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I have had this reliable, adequate point and shoot, compact camera for a few years now, and think that it is a great little camera. Obviously, it is not for the professional photographers amongst us but for Joe Public, like me it more than suffices.
This is a compact, neat camera, with a depth of just 22mm it is easily carried around with you on nights out or on holiday. I have the glossy black model which looks well, but it should be noted it shows up all fingerprints and dirt so you should keep it in a case and clean it regularly. The LCD screen at the back is fantastic because it fills nearly all the available space, which allows you to get a high quality preview of the image you have just taken. You use the screen to take the photos as well, as there is no viewfinder included. Personally, I feel it would be better if there was one included, as it can make photographs, particularly posed ones, easier to capture.
The camera is 12MP and has a 3X Optical Zoom. The resolution on the camera is very good, but the zoom is not great, particularly the digital zoom, the picture quality seems to deteriorate quicker on this camera than on other similar cameras.
There are over 15 different modes and settings that you can choose from. Some of them are very good, in particular the sport and fireworks mode. The sport mode is very good for taking photos of moving objects - even young children! It has a shutter speed that allows most of the blur to be eliminated.
I find fireworks very hard to capture, but this mode really does work and I would recommend it on this basis alone! The Scene Recognition setting means the camera will determine what you are taking photos off and choose and appropriate mode. To be honest it works very well, but is not ideal if you are in a situation where the kinds of scenes you want is changing a lot in a short space of time, as the camera cannot keep up. The other modes are all reasonably good also.
One problem I have picked up on is the face detection, because often it struggles if there is more than one person in the photograph.
It's really easy to use, as soon as you turn it on, you are put into AUTOMATIC mode ready to take photographs, there are no complicated technical details or menus!
BATTERY AND MEMORY
The camera operates on 2 AA Batteries. It is quite astonishing that when you insert your batteries fresh from the packet (even top brands) it says you only have half the power available. This is the biggest problem, as the camera really does suck the power out of the batteries, so you ought to have plenty of spares with you!
The internal memory holds just four or five high resolution photos, but this is becoming the case with many budget cameras, and you can pick up a memory card on Amazon for a very low price.
For around £60 on Amazon you can get a camera that serves its purpose really well for most common situations. It is a great camera for going on holiday, or taking photos of the kids! The included FUJI software is really good for editing your photographs, so you will not have to purchase this as extra. I think it would make a great present for teens!
I would to like to start by saying that I am an amateur with taking photos the only reason I try is because I would love to have albums and albums filed to show my children when they are older.My camera is a pink one and has a very glossy pink finish to it. The design of it is lovely very lightweight not too big or small just the right size to hold comfortably in your hand the shape and curves give it a slightly stylish look. I Usually carry it around in my pocket when we take the children out and this is perfect to just sit in my pocket. Although it is light weight my three year old son loves taking photos and has been dropped and bounced many times and is still without a scratch!
The camera is very easy to use just point and press and the pictures are surprisingly good. They have a scenery recognition and a lot of other specials in the camera settings but honestly I only use this camera to take quick pictures sometimes with the zoom and flash but do not go into all the special features.The battery life lasts well I can use it for around two weeks maybe taking around 400 pictures before my duracel batteries need changing. The main thing I like about this camera is the it is very large so very easy to see the pictures and the way once you have taken the picture it stays on the screen for around ten seconds but then diverts back to the view of the lens ready for taking again.
It does require a SD card as without one I believe the camera can only hold around three pictures, which is not many but with most cameras the memory without a memory card is poor so this is not unique to this camera.
The zoom is the part that lets this camera down. For me and my children i do try to use zoom allot as there is often the need to zoom in for detail on what there doing and even for someone new to cameras and not very good When using the 3x optical zoom the pictures end up what seems a little blurred or grainy. Sometimes I can have problems with the flash it seems to have a life of its own sometimes it flashes when i have not programmed it too and sometimes when i have it does not flash. Also its hit and miss with the quality when you do use it. Usually the camera still produces the good quality pictures I am used to with it but on some occasions it can become grainy and blurred.
* 12.2 mega pixels, 3x digital zoom, 3.0" Colour LCD
* Picture Stabilisation, Scene Recognition Auto
* Face Detection Technology, Panoramic Shooting
* Low light functionality, Movie recording with zoom
* Point-and-Shoot mode with 17 special scenes
I was given this camera as a gift for my last birthday from my partner so I am not sure how much he paid for it but I believe these cameras retail for around £70. I find that it is perfect for me as it is easy to use light weight and great for just using as a day to day camera for an amateur like me! As with most cameras AA batteries and a SD card are needed for use of this camera. Over all It is perfect for me and I love my camera it can take some bad pictures but overall it also takes amazing ones! I am also sure that a more keen photographer that is willing to read the instructions and use allot more of the features may find this camera a little more interesting than I do.
The Fuji film A235 Camera is relatively lightweight, stylish and delivers 12.2 mega pixels, with plenty of timer, flash and red eye reducing functions to boot, not bad for a point and shoot camera in this price range. The battery life is just about adequate and the camera comes in a choice of colours.
On spec it looks like a half decent buy, but in my experience it is a wholly unreliable product. Ok, so I'm not the most careful person in the world but even I expected a camera to last more than NINE DAYS! Literally the second occassion I took this out it suddenly refused to take photos, not very useful for a camera! Obviously, still under guarantee I took it back for a replacement, which was also pretty problematic. There is now a line down the middle of the screen where the pixels just don't show (although the photos are fine once uploaded) and you cannot access the stored photos except when first turning it on. As it still works, in a roundabout way, my child plays photographer with it and the simplicity of the functions (that do still work) mean it's easy for an almost 4 year old to use.
All in all, if these were more reliable they would be an excellent purchase but with plenty of other point and shoot cameras around the same price maybe something less tempremental, even with a slightly lower spec, would be a better option.
My mum brought this camera as a simple, 'point & shoot' camera. This is exactly what she got and more.
This camera is lightweight and small, meaning its easy to slide into your pocket or bag. Although the camera is small, it certainly pacts alot of powerful hardware within it.
This camera delivers an incredible 12.2 Megapixel picture, and with the high resolution of this tiny device, it displays mind-blowing quality with true detail and the perfect light contrast.
The powerful system is not comprimised for performace with this camera. I have never known it to freeze.. Even for a second. It's quick and snappy with the very responsive navigation controls. The shutter speed is amazingly quick too which means its even faster to capture thoese 'spur of the moment' times.
One set back (probably the biggest) is the battery life of this camera. It takes 2 AA batterys and drains them faster than I can drink a glass of water. I have got into the habit of actually removing the batteries from the camera when i'm not using it, to ensure battery life within the batteries is preserved (because i'm convinced it drains them dry even when off)