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      14.08.2010 16:05
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      so and so, worth a buy if your on a budget.

      This camera is fairly welly priced for what you get.

      ----The Camera in general----
      It has an 8.3 mega-pixel photo resolution, it supports memory (including the popular SD memory cards), it also shoots in film and has a built in flash.

      It also has a few of what you might call, 'added bonuses' including a fairly decent red eye reduction mode, a mode for if your shooting pictures of, perhaps, babies (this means flash doesn't come on, even in low light).

      Its screen is slightly poor, and pictures very often look different on this, compared to how they look on a computer. This can often be a problem when your going for the perfect shot.

      The camera is a good size, easy to hold (not too skinny like some of the other cameras) and feels fairly well made, if a bit plastic feeling in places (particularly the buttons). With a free modest quality wrist strap, fujifilm try to make it impossible to drop your camera but unfortunately, the strap comes loose pretty easily.

      ----Picture's and their quality----
      Taking a picture on this camera is fairly easy, turn on, press the big silver button on top, and let the camera do the work. Unfortunately, it takes a little too long to process the image and display it when you've taken it, not to mention it occasionally (for some odd reason or another) takes an exuberant amount of time to actually take the photo, which is rubbish if your looking for a quick shot.

      The camera redeem's itself when it comes to options upon taking a photo, allowing you to choose the picture options to suit where you are, what your taking a photo off and what time of day your taking it. These include things like, landscape, portrait, baby mode, sports shot, and low light. There isn't much difference between some of these, but some are definitely better than others.

      The actual quality of the pictures is mediocre. The colours often blend together and seem dull, saying that, in bright light the colours are powerful and really quite nice, so I'm slightly undecided upon the overall quality of the picture.

      ----Movie Quality----
      The video quality is fairly decent, but not a patch on some of the newer cameras, particularly those able to shoot in HD, but as i say, it isn't bad and I wouldn't knock the score down for this.

      ---Download Speed---
      I thought i had better write a little on this, as its something which may interest a few of you. The download speed of this product is extremely fast. Plug it in to your computer, open it on your computer, drag or view your pictures in mere seconds, i do love this... I know some cameras require specific software in order to view picture/videos and to be quite honest, that would annoy me just a tad.

      ---Price----
      It cost me a small £80 from asda about 2 years ago, but now its avaliable in amazon for just £50, which is still reasonably priced for what the camera offers.

      I would definitely recommend this product to people on a tight budget, looking for a camera which does exactly what its supposed to, even if it doesn't do some of those features very well.

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        12.09.2009 02:13
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        Decent camera, but probably better options elsewhere now

        I bought this camera as a gift for my girlfriend after she gave birth to our beautiful daughter in August 2007. I bought it as a gift pack with the case from Pixmania. It is still going to this day and she is still taking new pictures of our daughter all the time.

        The quality of the pictures is about what you would come to expect of a camera in this price range. They aren't works of art, but are certainly good enough to post on the internet, print off at standard sizes and show off to family and friends. I find the 6MP "FINE" setting (top setting) is the only one worth bothering with.

        It has a variety of picture modes, including night, baby, and sport (which gets the most use with our daughter now 2!). The flash is very powerful, and can sometimes make photos too bright, but is perfect for low-light shots. The red-eye reduction mode works effectively.

        The LCD screen is quite a low resolution, so pictures look worse on it than they look when uploaded to the computer - this is easily done as the camera uses a standard size SD Card.

        The lack of a rechargeable lithium battery is a downer. As commented in another review, this camera hates cheap AA batteries, and will not even turn on for some. We found the best to be Energiser Lithium's, although about £5 for 4, using 2 of these we were able to take well over 500 photos and they lasted for months.

        The lense is also prone to getting stuck, and it has to be turned on and off to make it retract fully. It is also quite bulky, and the casing feels quite cheap and plasticky.

        Overall, a decent camera for the price, but its fairly bulky and getting a bit dated now. I have had better experience with Panasonic Lumix's.

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        17.05.2009 07:58
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        Great camera but the red eye ruins it

        I have owned the Fuji finepix A800 for about 18 months now. The main problem I have with it, is when using it indoors - red eye is prevalent especially in children, and even though I then go onto use the red eye reduction it is still there.
        Outdoor use - the picture quality is truly fantastic, good bright clear images. The camera is small and versatile, there is no viewfinder only the LCD preview screen, this however may be the case on all digital cameras now. The controls on the rear of the camera are all on the right hand side - I am left handed and would prefer them arranged above or below the screen to be truly universal (small moan).
        The camera comes with PC an TV leads to transfer and view photos, it does have a short video facility too.
        The software has to be on your PC to transfer photos on, my partner has the A900 and I cannot load his photos on my PC - different software, I have never really got to grips with the software either, I tend to let it load and then go to My Computer and copy from there.

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          15.05.2009 22:20
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          Very neat snapshot camera, that takes excellent quality photographs

          Fuji FinePix A800:
          Being an avid "snapper" of maritime subjects (ships, scenes, etc.) I wanted a good quality, easy to use digital camera which I could use to take plenty of photographs, store them on the PC, then manipulate/print out selected shots.
          At the time, I had no experience of digital cameras, and trawled through the reviews to find a digital camera with as many megapixels as possible for less than £100. This camera sounded like it offered the best value for money - and I was right!

          The viewfinder is clear, and easily seen in all but the brightest sunlight (then you have to use a fair amount of guesswork, but being digital, it's easy to shoot away in the hope that you get the "right" shot).
          The manual is clear and fairly concise. One point to mention is that this camera DOES take SD memory cards! The reviews and websites stated that it takes xD cards. I forked out well over £20 for an xD memory card to go with this camera - only to find that I could have bought four SD cards for this money! (This camera will take up to 2GB cards. The SD cards will hold far more photos than the xD ones!)
          The controls are easy to use, and the zoom works a treat. OK, the more you zoom, the more likely that the end photograph will be a little bit pixellated. So do bear this in mind if you want to take long distance shots. If you want to print these sort of shots, you might be disappointed with the results.
          The camera can be fiddled with to adjust F stops and other settings, but I have found the automatic settings to be perfectly fine.
          There are plenty of modes to choose from, which automatically adjust settings for you when using the camera, e.g. settings for bright sunlight, snow/sand glare, fireworks, sunsets, macro and museum. (To be honest, some of these pre-defined settings are not actually as good as just using the automatic mode! Sunsets taken in "sunset" mode are burnt orange in colour, and surprisingly dark.)
          There is also a video function, which I really haven't bothered with too much.
          All other settings such as camera sounds, flash on/off/automatic, and red eye reduction can all be selected, and are kept in the camera's memory - so no more having to constantly re-set your preferences!
          The quality of the photographs is excellent, and much better than I would have expected from a snapshot-priced camera. I always use this camera at the full 8 megapixel, fine quality setting. (Don't use the DIGITAL zoom - the resulting photographs are terribly pixellated and filled with "noise"!)
          Night-time shots of illuminations can be a tad grainy, but do come out surprisingly well. Use a tripod and the results are great!
          I have always been very satisfied with the photographs that I have taken. Not always being able to properly see the viewfinder, or not having time to review the photos when taking them means that it is safer to take up to four photos, just to be on the safe side.
          I have manipulated the photos in Photoshop and printed them out online: The results are astonishing! I was really impressed by the quality, and it is certainly comparable to good quality "film" cameras!
          Included with the camera is the FinePix software, to load and store the photographs onto a PC. This is simplistic, though it is admittedly a bit too basic - but it does the job. Some (many, now that I think about it) outdoor photographs have a lot of "blue" in them. This is actually quite annoying, as it often dominates the "green" hues. The FinePix software automatic adjustment fixes this perfectly well. I have tried Photoshop, with these photos, and found it to be far more time consuming and doesn't necessarily get as good as a result.

          One thing to note is that you will need fairly hefty (2000mAh or better) rechargeable batteries with this camera. Disposables will only take about 50 shots before dying! Rechargeables will take well over 150 photos, provided you don't get carried away with the flash.

          I have been using this camera for nearly two years now, and I wouldn't want to upgrade it - I really don't see the need to spend any more money. This camera does the job, and it does it well!
          My camera has been reliable, apart from once when what appeared to be a bit of lint appeared inside the camera lens. It showed up on photographs taken in low light conditions, and especially so if the optical zoom was used. I checked my warranty on Fuji's website, and found that I could return the camera (I only had one week to go!) - they checked my camera and found that they had to replace the entire zoom/lens housing, which they did without question or charge. Very impressive customer service from Fuji.

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          16.11.2008 21:39
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          Good camera, but just about average and no more!

          *What Is It?**
          The Fujifilm 'Finepix' A800 is one of the later releases by Fujifilm. It has been out for a while however but can still be purchased. This very smart camera has lots of feature which I will talk about in the review.

          **Compatiability?**
          The great thing about this camera is that it works with Mac OSX and all windows. I actully haven't downloaded CD software because I have already got a memory card reader. But it has editing software but can't be bothered with it as already have iPhoto which i'm happy with. However I know from previous Fujifilm software that it is very good however.

          **Megapixels**
          The camera is an impressive 8.3 megapixels, so you can take stunning shots. I know that as technology increases 8.3 sounds more standard every day but it can deliver excellent pictures. If its just special pictures of your family or your holiday snaps, you can take anything and still get professional looking, colorful prints.

          **Packaging?*
          The camera came in a sealed box with a bold picture of the camera on the front. It was well concealed in packaging and came with lots of leaflets about different photography websites which was a bit annoying as i threw them all away (well recycled them of course!) It also came with two AA batteries, a strap to hold your camera, an A/V cable, a USB cable and a CD-ROM with all the software. Oh and of course the instructions booklet.

          **What the Actual Camera Looks Like?**
          The camera itself is a 9cm by 3cm frame. Weighing a small 151g it is very portable. It is a stylish silver color and has a very attractive shape. The corners are smoothed off and for comforting hold. It has a LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screen which fills up most of the back of the camera. It has a lots of smaller buttons beside the screen with different funtions.
          It has the turnstile so you can choose which mode you would like on, for ultimate phot taking. And with 8 to choose from, you can find one for your need if it is anti-blur or video. It has little illistrations to show which mode you set it on. The next to buttons down are for looking at your pictures. If you have just taken a picture you can look at it with a click of a button! And at the bottom is a ring of 5 buttons including an 'Ok' button in the centre.
          Around the edge you have a 'flower' to for very close up shots. Then a flash button for different modes, then a delete button and a self timer. At the top of the camera there is the important power button. Then the shutter button to take the actual photos surrounded by a zoom switch. At the sides you have the usual USB port, Video Out etc. Then underneath you have the memory card slot and batterie holdertucked away by a battery cover. There thats your tour of this fabulous camera!

          **What Features Does It Have?**
          Well as i explained has lots of buttons for different modes. They are the most commonly used one for me which was automatic. If you want a shot and no hastle. That is the best one in my opion. Then theres
          Baby mode- There is no flash so you only catch the natural light and will not disturbe baby
          Picture Stableisation- Excellent for taking pictures of moving objects like sport and it evens works with planes (tried and tested by myself) Or even if you don't have a very steady hand!
          Red Eye Reductution- Great for dark places, completely reduces red eye
          Digital Zoom- My least favourite but however can be useful. Doesn't deliver the same quality as normal
          Portrait- Great for taling pictures of you and your mates! My favourite mode and makes great use of natural light
          Scenic Postion- Great for scenic shots
          It also has lot of built in automatic modes like 'Real Photo Technolodgy' so you can make impressive, wider shots. Then theres 'intelligent flash' which calculates i you actully need a flash, then how bright it should be, then gives a balanced exposure. Smart ay?

          **Long Battery Life?**
          Well no. Because of all this tech and a very high resolution pictures it does fairly guzzle batteries. I found it will take about 100 pictures per battery life time, but if you want to get the best shots and spend time taking shots, then you will find the camera doesn't last longer than about 70. A disappointing battery life which can be frustrating.

          **The Technical Stuff**
          Well it has 3 x optical zoom and 6.3 x Digital zoom. Thats pretty good and it does deliver great results when wanting to zoom in. Also with 320 x 240 pixel 30 frames/sec movies with sound it delivers satisfactory results. Then finally the LCD screen has a fancy 'anti-reflective' coating to prevent the suns glare!

          **Memory (internal and memory card)?**
          The internal memory is rubbish. Only 10 Mb of internal memory and say each photo is about 1 Mb thats not even 10 photos! So you have to invest in a memory card. I got a 1Gb SD memory card. It is compatible with any xD or SD memory card and the max it goes is 2Gb. So find the memory card that will suite your cause. Please note as well, because each picture is an average of 1 Mb then it will take up alot of memory on your computer, so it may be worth investing in a larger back-up system.

          **Price**
          I bought mine very recently (about a week ago since review was written) from Curries for £89.97 but had to get memory card as well so that an extra £15.99. Not a bad price for that high a resoution, actully a really good price. For what you get I would just say it was average if you add all the factors together. It can be bought at Currys and Amazon.co.uk.

          **Whats Right With It?**
          A fantastic range of modes for the best pictures. Incredibly easy to use and didn't ever have to consult instruction booklet. The pictures i have taken are brethtaking, seriously. My mum took one of her sunflower and it was so professional looking and using editing, you can make it incredible. A really good price and a great family camera!

          **Whats Wrong With It?**
          Theres nothing really wrong with it but it has little annoying things. For example it is annoying when your taking photos and you hear the 'beep beep' low battery noise. Grrrrr. Then you need more batterys etc and the circles continues. Also the internal memory but i'm not that bothered as i now have a memory card.

          **Conclusion**
          A great family camera for those precious shots (using the baby mode!) and a very simple camera to use. For ametur to the starter proffesional. An amazing camera to make breathtaking shots. Shame about the battery life, but sadly it comes out as just being average. There are now better cameras out there but don't rule it out when buying.

          Copyright dooyoo- Scotlandizdabest 2008

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            11.10.2008 09:23
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            good for day to day use

            I got bough this camera for my birthday, and from day one I have loved it and all it features. It takes pictures really well, I also like the fact after you have taken a picture you can edit it which is good. The only problem I have found with this camera is it doesn't like cheap batteries, mine wont work with the cheap ones, Pictures are easy to download to my computer via a USB cable. The digital zoom is good but does start to get blurry if you focus right in which can be a pain. Overall it is a decent camera you do know when your batteries need replacing or charging as picture quality does change some what. Its not a big bulking camera so handy if you don't have a lot of space. I would say its an ok camera and good for young people to use or old, if you not after an all singing all dancing this should be fine for the general user.

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              10.08.2008 16:44

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              There are better cameras for the money

              I bought this camera with the insurance money I received from a damaged Koday digital camera. This one has 8.3MP - fantastic I thought as the Kodak one only had 5MP, plus a host of extra features. I thought it would live up to its reputation that was proclaimed in various reviews and in the blurb in camera magazines. However I was wrong. On a very hot trip to Africa tha batteries (normal AA's) ran down very quick, the focusing was dependent upon good natural light - even with some cloud or dullness I was getting blurred shots. Additionally on Auto mode, the flash often fails to work in very dull or dark conditions. I was very happy with my old Kodak however I shall not share the same level of enthusiasm for the finepix A800 when I manage to save up to get enought money to buy a new one.

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              23.04.2008 22:24

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              not the best camera to buy

              I bought this camera for myself as it looked good, the spec was good and i looked it up on the computer and was always described as a great camera. I didnt know much about cameras at the time. It was a great camera for a while, the pics were great quality, it was easy to use and was handy to carry about with me ( i get snap happy so my camera goes everywhere with me). But then the lense started to stick!! I couldnt get it in focus and had to play about with it to get the lense to move. I took it back to the shop as it was still under warranty and they gave me a replacement. That was great until this one done the same thing again. This time it was sent back to the company to be fixed. A week or so later it came back working again but within a week it started to stick again. This time i wanted a different model of camera but this time they wouldnt replace it. i went through trading standards and ended up gettin a different model, this time it was a samsung which done the same thing, but thats another review!!

              Thanks for reading, i hope this review was useful. x

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