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Fujifilm Finepix J210

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Fujifilm Finepix J210 - Digital camera - compact - 10.0 Mpix - optical zoom: 5 x

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      09.11.2013 13:33
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      Decent, but not one I could heartily recommend.

      The Fuji J210 is a 10 megapixel digital camera, with a really smart brushed silver look to it.

      The features of the camera aren't anything spectacular, it is a basic mid-range digital camera with a fairly limited range of options, but then again I have never needed an option or shooting mode which wasn't available.

      Apart from a standard shooting mode (automatically detecting the optimum settings for the particular situation), there is the usual array of sports, portrait, night portrait, bright sunshine, party, landscape etc as well as a manual setting which allows you limited options to manually adjust your shooting settings - white balance, exposure compensation, ISO speed. Menus are fairly standard and easy to read on the screen and to navigate.

      In the main I always kept the camera on auto, and had good results, in fact excellent results in normal daylight, some really great, crisp landscape/views. The additional options which I tended to use from time to time were the flash on/off or auto, rapid-fire/continuous and also the camera has an easy to use and reliable self-timer option. There is also a 5x optical zoom on the camera, which is activated by a switch around the shutter button, its easy to adjust and whilst it's only a small zoom, it does give good results.

      I have upgraded from this camera because I had an issue with the lens sticking when the camera was switched on. This became annoying, but the camera still works fine after switching off and back on again, and so I keep it now for nights out when dropping or losing it wouldn't be the end of the world.

      The camera uses an SD memory card which clicks easily into place alongside the battery in a compartment on the bottom. The battery is rechargeable and is fully charged from flat in an hour or so and will last for a night out, but I will always charge before going out as it doesn't hold its charge brilliantly and also goes from 3-bars to empty in super quick time, not really enough or a slow enough warning in my opinion.

      The biggest disappointment with the camera is the flash. I never really get great shots with the flash other than at really close range. Plus, in the dark, the viewing screen at the back has no help with the light, and you can see very little of your subject - point, shoot and hope for the best! The camera I upgraded to is also a Fuji and I have the same issue with that one, so maybe it's something common to the brand.

      The camera is supplied with a cable to connect to a USB and also with photo editing software in CD format. I haven't used the software so can't comment on that, but all my laptops and PCs have picked up the camera immediately when connected, so downloading and saving photos has always been straightforward.

      In summary, this Fuji J210 is nothing too special, obviously a great gift to receive and a handy good looking camera, but I wasn't too upset when the lens fault forced me to buy a new one to take its place as my first choice pocket camera.

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