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This is my first digital camera, bought 3 or 4 years ago after a long wait for one! I was drawn to this particular camera by the overall small size but generous display screen, the 9MP (about the highest available when I purchased) and the easy to use functions. It also looks good and I managed to negotiate a fabulous price with extras from Currys. I have no plans to replace it whatsoever. The pictures this camera takes are brilliant, clear and the colours are excellent. The macro and manual zoom functions give rise to brilliant pictures when used carefully. The raw photographs are huge in physical size, and always need electronically resized before anything is done with them, which allows for very good clarity.
The display can be changed easily, having many options. The menus are also very easy to navigate and understand. The actual controls are well labeled and the lay out is great, rarely do I press the wrong button when doing something! The modes are selected by turning a wheel-like button and include anti-shake (reduces blur, good for on the move shots), natural light (for retaining natural ambience without flash), portrait (enhances skin tones and softens overall), landscape (gets the clearest scenic shot possible), movie (self explanatory really!), auto (camera uses the best options based on environment), manual (as auto but with several manual overrides), and natural + flash (takes 2 continuous shots with one press of the button, one with flash and one without). It also boasts face recognition technology (which you can turn off), though if you are not photographing people, the 'faces' it recognises are often good for a laugh! Brightness of the display screen is also easily changed to suit.
The way I use this camera I generally leave it in auto mode, occasionally I need to turn off the flash. I also use the macro a lot. The manual zoom (a slide bar located around the shutter button) can be used to get excellent pictures of far away subjects. When you use it, you will see a bar appear on the display screen; up to the half way point on this bar, so long as you keep your hands very steady you can get fantastically clear pictures. After this point however, quality does start to deteriorate, but there is the odd lucky shot that turns out rather well. I found this function very useful at safari parks and the like, where your subject won't necessarily 'get into pose' for you. Of course a more talented photographer may make all the difference!
I have also found this camera to be very robust. I no longer have a case for it and although I do treat it carefully it is often lying around in the bottom of my handbag, and so far (touch wood) it has not suffered for having no extra protection! The battery (rechargeable) holds its charge very well, and under regular use lasts a very long time, in my experience. Charging times are also very fast, with the battery being fully charged usually in 2 or 3 hours. It shuts off automatically when not in use which is good for conserving battery life. Duplicate/replacement batteries can also be found on a certain auction site for very reasonable prices. The camera has an attached lanyard with a movable toggle that I particularly like. This allows you to tighten it on your wrist which will stop it falling off without having to hold the camera (though I usually do, I have many great photographs taken in a split second, so I'm always ready to snap when I see them). There is an internal memory but you will be needing an SD card. In my experience, picture size is 2.2Mb upwards.
Overall, I would thoroughly recommend this in general, but largely as a first digital camera. It is easy to use (in the main, I am too impatient to read manuals, I just have a play about and figured this out pretty fast), gives you excellent pictures, and well priced. Don't forget to have a haggle (yes you can in major shop chains), you're going to need an SD card and a case of course ;)
I've had this camera for a few years now and am very happy with it and have no immediate plans to replace it.
For the average person who just wants to take a few snaps and maybe some family or holiday pictures this camera is perfect. It has 9 megapixels, and while some newer models have up to 12 I think 9 is more than adequate and am very happy with the quality of images from this camera, particularly its capture of colors.
The auto features and modes are very useful, including portrait, night, landscape etc. The face detection and anti blur features are really handy for quick snapshots. There are also just enough manual control options available to give a little wriggle room in getting the results you want.
I haven't used the video function much, as I have a separate video camera but when I have its been easy to use and the results have been fine for viewing either on the camera or on a small computer screen, they probably wouldn't work so well on a huge TV though!
I think the only real problem with this camera is that the original memory is so tiny you really do have to buy a memory card straightaway. I think that this issue is very common with this level of camera though so I wouldn't be too put off by that.
My finepix F47fd has been around the world, on top of mountains, in deserts, blizzards and smoggy cities, its been clunked about in the bottom of bags and its been dropped and got wet more times than I can remember and its still working great. Its definitely a hard wearing, durable little camera.
I purchased this camera from currys a little while ago, it had a good spec. (I mainly liked the sound of 9 megapixels), was a decent price and felt pretty lightweight, so I thought I would give it a go.
- 9 mega pixels
- Images are JPEGs and Movies are AVI which is a very handy format especially if you want to upload them to your computer
- 25MB of internal memory which means you need to fork out £15 for an XD memory card
- A wid erange of shooting modes including portrait, landscape, day, night and many others
- Other features = IR communication, face detection, blur resistant and other useful features.
This camera is a very handy camera, it has some great features with it and in my experience the pictures are always clear and of good quality. Uploading pictures and videos is easy as there is a USB cable included plus you get a CD for your computer to edit images along with other tools. You also get a cable that plugs into your TV so you can watch your videos and images right on your TV which I think is a nice etra feature.
The only problem with this camera is the very small original memory, this means you need to pay at least £15 for a XD memory card, other than that this is a very good camera for the average photo taker (holiday snaps e.t.c.)