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I bought this camera from Argos on special offer for £60 down from about £100 and I did have high expectations because of the high price, megapixels and the good brand name - fujifilm. I have owned fujifilm cameras before, but never a 9mp before, so was excited to see what this camera had to offer.
This was my second digital camera and I had a good idea what to expect with it and how to use it. The camera doesn't have lots of buttons on the back, you can zoom in and out with a dial on the shutter button which I prefer to pressing a button, and it is in an ideal place right next to your index finger. The off/on button is located ontop of the camera and is quite small so you don't knock it by accident when trying to take a picture. You can turn the flash on or off and you can have it in different shooting conditions, but I've never used these, I've always just put it on or turned it off as I need it. You can change the camera settings by turning a dial on the back of the camera, there are several of these including the video camera, a shake-control which minimises blurring during motion photos, a soft one for children and others. The flash on the camera isn't really really bright so doesn't blind people when you take their picture unlike some cameras, although I do find it makes some of the people on my photo's get red-eye, even when it's on the red-eye reduction setting in the flash settings.
It's easy to find your pictures after you've taken them, you just press the play button and then scroll through them. You can also zoom into pictures you have taken which I like to see how your picture has turned out or to see if you've got everything on the picture that you wanted. It is easy to delete pictures as well, you just press the small button with a bin icon on it and then confirm it. It's a lot easier than my previous camera.
This camera can hold an SD card for additional memory that I'd definitely recommed you to buy because the camera's internal memory only holds about 7 pictures - very disapointing! I have a 2GB memory card in mine that hold loads of pictures and videos and it only cost about £7 on ebay. A definite necessity!
The camera itself takes 2 AA batteries to work which do tend to run out fairly fast, so I always recommend taking some out with you if you're going out for the day. I also recommend using re-charagable batteries to save going through lots of batteries - it's saved me an absoloute fortune.
The picture quality from this camera is very pleasing. 9.9/10 of the pictures are perfectly clear and bright and look great when they're on the bigger screen like the laptop. I find my shots, both portrait and landscape look really good, and I get lots of details in them. The video quality is also really good but the sound on the video isn't brilliant, Still - it is a camera, not a camcorder so I can't complain.
The camera is sleek and stylish in a nice silver colour that doesn't show the scratches hardly at all. I am really pleased with this camera, I've dropped it a good few times but the images or functionality of the camera hasn't been affected at all.
When you zoom, the image quality isn't quite as good, but it doesn't go too bad. This camera also isn't brilliant for taking close up images like for photography which is what my daughter tries with it. It doesn't seem to pick up on the really tiny details which is what you would want but it is brilliant for landscape or portrait pics.
The camera comes with a USB lead so you can put your pictures onto the computer with ease, and if you lose it, they're on ebay for £5.00 - Goodness, I'm like an ebay guru!
I'm gutted at the minute as I can't find my camera nowhere and haven't seen it for about a month, I really hope it turns up, if not I'll probably buy the same one again as I really miss having it around.
Overall, this camera is certainly worth the money and I'd definitely recommend it to others.
I picked one of these up as it was cheap but a reputable make. We needed one as an office camera for occasional publicity shots etc which it is great for.
It runs on AA batteries - on the positive side these are easily available so if you run out of power you aren't stuck if you can't recharge a specified battery, but on the downside they clearly last less time than a decent rechargeable battery.
Has a nice clear screen which seems OK even in bright light. It is easy and intuitive to use without having to delve into the instructions. Takes CD cards which are cheap and readily available - again useful if you are out and about and run out of space.
It is however bulkier than a lot of the newest models - compared to the Canon Ixus we have it feels very big and clunky even though it is still easily small enough to carry around in a pocket.
In general its a good camera if you can get it cheap but there are better smaller models around if you are prepared to pay more.
I first used one of these when it was loaned to me, and I must say it is a great little camera and I am in the process of buying my own. It takes very clear shots and has 9 megapixels which is good for the price. On the subject of price, it is reasonable as I have seen it as cheap as £35. It takes a range of different memory cards, which is convenient as I usually use and prefer SD. It comes with a very useful timer which is handy for group photos, it has a clear display to the rear for post shot viewing. A 4x optical zoom, allowing you to take clear up close photos without having to move forward all the time. Or zoom out if you want to take a nice panaramic shot. It is reasonably lightweight and would sit comfortably around your wrist via the strap if you were walking around and needed to quickly take some spare of the moment pictures. It is also very compact for fitting in a bag. Runs on AA batteries, which can be good for convenience if the battery runs out, or bad if your in middle of nowhere and want to take an umissable photo. In addition to photos you can also record small videos, the length of them varies on the remaining memory you have on your card. All round, a great little camera I'd say, and well worth the money