Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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The camera that changed my mind about point and shoots
Fujifilm Finepix AV250
Member Name: Nepenthe
Fujifilm Finepix AV250
Advantages: Crisp, high-resolution photographs, low price, good motion sensing
Disadvantages: Internal memory sometimes faulty, no lanyard included
I was given the Fujifilm Finepix AV250 upon the unfortunate breakage of my previous camera, a General Electric point and shoot. For some years, I'd yearned for a "proper camera", but this camera has showed me that you can achieve quality photography with a humble point and shoot.
The Fujifilm Finepix AV250 is a little silver camera - also available in a shiny black - fronted by a 3x zoom lens, a flash bulb, and simple "Fujifilm" branding. The opposite side holds a large glossy screen, zoom controls, mode buttons, including playback/review, timer, macro, and flash controls, and navigation buttons for traversing the firmware's various menus. The bottom has a tripod socket and a cover for two AA batteries and a SD or SDHC card. Mine cost around £50, so I was completely unprepared to discover such a good camera.
The AV250 is a surprisingly light camera, but not so much that it runs the risk of dropping from your hand! It doesn't, incidentally, come with a lanyard or strap, so I do sometimes fear for its safety when leaning over high drops. It takes photographs up to 16MP, and stores them to a SD card. It apparently has some internal memory, but I suspect that mine is faulty, as it saves only to SD cards - that isn't really a problem for me, however, as I have plenty of SD cards, and your experience of what seems to be a one-off production error may vary.
The camera's flash can be quite harsh, but it can be deactivated using the circular button set on the side facing one's face. This button's neighbour governs macro mode. Other modes, such as portrait (softer colours) and night (slower shutter), can be reached via the menu button.
The menu button also allows access to things such as ISO, white balance, and exposure compensation. Incidentally, there isn't very fine-tuned control over white balance - it's limited to several named, preset options, such as "natural" and "fine" - but it isn't too much of an issue for me. You can also choose resolution here, as well as image quality - I recommend "fine" to realise the full potential of this camera.
Your nice, shiny, crisp captured photos can be reviewed by hitting the button with a little play symbol, but the HUD sadly covers up much of the picture and you can't get a very good idea of what exactly you've taken until you transfer the pictures to your computer.
The motion sensor deserves a special mention - in some point and shoots, the blurring can be horrible, but, despite my fervent attempts to wave things in front of this camera and produce some unsightly blur for testing reasons, I can't squeeze any out of it.
For £50, I expected a camera similar to my previous. What this is is a powerhouse of the point and shoot world. The images it produces are dazzling, features such as face detection and automatic programming have yet to fail me, and it's very intuitive to use. I give this camera an easy five stars.
Summary: A fantastic point and shoot
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