Product Type: Fuji digital cameras
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Fuji Finepix JV300
Member Name: ask_eve
Fuji Finepix JV300
Advantages: so easy to use, good basic features, good quality images, like the self timer, very cheap
Disadvantages: A bit cheap feeling.
The Fujifilm finepix JV300 is described as a budget-friendly, stylish compact camera. I was attracted by the 14mp sensor as I assumed this would give good quality photos. The camera also offers a 3X optical zoom lens which can be useful when taking landscape shots or pictures of people standing a little further away.
The camera has a 2.7 inch LCD screen which you can see your image on before you take the picture and look through your pictures on afterwards. It isn't massive, but it is a sufficient size to see what you need to see. It's quite good quality so you can read the settings and information on their easily and you can clearly see the pictures you've taken. You can also use this little screen to watch videos you've recorded on the camera though this isn't a feature I've used as I don't normally bother with videos.
When you buy this camera, you get the camera itself, an NP-45A Li-ion battery and the charger and a CD manual. I never bothered using the CD manual as it's quite a basic camera and I decided to give it a try on my own first. I really like the battery in this camera, I find it lasts much longer than AA batteries that cameras normally take. To charge it, you take it out and pop it into the charger that it comes with, plug it into the mains and leave it for a few hours. This is easy to do and I find a few hours charge is sufficient to use the camera for quite a while.
There are six settings on the camera to be used, portrait, Macro, Landscape, Night portrait, Night and backlit portrait. These are easy to change but I tend to stick to using the portait setting as I only really use the camera for taking pictures of the grandkids and family. It uses face recognition which is meant to reduce red eye when you take the picture using the flash. This is a bonus as I often end up getting red eye in pictures and I'm not one for editing them so it can spoil what could have been nice images.
One of the noticable features of the JV300 is the image stabilisation. I'm usually taking pictures of the kids bombing it around the park or the house and rarely get a picture of them sitting still. This meant that a lot of my pictures were poor quality of blurred with my old camera but I tend to get better images from this camera. They're normally less blurred and better quality which saves me having to take them again.
So I've talked about the cameras main specifications, but what about the camera itself?
The camera is available in pink, red, blue, black, white and purple. I opted for the black one as I think this is a more stylish and sophisticated colour but I've seen pictures of the purple and red ones and these are really nice too, more girly so I do wish I'd opted for one of those instead now. The camera is quite small, only 96mm accross so fits nicely in your hand when you're taking pictures and doesn't take up too much room in my bag when I'm out. It's a standard looking camera and doesn't really stand out from any of the other digital cameras on the market. It is quite a light camera, even with batteries inside, weighing just 113g. I think this is becuase it is quite cheaply made and is more light plastic than metal. This isn't really an issue as it isn't an expensive camera so you don't expect perfection and it doesn't change the way in which the camera works.
The flash is on the left hand side, lens in the middle of the camera with the shutter button on top on the right hand side where it is normally located. The on/off button is on the back of the camera on the right hand side and clearly labelled so you don't press it by mistake. The zoom buttons are below and are simple to use. You have a display/back button which allows you to change the information seen on the pictures i.e. date and time etc. The Play button is next to this on the right hand side which allows you to switch from camera mode to gallery to see your pictures. Beneath this is a round set of buttons. These are the settings and allow you to delete photos, change the scene, turn flash on and off and use the self timer. The middle button is an OK button which is used to confirm any setting changes you choose.
When I take photos, I don't bother to change settings or mess with the flash. If the image comes out too dark or blurred then I'll take it again and put the flash on but otherwise I leave it as it is and tend to get nice quality pictures. The self timer feature is one of my favourite features of this camera as I use it frequently. I set the camera up somewhere i.e. on the fireplace, press the self timer button, once for 2 seconds or twice for 10 then step away and jump in for the picture. It can be tricky to get the picture the way you want it, the first few times I was too close or too far away and not center but you get used to it. It's great as I'm normally the one taking pictures and this feature gives me the chance to be in the images. We've had a lot of fun trying to balance the camera on benches and posts to get pictures of us when there is nobody around to ask to take it for us.
The zoom function is simple to use too, you point the camera at whatever your taking the picture of and press the W to zoom in and the T to zoom back out. It's quick and doesn't have a delay so you can snap longer distance images pretty quickly.
I have printed some of the pictures that I took with this camera, normally 6 X 8 inches which fit nicely in my frames at home. They are great quality and have good colour and brightness. I can't complain about the quality of the images.
The camera takes a memory card which means you can take lots of pictures without running out of space. You can use different sized cards depending on how many pictures you want to take. I tend to stick to an 8gb and find this to be more than enough.
There aren't any cases made specifically for this camera model but you can find them to fit as it's a standard shape and sized camera. The JV300 is available on Ebay, Amazon, Boots. You can slo get it from Argos, Curry's and Asda. The average price is around £59.99 for the camera but on Asda direct, you get the camera, a case and a 4gb memory card for £59 which is a great deal. This is an ideal camera for general photography of the family and friends and maybe some landscape pictures. It has a couple of good features and it's very easy to use, if I can master it then so can anyone else! It isn't an expensive camera or a DSLR so you're not going to get proffessional images but it does produce nice, decent quality pictures that you can print off and keep or use online for your social networking sites. This camera would make an ideal christmas present, especially for a teenager as it's good quality but not too expensive to replace if it gets lost or broken. Definitely worth the money!
Summary: A good value camera for the money
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