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First off I'd like to point out that I am writing a consumer review on this camera. I know nothing about them really, I'm a point and clicker. I know how to take my memory card to a store and print photos and I know how to download them as for specs and the likes forget it really but I shall try to cover the important bits about this little gem if I can lol!
I received this camera from an ex partner about 6 years ago now. I so wanted my first digital camera but with not a lot of money about at the time it meant I was left wanting for ages but eventually he did get me this one as a Christmas present in Asda costing at the time a very reasonable £70.00ish pound, compared to other cameras at the time this was cheap even then lol!
However it didn't come with a case or usb cable or anything extra, it was just nicely boxed with instructions and a disc to pop into a computer if you wanted to.
Now this camera served me really very well indeed. Its outlasted many exes and friendships, been all over the place, been dropped and abused and captured many memories and so when the other day I picked it up and the usb cable wouldn't pick up to transfer my photos to my laptop and it kept turning itself on and off I was terribly distraught. I got looking in the Argos catalogue and my mind boggled at not only the prices but the megapixels, zooms etc and as I stated at the beginning of this review I simply want something not too fancy and easy to point and click.
However fate intervened1 My mate was in our local cash converters and spotted this very camera with a little black leather case supplied with it, second hand for £12.99 with a 6 month guarantee thrown in. Me being me I doubted she was right that it was still the A500 model so I nipped down and was delighted to find out it really was the same camera and so I bought it!
Ok so against many cameras you can now purchase nowadays this isn't the most modern one on offer. Its a shiny silver one and although small and square it is rather heavy. On the front of the camera we are told that it is Fujifilm Finepix and where the light is at the top of the camera and where the flash goes on and off we are told that this only contains 5.1 megapixels and that it is super ccd (not sure what that means at all!).
With cameras people put alot of emphasise on megapixels, the dots that make up the picture. The more pixels the better the picture and nowadays a 12 mega pixel camera is nothing out of the ordinary. For me though I do alot of my printing at home and through editing programmes I have uploaded on my computer I don't find that I lose picture quality at all. Maybe I would if I just simply printed stuff but I don't anyway!
So on the front of the camera you have the zoom lens. We are told that it is 3 x 6.4-19.2mm 1:3.3-5.5, from what I gather that means it zooms 3 times out lol. Sorry that means not alot to me apart from at the back of the camera I can zoom in and out at what I want to photograph! lol When I switch the camera on through touching the power on/off button at the top of it it automatically opens the black shutters on the lens and next to that there is simply a button to press that takes a photograph! On replacing batteries and on the main screen we are asked for date and time however that is optional.
Now to the other side of the camera is where you work from really. You have a small eye hole you can look through and take a picture though I never have and I use the big digital screen on the back of it which of course shows your view in colour. Then you have a 6 small buttons to play with. The main one for me is the one you can press to zoom in and out with, you also have a small button so you can go through images you have taken and delete them and so on and the button for that can also give you settings up for showing the date on your photos or not. You can also choose to set you camera to portrait mode, auto, manual, night mode and movie options though again I have never used this function I do know that it can take 60 seconds to 5 hours of live footage. Other functions on this include of course using flash, timer and things like that but like I keep mentioning to me I use this as a point and click, I use it mainly in auto mode, I have used portrait mode and do know how to pop the flash and date on and off my photos which is enough for me. Its a really easy to use camera this one and of course with a usb cable you can download your photographs to your computer or on more modern computers you can pop the memory card straight into your computer, again the method I use!
Now I do with this suggest you use a memory card as without them you get to take about 9 photographs before its own memory is full up. I have a card that takes about 300 photographs which is great though you can buy larger and smaller cards of course.
This takes two double a batteries and the one thing about this is that you do need really decent, somewhat expensive ones. I have tried Kodak batteries and allsorts but they are rubbish in this and the best to use are Duracell as it is heavy on battery power. It has auto shut off and all in all although this may not be the most fancy looking of cameras it is a flipping strong and sturdy one that for most of us none professionals has enough functions on it to keep us happy enough!
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This camera is one I use nearly every day in my classroom. It is a small digital camera which is quick and easy to use and even the children find it easy to take snaps with. It is very durable and considering it has been dropped several times and gets thrown into bags for school trips or assesmblies it has always performed well.
The camera takes 2 AA batteries which are easily fitted. I use rechargeable batteries in mine due to the amount of use it gets. They work fine but I have to replace them quite often as I think the camera uses a lot of energy. The SD card is situated in the same area as the batteries and is easily removed and replaced. The camera has its own internal memory and if in use a small camera symbol is shown in the bottom right hand corner of the monitor. It comes with a USb cable and is very simple to connect up to the pc and to download or view pictures using your laptop or desktop.
This little camera has many great features which together make it a versatile and handy gadget. I really don't think I use it to its full potential, but for my needs it is perfect. It has a built in flash which has 6 settings, I use auto most of the time as most of my pictures are basic still images. Another handy setting is the self timer, this option has 2 settings; 10 seconds and 2 seconds and is easy to set up. One final feature worth mentioning is the movie option, this allows you to take movies with your camera. Really handy for spontaneous filming of a great piece of drama or some good PE. How long you can record for is dependent on the quality you want and how much internal memory space you have but you can record from 70 seconds to just over 5 hours (batteries permitting)
A great little camera which will capture those special moments easily and without much fuss. Picture quality is fine for my needs. Few buttons on the outside help to avoid confusion and panic if you are not technically minded. My children enjoy using this camera and always pick it up if we go places, they love to take snaps with it and use the play-back feature to look at their pictures.
Megapixels - 5
Zoom - 3x
LCD Screen -1.8
MemoryCards - xD-Picture Card
Resolution - 2,592 x 1,944 / 2,592 x 1,728 (3:2 format) / 2,048 x 1,536 / 1,600 x 1,200 / 640 x 480
File Formats - JPEG
Focal Length Equivalent - 38 to 114mm
Shutter Speed - 2 to 1/1500sec
Aperture - F3.3
Sensitivity - automatic, ISO 100, 200, 400
White Balance Settings - Fine, Shade, Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (Cool White), Incandescent
ExposureCompensation - unknown
Viewfinder - Optical
Flash Modes - Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro., Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro.
Flash Range - 3.1m
Shooting Modes - Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Scene
Maximum Movie Resolution - 320 x 240
Maximum Movie Frames Per Second - 10 fps
Maximum Movie Duration - Up to 60 seconds
Macro Focus - 10cms
Metering - Multi-pattern
ManualControls - None
Image Stabilisation - No
Lens Converters - No
Self Timer - 2 or 10 seconds
Video Out (TV Playback) - Yes
Computer Connection - Yes
Batteries - AA
Dimensions - 93 ? 60 ? 27.5mm
Weight - 140g
I bought this camera years ago and have since dropped it many times, including in sand and got it damp and it still works perfectly. The camera is easy to use, you can quickly change the setting depending on what type of photo you are taking, such as from scenary to an action shot. The camera is lightweight and has a quick response time from clicking the on button to been ready to take a picture.
It is possible to edit photos on the camera such as cropping a photo, although due to the small display screen, it is much easier to do this on a computer.
The camera always take clear and sharp photographs, at 5mp it is perfect to print off pictures from home, up to A4 size paper clearly with no bluring. It is ever so simple to upload photos from the camera to the PC and can be done within minutes.
The memory cards are also reasonably priced for the camera and easy to load into it. The camera has a small amount of internal memory, which is helpful when you fill up the memory card are you can store a few extra photos.
I highly recomend this camera for first-timers!
This is the first digital camera that I bought; I got it in New Zealand 2 years ago in a bundle deal (camera + 256MB xD card + camera case) for about 100 quid - the same shop were selling the camera only for a few quid more.
Anyway, I find this camera is nice and easy to use, considering I quite like photography, but I'm more a tourist snapper than a really into it snapper.
The screen is big and clear enough for my needs, there's a wealth of options on the menus (I use fine picture quality), and I've managed to take some really good shots with it, including a zoomed in one of a butterfly resting on flowers with only the optical zoom.
I find getting my pictures from the camera is easy using the xD card itself or the supplied cable, then either Windows XP's AutoPlay feature to bring up either Windows Explorer or Fuji's own FinePixViewer tool (supplied on a CD with the camera) as my laptop has a media card reader built in.
I find the red-eye reduction feature useful when taking pictures, and the shutter speed's fast enough to capture wildlife, such as birds visiting a feeder (I have a photo where a bird was in mid-flight when the shutter was triggered).
I've yet to use the video facility, but it can't take long sequences, and I think it'll be silent movies as there's no microphone, built-in or input socket.
However, if you connect the camera to your computer, you'll be using the battery power - you'll need an adapter if you want to do lots of work with the camera connected, Fuji do one that will work, and you may be able to get ones from a camera shop.