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I was brought this for my birthday a couple of years ago and found it to be a very handy camera for taking out on nights out and because it was easy to carry on day trips. Many moments were captured with this product until I lost it! Luckily I had saved all the images. It is certainly a camera I would recommend for the following reasons.
First of all it has 10 megapixels. Now this gives very clear and concise images. If you are a photographer you might argue that you can get a higher resolution camera for the same price but really most of us like me cannot tell the difference.
It has a variety of functions which enable you to take pictures instantly. Also it has a good flash and you can review your picture instantly by pressing the green back key. You can then scroll though the pictures quickly too by keeping your finger on the button to take it forward or backwards. This saves time because you don't have to keep pressing it.
Another feature I like is the fact that you can zoom in or out and even after the picture is taken you can zoom in or out to crop it. This gives you more of a chance of getting that perfect snap. I have found it useful for editing out any random people so I can upload it onto my social network site.
Because it is small it fits easily into your pocket and no one will notice you have it. It stores lots of images which you can send to your computer easily via the memory card or the USB lead. This very easy to use.
The downside is the price. Although this was a gift I understand it retails at anything from 100-£120 and you can probably find one a bit cheaper than that with other gizmos to it.
However if you are just looking for a camera for nights out and portable so you can snap away at your mates. Something which is not too bulky and you can have lots of fun with then you can do no harm in buying this.
For a relatively inexpensive camera, the Fuji FinePix J250 has some surprising features stowed away in that little casing, such as digital/sensor shift Image Stabilization, Face Detection, Scene Recognition and a whopping great 3" LCD screen. The 5x optical zoom gives a focal range of 5.1 - 25.5mm, or 28 - 140mm in 35mm equivalent terms, which is great for a wide range of situations, and there is Continuous Shooting, albeit it at a lowly rate of 1.4fps.
It is not as small and compact as some of the small compacts on the market but at 92mm (3.6in) x 58mm (2.3in) x 23mm (0.9in), it will slip into your pocket with the same ease as a cigarette packet, and it weighs in at 151g (5.3oz).
The appearance is sleek and smart, sporting a round-shouldered, brushed-metal casing. I haven't seen it in any other colour than black but the black looks great.
Resolution is 10 megapixels at an image size of 3648 x 2736 (4:3 ratio) and other available resolutions are 3648 x 2432 (3:2), 2592 x 1944 (4:3), 2048 x 1536 (4:3), 1600 x 1200 (4:3), and 640 x 480 (4:3), with video recording at 640 x 480 and 320 x 240 (both 30 frames per second AVI, which is a little greedy on storage space).
The usability options for the user are limited but there is a Program AE mode, adjustable ISO setting, and 15 preset scene modes. Having said that, it takes good pictures when left to its own devices, so why interfere?
The menus are simple and colourful, being very reminiscent of those on the FinePix S1500, and, because there aren't that many options to choose from, you shouldn't get lost.
There is around 23MB of internal memory and both SD and SDHC cards are accommodated so with an image size of around 5MB at maximum resolution, you can store around 4 images in the camera and about 1600 on an 8GB card. The battery is rechargeable Li-Ion type, good for around 150 shots between full charges.
Playback is again simple, providing single-image, multi-image and thumbnail views, and allowing easy deletion, slideshow view, trimming, rotating and red-eye processing.
It comes with a USB cable for uploading images but unfortunately it does not come with an AV cable (does anyone ever use the anyway? I have a drawer-full!) so you will have to buy your own if you want to see your masterpieces on the telly.