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All in all, I like my Fujifilm camera. As a college student, I want something that takes good pictures of what will become good memories, and not much more. My one criticism in this respect is that the flash is often very slow to load, and sometimes the moment has passed by the time it has loaded.
However, I still don't feel any desire to upgrade. It takes good, clear pictures and has so many different settings and modes that there is nearly always a perfect one for what you wish to take a picture of (although I sometimes find it a little difficult to take good pictures of mountainous scenery with it, as a lot of the time everything appears a bit too dark).
The one completely flawless thing about this camera is its durability. I must confess, I am a very clumsy person. Within a week of buying this camera, it somehow became drenched - totally and completely drenched - in punch. However, when all the punch had been wiped off, it still worked perfectly, aside from a small blotch on the very corner of the screen. It has been dropped almost weekly for the two years I have owned it, and yet it still works perfectly. Also, it is a conventional size, so it is easy to buy a case for it. (A case did come with it, but I lost it within five minutes, and now have a much prettier alternative.) Also, the screen is very large and takes up most of the back of the camera - great for viewing things!
All in all, this camera is probably not the right choice for the photography enthusiast, but perfect for the average person like me, and especially perfect for clumsy people who spill things!
FujiFilm Finepix F480 (Finepix F480)
I bought the finepix F480 around a week ago and so it is one of the best cheap Digital Camera's I have ever bought! I bought it from a local Sainsburys for around £70. The camera also came with a free Fujifilm 2GB SD card.
Whats in the FujiFilm Finepix F480's box...
On the outside of the box on the top there is a picture of the camera drawn in white. And there are two logo's "FujiFilm" and "Finepix F480". And there is a title at the top right corner "Includes 2GB SD Card". On the Left, on the back and front there are more logo's "FujiFilm" and "Finepix F480". On the the right side of the box there is barcodes. On the bottom of the box there is information on the Fuji Finepix F480 in four different languages English, German, French and Spanish. Inside the box there is Instructions and Manuals in English, Chineese, German, Spanish and French. There is also underneath the manuals... A Fujipix Finepix F480 Digital camera, Digital Camera Strap, A FujiFilm FinePix F480 USB lead, Power Cord, Charging unit, AV Cables, FujiFilm Lithium Ion battery pack, Software Disc and a FujiFilm 2GB SD card.
Information on the FujiFilm Finepix F480...
The Finepix F480 is a 8.2 mega pixel Digital camera with 4x zoom. The camera takes SD and XD memory cards. The camera also takes a FujiFilm Lithium Ion Battery pack NP-40N. To charge the Digital Camera there is a charging cradle which comes with the camera. So you don't need to buy Duracell batteries. The Digital Camera also comes with a AV cable which means you can connet your Finepix F480 to almost any TV. My Finepix F480 is black and silver, I do know you can get it in silver too but I don't know if you can the camera in any other colours! The camera layout is exactly the same as all other Digital camera layouts! There is a 2.5 inch LCD screen also on the Finepix F480. The Digital camera menu is also the same as most digital camera's on the market. The camera does have a good flash and the Pictures and Movies are excellent.
Overall I think the FujiFilm Finepix F480 is a really good camera for a low price. It cost me £70 and it comes with a free 2GB SD Card. So you could say that the camera is £60 and the memory card is £10. I reccommend anyone who wants a good cheap Digital camera to buy the FujiFilm Finepix F480.
When it comes to Digital Camera's i'm completely inept. All I want to know is...Do they take good pictures? Are the buttons easy to figure out? Can some random person use it without that bewildered look on they're face, when I say "Hey can you take a picture of my friends and me?"
I got this camera "on sale" at Circuit City because the salesman told me I would have none of the above issues. I'm sad to say that he was a little off. The picture quality on the screen is well, to be nice i'd say "OK"....to be mean i'd say "crap".
The scrolling you have to do in order to access all the various extra functions is a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. I keep going on and on looking ....Do I press this to make it go into the detailed focus, or do I press this? Inexpliciably, I end up pressing the wrong key and have even erased some pictures on accident (eeek!).
I understand this is a "value" purchase and is not going to knock any professional picture takers socks off, but it should at least semi-impress an average Joe picture taker. The usb cable connection seems a little fickle, and the pictures themselves can come out blurry. The flash only seems to work during the daylight
Sidenote: Aren't flashes for darkness? I mean maybe i'm wrong but that's what I thought they were for??
In my humble opinion, I would only buy this if you found it at a garage sale, or on Ebay for about 10 bucks as a back up to your backup Digital Camera. In essence, it's 3rd or possibly 4th rate. =)
I have been happily using my Canon A95 since last 3 years. Then I used my brother's Fuji F480 when my canon batteries were flat during a birthday party. I am not a Fuji fan, but my first digital camera was 1.3 mp fuji axia 100, and quality of fuji axia was quite acceptable. So I thought that this new 8mp F480 should be bit better than this.
To my horror, it is pathetic camera. Someone would buy this only for its deceptive looks and style. Otherwise it is very poor at doing its primary job - Taking pictures effectively.
To start with its strong point. It is very good looking camera with think sleek style. LCD view screen is also very crisp and clear. All the good stuff ends here.
This camera is very slow. It takes 3-4 seconds to save picture in to proprietory memory stick, and then becomes available for next picture. During taking actual shot, the shutter lag time is 1 second, which is horrible. Flash is very weak and focusing is not perfect.
On viewing part, navigation menu is not very user friendly. There is no options for thumbnail page navigation, and all you have to do is press "back" button to browse through all 300-400 pictures one by one. Regarding thumbnail page navigation, on Canon (and other good cameras), you can view 9 thumbnail picture on the screen at a time, thus you can skip through 9 pictures at a time if you are searching through large collection.
Apart from that, it uses properietory rechargable batteries. So if battery is flat, buy single-use camera on the trip. I prefer AA batteries.
I would never touch Fuji, escpecially F series, and wouldn't recommend to anyone.