Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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A Short & Sweet Review of a Small & Cute Camera
Fujifilm Finepix A170
Member Name: Essexgirl2006
Fujifilm Finepix A170
Advantages: Compact, stylish
Disadvantages: Limited functionality
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.
Summary: A good pocket camera for casual use
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