Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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Fujifilm Finepix A850
Member Name: SugarSpun
Fujifilm Finepix A850
Advantages: Cheap good quality beginners camera
Disadvantages: No viewfinder and a bit delicate
I've been reviewing my camera collection recently. I bought this little camera last February and it was £50, which at the time I thought was pretty good value for an 8MP camera. It's small and light and ridiculously easy to work - push ON, look at the display and press the button, and the auto settings do all the work.
It has 3x optical zoom and a slightly inferior digital zoom that's automatic in some of its modes. It has lots of modes, some of which I think are a bit ridiculous - does a beginner's camera really need a "candlelight" mode? But the comprehensiveness of it really does take away any guesswork; a beginner could scroll through the menu and find something to suit just about any eventuality.
The image quality of this camera is fantastic. Detail is sharp and clear, moving targets are compensated for so they don't blur (except when they're moving really fast!) and colour is bright and true. The pictures print really nicely too.
Battery life is good, I've been getting about seven hours out of it with reusable batteries (2 AA, nothing fancy). It lasted through a wedding from bride-walks-in to the after ceremony pictures to dinner to speeches to dancing and even to the bits where you hope everyone' batteries are dead. Excellent.
The thing I love most about this camera, though, is the movie quality. I was really surprised at how well this little compact takes film. The sound quality is a bit dodgy but the picture is really nice even on a bigger screen.
It does of course have downsides. It doesn't have a viewfinder, and I'd have liked one. Also, while a fall of less than three feet onto a tiled floor is never good for a camera, I didn't expect it to break the thing altogether!
Great beginners' camera but be a little bit gentle with it.
Summary: Recommended for beginners and movie-takers who aren't clumsy
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