Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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Fujifilm Finepix J28
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Fujifilm Finepix J28
Date: 29/09/10, updated on 29/09/10 (84 review reads)
Advantages: good quality point and shoot camera
Disadvantages: not brilliant in low light
The J28 is a compact digital camera with a 10mp resolution and 2.7 inch screen and 3* zoom. As well as those main specs it hosts a wealth of extra features including facial recognition, the ability to shoot movies, panoramic scene shooting and the ability to both manually change the settings or allow the camera to use its brains to pick the best settings for you.
The J28 is small enough to slip into a handbag for a day out and the camera itself is solidly made. The rechargeable battery has a really impressive life easily lasting for several days of holiday snaps between charges, the camera can either be charged via a USB lead or the supplied wall charger. The camera can support a micro SD which slots in and out easily which is essential as the internal memory holds less than half a dozen pictures.
The J28 offers a wide array of shooting modes including portrait, landscape, party, baby, night, snow, beach and flower and has the ability to shoot in macro or close up mode. The menu to switch between modes is easy to master and use and it only takes a few seconds to switch between modes. I have found that I get superior results by setting the mode myself rather than allowing the camera to choose the settings automatically for me.
The LCD screen is almost the full size of the back of the camera and the screen clarity is fantastic when taking and viewing pictures. The problem with the screen is the fact that you cannot see it in bright sunlight and so I just randomly point and click. I have tried to shield the screen using my hands but as long as it has light shining in its direction it is impossible to use.
The J28 is capable of taking some amazingly good pictures, the best pictures I have taken are in natural light or both people and animals and landscapes where the colours have been clean and crisp and the amount of detail amazing. The close up mode produces amazing detail and the baby mode softens the pictures and is also very handy for tasking pictures of kittens! I have had some disappointing results in both low light outdoors and also indoors the colours don't always seem right. The party and night modes don't seem to sort those problems out and sometimes in party mode the flash can leave the subjects looking a bit washed out. The zoom works really well both on screen and in the finished picture without reducing image quality at all.
The panoramic scene shooting mode confused me at first. What it lets you do is to take three photographs of a scene in succession and then the camera joins them together to form a wide picture. In order for this to work you have to line up the three pictures as closely as possible before shooting and then the camera reorganises them. I have found this feature does not work at all, I tried several times to take panoramic shots of Alnwick castle for example and none of them worked out with the joins being obvious and the pictures not lining up properly. I have not used all of the modes, I have no idea if fireworks or snow modes are any good or if the facial recognition makes a difference but I expect that will be true of most camera users.
The digital camcorder is adequate enough, you are never going to get professional quality home movies from a compact camera but my daughter has shot a few short movies of herself and her friends and the playback has been of a good enough quality to put onto YouTube and the sound has been nice and clear too.
The manual is over 100 pages long and is downloaded onto your computer, having said that I have only needed to use it once or twice as the controls on the camera are so intuitive. I don't really like the Fuji photo software that is used to transfer photos as it is very basic with no editing software so now I insert the micro SD card into a reader and open the drive and copy the pictures directly over to my pictures folders.
I have enjoyed owning and using my Fujifilm J28 camera over the past few months, for the price you pay I doubt if you can find a better point and click camera. I do want to upgrade to a better quality camera now though because of the limitations experienced in low light conditions and because I want to take some more adventurous photos. Having said that I will be more than happy to pass my J28 on to my daughter as an easy to use and high quality compact camera.
Summary: a good point and shoot camera
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