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Well ive had this lil beauty for a while now and I must say i have been highly impressed by its versitility and general quality.
I use it mainly for creating textures for 3D modelling and computer games and its come through for me every time.
I got it with a 1GB mini HD which stores more than enough images for a texture-grabbing mission.
Features such as the super-macro mode and the quality of its video and (suprisingly) audio capture make this a great all rounder. True it is a slightly dated model, and its megapixel is equalled and even surpassed by mobile phone cameras but the quality of the picutres I get and the ease of setting up shots with the S602 Zoom make it a winner in my eyes.
If i were to gripe, id say that the time it takes to save very high quality images to the hard drive is a little too long for my liking.
(edited due to incorrect labelling of my own camera lol)
I have owned this camera for about three years. I did have a problem with it and it turned out to be the CCD.I live in sunny Malta, but the guys here did me proud. In one day and feched it back on the following day, with a three month garantee. I have produced cracking photos and the camera is so easy to use, my 8 year old niece can use it.
* Initial Note * Recently, I have started to gain a passion for photogrpahy. With travelling to Dubai a lot, there is so much to take photos of, such as for example when I went to Oman (Which is an absoloutley gorgeous country), and the beautiful sunsets on the beach by the burj al arab. So I thought, well, with a good, professional (moving on from throw-aways) camera, I can start taking some decent photographs for when I come back home. Anyway, so far its produced some pretty good photos. * General description and feeling * Firstly, the camera itself is quite quick in terms of shutter lag which is important when you are taking a lot of action shots. The 602 has a 6x zoom capability which is great, especially when you want to get a good close up picture. Secondly, It is absoloutley jam packed of different features to play with, for the avid amateur like myself, and, for example, without going into every feature, has an ISO setting from 160 to 1600 which is brilliant for low light pictures. It also has aperture, speed, or completely manual modes, as well as an automatic setting and a scene mode. It also has a brilliant video capability, which by the way, is of a 1000 times better quality than a Nokia 6220 (for obvious reasons). I will note however, that I also bought a 1 Gigabyte IBM microdrive which will allow you to take photographs for at most a 3 week holiday. You can also purchase a NimH battery and recharger that will allow you to recharge the camera from the cars cigarette lighter, which can be extremely handy when for example renting a car when on holiday. I however have never opted for that option, as have always stayed in a hotel when going abroad (or not being far from a power source). However, if you are the camping enthusiast, or for example enjoy back-packing holidays, it may be a good idea to invest in something like this so that you don't run out of batteries half way through your trip. The flash on the camera is also relatively good. At most the flash generally reaches up to 20 feet, when considering a close up photograph, is pretty far. I have however been suprised at the odd photograph which has been well over 20 feet, in pitch darkness, and has came out really well. So I suppose the camera can be a bit tempermental at times, but generally the max distance for the flash to reach the item of the photograph is 20 feet. The camera has brilliant ergonomics, and fits my hand like a glove. Its very easy to learn how to use, it is generally easy to carry, and is more than comfortable to hold (with some cameras you really do need fingers out of a kama-sutra book, and trust me, I know) * General Drawbacks * The only thing that really draws back on this camera is the lens. By digital camera standards, the Fujinon 6x, f2.8 lens, with a 35mm equivalent of 35mm to 200mm zoom, is a very good lens, but in terms overall, it really isnt. A better lense would have significantly increased the cost of the camera, and I definately wouldnt have paid the difference. A lot of people people say that you can't tell the difference between the pictures from this camera and a 35mm film shot. I can tell the difference slightly, but generally the camera does a good job. The only way you can beat this camera is to buy one with a detachable lens, which by the way will cost you over £300. * Final Note * In comparison to some of the other cameras made by Fuji it really does seem to be the cream of the crop. For example the new finepix S5000 has a real cheap and nasty feel to it. It has a 10x lense, mind you, but its no match for the 602 in my mind. And the F7000, in my mind, is just simply not worth the money.
With the current trend for digital cameras to look as small as possible, it's nice to see a camera that looks, and feels, like a traditional SLR. The Fujifilm eschews some of the more glamorous stylings of its lower-end stablemates, in favour of a body that's comfortable to hold, resulting in greater stability when taking photos. Fuji's 3million-pixel CCD sits behind a superb 6x optical zoom lens. If you're the sort who likes to tweak all sorts of parameters when taking your pictures to produce the best-quality photos from the outset, you'll be in heaven ? you can ramp up the ISO sensitivity up to 1600 if you feel like it. For myself, that's a bit of overkill ? but the different manual modes, which give you control over specific aspects of the camera while maintaining the others automatically, or a godsend. Auto-focussing is quick, even in low light levels. Switching to manual mode brings a couple of surprises: the focussing ring is electronically switched, so although you're focussing in a manual style, there's an almost imperceptible delay the first time you use it. After a couple of shots, though, you don't really notice. There's a quick autofocus facility while in manual focus mode, as well, which is a real boon. The S602 also features a number of multiple-frame capture methods; it takes time to work out which mode is the most appropriate in your specific situation, but switching between them isn't too tricky. Where the S602 really stands out for me, though, is its video capture. I've used digital cameras before that have some form of AVI capture, but this is the first I've used that can capture 640x480 VGA at a full 30 frames per second. The picture quality is tremendous -- although I'd advise buying a 1Gb MicroDrive if you are going to be taking videos on a regular basis. While recording video you can't alter zoom levels and have to rely on the camera's auto exp
osure settings, but if you can't justify buying a fully fledged digital camcorder just yet, the S602 will be an effective stopgap measure.
I purchased this camera last month (Feb 03) and was very impressed with the quality of photos immediately. It's a chunky beast that holds well with the right hand. After a week or so, I decided to purchase a tripod which helped a lot for close up images of ceramics and also coins (I deal in antiques although collect coins). Macro setting works well with the flash switched off for close up work. The delayed timer is very useful (either 2 or 10 seconds) and works well. I noticed that is worth buying two additions for this superb camera. The first is the new 2000 mA AA (obviously rechargeable) batteries which last a long time and only take two hours to charge up. NEVER use ordinary alkaline AA batteries as the camera will milk them in minutes. Another addition (shame they don't include this one) is the 128 mB smartcard. With the standard 16 mB card very few images can be taken. With the 128 this allowed well over 100 images (up to 250 I believe) to be stored. The finepix software that comes with it is good. However, always right-click on the finepix icon on the bottom task-bar and disconnect the software FIRST before physically disconnecting the camera otherwise the s/w sends an error message to your PC and can cause problems. It's expensive at £544 (lowest I could find, apart from ebay at £450) with the 128 smartcard at £42.99 (Jessops - they 'price-matched Dixons when Dixons were having a 10% off sale). The case is very good but an additional extra at £29.90 (it is very stylish and has a nice velcro bit to secure it tightly - fits the camera perfectly). So, all in all, a great camera and recommended!!!