With its 6.3Mp CCD (charge-coupled device) and £299 price tag, the Finepix F10 is clearly trying to mix it with the big boys. But while Fuji pumps its money into that sizable CCD - and the F10 certainly captures decent-quality images - the rest of the camera gets left behind. Light on features and finesse, the F10 simply can't keep up with the competition.
This isn't to say it's not a competent machine. As well as that hefty CCD's effortless handling of detail and colour, the F10 has a high sensitivity range: up to ISO 1600. This provides some very decent images in fairly dim conditions - perfect for holiday snaps in gloomy cathedrals.
If you are looking for a camera to take on your travels, the F10 would do nicely - it's small enough for a pocket or day bag but still manages to sport a 3x zoom and a large (2.5in), clear LCD screen.
The F10 lacks an optical viewfinder, which can leave you a bit hamstrung in very bright light, but the white balance settings can cope as well with bright light as they do with dim, and in general the restricted number of settings means you don't spend too long fiddling around to get things right for the conditions. The menus are well laid-out and easy to navigate.
One objection we did have was that, although the shutter response is pretty quick, there was a rather long processing pause after taking shots on the higher-resolution setting. While this means you'll have a good chance of catching the action if your fingers are fast enough, you only get that first chance to do so.