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got the camera, it's great but i am having problems with its software, data cable and some other things that goes with it because it was given to me by a visiting relative and it is in chinese with no optional features that can change the language...... help is very much appreciated, email me please firstname.lastname@example.org thanks and more power
Fujifilm Finepix A202 Description: Model ID 40471182 / Fujifilm FinePix A202 - Digital camera - 2.0 Mpix - supported memory: xD-Picture Card, xD Type H, xD Type M - metallic silver / This perfect entry-level camera is a compact, fully automatic model with 2.0-megapixel performance. It uses only two AA batteries, ... more
I'd been wanting a digital camera for about a year before I got one (A202) from my dad at the Christmas of 2003.
I was fed up of buying throw away cameras (I'd lost my proper camera and refused to buy a new normal one) and wasting half of the pictures without realising due to not being able to see them (and delete if necessary) straight after taking them, having to wait for developing and also not being able to take a lot of pictures on a night out unless I took more than one, and as most women will agree with me.. it's hard enough managing to fit all your essentials (yes they are essentials - for all the blokes out there who have doubts) in your bag for a day or night out.
Well, I was over the moon when i got this camera.. it was small enough to get into my bag, easy to use and best of all.. it was MINE!!
After messing around with it for a while (as you do with all new gadgets and presents) I'd pretty much got how to use it sussed.. it is fool proof, which is fantastic for someone who had never had a digital camera before as I'd always assumed I'd have real problems trying to work out how to use them after seeing a few of my friends cameras.. even my mum can use this one and she's a real technophobe and can't even use her basic DVD and also her mini Hi-Fi even though she's been shown many times haha.
I also saw that you could make short, non audio video clips with it, which although is a bit basic in comparison to others that are around these days and of course to digital video/normal video cameras.. is still a bonus and a good feature to have.. although I recommend that it be used in high light as the flash isn't used whilst filming so the videos do tend to look a bit dark.
The pictures that this camera takes are good quality for the price of the camera and taking into account how long the camera has been available for, but I did find that after having it for a year I was really wanting to get another camera that had a higher mega pixel value and also a better zoom, as although this camera does have a zoom, it isn't the best and doesn't zoom very far (as I found out at V festival one weekend back then, I have some nice pictures of blue lights that was meant to be oasis on stage lol).. but I think the desire to upgrade is natural and wouldn't discourage anyone from buying this camera as it served me well over the 20 months I had it, and I've never had a problem with it.. despite the amount of knocks it's had from me dropping it (especially when drunk) and having it floating around in a bag with all my other things whilst out and about.
The battery life is OK too, it would last for a night out (of normal length) with no problems.. and using AA batteries makes it easier to replace if they do run out of power, although I would recommend using rechargeable batteries as normal AA batteries don't seem to have enough power in them for the camera to function properly even with newly bought ones (i.e. generally - although not always - it will take a picture, but then it will turn off before it saves it to the memory card which is a problem really, but straight after I have put in rechargeable ones and it's been fine again).
In short, it's a sturdy camera that is easy to use by everyone and probably the best digital camera to get someone who hasn't had one before and who isn't really fussed with loads of 'extras' on it. Also a great, inexpensive camera to give to a child like I have done with my old one now.. my nephew loves being able to take photos with it.
I have rated this as I did back when I had the camera and first wrote the review on Ciao.. not in line with today's camera qualities.
This Review is a slightly adapted version from my Ciao review account.
My husband and I are never forward when it comes to getting the latest gadgets, we decided to buy a digital camara about a year ago when most people are on their second or even third.
we decided to buy Fuji Finepix as it had been recommended, we werent disappointed.
The Fuji Finepix is easy to use and simple to download, I would definately receommend it to anyone buying a digital for the first time as long as you are willing to upgrade after about a year.
My only negative regarding this camara is that the lens can get dusty so it looks like you have orbs floating aroung, mind you on the other hand I dont think this is unique to this camara, it does seem to happen on others too.
The Fuji Finepix 202 is an entry level camera from Fuji (surprisingly enough), currently selling for around Â£100 typically. I bought mine since I wanted a relatively cheap but good quality digital camera, compatible with Apple iPhoto, and this came highly recommended by the man in the shop (Harry's Photo Digital - no idea if it was Harry himself who sold it :)) Unpacking the camera, you find it comes with all the usual extra bits and pieces you would expect - a set of batteries (dry, not rechargeable), a 16Mb XD memory card, a wrist strap, a USB cable and a few CDs with software on them. It also comes with a manual and a quick start guide, neither of which I ever even looked at. The camera itself appears solid and well made with a nice silver finish and a very responsive, tactile feel to the buttons, which all make a nice click to let you know they've been pressed properly. Nothing worse than buttons that leave you wondering if you pushed them hard enough or not.... After attaching the wrist strap, popping in the batteries and the memory card I went out taking pictures. The camera really is so easy to use that you'll never need to look at the instruction manual if all you want to do is take pictures. I know it can save video files, but I've never tried. Image quality is pretty good, but you'll definitely want to use the top quality setting for the most part, since it is only a 2 megapixel camera. The 16Mb card manages to hold about 24 pictures on that detail level, and obviously you could store more with a bigger card. The camera does have a zoom feature, of sorts. It's not a proper optical zoom, and doesn't work on the 2M resolution, only partially on 1M and only works fully on 0.3M. Something of a cheat, and somewhat redundant to me. I haven't installed any of the software for it, since I'm using it with my Apple iBook and iPhoto software. You just plug the camera in and it downloads the p
ictures for you - totally hassle free and totally reliable. I'd definitely recommend the camera to anyone who just wants a fairly cheap camera for taking simple pictures with. It's definitely not a serious photographic tool, but does a fine job of taking decent photos, it's very easy to set up and seems very well made. Think of it as the photographic equivalent of a Toyota Corolla....
The two things that drew me to the A202 were it's combination of resolution (2 Megapixels) and price, (£130 about 10 months ago). Almost a year later I'm pleased with the choice I made. The camera is nicely designed, looking like most 35mm cameras. The buttons are all well layed-out and I had no trouble operating the on screen menus. If I had one complaint about the camera, its that the buttons, and perhaps the case in general, seem a bit flimsy. Given the price I payed though I think this is acceptable with such a well rounded camera. The camera also doesnt come with a pouch of any kind, so you might want to buy one if you don't want it to get too scratched up in your pocket. The picture quality is excellent, especially for this price bracket. The camera comes with a 16Mb XD memory card, it'll store around 40 images on good quality and 30 or so on absolute best. Taking lower quality images obviously means you'll be able to cram more on. If you're taking the camera on a trip you might want to invest in a second, larger memory card so you don't run out of space and don't want to compromise on image quality. Beware that the XD memory cards are tiny, so they may easy to misplace. The camera runs off of two AA batteries, in the long run its much more economical to buy a recharger and some batteries to go with it. I found Ni-Mh ones give me excellent battery-life. The camera uses a USB cable to connect to your PC. I didn't bother installing any of the bundled software. If you're using Windows XP it simply picks the camera up as a temporary drive and you can drag the files off it and onto your machine, simple. Overall i think the A202 is an excellent choice for beginner and intermediate users. More experienced users might be dissapointed by its lack of features but its ease-of-use makes it a good option for those who have never used a digital camera before. As long as you look after it, the camera should last you
a long while and for its price its a bargain.
I bought this camera primarily to take pictures for my website and have been very pleased with the quality of them. Its a nice small size and has a great colour LCD screen. Its perhaps a little plasticy when compared with the likes of a Canon Ixus but then again it costs alot less too. The software supplied is also very easy to use. I would REALLY recommend a set of the high power rechargeable batteries and a fast charger if u intend to use the camera alot, as the LCD drains the batteries very quickly. Overall an excellent entry level digital camera, but get batteries and a charger too!