Product Type: Fuji digital cameras
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Fujifilm Finepix AX245W
Member Name: DD265
Fujifilm Finepix AX245W
Advantages: Easy to use, helps turn a rubbish picture taker into an OK photographer!
Disadvantages: Uses up batteries like nobody's business
I decided it was time to treat myself to a new camera and this one was on offer in Tesco. I've had it a couple of years now so at the time I think it was supposed to be £130, I got it for around £60.
I'm really not a very good picture taker but this camera really helps you out. It has a lot of features (probably including some I don't know how to use!) but I find it quite straight forward. Generally I have it set to automatic, meaning that the camera picks the best settings for me depending on what it thinks it is looking at.
My favourite photo is one of a dandylion - not the most glamorous of subjects but after a bit of whirring whilst the camera adjusted it's zoom and focus, we took the photograph and it came out really clear.
I get that a digital camera can take away some of the skill required but for me, that's OK! I want to be out there taking pictures, not sitting inside learning to use my camera. The great think about a Fujifilm camera is that a bit like Microsoft, once you learn one program (camera), you are reasonably familiar with them all. Of course some things change but generally, the button that takes you to the gallery on one, will take you to the gallery on another.
This camera can also take film which I really like. My old camera can only take 60seconds whereas this takes 15. I think that is a reasonable length of time, and the quality is OK too. I find it a bit hard to zoom in and out whilst keeping the camera steady though.
On the one hand, I like the fact that the camera is small and compact. On the other, I sometimes wish that everything were a little bigger to make one handed photography a bit easier. The smart answer would be to buy a little tripod!
My only beef with it really is the battery life. It seems to be absolutely dreadful! I'm using Duracell rechargeable batteries so not too expensive thankfully, but I have to make sure that I always have at least one spare set with me if I want to take more than a handful of snaps.
When connecting the camera to a PC to download your pictures, it can be a little slow to start (I blame my PC!) but the interface is really simple and easy to use.
A word of warning to anybody buying one though; I don't think that it comes with a camera case. Mine certainly didn't, and you'll want one to protect the LCD screen.
I do have a smart phone with a camera but this is definitely better. It's lightweight and easy to carry, just make sure that you keep some spare batteries lying around!
Summary: Good allrounder and nice and compact so you can take it anywhere.
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