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Now I received one of these for christmas, and my first impressions were great. As you pull it out of the box, it's a great looking camera. The buttons are clearly labelled and you can see that it's made from some real tough stuff.
At the end of the day, it is a budget camera and great value for money. The pictures are relatively clear, except for in dark conditions where the colours seem to contrast, even with the flash.
I am glad it came with optical zoom, as the image does not become pixelated although this feature does not seem to work whilst in video mode.
Amazon are doing a great deal at £90, however you will need to buy yourself an SD card (I recommend a SDHC card - loads more room) and some sort of carry case to keep the camera safe. Like I said, the camera is pretty tough but screens are easily breakable.
In short, you get what you pay for. Compared to the other point and click cameras I have used, this is definitely great value for money, however there are a million other cameras with this target audience. Just remember to buy to buy those accessories!
I've had this camera for close on 6 months now. For a price tag of under £100 for a 10 megapixel point and shoot camera, this is an absolute bargain! The camera shoots very good quality photos and is amazingly easy to use and user friendly.
The 5x optical zoom is very good quality even at full zoom. The one drawback which I don't like about the camera is the fact that you can't zoom in or out while capturing video. It is possible to zoom fully out and then start capturing video and it will video on maximum zoom, but you can't change the zoom during capture. This isn't really anything major but it is pretty annoying.
The camera is connected via USB to the computer to copy pictures over and Fujifilm has provided a special program which automatically downloads when you plug it in, and then lets you view all of your photos together by date. To be fair I find it easier to drag and drop, but this is still simple.
The camera doesn't come with a memory card, so you have to buy your own. I bought a 4gb card which has been plenty of space for the ammount of photos which I have taken. The camera comes with a mains charger for charging, which fits most normal 3 plug sockets.
I would advise people to get a screen protector and a case for the camera, which will decrease it's chances of breaking, but if it does break it is covered by a atleast a 6 month warrenty by Fujifilm.
It has a sleek and stylish design and looks very attractive to the eye.
One word of warning, if you turn the camera on via the button beside the screen, to view your pictures, be very careful when turning the camera off. If you go to press the button on the top of the camera and get the wrong button, which is very easy to do, you click the Take picture button instead, the camera will go from Viewing your picture mode, into taking a picture mode, which means the lens will come out. On countless times, I have been viewing my pictures, holding the camera face up in my hand, the lens has come out, pushing against my hand. I'm not sure to what extent it will damage it, but it's worth being careful.
The camera has a wide variety of shooting settings; Anti-shake, Baby mode, Red eye reduction, Digital zoom, Portrait, Scenic (Manual, Landscape, Sport, Night, Natural Light, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Sunset, Flowers, Party, Museum and Text.), Video mode and Automatic.
The camera also has the option to count down before taking the photo, with a 10 second countdown or a 2 second count down. There is a Macro option, on/off, which is good for taking close-up photos. The flash options are Auto, Forced and Suppressed, which can be changed via a button to the right of the screen.
The battery life is pretty good, being able to take atleast 300 photos each charge, I may have got more out of it but I don't really take notice. You can buy spare batteries from Fujifilm. Be AWARE that if you buy spare batteries on Ebay that aren't the Fujifilm make, it may invalidate your warrenty. If you were to use a battery that wasn't Fujifilm in the camera, and it leaked or exploded, you wouldn't be able to claim warrenty on it.
Overall I think that the camera as a whole is very good for the price tag, packed with nearly everything you would expext from a point and shoot camera. If you want a proffesional camera then you should buy a proper proffesional camera, if you want to buy a point and shoot camera for leisure use, this is a very good option.