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I bought this camera a little over a year ago. It was the first digital camera that I'd ever owned, normally I use my phone. I bought it from Asda where it was £60 so it was very cheap compared to the £119.00 that it is supposed to cost everywhere else.
My camera came in a shiny black, it came with a CD for the software, a charger and a USB cable. The camera is very small and lightweight. It has all the usual things you would expect it to have such as flash and zoom. The camera is 12.2 megapixels and it gives clear definition. There aren't too many settings to fiddle about with like on a high end camera so it is very easy to use. However, you can give your pictures different effects using the features on the camera.
The zoom is pretty good and it still gives you a clear picture. I have taken quite a few pictures with this camera and they have all turned out brilliantly. It is very easy to transfer your pictures over from your camera and onto the computer. The camera comes with a strap so that you can have the camera around your wrist so you don't lose it.
Overall, I would recommend this camera because it has taken some fantastic shots. It was most definitely worth the money I paid for it and more.
This camera was purchased from Amazon in 2009 for around £100. The box included; The camera, a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and charger, a wristband, mini USB data cable, manuals and PC software.
The camera has a strong build quality although being made of plastic, and the black glossy finish is very pretty. The screen is bright, detail and works well in all lighting conditions, which is good as this camera does NOT have a view finder.
The wrist strap works well for keeping the camera save while taking pictures, this is extremely handy as the camera does not come with any sort of case or cover.
The rechargeable battery has a short life between charges and after not many uses i have found it to not hold its charge was well as i would hope. The charger is a standard UK plug format and plugs straight into the camera. This works well however, you can not charge through the USB cable, although it plugs into the save port on the camera.
I have never used the camera software that was included as my computer automatically reads the camera as a removable disk. This acts in the same way as a USB data stick, making it easy to transfer pictures to your computer, and organise pictures on the camera.
The camera comes with a very small amount of built in storage, i could fit around 5 12.2mp pictures on the camera when i was not using a separate memory card. The camera can accept both the SD and SDHC card formats. SDHC is a newer and faster card type that can hold more data, but keeping the same form factor as the standard SD card. I found that a 4GB SDHC card works perfectly.
The camera produces nice looking photographs that are clear and detailed. The automatic settings work well, giving you lots of options for different times of day, and different objects in the frame. The automatic focus works most of the time, but however has some issues up close, even when using the macro setting.
Although results can look good, it is sometimes luck to achieve this. The lack of any real manual features makes it hard to experiment, but if you're only interested in a point and shoot camera then that isn't really an issue.
The camera can shoot in many different ISO settings. These range from 100ISO to 1600ISO at 12.2mp and 3200ISO at 3mp. The lower settings can produce amazingly clear photos from hand or from a tripod. The higher settings can catch fast paced moments but at the expense of image quality.
The 3X optical is ok. It's nothing special but works well when needed. The camera can also shoot video at 640X480 at 30fps. This is a fairly average settings and the results are not up to modern standards. However it can record sound, so it isn't too bad for capturing quick moments if you're not worried about the quality.
The camera is easy to navigate and includes a powerful built-in flash. All the functions can be program by using your right thumb, and the shutter button is placed perfectly for your index finger. The shutter has a half shutter feature so you can focus the shot before taking the picture.
This may have been one of my greatest buys. It cost me £55 from Tesco as it was the last one in stock and they were obviously wanting to get rid of it because a newer model had come out, it was nearly half price. I'm not a big fan of photography in general, I just wanted a nice little cheap camera to take pictures of social do's as well as general pictures as I am from Snowdonia which is very picturesque.
I'll take you through some of the features. It has 12.2mega pixels which when uploaded to the computer they look absolutely stunning, the detail is incredible. The 3x optical zoom enables great results even when far away. It only has 10MB of internal memory, but it takes SD cards which can take vasts amount of memory, I have two 2GB SD cards. The user interface gives a 2.7 inch LCD screen with high resolution display of pictures you've taken making it simple to delete photos if necessary. This interface is incredibely easy to navigate and follow too. When you're taking pictures you can do many things to enhance the end product or if you fancy yourself as a bit of photographer you can change the settings for example you can brighten the image, disable the flash, and use preset features depending on the conditions e.g. night mode and snow settings. A favourite feature of mine is the panorama mode which enables you to take 3 pictures and put them together to create a panorama which come out beautifully if you take them at the right places.
This camera also takes stunning videos, but the resolution is so high they take up a lot of memory, and the sound isn't that great unfortunately. I've used it to take videos at concerts and the sound comes and goes in places but it's the video footage I was after which is perfect.
The Fujifilm FinePix J30 is currently going for £54.99 on the Fujifilm website and is available in Black, Pink or Silver. I honestly think for what it is it's an absolute steal!
I would highly recommend this camera to anyone. It was just such a great buy and I still have it nearly a year on and it's in full working order. I have gone through quite literally hundreds of AA batteries with it, I use it almost on a daily basis and I am very pleased with it. I can't speak highly enough of it.
I needed a good quality camera that was easily portable for special occasions having become fed up of using my phone to take pictures. This fitted the bill perfectly especially at the price of £75.
The camera has all the standard periphials that you would expect from one from this range such as an AC adapter, memory card and a recharger for your battery. What I like about this item is that it is easy yo upload photos using its USB cable too. You simply put this into your laptop click on the Icon and you can begin sending them or daving them onto the internet. It literally takes seconds.
Another good feature is the battery life and I find it does not take long to actually charge. The camera tells you clearly how much battery life you have left so you are not in danger of running out.
It takes excellent clear images with its 12.2 megapixel power. Not only that but it allows you to focus on certain aspects better with its optical zoom. You can take lots of photos on the camera because it has 32GB of storage
Sometimes when I upload photos they can be ruined by the facty that you get red eye on the images. Before this was something I could do nothing about but it has a function that allows you to correct the image if this happens meaning all of you pictures can be good quality.
I have to say this was money well spent and has meant that I can look back on the good times I have had knowing that that all the pictures excellent. If you are looking for a decently priced portable camera with all the basic functions, fun to use and then some look no further.
The Fujifilm Finepix J30 12.2 megapixel comes with a rechargeable battery, USB cable, wrist strap, AC adaptor and FinePix software CD.
However it does not come with a memory card. I had to order mine seperately.
I bought the Fujifilm Finepix J30 in Black because I liked the features it came with. The fact that it has rechargeable batteries was a big bonus to me.
It takes really good high quality pictures and the camera itself looks really good as well with a nice big screen.
I found the face detection software to be really useful.
However I find the buttons a bit fiddly and at times I still struggle to take pictures with it and I actually have a problem with how tiny the other little buttons are and how close together they are as well. But perhaps this is just me being picky.
So all in all it is a good product and is good value for money.
This camera is a great buy for the type of person that doesn't take photography too seriously. It takes good definition photos but at a sensible cost. The zoom isn't the strongest out there for this price range but personally I found it to be ample. The software that accompanied the camera for my computer was also not very good. It wouldn't run correctly on my vista platform so instead I dragged files from the camera onto my computer manually. In my opinion this camera is a great holiday camera as it provides the quality of photo needed and is much better than the quality of the average mobile but it is still small enough to not get in the way of enjoying a holiday and is instead handy and useful. In conclusion it is great for the amount paid. It also looks stylish as it comes in a range of colours for you to choose from which can make your camera a bit more fun and stand out from the metallic silver crowd. Features of the camera are also dead easy to use and the response of the camera is quick.
Fujifilm Finepix J30
I actually thought I'd already updated this review with this information but obviously I haven't..until now.
The lens on my camera broke again not long after I wrote this review and so it had to go back to be repaired again. Fujifilm replaced my camera with a newer version (JV100) instead of risking repairing it again for it to break again.
I was quite pleased at this because we all like getting new items, but my new camera will never be as good as the J30, so I am leaving the rest of my review and star rating as it is.
I still recommend the J30 because it was a great camera that worked really well for me (despite me having a faulty one!)
My husband bought me this camera (in pink!!!) for Christmas last year because I am constantly taking pictures of the kids, never wanting to miss a thing, but my camera phone is rubbish, and my husband's big black bulky thing with a zoom lens (don't ask me for details) was becoming too cumbersome and awkward for me, especially since my youngest has a obsession with replacing the lens cap as soon as I try and take a picture.
And also when we are out and about, a small compact camera like this one is a lot easier to handle when juggling kids and baggage, than a large bulky one, and seeing as though I seem to be the only one interested in taking pictures of the kids, it seemed the perfect solution for me to have my own camera to take as many pictures as I blooming well like!
I have wanted to write this review for a while but have not really known where to start, but since I have recently had to send this away to be repaired I thought I'd give it my best shot. The review might not be as technical as some might like, but I think for someone like me, who maybe doesn't know that much about cameras, but wants a 'point and click' I may be able to provide the required information.
The camera itself is a nice compact size; i.e. it doesn't make much of a difference to the bulk of your handbag, or in my case my baby change bag! It doesn't weigh much so is an ideal companion for when out and about.
There are very few buttons so it is very user friendly.
Buttons consist of:
On/Off switch, located on top of camera.
Shutter button, also located on top of the camera - takes the pictures.
Zoom - zooms in and out.
Play button - allows you to view pictures you have already taken.
Display/back button - I think this just shows or hides icons on the LCD screen, and the 'back' function takes you back out of menus.
A large circular button which provides many functions including - deleting options, macro options, flash options and self timer mode.
There is a button in the centre of this large button which is used as a main menu button, and also an OK button (to select options from the menu). From this menu you can change the mode (from camera to camcorder), or change some of the settings - there are lots of different settings you can have, which I think are probably standard with most cameras of this size, and they are something which I have not particularly experimented with, but I know you can adjust the settings depending on what environment you are in - such as natural light, fluorescent light, snow scene etc. I have found that if I keep it on the auto setting it works just fine for me.
These buttons are all clearly labelled, so if you know your symbols for Macro (little flower), flash (zig zag arrow), rubbish bin (rubbish bin), self timer (clock type thing) then you really can't go wrong. I have been able to successfully use all of these functions without even consulting the instruction book (yes me!).
Something to point out here is that some of the 'clearly labelled' markings on the buttons are actually rubbing off now...through over use from me probably! But I suppose that is not so good when you think I have only had the camera for 6 months!
So as you can tell, for a basic camera user such as me there is not a lot to confuse you on this model and if all you mainly do it take pictures of your children or family members or take it on crazy nights out, then you can't go wrong with the workings of this particular camera.
As soon as I opened the box I was able to use it straight away, there was a certain amount of charge already on the battery so I managed to get a few snaps on Christmas morning before setting it up for its first charge. The camera comes provided with a lithium battery and charger lead, so all you have to do is plug the lead into your camera and plug it into the wall. There are a couple of red lights showing you it is charging, which go off once charging is complete.
I have found the charge takes a few hours, but this is worth it because I have been able to get a lot of use out of it before it needs charging again. I recently took it on a 5 day holiday and didn't actually need to charge it while we were away, and I took over 200 photos!
What I first noticed when using the camera was the way it instantly takes pictures. Obviously you have the option to half press the shutter button and wait for it to home in and focus on something, then press it fully to take the picture. But if you fully press it down without the halfway stop, it just immediately takes a photo! So this is great for capturing moments such as when your children are getting up to no good and you can just take a quick snap to remember the moment before they realise and move out of the way.
What I also like about it is that the main things you might want to change on your shooting mode, such as the flash or macro, are easily accessible from the large button on the back. Say for instance you want to turn the flash off; you just press the flash button, select 'flash off' and away you go. So you can quickly change things without having to stand there fiddling about, by which time your subject has usually disappeared! The same with the macro, it's just a quick press of a button and your macro is on, but I have to admit I don't use macro very often.
The camera also has 'face detection' which is something I have never quite figured out. I understand that the camera picks up faces and frames them with a little green box, and I'm presuming that you then get a clear focused image of the face. But this is not something that would sway me towards buying the camera because I find I usually point it at the faces anyway.
The camera has a small zoom function which is 3x optical (and I think this is better than a digital zoom???), but I try not to use it because I find the images are never quite as good when I've zoomed in. I'm not sure if that's because you have to have a very steady hand when zoomed in, or some other mystery which I cannot explain.
There is a large LCD screen on the back of the camera so you can see straight away if you have a good picture or not, and again it is so simple to delete this one photo if you don't like it. There is no need to wait until you upload them onto your computer, you can just use your 'erase' button on the back of your camera and get rid straight away.
With it being a 12.2 megapixel camera you already know that the photos are going to be good, but I have been really really impressed with the quality of the shots, the camera picks up a lot of detail, even down to fine strands of hair on my children's heads. It will never match my husband's more expensive camera, but I have got some brilliant pictures of my kids, and even some that are worthy of a frame.
The colours come out brilliantly, especially in natural light, even inside without the flash I have managed to get some lovely photos. The flash does cause red eye which is sometimes really severe, and I have noticed that the 'red-eye reduction' function doesn't really help when taking pictures of children, but if you have software on your computer to rectify this then you are laughing.
It does produce blurred images every so often, but I think that's quite normal with most cameras, and the fact that you can take pictures so quickly with this one, if you realise you've just taken a blurred picture you can then immediately take another to replace it.
I guess you're all wondering by now why I had to send it away to be repaired...well, one fateful day on the beach, the lens decided to stop working. I had started to notice that sometimes when I turned the camera on it would beep and on the screen it would say 'zoom error', but then it would carry on working normally. I just thought this was because I had accidently turned it on before I had taken it out of the pouch and so the lens couldn't extend properly.
But that day on the beach (after I had taken numerous photos) it just said 'zoom error' and refused to work. I could hear the lens trying to move in and out, but it just wouldn't move, and 'gutted' doesn't begin to explain how I was feeling. So at the next available opportunity we took it back to the shop (Jessops) and because they had given it 6 months' free warranty we were able to get it fixed. The first thing they said to us was 'have you had it near any sand?'.....our response was to look innocent and say 'Sand? Noooooo'. So off it went to be repaired, and 3 weeks later was returned to me in full working order!
This fault hasn't bothered me too much because obviously I have used it nearly every day since Christmas and in that time it has been everywhere with me, in and out of bags, pockets, left lying around for sticky fingers to get hold of, on the beach...I think it has been through a lot and the fact that it was repaired so easily is fine with me.
I think perhaps if my husband has been in charge of the camera from the beginning then it would never have needed to go in for repair, (he looks after things extremely well), but we also wouldn't have all the great photos we have of the kids. He would have kept it in it's pouch and only taken it out every blue moon. So I would definitely buy this camera again, even though I know it might be susceptible to a slight fault if not kept immaculately clean! When it's not broken, it's brilliant and I wouldn't change anything about it!
3x Optical Zoom
SR Auto (Scene Recognition Auto)
You also get a charger, USB cable; carry strap, and software included with the camera.
Memory has to be bought separately and you will need an SD card and these can be bought very cheaply from many online stores.
I love this camera and would recommend it to anyone who wants a lightweight, easy to use, good quality camera. It has a long battery life, takes great photos and is compact enough to take anywhere.
These are available in pink, black & silver.
The pink one can be purchased for £79.99 from Amazon.
fantastic camera, i bpught the red one and the colour makes it stand out from all other cameras ive seen, the picture quality is brilliant and plenty of memory with the camera. this version has a camcorder built in and it holds roughly about thirty minutes worth of filming which is ideal for those little moments you wish you had brought you camcorder with you but didnt. the camera has a recharble battery and comes with a plug in power lead that we took out with us and when the power went down on the battery we found a plug socket and recharged the camera, it also connects to any computer through the usb port and works really easy wth every computer iv plugged it into, it also has plenty of shooting options like night and day, moving and sport etc, one down fall i found is that it does not charge off the computer like a mobile phone will butthat is the only problem ive come up against
The Fujifilm Finepix J30 (henceforth referred to as the 'J30') is a relatively cheap, high quality camera. It sports 12.2 megapixels, 3 x optical zoom, 5.7 digital zoom, a 2.7" LCD display, a built in microphone, a storage capacity of 32GB (SD) and a rechargeable Li-ion battery. Wrist strap and USB cable are also included.
This is the camera I use right now, and I love it. The 12.2 megapixel camera produces crisp, clear, high resolution pictures (max 4000x3000 in JPEG format) that look stunning every time. The 3x optical zoom doesn't sound much, but works well and quality isn't reduced much when you push it all the way. The LCD display is a nice size but is harder to see when you're out in direct sunlight.
Like most cameras it supports SD memory cards and the supplied USB cable allows you to easily transfer pictures to and fro. The J30 also has other built in features which I found worked very well, including: Red eye correction, flash, self timer, anti blur, face detection and video capture, which looks great and can save as either AVI or MJPEG, all though the max res is only 640x480 and records at 30 fps (frames per second).
All of the above for under £80 is a fantastic deal in my opinion. The rechargeable battery really makes this camera stay at under £80 too - You needn't waste money on AA batteries :D
The Fuji J30 is a well balanced entry level camera. It offers a stunning 12Mega pixel which is a plus over the J22, face detection, scene detection, video with sound and a 3 x optical zoom. For under £90 pounds it is well worth the money as it comes with a lithium rechargeable battery rather than AAs. The screen is mid-range offering 2.7" which is fairly clear. The only down side is the lens is plastic but for the price is easily outweighed. With Fuji now moved away from XD memory cards and with the price of SD cards dropping year on year, the running costs are minimal. It takes up to 32GB SDHC cards but normally a 2GB will suffice giving a minimum of 300 pictures. I would definitely recommend this camera for a teenager wanting to take shots on a night out as it's easy to upload the pictures via USB or memory card slot. It's for a beginner or someone who wants a simple point and shoot camera that gives reasonable quality shots.