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The fujifilm finepix J27 is what I would term a 'budget' digital camera - in the shop I work in we sell it for £89 and that includes a camera case and a 1gb memory card, presumably it can be bought from other places for a similar price/deal.
- 3x optical zoom (standard for the price)
- 2.7" LCD
- lithium ion battery
There are two buttons on the top of the camera - namely the shutter and power (on/off), additional buttons are on the back of the camera and to the right of the LCD screen. Adjustments are intuitive with buttons being clearly labelled and the different shooting modes are accessed through the menu button.
One of the shooting modes is 'panorama' this gives a ghost image on the LCD so you can line up the next photo to take with the end of the last one, which means you don't have to guess at where the last image finished and also means you have a better ability to shoot a panoramic image without a tripod. However when you've taken the 3 photos required to create a panoramic image the camera will automatically stitch these together and the stitching can be a bit 'sloppy' even if you've lined up your shots pretty accurately.
Internal memory is only big enough for two photos at the highest quality setting, but this is still more useful than none at all!
On the macro function you can focus from about 10cm which seems decent but is quite alot further away than other compact camera's, some of which can focus from as little as 1-2cm away from the subject. However this should not be an issue for most people and is not something that would put me off purchasing this camera unless I was planning for the majority of my shots to be macro images.
In terms of in camera adjustments - you can set the self timer for between 2 and 10 seconds and the LCD can be brightened to suit depending on light conditions. However there are no manual shooting modes and ISO is not manually adjustable which could be a negative for some. In essense this camera is designed as a real point and shoot - it's the sort of camera you're likely to buy if you want something which is cheap and makes almost all the shooting decisions for you.
Unfortunately the auto focus is not brilliant - sometimes the camera thinks it is focused when it is not thus leaving you with out of focus images and occassionally it fails to find a point of focus (constantly hunting for one) even in fair light conditions. This does mean that the camera would be next to useless for shooting sport events or anything where it needs to be quick off the mark.
As for quality - photos are decent with accurate colour rendition, butr images can feel a bit flat in indoor lighting conditions. The movie function (640) is also of fair quality with good colour and no focus fluctuation, but you cannot zoom whilst recording. At the end of the day this camera isn't going to win any awards for image or video quality, but it is adequate for the everday shooter for whom perfect quality isn't the be all and end all and who is on a restricted budget.
The camera body is plastic with a gloss finish which looks nice but does unfortunately attract fingerprints. You can also probably see from the photo accompanying this review that the glass of the lens isn't located in the middle of the zoom which does look a little odd. The camera is also nicely compact and would easily fit in most people's pockets, it's surprisingly weighty for its size however it isn't heavy.
Overall this is a very decent camera for the price - it performs to a satisfactory level, looks quite nice and doesn't break the bank. I would recommend purchasing it if you want a simple to use point and shoot. Don't buy this camera if you want more manual options or need very high image quality levels.