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I was given the Fuji Film Fine Pix A345 a while back for free by my brother. Its a few years out of date now and not so easily available as the new cameras on the market so is it still worth getting hold of?
First off, the specifications:
* Dimensions (WxDxH): 9 cm x 3 cm x 6 cm
* Weight: 0.1 kg
* Flash Memory: 16 MB
* Supported Flash Memory: xD-Picture Card, xD-Picture Card Type H, xD-Picture Card Type M
* Sensor Resolution: 4.1 Megapixel
* Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode
* Lens Aperture: F/2.8-4.7
* Focus Adjustment: Automatic
* Min Focus Range: 60 cm
* Focal Length: 5.8 mm - 17.4 mm
* Camera Flash: Built-in flash
* Red Eye Reduction: Built-in
* Microphone: Microphone - built-in
* Viewfinder: Optical - real-image zoom
* Display: LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.7" - colour
* Supported Battery: 2 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 2 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )
The camera itself is a nice size and weight. It's not bulky and heavy but at the same time it's not as slim or as light as some of the new cameras available. It's big enough so that people who want a firm grasp (Like me) will be happy with it. It's small enough to fit into your pocket although if you have tight trouser pockets it won't be comfortable getting it in and out. However coat pockets will have no problem holding it. It is suitable for taking out and about but it's probably not appropriate for girls who want something smaller. It's also not the nicest looking camera. It's not ugly; the plain silver is quite nice but it does look very plain. Those who want a camera to look cool won't be happy here. It could do with a bit of color on it. The camera is also pretty robust; I've dropped it a few times (I seem to have a habit of this!) and there's no sign of damage to any part of the camera
The camera comes included with a 16MB memory card however at full quality (4 Mega pixels) this will only hold 7 photos. So if you do own this camera you will need to buy a larger memory card if you want to store a decent amount of photos as well as a respectful amount of video. However if you're not concerned about quality of the photos the 16MB can store quite a lot at the lower resolutions. The camera supports a variety of memory card types so you should have no problem picking up a decent memory card for it. They're also not too expensive so it won't cost you the earth to upgrade from the 16MB card. I have a 1GB card and I've never had to worry about filling it with photos or videos. The camera also comes equipped with a wrist strap so it shouldn't fall off your arm too easily. Also packaged is the USB cable to hook it up to your computer
The camera is described to have easy navigation for beginners. I have to say this is very true. The on screen menu is very easy to use. Having been given this for free I was given no manual/instruction guide with it but there is simply no need for it. Within minutes I knew exactly what I was doing. I'm normally useless with cameras but this was an absolute doddle to work with. It is kept simple with by having only a few clearly labeled buttons. Anyone who picks up the camera will have no problem switching between photos, video, saved images and adjusting all the technical details (Image quality, brightness etc). The 1.7 inch screen is a nice size and makes navigation even easier. Transporting your photos onto your computer is also very easy. Just plug in the USB cable and away you go. The time it takes to exchange your photos is nice and quick so you don't have to wait around for ages for your photos to upload.
The practicality of this camera is clearly very good but being a few years old the quality is obviously not up to scratch. Up to date cameras can hit 12 mega pixels which is 3 times greater than the max of 4 here. However that doesn't mean the highest quality for this camera is necessarily poor. The photos come out nice and clear whilst the video is also of a good quality. Yes they're not the best but if you're not a photography snob the 4 mega pixel camera here will do just fine. The second highest setting is still very good here which means you can take more photos for the same storage space. The 3x zoom is very handy and photos still come out of a good quality at max zoom.
Currently the camera is widely available due to new higher quality camera being released. It can be picked up from Amazon for about £30 at the moment which is an absolute bargain compared to current cameras. Brand new digital cameras, depending on which type you get, have prices starting at £80-£100. These often rise to £130-£150 (And these aren't the high zoom cameras)
So it doesn't look as slick as new cameras and isn't as small and slim as others but it is very easy to use and perfect for people who don't want a fancy camera. The 4 Mega Pixel quality can't compare with new cameras but it is by no means of a poor quality. Just remember a few years ago people were raving about this high quality! Not easily available but they are so cheap now it's worth it for a first camera
The Fujifilm FinePix A345 is a camera that would be suited to those who are either new to digital photography or those who want a camera that will take a decent picture for a reasonable price.
The camera itself comes in the usual silver colour and has a large screen which is of a good quality for a camera of this price. Included in the package are the lead to connect the camera to a PC and a small capacity memory card and a wrist strap.
The camera feels like a solid little unit and seems like it would stand up to reasonable wear and tear and possibly survive a few good drops!
The camera is very easy to use and a beginner should be able to point and snap without too much trouble.
The picture quality is good day or night
The A345 has the capability of taking video clips and these are generally of good quality, although the sound can seem distorted at times. The length of these video clips depends on the size of memory card you have, and the basic one that comes with the camera can hold around 1 minute and 20 secs of video.
Overall I would say a good little camera if you aren't looking for anything to expensive or technical.
I got this camera as an 18th birthday present. It's small, compact and easy to use. I have had it several months now, but it still looks brand new, despite being used rather often and put into my bag without any sort of protective cover. It fits easily into a small handbag and I do not think you would need it to be any smaller. I use a 256mb memory card, so the camera is able to store at least 500 pictures.. I am not sure how many yet as I have never run out of memory! The zoom is good and the pictures load up very quickly and easily onto your PC, they are good quality too. My main problem with this camera is that it takes batteries and I find I spend a fortune on buying a new pair every time I take my camera out! I would rather it came with a charger. Overall it is good value for money and, other than the battery life, I have had no problems at all with this camera!
The FinePix A345 is a great combination of style, ease of use and great quality. Featuring 4 mega pixels, 3X Optical Zoom and one touch operation, this camera is ideal for anyone taking their first steps into digital photography.