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For some reason technology doesnt seem to like me and I have gone through numerous digital cameras that have broke on me. So when I decided to buy a new one I didnt want to spend too much and luckily this Fujifilm camera obliged as it was just over £60.00
The camera is quite small and has curved edges giving it a sleek modern look. I have the blue version although you can get many colours. Its also quite light so you don't even notice it in your pocket or bag!
I like using the camera as it is nice and simple, it has face recognition so as you take the photo it recognises people and makes sure there focused. You also have functions on there such as self-timer and macro (although I have to be honest not sure what that does!) You can turn the flash on and off and can also set it to reduce red eye when taking photos. I have to admit that has been useful, especially when taking close up pictures of people.
On the back the screen is nice and big and so it is so clear when taking and looking through your photos. However if your outside it can sometimes be difficult to see what is on the screen in bright sunlight.
All the buttons are labelled clearly and pretty much explain themselves what they do.
The zoom is really good on the camera and can get quite close to things that are far away. When taking the picture they also come out crystal clear which is another huge point as normally my photos are a bit fuzzy and blurry.
The camera uses an SD card and AA batteries. It has good battery life as long as you use good battery's the cheaper ones won't last two seconds!
For those who just like camera for personal use for the normal photos this camera is ideal!
After years of never owning my own camera and just using the family one or the ones on my mobile phones, I finally decided it was time to get a proper digital camera!
As I only really use cameras for holiday shots or on nights out, I wasn't looking to pay much money for it but still wanted a decent model. This Fujifilm Finepix A170 definitely ticks all the boxes! At just £55 from Asda, it was by far the cheapest camera I could find that had all the desired features. An added bonus is that firstly it looks good and comes in a variety of colours (I went for silver) and also that it is very small and compact which was essential for me.
The menus are very easy to use and navigate through and there is a variety of options regarding how you want your shot to be taken, which are generally all of good quality. Having had mine for almost 2 years now, I can vouch for its reliability as I have never had a problem with mine-even after it was full of sand from holiday it still worked perfectly!
The only negative I can think of for this camera is the batteries seem to run out pretty quickly but I think this is a minor issue and can be expected at such a reasonable price for the good photos it produces.
We have lots of cameras in our family and my son was brought this camera as a gift, which he loves. It is easy to use and has 10.2 Mega Pixels. It holds its charge better than my other two cameras and can be charged either with batteries or mains. It comes with all the connections needed to contact to laptops and not to mention it looks great.
It has the facility to take landscape photos where you take three photots while moving the camera along to create a great panoramic view. Again my son loves this feature, as he can alwasy fit everything he wants to into one photo. However I (not the most technical person) have yet to figure out how to print these on the instant picture development machines. I am sure it would not be difficullt if you took it to Boots or another firm that could do it for you.
We recently went to Lapland and the photos in the dark came out exceptionally well. Just a quick mention but my camera did not do so well. The zoom on the camera is also particularly good.
It has a fun facility on it, where you can have templates on the camera and take a photo of someone and a funky clown hair style is included. There are many templates making it a fun application.
Would I buy this camera.......... Yes I would.
I have a 'big' camera which was quite pricey with a big zoom and is great for landscape and wildlife shots, however because of its size I wanted a compact camera for nights out or anywhere that I didn't want to carry the heavy camera with me. I spotted the Fuji A170 on the Jessops website on offer for £63 two years ago. It is approx 9 x 6 x 2.5cm, weighing 170g and can comfortably fit in my jeans pocket or a small evening bag. It is slightly curved in design, and on the edges making it look a bit more stylish than some boxy compacts.
Functionality is limited but you can control the flash. It has automatic face recognition and 'scene' recognition (i.e. night shots, landscapes) but I have found the latter a bit hit and miss. There is also a macro function and timer delay.
Disadvantages are the lack of view-finder - I can't always see on the digital screen in low light conditions or bright sunlight. Plus, if I am inside and can't use a flash (in certain public buildings), I find it quite hard to get the light right, compared to the functionality of my larger camera. The picture stabilisation function isn't perfect but that may be user error as I tend to have a problem late at night after a few drinks.... The 3x optical zoom is too small to make any difference really.
That said, in most situations it does adjust itself very well and I don't usually need to worry about the lack of settings. The large digital screen (5.5 x 4cm) is clear when in the best light and the camera copes very well with daytime outdoor shots, especially on clear days and most night shots. Pictures haven't always been as clear and sharp as I would have liked, even with a high mega-pixel count but I bought it for casual use instead of detailed use.
I am very glad I have bought it, as it was a good price and has done what I have needed. It takes SD cards and two AA batteries. Battery life is generally good, especially if you turn it off between shots, but I have noticed that better quality batteries last noticeably better. As a basic point-and-click camera for causal use I think this would suit most people. Mine has lasted well and seems fairly robust, and has survived floating case-less in the bottom of a bag. I have the bright blue version which is still available both new and second hand on Amazon Marketplace.
I bought this camera to replace the previous one that I had lost and at the time did not want to spend much money so got the cheapest camera I could find. I ended up buying it from Asda for around £50 about 8 months ago. Overall I am very happy with the camera. It looks very stylish, with it's silver and curved exterior and although it is not the most compact camera it easily fits into a handbag or purse and is quite sturdy.
The camera has a 10.2 mega pixel camera but I tend not to use that as the files are too big and not many pictures fit onto the memory card. One great feature of this camera is the panoramic mode which allows you to take really good panoramic photos. This mode was not available on other more expensive cameras so I was impressed to discover it and it came in very handy on holiday.
The night mode is not quite so impressive, producing slightly grainy pictures and sometimes the colour mode can make things looks slightly dull but overall the quality is fine for the price. In the future I think I might spend more money for a better quality camera that could I would want to keep for a long time but I bought this camera before going on holiday and therefore wanted something cheap in case it got lost or damaged and for that purpose it has been perfectly satisfactory and I would definitely recommend it. However the batteries do run out quickly so it's good to always have some spare.
After a few years of using only my mobile phone camera I decided it was time to buy a real camera. So before Christmas I set out on a search for a reliable, nice looking, good quality, compact camera and decided on this one! I planned on buying it in red but low stock forced me to have the blue version instead, which now I think was probably a better decision anyway.
6 months later and I'm pretty pleased with the camera, I haven't had any real problems and have no regrets about buying it.
Ease of use:
The controls are all simple and the features are easy to find. I really can't think of anything more to say on this topic, because I can't think of any worthwhile improvement that would make the camera much easier to use.
With a 10.3 megapixel the photos are, as you'd expect good quality. The only downside is that I find they are a little on the dark side. As someone who likes photos to be bright (makes everything look sunnier) I find this a little annoying.
Whilst I've only had the camera for 6 months I've not had any problems so far. The only thing I have noticed is that the battery seems to run out quickly. Well the camera indicates it is doing anyway. Within minutes of putting new batteries in the camera it is showing just 1 out of 3 bars remaining, yet there is plenty of power left stil and the batteries do actually manage to last as long as you'd expect.
Overall it's a good camera which produces good quality photos. I'd recommend it to anyone. It's simple, reliable and compact. What more could you want?
I bought this camera for my cousin. This is how is specified what kind of camera he wanted: buy me a branded camera with at least 10mp resolution and within 50 pounds.
Well, thats a very difficult set of specifications for a branded camera. But then I found the A170 in ASDA. Bought it immediately for 53 pounds. I didnt have great expectations from it though, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Took out the camera from the box, found the usual CDs, cables, batteries, etc. Surprised to see how small the camera was. It easily fit my hands.
Overall, the camera build is quite flimsy so not good for rough handling. The 2.7" LCD is quite crisp and bright. It was quite viewable in bright light as well. There are very few controls on the camera.
The top of the camera has the switch on/off push button and the shutter control. On the right top corner of the back panel, there is the zoom control. Below this is the play back button and the display button. Below these buttons there is the 5 button round selection menu. The selector button is at the center with the delete on top, flash selector on right, self timer at the bottom and macro on the left.
The main features that really impressed me about this camera were the face recognition mode, the auto scene detection and image stabilization.
The face recognition works perfectly recognizing faces of moving people as well.
The auto scene detection is very handy because this camera doesnt have a dedicated mode dial like many other point shoot cameras. Once in this mode, it can easily detect the scene being photographed and auto select the mode. This additional processing makes the image focusing a bit slow and reduces the battery life as well. But if you want to avoid going into the menu every time to change the scene, then this is a very good mode.
I was quite impressed by the panorama mode. I tried a few shots and what impressed me was that all the individual shots were of the same exposure which made the panorama look very natural. One limitation is that the panorama mode allows us to take only 3 images before the software stitches them together automatically. It would be ideal if the number of images for a panorama was 5 or more.
The image quality is very good for a 10MP camera costing 53 pounds. Although night shots come a bit grainy but using the built in flash compensates for this issue.
Very cheap and excellent budget camera
Very good features like face recognition and auto scene detection
Picture stabilization works well improving quality of the images
Accepts alkaline batteries
Accepts normal SD card
Low build quality
Camera becomes slow while using auto scene detection feature
Grainy night shots
Conclusion: Excellent feature packed camera if budget is a constraint.
On a Friday I decided that my old cameras were not doing the job that I wanted them to do anymore, I needed small compact camera, which fit into my little bag which I take out with me on nights out.
Buying the Camera
When it came to looking at this camera, I made sure that I could have a look at the quality of the pictures and the screen. I had kept a SD card in my bag and she found some batteries for us. I went around for about 5 minutes taking pictures in different parts of the shop in different conditions, making sure that this camera was for me this time.
3 x Optical Zoom
5.7 x Digital Zoom
LCD Monitor- 2.7inch
Power- AA alkaline batteries (included in box)
What do you Get In The Box?
AA Alkaline Batteries
Weight and Size
I wanted a small camera which would fit into my little clutch bag and this camera fits perfectly, I have no idea what the weight of the camera is when it has batteries in it, however without it is 120g which isn't much at all. It isn't too heavy at all, and you could keep it in your pocket whilst walking around and then just whip is out very easily and take the picture you want to take. The camera is very easy to carry around and you should have no problems carrying it around in a small bag, or even in your pocket. If any of you have a small compact camera, then you should be able to imagine the weight of this camera.
If the camera was in a different colour, then I would have jumped at one of those instead of this, I'm not a huge fan of silver, but I do understand that the reason it's cheaper is because of its colour. You have three colours on the camera, a very dark silver, light silver and black. It does look very stylish if I say so myself, it would have looked better in black or red even, but it does look quite posh, and durable which is something that you want with a camera and which is something I did not get with the previous camera.
The lens is tiny, it only takes up a small portion of the front of the camera, however takes some amazing pictures, it only comes out about two finger lengths, and even when you are zooming it does not get any bigger. I found when attempting to take pictures of a cat on our garden the other night, I a bit of a hard time with my Fujifilm S8000, which is a bridge SLR camera, the cat got very scared of the lens which kept on coming closer and closer to him. I picked up this new camera, and he seemed perfectly content to lie there whilst I was taking pictures, he soon got bored though and I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked.
The LCD screen on this camera is huge, even bigger than my Fujifilm S8000, which is a much larger camera, they have compensated by removing quite a few buttons that you may usually expect to get on the back of the camera, however you will find this LCD screen is brilliant, it shows the pictures beautifully and very clear.
On the back of the camera, you have the usual circle buttons, which allow you to set the scene to macro, add flash, add a timer and then the delete button. In the centre OK button shows you the shooting menu, which allows you to get to the set up menu.
The only other buttons on the camera is the power button on the top and the shutter button, then on the back of the camera you have the usual W and T buttons which allows you to zoom in and out respectively. Then the other two buttons are Display, if you click it, it does bring up a grid like system, something that I have only just begun to start using. It allows me to frame my pictures a lot easier and get a better picture overall. Then you have the usual playback button which is a green triangle in a square.
All buttons are sturdy and do not feel like they have been put on by a child like they did with the Vivitar camera. They all seem like part of the camera and they accentuate the stylishness of the camera. There isn't too many buttons on the camera, which means that you get a lot more space for the LCD screen.
I wanted a very simple camera, one that I would only really use if I was going out, or wanted to take some quick pictures, this camera falls into that genre very easily. I have to say, because of the simplicity of this camera, I would recommend it for young people as well, probably not under 10, as it may be a little bit too fiddly for them, for kids under 10 I would actually recommend the Vivitar that I reviewed earlier. This camera is very easy to use and I think someone who wants to get into photography or a camera to take pictures of friends, it is a great little camera.
Also if you want a cheap, easy to use camera to take on holiday with you, then this camera will give you some amazing pictures when you are on holiday. I would happily take this one along when I go on my next trip on holiday. Whenever that may be.
The Cameras Features
For me, the camera has a lot of important little details that make it the camera that I'm beginning to really, really like. Most of the little details are the little extras that Fujifilm have added into this series. Here is a list of some of them; the ones I believe make this camera great:
Automatic Scene Recognition
When using cameras in the past, I have pretty much bypassed using the scene modes, mainly because most of the time, I don't have enough time to get the camera out, remember how to change the scene modes and then take the picture.
Fujifilm have smartly thought about this with this camera, and understand that these scene modes are there for a reason, so have added this 'automatic scene recognition'. I don't believe it works with all of the scenes, but ones like macro, portrait, landscape and night seem to be just some of these that the camera detects and then changes the settings to give you the best possible picture you can get.
Picture Stabilisation Mode
This stabilisation mode stops those dreaded blurry pictures, as some of you may know I had a great problem with the camera I traded this one in for, due to the fact I could only seem to get a blurry image. Fujifilm have now added their Anti Blur mode to this camera, which means you can wave goodbye these annoying blurry images.
I have this on my other Fujifilm and have found it works brilliantly, I can't be completely sure how it works and I'm sure if I had to explain how it works we'll be here for hours, but the camera automatically detects faces in the picture, and makes sure that the faces are the main part of the picture and that they don't fade into the background.
There is something to do with Panorama View, however I am having a little bit of trouble understanding how this works, so didn't want to talk about it, as I would be talking about something I didn't really understand. Sorry.
Different Photography Functions
To get to the different shooting modes, you have to click the OK button in the middle and go through the buttons until you get to the shooting modes. The default one is Auto, I stupidly believed that the Scene Recognition worked on the Auto mode, however by the looks of things, you have to go through this shooting mode and then find Scene Recognition. Why don't you keep it on scene recognition if you like the sound of it I hear you say? Well the digital zoom does not seem to work on this particular mode, which I use a lot.
I'm going to write some of the modes that I think are pretty cool down below.
The playback on this camera is very easy to use, as always I believe; it is the green triangle in a green square on the camera. Because of the brilliant size of the LCD screen, you get to see your pictures in brilliant quality and move through your pictures with the left and right buttons on the circle little device. Sorry not too sure of the name. To delete the image, you click the top button on the circle thing and follow the instructions to delete the image.
One of the only downsides to this camera is the fact that to get to record a movie instead of still images, you have to go to the scene mode and go through that way. On most cameras I've used before with this function, you click a button or turn a dial and ta da, you are recording a movie, this one takes a little while to take movies. Despite that, I can count on one hand, how many times I used the movie mode on my Fujifilm S8000.
This camera was perfect for me, and the woman in the store said that she would have never have sold me the Vivitar camera, due to the fact it was very poor and not right for what I wanted it for. This camera however was perfect for me, it works brilliantly well for everything I want it for, and I have yet to really properly try it in a club, due to the fact I'm skint at the moment and the decent clubs are miles away, but for pictures in the house and out and about, the camera has done perfectly and has worked just the way I wanted it to.
The camera was £59.99 at the moment in Currys with £10 off. I had to hand over £20 extra to cover the difference in price between this camera and the one I brought and took back. This wasn't too bad at all and to be honest, I was expecting it to be a lot more for a decent camera. Currys do have a good deal on at the moment, however this won't last for long and usually this camera will be £69.99.
You get some batteries within the camera, but as always I recommend getting some rechargeable batteries, most specifically ones designed for cameras, as you will get the most out of your camera this way. I am currently buying a camera case off EBay as the prices they offer in Currys are a right rip off, if you are getting this camera in replacement for an old camera, then I would recommend using that case instead of buying a new one.
If you need an SD card, think about how much you will be taking pictures, and if you want to store all of your pictures on the SD card. I am not too sure about this next comment, but I believe the higher the size of the SD card, the faster the shutter speed is. If this is not important to you and if you don't expect to take too many pictures, then spending about £5 on a 1GB SD card might be best for you.
Price: 9/10 (More expensive than the Vivitar camera, £20 more, however you get a much, much better camera)
Ease Of Use
I managed to pick up this camera and use it straight away, but that is because I'm used to cameras, most specifically Fujifilm cameras. To make sure I wrote about this bit fairly, I gave the camera to my mum who is a bit of a technaphobe when it comes to cameras, taking pictures of me and my sister with my Fujifilm S8000 camera, took 20 minutes for each picture, but they did turn out to be very good photographs.
I asked my mum to turn on the camera, take a picture, view the picture and then get the camera ready to take another picture again. It took her a little while to find the power button, but she turned it on fine, and took a very good picture very easily, finding the playback button seemed to be a bit more difficult. If you don't know which button is the playback button, then it may be a little difficult as my mum showed us. It is the green triangle on its side in the green square. That's how I always try and remember it. When it came to getting the camera ready to take another picture, this caused another little problem; however the camera soon told her how to get ready to take another picture.
All in all, she found the camera very easy to use, she did have a little trouble finding the playback button and getting the camera ready again to take another picture, however there is a small user guide which comes with the camera, which should help a lot if you have a bit of trouble when it comes to the camera.
This is one of the easiest camera's I've ever used, I have used more complicated camera's before though, and the fact that their isn't too many buttons on camera makes you think that it can't be too complicated which is good. All in all, a very simple camera to use, and as my mum proved even a technophobe can use it.
Ease Of Use: 9/10 (Very easy to use, even my camera technophobe mum could use it)
In my Fujifilm S8000 review, I moaned about the fact that I had to use 4 x AA batteries; however the amount of time I have to really change them is miniscule now because I brought such good batteries. With this camera, you only use 2 AA batteries, which is brilliant.
It doesn't seem to use batteries too badly at all, at the moment I have two batteries out of my Fujfilm S8000 in the camera, and it hasn't gone down at all and I have been taking a lot of pictures, and using the camera quite a bit. I don't sit down and count how many pictures it takes per battery, mainly because it depends on what batteries you actually use, if you use rechargable ones or just normal ones, and if you use Morrisons own ones or Durracel.
There are so many factors to think of, but with my Duracell rechargable batteries, when I go on a night out, I can usually spend about 5/6 hours taking pictures, with the batteries dying at the end of the night. A rough number of how many I can take is about 150 per battery charge, but like I said that is just a rough guess, as I'm not going to sit down and count as so many factors depend on how many pictures you can actually take.
9/10 (Great battery life, however I can see it using normal batteries like nothing. How many pictures you actually take depends on what batteries you use, what settings you use and so many other factors. It's very hard to guage how many pictures you can take as it really depends.)
Uploading the pictures couldn't be easier, especially with the software that they have given you with the camera. I myself prefer to do it the old fashioned way and go through My Computer > Fujifilm and then get the pictures that way. I do think however in time that I will use this software however, especially if it allows me to upload my other Fujifilm and use the software as well.
10/10 (Very easy due to the software they give you)
Everything about this camera is good, the LCD screen is very big and the brilliant 10.2 mega pixels, allows you to create some stunning images. The digital zoom is 5.7 x, which makes it quite a bit less compared to my other Fujifilm which had a 18 x Optical Zoom, it is a fantastic camera though, no doubt about that, however if you want to take amazing pictures far away then you might have to go for the bigger model.
It is so easy to use this camera is, as I wrote under Ease Of Use, my mum who is terrible with cameras, found the camera very easy to use, you get some very simple instructions within the camera, so any one should be able to use the camera.
There are really no real problems with this camera, I think I'm a little bit bummed that it's a silver camera; I really wanted a red one or a black one. It does say that you can get Automatic Scene Recognition, however it's not that automatic as you have to take the camera of its default Auto, by changing the Mode, and then you get onto the Automatic Scene Recognition bit. Here however, you are unable to use Digital Zoom; I will update this if I find a way to change this, but at the moment it's slightly annoying.
The only other little problem seems to be it's not very easy to get to creating a movie with this camera, with the other cameras which had this option, all it took was one turn of a dial or a button and ta da I was able to film a scene, however with this one, it seems to go around the houses before you can do that.
One Final Note
Most cameras seem to take either 4 AA batteries, 2 AA batteries or 3 AAA batteries, if you go into the shop with 4 AA batteries, 3 AAA batteries and an SD card in your bag, you will be able to take a look at the quality of the camera and if they say you are not able to use your batteries and SD card you should know that the camera has something wrong with it and it's best not to go with that one.
This of course will not worth with lithium batteries in cameras, I haven't worked out a way to get around getting the shop assistant to let you try these out.
I paid £69.99 for this camera, including 3 years product support for £8.99, I believe that your product support will be £3 more, but due to the problem I had with the previous camera, they knocked off a bit of money for me for my troubles. I think it is a brilliant price, and I really think the camera is worth it. It takes some amazing pictures; I'll hopefully upload a picture to this review to show the quality of the camera.
As always, when preparing to write this review, I looked on the internet for professional reviews. I find it helps me talk about the more confusing aspects, and then attempt to try and make them make a little bit of sense. This review was different, I found that most of the reviews were either way too confusing on this product, and were just people attempting to show off with their camera knowledge, and or not very helpful at all. I hope I have been able to be helpful and that you have been able to understand everything I have talked about in each paragraph.
(C) Kirsty 2009
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