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I've been using this camera now for about 6 months and have been pleased with the photos it produces. I would warn potential buyers however about the video function. I paid about £90 in Jessops although it is now available for about £50. The camera is available in blue or black and comes with a battery, charger and USB cable.
This camera, like many others, comes with a host of different shooting modes, 8 in total. These include fully automatic, video, scene recognition and a setting that takes two photos in quick succession, one with flash, one without. Personally I have little patience with such settings and have mostly used the automatic, video and flash modes.
The scene recognition claims in the marketing material to "choose ideal settings for six different scenarios including landscape, portrait, macro and night.". The few times I have dabbled with this however I discovered that more often than not the setting it chose was automatic and in the instances it chose something different is was usually inappropriate.
The macro setting on the camera is quite good, allowing you to get close to your subject and take crisp, clear images. It can, on occasion, take a bit of persuasion to get the camera to focus properly but once it has the results are good.
When set to the highest quality this camera produces good photos. I've printed them up to about 12 by 18 inches with good results. Any larger than this and the quality would drop below a passable level, but at this size and smaller the photos are excellent. When stored on a memory card or hard drive the biggest file size is about 2MB. Whilst this may not be optimal for those wishing to upload to the internet it shouldn't be too much of an issue otherwise with memory being so cheap these days. Of course if you want smaller files you can reduce the size or quality of the photos in the options menu.
The camera claims to capture 720p high definition films. This feature isn't as good as it sounds. Whilst the videos it produces are of reasonable quality I wouldn't call them HD. I'm sure there's a technical definition of what qualifies as HD and I'm sure this camera meets it but don't expect fantastic results.
There are two other issues with the video mode: the sound and the zoom. The microphone in this camera is weak. When playing back videos, either on on the camera itself or on a computer the only sound I've been able to make out is hissing with no conversation making it through. In the options menu you can choose whether or not you can zoom whilst videoing. If zoom is enabled it's worth noticing that the software has a novel but stupid way of eliminating the noise of the zoom motors from the video; it cuts off the sound entirely. So you'll watch back a video, hear the hissing from the poor microphone, then as soon as you start zooming it will become silent until you finish zooming when the crackling continues.
The battery life on this camera is good, lasting several days of taking frequent photos and videos. It also recharges quickly using the separate charging unit provided.
I found that if you plug the camera into the computer using the cable provided photo transfer was quite slow and made my computer prone to crashing. If, however, you take out the SD card and plug it into an independent card reader it's much faster.
Overall this is a great camera for the money. It's small enough to fit easily in a pocket, sturdy thanks to it's metal body and the battery will last for several days of holidaying, partying or family fun (or all three!). Highly recommended.
There are things I like about this and some I think are just so so. First off it just seems like they didn't spend much putting it together. It just feels cheap. The buttons are of poor quality and I am not sure how long they will last if you use the camera a lot. It's as if they used cheap plastic on everything so durabilty may be an issue. It does take pretty good photos and has some nice features. You can combine shots to make a combination photo which is nice. It's features are very easy to use as well. The video does seem to play back at a very low sound level but it's not to so bad that you can't hear it. Overall I would say it's a pretty good camera at a reasonable price but I think if want to take a lot of photos of good quality you would be better off spending more on a different camera
I bought this camera for a wedding I was invited to and I was quite surprised. The price is extremely good for the quality of photo and video this camera is capable of. Less than £100 caught the whole night in perfect definition and I've recommended it to several people. The features are unbeatable for it's price and the slim design of the camera makes it easy to transport it anywhere! It doesn't come with a memory card but we were able to buy a 10GB card for less than £15 which was great. The images and videos were super high quality and captured every detail. The ease of use is absolutely perfect too. Adjusting the settings is as simple as clicking a button. The audio is a little quiet but I use this as mainly a picture camera so it's fine. One pretty nice feature I used a couple of times while we were on holiday in Greece is the 'panorama' feature. It allows you to take 3 separate shots and it automatically merges them to give a large picture of the beautiful landscape.
My parent recently bought this camera and I got the chance to play with it on a trip I took with my wife. Since my parents aren't the most tech savvy people, I have to say, this is a great camera for them.
While I am not personally a fan of the Finepix JV100's style, it was very easy to use and comfortable to hold. The rounded corners actually helped vs the square sharp look of many other point and shoots. The camera offers 10 modes that are selected via a dial control. The available modes are: Portrait, Night Scenery (tripod and no tripod), Sport, Landscape, Snow, Fireworks, Baby, Panorama, Text, Flower (macro), Party, Beach, Sunset, and "Smile & Shoot". Quite a bit for a point and shoot. Obviously there is not as much flexibility as an SLR, but for the price that is quite a bit of flexibility.
Picture quality is excellent with all images being vibrant and deep regardless of whether we were indoors or outside. One of it's best features is that it can automatically select the best mode according to the situation and it's relatively accurate. However, if you don't want the camera to decide there is a description of each mode on the display, which is a nice touch.
My only real complaints are that the housing feels flimsy, like it wouldn't handle being dropped and the battery life is sub par. We had to change the batteries 4 times in a 5 day trip, which seemed excessive.
I bought this camera for two reasons. One is the price and another one is the new features, which are Smile and Detection system、Blink Detection feature、face detected feature and HD movie model.
Many position options、zoom while recording a video、easy to use and figure out、compact and good looking and huge LCD screen. For less than 100 bucks, I really can not complaint what I got.
The bigger reason that I bought this camera is for taking pictures of my nephew. My nephew is only one year old and she has this smile that so pure. I always want to take a great photo of hers but the thing is she just can stay still even a second. I used my previous camera but the quality of the photo was fuzzy. After searching, I purchased this one. With the Smile and Detection system, this camera can detect my nephew's smile face and take a photo automatically, which the quality of picture is much better than manually taking.
The Blink Detection feature alerts me when the image of the little thing is blinking; Therefore, I can use toys or candys to track her attention and make her stay still and smile. This way, photo's quality is much better.
HD movie mode is a new feature of this camera; I view my pictures in HD with my HDTVS, which the quality is pretty high. my nephew's even smiles her own pictures that made all my problems go away.
If I have to point out this camera's weak point, I would say colors and battery life. The product only comes black and blue, if I want some thing different, I have to place a custom order that takes time and costs me extra money. For using 1.5 hours per day, I have to charge the battery everyday, otherwise, the battery will die the next day.
However, I would recommend it to anyone with a tied budget and want a fairly decent camera.
The most unfortunate thing I find with most digital cameras is that, up close, pictures can be of a very high quality, but zoom in a tiny bit and the quality starts to immediately worsen, becoming blurry. With this camera, those days are gone - the quality of pictures is very high indeed with this model and even when you zoom in, the picture quality remains remarkably high, with the colour as sharp and dazzling as in regular, non-zoomed photos.
Another thing that irritates me with so many cameras is the shocking battery life they seem to have, but this camera's battery life is fortunately better than most. The JV100 isn't too heavy or large either, which is a bonus if you're someone who likes to take it all over with you. There isn't much to say about features (but then again, who cares about features on a camera anyway?) and I'm not sure about durability yet - I haven't owned mine long and the test usually comes when accidentally dropping my cameras on nights out, which I haven't had the chance to do yet. All will be revealed.
My only real concern with the camera is that it's not that easy on the eye. However, I have seen others comment on how they think the camera is cool and modern looking, so maybe it's just me. Anyway, if you can ignore the model's design, simply acknowledge how cheap this top of the range camera is for what you're getting (the cheapest you can find it at the moment is £71, which is just a real bargain) and you will not be disappointed at all with what you're buying.
Fujifilm Finepix JV100
This is the replacement model for my Finepix J30 that broke twice and Fujifilm would rather replace it than repair it again. I was pleasantly surprised at this, but I was disappointed not to be getting my J30 back because I truly loved that camera, even if it did fail me twice. Anyway, despite having a brand new camera to play with, I could not shake off my disappointment, and this was magnified by the fact that the upgrade did not seem as good.
A 12 megapixel digital camera with 3 x optical zoom, and a 2.7inch LCD screen on the back. It's very slim at 18.5mm thin, so slimmer than my previous model. It's ideal for having with you when you're out and about; it's also very lightweight. I take mine everywhere with me, either in my pocket, in my handbag, in the change bag, or in the buggy. It's easy to fit in any little space because it is so small and very transportable! It comes with a lithium battery which you remove for charging (charger provided). Requires an SD card, which is not provided.
The controls are very simple to navigate. They are all located on the back right hand of the camera, alongside the LCD screen (apart from the on/off switch, shoot button and zoom - on top of camera).
First of all you get an 8 mode wheel where you can change the setting of the camera.
Below that is the 'play' button which you press to view your images.
Below that is the 'Display/back' button which allows you to alter the display and go 'back'.
Finally below that is a circular button which is used for menu options, erasing images, macro, flash and self timer. Each function is very straight forward to use and most beginners would be able to work out how to use this camera without too much trouble, it's all very user friendly.
The camera has quite a few good features or modes should I say. The wheel on the back of the camera spins easily to change the mode. There are 8 pre-set modes on this wheel, and funnily enough I do actually use a couple of them.
* Auto - shoots according to conditions
* SR Auto - Selects optimum settings for conditions
* P - pre-programmed mode - I have had a look at programming this and there is not a lot you can alter so I see this as a pointless setting!
* MOVIE - Movie recording with sound
* SP2 - Smile and shoot, the camera will take a picture automatically when it detects a smile, you don't even have to lift a finger.
* SP1 - Panorama - Panorama pictures with 3 or less photos - this is really good!
* N - Natural light, basically switches the flash off
* N&Flash - Takes two pictures, one with natural light and one immediately afterwards with a flash
Now to say that I am a kind of point and click girl and don't have much time for changing modes and wondering about the ambience of a photograph, I find these settings on the camera to be quite user friendly. This is mainly because all I have to do is turn the wheel if I feel the need for a different setting, there's no faffing about with numbers or other such things.
My favourite mode is obviously the Automatic setting because this selects for you the best settings for the picture and makes everything easier, and almost guarantees that you will get a decent photograph. But although the camera is mainly set at auto, I have been known to dabble with the other positions on the wheel!
I like the automatic smile detection because sometimes children (my main subject matter) can be a bit awkward when you want them to smile, and often smile just after or just before you take the shot. But when you have it on this setting you can just hold the camera and tell them to smile and the moment they smile, a picture will be taken. This also works not in my favour because I have two children, two children who like to wind me up and smile at different times...so I often get a photo of one smiling and the other frowning...but it's all good fun to look back on in years to come! But having said that I do like it, it also fails to work in low light conditions, such as indoors (even in daytime). The person who is smiling has to have brilliant white teeth and the sun has to be shining on them for the camera to activate. It's actually quite a frustrating setting really, but can be good in the right conditions.
I also like the Panorama setting, this is a novelty really but it allows you to take a long scenic shot. All you have to do is take a picture of the first part of the scenery you are shooting, then when you go to take a picture of the next part, the edge of the first part shows at the side of the screen to allow you to line it up, and then again for the third picture. Then the camera joins them all up and hey presto you have an extra long photograph! Not sure how you would get these size photos developed, but its good fun creating them!
The other mode that I use occasionally is N&Flash, this is good because it takes two photos in quick succession and you can just delete the one you don't like. It's always good to see how a scene will look with and without the flash. Often the flash can make things look overexposed and white with too many shadows (so I'm told????), so sometimes a photo looks best in natural conditions, so this is a handy tool for someone like me who doesn't really have a clue about flash or no flash. I usually still end up opting for the flash version because it seems to brighten up the colours.
Obviously I also use the MOVIE setting for when the kids are doing something ridiculous or funny, and I have been really pleased with the way this captures the kids on movie. Today I took a little video of them reading a book together, the eldest was reading to the youngest and the youngest was giggling and chipping in every now and then. Their speech is really clear and the video quality is good, I can put it full size on the computer and their faces are still really clear. The only drawback is the constant fuzzy sound that you get in the background, it doesn't stop you from hearing what's going on in the video, but it's still annoying.
I have tried using the camera on SR Auto but I find this setting to be quite irritating. I know that it is meant to make things easier for you and to get the best out of the conditions, but I have found it to be a bit slow and not really work for me.
When I first got the camera, I for some reason, had it on SR Auto all the time; I found myself getting so annoyed with the camera and hating it because every time I tried to take a picture there seemed to be a delay from pressing the shoot button to the picture actually being taken. I also noticed a lot of fidgeting in the lens department, it sounded like the lens was shuffling in and out and I felt that it didn't really know what it was doing.
But then I read the manual and realised that all that delay and shuffling was because the camera was adjusting itself accordingly to get the optimum shot. So if you are the patient sort and your main subject matter isn't two hyperactive children, then you might like this setting, but I really cannot stand it!
The settings which I do not use are the pre-programmed one (pointless as I said above) and the natural light one (the one that doesn't use the flash). I don't use the latter because you can turn the flash off on the Auto setting if you feel the need, so there is no need (in my humble opinion) to use this setting.
My first impressions of the camera were not good. It seemed a bit flimsy and not quite as substantial as my J30 (I was really missing my old camera); the first thing I noticed was that the zoom control seemed a bit loose and I thought if I used it too much it might fall off (it hasn't I hasten to add!). I also thought that the flap that fixes over the battery compartment seemed a bit flimsy and seemed to be hanging on by a thread that could fall off at any time (it also hasn't!)
Looking back now, if I'm honest I was comparing it too harshly with my old camera and looking for faults, and the fact that this one is so lightweight just made it seem so fragile in my clumsy hands, but clearly it's not because it is still in one piece, despite being on the beach with me (yes it's been near sand and survived), in paddling pools (yes it has been splashed), dropped on the floor numerous times, dragged around by my 1 year old in her desperate attempts to please me by returning all my items to the kitchen (thanks love so that's where you think I live!!?)
I have found the camera really easy to use, as I stated above it's easy to alter settings and everything is pretty straightforward. It's actually worked really well for me so far, *but* it's not without its faults, in my opinion anyway (more on that later).
The pictures come out great, very crisp and clear, especially once developed. I have to admit the colours come out much better once I have had them developed rather than looking at them on a computer screen. The camera boasts 'Blur-free Photos', apparently high ISO settings and fast shutter speeds avoid blurred photos, I don't know what that means, but I know I still get my fair share of blurred photos! But I take that many that the blurred ones don't really matter.
Zoomed in images come out just as good as non-zoomed images. I only really noticed this today because I actually took a photo of my daughter in the sun with the zoom to the maximum, and looking at it now there are no differences in quality from the standard images. I sometimes hesitate before using the zoom and find myself moving towards the subject rather than zooming in, but I shall make more of an effort to 'zoom-in' from now on, especially since I know for sure that a zoomed in image is perfectly adequate.
Outdoor images seem to be of much better quality than ones taken indoors, but I'm guessing this is usual for most cameras of this type. We all know natural light is the best. Don't we?
Despite this camera being pretty good I do find myself getting wound up with it, especially when I see a great picture opportunity, only for the camera not to work fast enough for me and I miss my chance.
Sometimes the shoot button seems to stick and I find myself holding the button and nothing happening...as if I've pressed it but it's just not taking a photo. And then I realise that the button isn't fully pressed even though it feels like it. It seems to get jammed on the zoom control (which is circles the shoot button). This can be really irritating especially when the subject matter has left the scene.
I also found the zoom control to be quite erratic with how it works. Sometimes you can press the zoom and it will zoom just a little bit just as you intend it to do, but then other times it will zoom in to the maximum and all you can see is a big fuzzy head. I find it quite hard to control how much or how little the camera zooms.
Another thing that annoys me is that when the kids are running about or just generally moving, the camera tends to 'track' them and doesn't take a photo immediately but sort of hesitates before taking a shot. This is irritating to me because when I want to take a photo, I want it taking straight way, I don't need the delay. I think perhaps I'm just impatient.
One last irritant is that if you store your camera in your jeans pocket (as I do sometimes when out and about) this can cause the 'mode-wheel' on the back to move when you drag it out of your pocket. This has happened to me on numerous occasions (I'll never learn) and I'll find myself taking a picture in the wrong mode and it ruins the shot.
This camera has 'blink detection', something which I find quite funny and something which doesn't always work. If the camera detects a blink it states 'blink detected' and that person's face is brought up large on the screen, so then the idea is that you take the photo again, but that person must try not to blink! I found this only happened a few times when I first got the camera, and I have never seen it happen again. And when it did happen, it wasn't a blink it detected but too much eye make up! It has never detected a blink on my children which I find strange because they do blink!
The battery life is good; I use the camera for small amounts of time most days but find myself charging the battery less than once a week. But when I have used it constantly for a few days on the trot (say for instance on holiday) then the battery needs charging up more often (it's obvious really, the more you use it, the quicker the battery will die). The battery has to be removed to charge and it just slots into a plug adapter which is provided with the camera.
Obviously you get all the usual provided with the camera such as USB lead, software, and user manual.
I can't help but have mixed feelings for this camera; I like it, but it will never fill the shoes of my J30. However I cannot deny that it is a great little camera, despite its flaws. I use it almost every day and have got so many images that I will treasure forever with many of them actually being quite good, so I really cannot complain and I just won't be able to give it a low rate!!
Prices vary but I think the RRP is £89.99.
The camera is currently discounted on Amazon between £75-£79 depending on which colour you choose (pink, black or silver).
I bought this camera a few months before I went travelling, I needed a camera that was good enough to last around the world for a couple of months but if lost it wouldn't be too bad because of the price tag. I got my camera off the Amazon website which cost me £70 which was a real bargain.
This was my first digital camera and I found it so easy to use and the best thing is that the camera is relatively small so is easy to store in a pocket or side pocket etc.
The camera is silver all over and is also very light weight which comes with a nice camera cover in box. I found it beneficial though to buy my own carry case along with cord so i could put it over my shoulder for safe keeping incase it was unfortunately stolen.
The quality of pictures are of a very high quality and you can zoom in on things from a great distance and the quality is still very high. The camera lense acually comes out from the camera when turned on and then goes back in to form a perfect flat rectangle for storage. Any unwanted pictures are easy enough to delete and you can also change the camera settings so that they get used to the conditions you are in.
You can store pictures on a memory card on the phone and then transfer them onto a pc very easily or even a disc which I decided to do after every country I visited.
I would strongly recommend this camera in every way as it is a real bargain and has served me so well.
Well done Fujifilm!
This camera is fantastic - I would recommend it to anyone requiring a simple compact camera. Firstly, it looks sleek and stylish - it comes in a variety of colours, including a beautiful blue. It is small so can fit in any handbag etc. Next, the quality of the photos are excellent - 12 megapixels and they come out looking brilliant. It also has an easy to use zoom which doesn't diminish the quality of the photos if you use it. It is very simple to use the entire camera and you can easily review the photos. Battery lasts a long time and the fact it is rechargeable is extremely useful - it saves money in the long run from buying new batteries constantly. It comes with a wrist strap, which is slightly useful; obviously whether you will find this useful will depend on your needs. A problem I had with my previous camera is it took too long sometimes to take one photo and then another - this camera doesn't have this problem. I have not found a problem with this camera, although if you require specific features I'm not sure whether this camera will accommodate. For a simple camera under £100, I would automatically suggest this camera.