Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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Fujifilm Finepix A850
Member Name: loulou22
Fujifilm Finepix A850
Advantages: Looks good. Takes nice photos.
Disadvantages: Eats battery power.
Fujifilm FinePix A850 Digital Camera
I bought my Fujifilm FinePix A850, 8 mega pixel, digital camera back in 2009 from Tesco at a bargain price of just £49.95. My reason for this purchase was as simple as I wanted a digital camera with more mega pixels than my previous Kodak Easy Share 3 mega pixel camera and this one was a reasonable price.
== The Fujifilm FinePix A850 ==
Firstly, I am not very 'tech minded' in the sense of knowing the detailed specs of things so this review will be from a 'me' point of view and detail the parts of the camera that I do understand and made regular use of before I unfortunately managed to break this camera.
The Fujifilm FinePix A850 which I owned was a dark greeny/grey in colour which was described on the box as 'Gun Metal', it wasn't the nicest of colours but at the same time it did look quite good. It is also available in silver and black. Out of the three colours I would say that the silver looks the best.
The front of the camera is ok looks wise, for me it was a little too square looking and this made it look rather chunky. The lens takes up around half of the front of the camera. There is flash light located at the top of the camera next to the lens and underneath the lens in the bottom right corner there is a small round light which blinks orange when you use the self timer.
The reverse of the camera is taken up mainly by the large viewing screen and to the right of the screen are a number of buttons which are used for navigating around the menus and changing settings. There is also a zoom button which is really easy to use and can be used when both taking or viewing photographs.
The top of the camera has a power button and the button you press to take a photo and the bottom of the camera has the battery compartment with the memory card slot and some information about where the camera was made.
The camera came with 2 non rechargeable AA batteries which lasted all of 5 minutes, a full written instruction booklet as well as a CD for use in the PC, I have not used this though as I have a net book laptop with no CD drive. A USB cable for transferring files was also included.
== Taking a Photo ==
Ok, obviously the main use of a camera is for taking a photo, so lets take one.
Firstly you need to turn the camera on using the power button on the top. The first time you turn the camera on, you will be automatically prompted to set the date and time once this is done you are ready to take your first photo. Should the clocks change or you haven't used the camera for a long time you can manually adjust the date and time in the menu settings.
I bought this camera literally only a couple of hours before a night out with friends, so I was really pleased with how quick and easy it was to set up and start using. Once the date and time settings are done the camera really is as simple as 'point and click' as the rest of the settings will be set to Auto until you modify them yourself.
It's been a while since my first photo with this camera, however knowing me it probably would have been of Izzie my dog and then closely followed by the photos of the night out a few hours later. While I had this camera I know I took many photos of Izzie and one thing I did notice was in most of the photos her eyes looked kind of like they were glowing a funny greenish colour or failing that they had the typical 'red eye' effect from the flash. At the time that I bought this camera Izzie was only a puppy and had a complete lack of ability to stay still (she still does now!) but this was a good test for the movement and blurriness. The results of Izzie's movements were varied... if I took photos of her in a decent light, say in the park, the pictures would come out reasonably clear with only a slight blur around her wagging tail, however, if I took pictures of her running around the house in artificial light they seemed to blur more often than not and also the colours often seemed more vivid than they actually were in real life, Izzie is a black and tan spaniel and would sometimes end up looking like a black dog with Wotsits for eyebrows!
I also enjoy taking photos of scenery especially in Sutton Park or when I have been away on holiday. Most of the time I have been pleased with the quality of these photos, however I do find that if the battery power is starting to run low then the quality of the photos can be quite badly affected. I think this is the bad point of having AA batteries rather than a lithium battery for this camera.
There is a self timer option on the camera which is easily selected from the menu screen with the buttons on the reverse. I didn't really use this option much as I could never find somewhere level to stand the camera or if I could I was worried someone might grab it and run off it we were in a public area. For those of you with a tripod there is a little hole on the bottom of the camera to fit it to one. Using self timer you have the option of 3, 5, or 10 seconds before the photo is taken. I think 10 seconds is probably the best amount of time as 3 and 5 seconds I think you would have to really rush to get into position! Once set, you simply need to press the button for taking photos, this will activate the countdown which is shown by an orange blinking light in the bottom right corner of the camera, after the selected amount of seconds the light will blink faster and the photo will be taken. The camera will then return to its normal settings.
The Fujifilm FinePix A850 is a 8 mega pixel digital camera, however the number of mega pixels can be adjusted in the menu area and taken down to as low as just 1 mega pixel. The zoom on the camera is good, but not brilliant, the picture stays really clear and sharp to a certain point, but if you zoom in to the maximum the image does become distorted and not so clear.
There is the option of having the date and time in the corner of your photos, but personally I prefer to have this turned off and just right click on 'properties' on the computer instead if I need to see exactly when a photo was taken.
The camera requires 2 AA batteries to operate. From personal experience I would strongly recommend rechargeables as they last longer between charges and will also cost you less in the long run. On the rare occasion, i.e.: emergencies, I have used regular batteries, but I found the camera just ate the power from them. I remember I used Duracell batteries and literally managed to take about 3 photos before they died. This camera does use batteries quite fast even if they are rechargeable and for this reason I would have preferred the camera to use a lithium battery instead.
There was no memory card included with my camera so I had to buy one separately. The memory of the camera without an additional card is small and only holds around 5 photos depending on the pixel size you have selected.
== Other Information ==
When I got the camera it came complete with a USB cable for connection to the computer, however, I haven't used my USB cable as I have a memory card slot on my laptop and I find really quick and simple to use this instead as my past experience of USB cables is that they can take a while to connect and sometimes not work, so I simply take the easy option with this camera and use the memory card slot instead.
The camera is tough and admittedly I did put it through a lot when I had it. It went on various holidays as well as many nights out and it survived a few accidental drops on the floor, it even survived sliding around in the glove compartment in the car a few times, however the end of the line for this camera actually came when I had it in my pocket along with my mobile phone and my phone pressed into the LCD screen on the back and cracked it. Pretty careless to put them in the same pocket in the first place I know, but accidents happen. After this I managed to take a few more holiday snaps as I was on holiday at the time, but without the use of the viewing screen it was hard to see what I was actually getting pictures of and as a result the camera ended up on eBay for spares or repairs!
I cannot give you the exact camera dimensions as I no longer have it here to hand, however it was definitely the ideal size to take everywhere with you and fitted very comfortably into my jeans pocket although I don't recommend putting your phone in with it!
== Problems ==
Other than the few problems I have already mentioned with the colour in certain lights and the blurry photos when the battery power is low I didn't really experience any other problems with the camera. I always found it to be reliable and quick to respond to the push of the button and I'm sure that I would still be making full use of it now if I hadn't broken the screen.
== Price ==
I bought my camera in 2009 in Tesco for £49.95 which at the time I thought was a great price. I haven't seen it available in there for a while now and I do take a regular look at the cameras as for some reason I have a little fascination with them! It can still be found on Amazon for around £52. (January 2012).
== Overall ==
Overall would recommend the Fujifilm FinePix A850. I used to take it everywhere with me, it is lightweight and although it looks quite chunky it is actually reasonably slim. It fits nicely into pockets without causing any discomfort at all. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a small, decent camera, but if you don't want the hassle of being prepared with charged batteries or you are going somewhere that you wont have the facilities to charge your batteries then I wouldn't recommend this for you. It is performs well when the batteries are fully charged although it does get through them quite fast so always have some spare ones ready!
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: A nice little camera for really nice photos
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