Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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Fujifilm Finepix AX350
Member Name: shirleyleunicorn
Fujifilm Finepix AX350
Date: 25/06/12, updated on 28/05/13 (75 review reads)
Advantages: Takes attractive photos, brilliant price
Disadvantages: A little chunky, uses AA batteries
A few years back, who would have thought that they could buy a decent 16 megapixel camera for under a hundred pounds? Not me, certainly, but yet nowadays, with technology advancing and advancing, there are many different brands and types of cameras you can choose from within quite a low price range. I wanted something that could take good quality photos with a decent amount of megapixels... and all this for the cheapest price possible.
What caught my eye immediately was the Fujifilm Finepix range. I had many friends who owned Fujifilm cameras, and they were very pleased with the results they received from their cameras, and recommended them to me because of the attractive picture quality (I noticed that Fujifilm cameras do tend to give photos a more pleasing effect, even if the amount of megapixels is not that high). I pretty much trusted the Fujifilm brand; I had owned several of its old analogue film cameras which gave pleasing results every time. To top this all off, Fujifilm Finepix cameras are some of the cheapest cameras you can buy from the market nowadays, compared to the other big brands out there for example Olympus and Panasonic.
The Recommended Retail Price on Amazon for the Fujifilm Finepix AX350 is £89.99, very cheap for a 16mp camera; other brands may charge you well over a hundred pounds for this. I caught this on a very good sale, at a little under £60 last year, and so I was very pleased with my bargain buy- a 16mp camera for £60, who would've thought? Currently, there is a sale on this camera (but only for the silver colour) for £76.48- not a bad deal at all; if you are looking for a cheap but good camera then I would say go for it whilst it is still this cheap!
The Amazon page offers this camera in either red or silver; I chose silver because it just has more of a timeless feeling if you know what I mean, and besides, if the paintwork chipped, red would look horrible. I was not really sure about the quality of these cameras before buying, so I decided that I should play it safe.
The build of this camera is lightweight, but robust. At first, it feels too light to be a credibly good camera, but after surviving being dropped repeatedly (no, I am not the most careful of people) and being sat on without so much as a noticeable scratch, I think that this Fujifilm has more than proved its worth. It is very light and portable- you can slip it in your pocket and start shooting whenever you feel the time is right. It also a little chunkier than your average compact camera, but not by much at all; it has a rather sophisticated design that makes the exterior of the camera look attractive.
Though this camera is robust, I would still buy a case for it to be on the safe side; this will protect it from nasty bumps and scratches.
With 16mp, it takes dazzlingly clear photographs, that can be zoomed in quite a lot on the computer without being the slightest bit blurry. It also takes attractive photos too, with portraits and scenery alike, unlike some other high megapixel cameras which tend to focus on the unattractive aspect of your pictures. The photos are hardly very blurry, and you can take nice videos as well. You can capture your everyday life in crystal clear precision with this camera.
There are many functions and settings you can set your camera as. A favourite of mine is the panoramic mode, which can give some really cool effects! The navigation buttons may be a little tricky to understand at first but soon you get used to them and can navigate around without thinking twice. Sometimes you have to press down harder than usual on the big shutter button to take the actual picture.
The main problem about this camera that may stop you from wanting to buy it (but, as you can see, I can live with it and it has not stopped me!) is that instead of having an internal rechargable battery that you remove, charge and replace, this one requires AA batteries, which may cost you more as you have to continually throw away and replace your batteries. If you go on holidays, you will have to carry spare batteries around with you. This could be seen as not very economically friendly, but nowadays it is not very hard to buy cheap but good quality batteries. I regularly buy mine from the pound store, which can save me quite a bit of money. An alternative would be to buy rechargeable AA batteries, which could save you quite some money.
If you are looking for a cheap good quality camera, then this is the one for you. It may have its slight faults, but what do expect from something this cheap? I think this is great value for money, and I would give it a well deserved 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
Summary: Lovely budget camera!
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