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I bought this camera in 2005 for just over £100. Having owned Fujifilm cameras before I liked that they were compact, lightweight, easy to use and took clear photos and this is very much of that ilk.
5 years on and I am still reasonably happy with it. Sure my friends were laughing when I brought it out on holiday recently but when I showed them the pictures they all commented on how good they were
- 5.2 mexapixel camera, as above the picture quality is great and you have all the usual features: red eye remover, flash settings, macro mode etc
- 3.4x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom (the zoom bar on the camera goes into the red to show you when you enter digital zoom...I assume this is red for "Danger! do not use as your pictures will be blurry")
- 320x240 video recording (with sound unlike earlier versions). This is a bit rubbish though, see criticisms below.
- 2 inch monitor on the back for viewing images
- An internal rechargeable battery. This is great, I have used the camera for 4 week trips and not needed to recharge it
- Webcam mode. The camera comes with its own base unit, you mount the camera in here, connect it to the pc via usb cable and you have your very own webcam. It works fine in msn but skype doesn't pick it up for some reason
- The metal lens covers automatically close when you turn the camera off. They often stick leaving you with no way of covering the lens
- You have a choice of standard, sepia or b&w images. If you put a sepia and a standard image side by side you will see no difference
- It's not good in low light conditions. More modern cameras will take a good picture early in the morning whereas this will give you a black smudge
- Video mode is poor. Fine if you stand still but if you move the top and bottom half of the image don't move at the same time. Also the mic at the back of the camera is great for picking up the voice of the person holding it but the voices of the people you are filming appear muffled. Lastly the zoom can only be set before you start recording. Once you start filming you can't zoom in or out
- In webcam mode you mount the camera in the base unit. This unit was designed in the days of CRT screens. You would put it on the top of the screen and the base is angled down towards your face. In the days of flat screens this is useless. It is too big to put on top of the screen and when it is on the desk it is angled down so anyone you talk to will just get an image of your belly
- You will need to buy a memory card for it. The 16mb card it comes with won't do more than 20 photos before it runs out