my family chose to buy me as a present.
Unfortunately the Smart Media cards are very expensive now as it was a format that was dropped by Fuji and replaced by the xD card instead, that said the camera still works and still takes a fair picture today.

Included in the Kit:

Fujifilm DX-10 Digital Camera, 2MB Smart Media Memory Card, 4 Standard AA Alkaline Batteries, RS-232 Serial Cable, A/V Cable For FinePix DX-10, CD-ROM Featuring Adobe Photoshop Deluxe 2 Picture Shuttle and EZ Touch Software, Instruction Booklet, Carry Strap.

Bought As Extras:

16 MB Smart Media Memory Card, Protective Carry Case, Variable Power Supply Transformer, Rechargeable Batteries & Charger.

Fujifilm DX-10


Click For Larger View Of Fujifilm DX-10 Front
Front View.
Click For Larger View Of Fujifilm DX-10 Rear
Rear View.
Click For Larger View Of Fujifilm DX-10 Side
Side View.
Click For Larger View Of Fujifilm DX-10 Top
Top View.

Click For Larger View Of Fujifilm DX-10 Base
Bottom View.
Click For Larger View Of Fujifilm DX-10 Side
Side View.

Specifications

Effective pixels 810,000 Pixel Sensor
Max resolution 1024 pixels by 768 pixels
ISO rating 150 Equivalent
Digital zoom 1.6 Times
Aperture range F4 to F8 (40mm Focal Length)
Shutter speeds 1/4 To 1/5000
Flash modes Auto,Red-eye reduction,Slow
Storage types Smart Media Memory Card
Metering 64 Zone TTL
Quality levels Fine, Normal
LCD screen 1.8"
Dimensions 110 x 77 x 33 mm (4.3 x 3.0 x 1.3 in)

Some Full Resolution Examples.

Daylight With Shadows
Daylight with shadows.
(File size 188 KB).

Daylight But Overcast
Daylight but overcast.
(File size 281 KB).

In The Shadows, Flash Turned Off
Shadows no flash.
(file size 396 KB).

Close Up Daylight &  Shadows
Close up daylight & shadows.
(File size 264 KB).
Night Shot, No Flash Used
Night shot no flash.
(File size 218 KB).

Daylight Close Up Macro Shot
Daylight close up.
(File size 259 KB).

Daylight, Reflection On Water
Daylight water reflection.
(File size 261 KB).

Night Shot With Flash
Night shot with flash.
(File size 255 KB).



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