Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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Fujifilm FinePix J30 Digital Camera
Fujifilm Finepix J30
Member Name: Lewis-137
Fujifilm Finepix J30
Advantages: Good value for money. Good photograph results. Good build quality.
Disadvantages: Lack of manual settings. Average video quality . Poor battery life.
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.
Summary: Great for point and shoot, but lacking any manual settings for quality results.
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