FUJI SILVI F2.8 BLACK REVIEW - MY BEST WORST CAMERA

Fujifilm
Fuji Silvi f2.8
Fuji Zoomdate f2.8
Point and Shoot
Film Camera
Photography

Germany, Regensburg - 2020-07-03
The Fuji Silvi f2.8 Black (Japanese only) with exposure compensation could have been easily my favorite point and shoot camera. Unfortunatelly one problem is a no go for me.
Image: Dominik Stötter

The Good

The Fuji Silvi F2.8, in europe known as the Fuji Zoom Date F2.8 is a very appealing camera. It is a Point and Shoot Film Camera with Zoomlens that ranges from 24mm to 50mm. The brightest Aperture is on the 24mm end f2.8 and f5.6 on the 50mm end. The shutter is very quiet. It features two shutter buttons (one for lefthanded users or the selfie mode). On the Front it has a small mirror for the selfie mode where you can arrange yourself. The Lens is AF and the camera only works in automatic mode.
The black version, which only ever was sold in Japan has one additional feature: Exposure Compensation for up to +/-2 EV.

The Bad

while these specs sound quite perfect, the image quality wasn't what i was expecting. Most images in other than extreme sunlight where slightly blurry even though i most of the time used +0.5 EV with Flash.

The Ugly

Now comes the big Problem with this camera. It favores slower shutter speed (propably around 1/15s) in favor of smaller apertures. I'm not sure the camera will ever take advantage of that f2.8 aperture, because it just reduces the shutter speed as much as possible, even with flash usage. Next thing is, the lens isn't especially what you'd call sharp. It falls very apart at the edges.

Conclusion

Even though the slow shutter/high aperture and the unsharp edges are unpleasend i took this camera the past few month nearly everywhere. It small form factor really does fit anywhere. And my favorite photo of me, my girlfriend shot, had been photographed by the Fuji Silvi f2.8 Black. So i won't ditch it for now.
Dominik Stötter
Fulltime Developer, Amateur Photographer, Horrible Author

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