Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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Fujifilm Finepix F60FD
Member Name: flutel
Fujifilm Finepix F60FD
Date: 22/07/10, updated on 22/07/10 (53 review reads)
Advantages: Lots of settings, good battery, portable
Disadvantages: Camera sometimes takes several seconds to focus and snap!
I have had this camera for over a year now so I am fairly familiar with it even though I am not a digital camera boffin.
I really like the size and the portability of this camera; it is small enough to slip into a small bag to take to all occasions and since I have had this camera, I have taken loads of pics and loaded them on Facebook - so I have a full record of my last year's activities. Also, the camera is fairly robust; I dropped it on the top of Helm Crag, in the rain, in the lakes and it was found by a walker and returned by post, to me in perfect working order.
In good light conditions, this camera can take good photos - but if the light is not the camera takes ages to focus; by the time the shutter snaps, the moment has gone. This has also happened to me when I have been trying to take close up shots on the Macro setting. I was snapping bees at work. Sometimes the camera would respond to my button-pressing and sometimes it just wasn't ready.
The camera has many settings and a 'scene recognition' setting (such as portrait or landscape, movie) where it will decide what you are snapping and adjust the fine tuning. This is easy - but I sometimes think that it does not take a good photograph, despite that. I prefer to use the natural light setting if I can. There is also a setting which will take a photo in natural light and then another a second or so afterwards with the flash . I am rarely satisfied with these snaps. The movie setting is fine for simple little movies - such as some Turkish dancers in a restaurant doing their stuff - but when I took some movies at a gig the sound quality was pants.
Recently, I took my camera to London to snap an event. My partner took a 35mm camera. I thought my pics were good until I compared them with those from the 35mm - which had much more depth. Unfortunately, the 35mm is a bit bulky to lug around.. Swings and roundabouts really
The battery life seems to be reasonable - and it is very easy to recharge the battery. The charger is light and slimline which enabled me to take it on holiday for recharging purposes; I was, therefore, never without my fully functioning camera.
The camera cost around £150 last year but on this page, as I write this, Amazon is offering the camera for much less.
I have mixed feelings about this camera. I have felt quite frustrated about it's ability many times, particularly as I have become more familiar with it over time. I have also taken some great pics. It took me ages to finally get a close-up picture of a bee on a shrub, that time - but when I did it was a good photograph with lots of detail.
Summary: I think of my camera as a bit of a lazy friend; I like it but iit is sometimes disappointing.
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