Product Type: Fuji digital cameras
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A235 - A great budget camera!
FujiFilm Finepix A235
Member Name: Jcm222
FujiFilm Finepix A235
Advantages: low cost, lots of settings, lightweight, aesthetically pleasing
Disadvantages: shows dirt on the black model, poor battery life
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!
Summary: A great camera for everyday use!
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