FujiFilm Finepix Z90

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-4.9) lens
  • 133g - 95 x 57 x 20mm
  • Announced January 2011
  • Other Name is Finepix Z91
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 overview

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 is FujiFilm's Ultracompact camera initially announced on January of 2011. The camera includes a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4320 x 3240. It is also known as "Finepix Z91" in other regions.

The Finepix Z90 is rated #43 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all round #921 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your personalized factors.

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The following is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 family

The FujiFilm Finepix Z90 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP130 front thumbnailFujifilm XP130
Finepix Z90 vs Fujifilm XP130
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP120 front thumbnailFujifilm XP120
Finepix Z90 vs Fujifilm XP120
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Fujifilm-FinePix-Z110 front thumbnailFujifilm Z110
Finepix Z90 vs Fujifilm Z110
FujiFilm-Finepix-Z90 front thumbnailFujiFilm Finepix Z9028-140mm
Fujifilm-FinePix-J30 front thumbnailFujifilm J30
Finepix Z90 vs Fujifilm J30
Fujifilm-FinePix-Z300 front thumbnailFujifilm Z300
Finepix Z90 vs Fujifilm Z300
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FujiFilm Finepix Z90 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of advantages and drawbacks of the FujiFilm Finepix Z90 based on aspects which are often viewed as necessary in a camera.

built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decently wide (28mm)
good min ISO (100)
good MP (14MP)
good sized screen (3")
good zoom range (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
supports touch focus
supports tracking autofocus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
lack of external mic jack
lack of HDMI support
lack of headphone jack
lack of phase detect auto focus
lack of RAW format
lack of Time Lapse mode
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
manual exposure not available
manual focus not available
max frames per second low (1.0 fps)
max zoom aperture not good (f4.9)
no aperture priority mode
no shutter priority mode
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dot)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
slow max aperture (f3.9)
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FujiFilm Finepix Z90 Sensor features

The dimension of the sensor on the FujiFilm Finepix Z90 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels . The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and features a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath displays the Finepix Z90's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The Finepix Z90 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 dimensions

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 weighs about 0.29 pounds (133 grams / 4.69 oz) and features outer dimensions of 95mm x 57mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121 grams and the FujiFilm Finepix Z90 is on par compared with other competitors.

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Down below is a image of the FujiFilm Finepix Z90 beside a soda so you're able to have a sense of its size.

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button layout on the Finepix Z90.

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 topview buttons dials

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 Lens features

The Finepix Z90 features a built in lens with a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which won't be great but it may be helpful in a few circumstances.

At it's widest 28mm, it provides an aperture of f3.9 and that's really sluggish and not ideal in low light events and you will struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also have to raise your ISO setting leading to noisy pictures. At the long end, 140mm comes to f4.9 which is fairly slow and you may have to apply slow shutter speeds.

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FujiFilm Finepix Z90 Connectivity

The Finepix Z90 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to send photos and sometimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

A few apps also stream a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external display. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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FujiFilm Finepix Z90 Video features

The maximum video quality on the FujiFilm Finepix Z90 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You really should go for a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The body doesn't feature a mic and headphone jack which means you get zero control over your audio. It is perhaps best to shop for another model in case you want good audio in your video clips.

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FujiFilm Finepix Z90 Weather Sealing

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 doesn't have weather sealing so wet conditions may affect the camera.

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 Display and Viewfinder

The FujiFilm Finepix Z90 includes a 3 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means that you can easily change focus points as well as adjust settings by using your fingertips.

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The ViewFinder details regarding FujiFilm Finepix Z90 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders will be particularly useful.

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 Shutter features

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 continuous shooting rate is 1.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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FujiFilm Finepix Z90 Flash and Hot shoe features

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 has got just integrated flash with missing external flash ability.

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 Autofocusing features

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 has got only Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & accurate than Contrast Detect focusing.

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers to shift where you focus. It also has Tracking Autofocus for subjects that move. FujiFilm Finepix Z90 does not have manual focus. Manual focus mode can be good for low light conditions or you want more exact control on depth of field.

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FujiFilm Finepix Z90 Battery life

The battery (NP-45A) for the FujiFilm Finepix Z90 is built to last for 220 pictures as per the CIPA requirements making it about average when compared to its competition. The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has the highest possible (320) battery life for this category of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Ultracompact cameras that have the best battery life:

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 for various kinds of photography

The following diagram displays a summation of the FujiFilm Finepix Z90 for various kinds of photography. To see more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 Portrait photography advice

The FujiFilm Finepix Z90 gets a score of 28 which is really bad, and means the camera is not really suitable for portraits. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files together with the capability to use off-camera lighting.

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decent MP (14MP)
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 Street photography advice

Getting a nice points tally of 63, the FujiFilm Finepix Z90 is a fine option for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides focus by touch
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 Sports photography info

A really bad sports photography rating of 39 means the FujiFilm Finepix Z90 is not really suitable for shooting sports. A camera should have great autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus

Travel photography with FujiFilm Finepix Z90

Size is very crucial when getting a travel camera. All things considered, the FujiFilm Finepix Z90 gets a nice 68 as a travelling camera which is a good option for your holidays.

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includes touch focus
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse function
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)

Landscape photography with FujiFilm Finepix Z90

In case you're looking to buy a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The FujiFilm Finepix Z90 and it's really bad grade of 42 for a landscape camera is not really suitable among its rivals.

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decently wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (14MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
no manual control
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
missing Timelapse function

Vlogging with FujiFilm Finepix Z90

A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a articulating display screen, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the FujiFilm Finepix Z90 is not really suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad score of 31.

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decently wide (28mm)
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
no microphone support

FujiFilm Finepix Z90 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the Finepix Z90, below is a selection of the highest scored cameras which fall within the class of Ultracompact.

The graph below shows you an overview of the Finepix Z90 versus it's highest ranked competitors listed earlier.

Following are additional cameras you might take into account as alternatives. To read through a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
FujiFilm Finepix Z90
Also called
Finepix Z91
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Highest resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW images
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
Resolution of display
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Display technology
TFT touchdscreen color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
3.10 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
133 gr (0.29 lb)
Physical dimensions
95 x 57 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8")
Battery life
220 photos
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD / SDHC, Internal
Storage slots
Price at launch