I wanted to put the little Fuji through its paces by taking it out for some sunrise shooting. The weather report looked good so I was up at o-dark-thirty and headed out.
So, continuing my report on our new photo baby:
- The shutter speed in manual can be set 1/4000-30" so it's quite capable in low light. I shot at ISO200 and I can see a bit of noise but it's not too pronounced.
- I alternated shooting with and without an ND4 soft grad filter. This image was with the filter. It made for more nicely lit foreground but overall the camera recorded the scenes well.
- I read that battery life was often an issue and those reports were not wrong. I was out about an hour and a half and it was cold but not too cold at around -2C. I got 20 frames, shot in RAW, and didn't even make it to sunrise. It's really no surprise I guess. The write times are long when shooting RAW+JPG and the screen is on fairly often and even when it isn't the electronic viewfinder is also still a screen.
- The timer resets every time you turn off the power. This is good and bad. The good part is when you put the camera to your head for your next shot, the shutter responds with having that, "What the.." moment but on the downside, when using it on a tripod and trying to conserve battery life, it forces you to turn it back on each time. You can set the function button to operate though.
Overall, I'm still very impressed by this little camera. More to come.