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***Why did I purchase this camera? How much?***
I purchased this camera about 3 years ago as my son was nearly due and I wanted an easy camera to take all those early pictures. I shopped around and after looking at various camera's and their prices I settled on this camera mainly due to the fact that it was a Fuji and secondly it only cost £37.00 as it was reduced to clear. This camera is still available online in new and used condition with prices varying greatly from £39 to £90 so it is definitely worth looking around before handing over your hard earned cash.
***What do you get***
I went for the Red camera as that was the only one reduced and this came in packaging very similar to that of a mobile phone. The packaging was not excessive and securely contained the camera, the battery, camera:microUSB to USB cable for uploading images to your computer/television/electrical photo frame, battery charger and instruction manual.
This camera comes with a 5x zoom f=5-25mm 1:3.6-5.9 Fuji lens which is great starter lens that is capable of taking a wide array of images from Macro to Portrait to Photos in the park of your little one running off into the blue beyond. The camera also features a 2.7 inch LCD screen for reviewing photos, videos and the settings menu. The ISO (Lens sensitivity) of this camera is automatically set however you can overide this by entering the main menu and selecting from ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 or 3200.
I have tried and to some degree made good use of the macro function on this camera by taking images of flowers in the park as well as my tropical fish and although the Fuji can take these images beautifully you really need a tripod to prevent the shakes as even I with my steady arms can get fuzz from time to time and with Macro shots quality is more important.
I really have not taken excessive photos of landscapes although landscape images taken high above the woods/park have come out beautifully with the trees and in one case the snow looking well defined. The panoramic shot is really easy to use as you take 3 photos (slowly albeit) of the scene working from left to right and the camera program aligns them up to make one landscape image.
Now this as you can imagine with my first child has been used extensively especially in the earlier days rather than now when I cannot get him to sit still for 2 minutes. The portrait techniques on this camera include a twin shot with one in natural light and the other with flash so you can select which image you prefer, red-eye reduction is automatic and I have never had an issue with demon eyes. The smile detection on this camera has never worked for me as I've taken photos of my family whilst they've been smiling and it still hasn't taken the image so I would give this one a miss. The camera automatically detects faces and centers the focus on to the face so you don't have the camera focusing on the beautiful vase to the left which is standard with all digital cameras.
-Damn that blink detection-
One huge irritation that I have with this camera is the blink detection which seems to set off at any ol' time which is very frustrating when you are wanting to take a series of photos quickly as it holds up the camera for 10 seconds to tell you some inanimate object (e.g. a door) has blinked.
As for the 'idiot-proof' SRAuto setting you really cannot go wrong with this option especially if you aren't confident with choosing your own settings for the picture you are going to take. I personally think that this setting is fabulous as my 2 year old son has been able to take some lovely pictures and is very proud of them too.
This camera has a handy night time detection so that when you take a photo in idiot-proof mode it alters the speed, flash and ISO settings to prevent blurring.
Well this camera was pretty impressive with 14 mega pixels at the time I purchased it, however it is not the pixels alone that make a great photo, it is the more important lens quality in combination with the pixels that makes a great camera.
The battery life on this camera is not the best, it's pretty crap to be perfectly honest as the battery fully charged will only last for about 1 hour of shooting and viewing the images and video.
One thing that blew me away with this camera was the quality of the video, again it's a point and shoot and you can zoom x5 but you can shoot HD videos which are lovely to watch either on the camera's screen on the back or even better on your HD Television.
***Would I recommend this camera***
Yes, certainly. Admittedly it can be a bit slow to take a shot when compared to my DSLR but then again that is the price you pay to have a portable pocket sized camera. The camera is very easy to use with the buttons being clearly labelled and the option menu on the screen at the back is very clear and practical that not even the dumbest individual should struggle. The wee bugs e.g. smile setting and the blink detection are pants but these are hardly an issue and I can live with them considering the quality of the image. The only thing that I would recommend is get a spare Fuji battery as the battery is not overly long-lasting and will only last about 3 hours shooting so it's best to have a back-up.
My SLR digital camera is simply to big to slip in a pocket, and I found I was missing many potential shots when out with friends and family. I therefore decided to by a small camera that was much more portable, and having previously owned Fujifilm models, finally settled on this little gem.
It isn't going to break any records with its 5X zoom, but that's not what I bought it for. For most social gatherings, 5X magnification is more than sufficient. It's 14 megapixel resolution allows for good sized prints to be produced. The images are sharp and clear and the colors are faithfully reproduced under most conditions.
The screen too is of a good size and is visible, even in relatively bright light. The controls seem logical, and although it's internal memory is not large, memory cards are not expensive. If like me, you are looking for a small "portable" (as opposed to an SLR camera), look no further.
Here is a summary of its specification.
1. 14 Mpix resolution
2. Quality Fujinon 28mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom
3. Internal memory 24 MB. Takes SD/ SDHC memory cards
4. Weighs only 112 gm
5. Compact 93 X 55 X 22.9 mm dimensions
6. Intelligent scene mode, built in flash, 17 scene modes, HD movie capability with sound, anti-blur, face detection, red-eye reduction and many other features
I love its design, portability, ease of use and picture quality and recommend it for these reasons. The battery life could be better, but don't let this put you off.
I recently just got back from Russia where I climbed Mt Elbrus, whilst on the climb for 4 day nearing the summit I took some fine pictures on my old fuji camera, which had been a faithful companion to me on these trips for years. On summit day I dropped the camera down the mountain...annoying...so I needed a new camera and this uji was it.
I went back to Fuji as I like they usability of their cameras, I liked the fact they are fairly cheap and they still give very good pictures.
Now like my last fuji camera, this is a compact digital , you obviously will not get the sort of quality on the pictures that you get with a SLR, but you do get the cheap pric, the same functionality (well for the most part), easy and light mobilty and fairly good functionality.
For fifty sheets this camera can be yours from pretty much most retailers.
So unusually ill start wiht the faults, there are a few, but they are all pretty minor issues. I have been a little disappointed with some of the pictures that I took, they looked like that in low light they came out a grey colour. The camera seems to work allot harder when trying to get the focus to settle, so this means that you have to take a few of the same shots to make sure you get a good one. The battery does not seem to last very long, Ive found this a problem with the cheaper end digital using lithium batteries and s it is a problem not exclusive to this camera. At night there is no red/white light and so I suspect the camera works harder to be able to focus in low light until the picture has been taken. And beig a bit of videa junkie, I like to utitlise the video functionality. I have notied that the playback has very low sound unless you are tlaking close tpo the microphone hole bu when you download the video the sound isnt that bad realy, it just seems terrible when you play the playback on the camera itself.
Now to the good point, the camera will give you continuous shooting of up to 0.8 frames per second. The camenra has red eye reduction (always handy with low light flash pics). It has a Memory card compatibility, which uses the Fuji card SD/ or SDHC. It has 720 high definition movie recording functionality and playback with sound, which as I earlier said has sound that leaves a bit to be desired when using the camera, which I suspect are the cheap speakers, but when downloaded are ok.
Finctionality: The camera has 17 scene modes, the usuals, landscape, sport, portrait , indoors ,candles that sort of thing. There is also an intelligent scene mode and a smile shutter, blink detection, so i will retake pictures. It has a self timer which im having a bit of a good time trying to work out. It obviously has a built-in flash.
The main features are a 14 megapixel resolution and a fujinon 5x zoom and 28mm wide-angle lens that provides for brilliant panoramic shots. A 2.7-inch LCD screen and its HDTV Compatible with photos & videos, it has tracking Auto Focus and scene recognition auto (SR AUTO)
The accessories included are a USB cable carry strap a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery NP-45A battery, A bc-44B battery charger, a quick start manual and a CD-ROM software, advance user manual to manage your photos on your computer.
Weight 120g. Size H5.5, W9.3cm. Depth of camera (when switched off 1.9cm)
I received this camera for a birthday present last year in red.
This camera is available in black and red. It has a 14million megapixel resolution with a 5x optical zoom. The camera has a small internal memory but this can be upgraded with a memory card (this is compatible with both SD and SDHC memory card) It comes with a 2.7" viewing screen on the rear side for lining up shots and for reviewing them later. It has several different picture modes which means finding the perfect setting for a shot is easy. It also comes with special modes such as face recognition, blink detection and smile and shoot. It also has autofocus making it easy for amateurs to take quality pictures. The battery is rechargeable and there is a charger included in the box. It also comes with a USB cable for plugging into the computer. This normally retails around £60.
I don't pretend to be a professional, in fact I only really use this camera for family shots and things that catch my eye but I am very pleased with this camera. For an amateur like me, it makes it really easy to take quality, professional looking pictures. With the extras like blink detection and smile and shoot, I can easily just point the camera and press the button and it takes the best photo it can. The 14 megapixel resolution makes every photo look bright and very good quality.
I have taken photos in many different light sources from bright sunlight to dark nightclubs and this has coped well with them all. The viewing screen is also a good size for the size of the camera. The fact it's quite a small camera means it's perfect for throwing in a bag and means I can take it anywhere with me.
Another plus point to this was that it comes with a rechargeable battery which is good as there is no further outlay on batteries but also could be a negative as when you are out and the battery runs out, you are left without the option to buy replacements. Luckily, as long as you keep it charged up, the battery does seem to last a long time.
All in all, I would say this is a really decent mid range camera and it would suit many types of photographers.
My mum bought me this camera for Christmas a year or two ago in red and I loved it, I used it almost everyday, for things such as photos for my art course (I mostly used my DSLR but this was good for on the go quick pictures too), at live concerts and nights out with friends or just everyday random pictures of cats. So many pictures of cats o_o
The camera is very simple to use and gives good quality photos, there are a selection of different settings but I never found out what they all did (I'm one of those people who don't read instructions...) but was happy with the ones I did use. The video camera part is also very good quality too, especially the sound and you can adjust the settings to suit your needs. It is also very durable, I have dropped it a few times and it still works fine, just a few fine scratches on the screen.
However one night (when I was very drunk) I managed to leave it in a club and never found it again. I was gutted and felt lost without my camera so saved up for a new one, it was about £20-£25 cheaper than when my mum had bought it, costing me about £60 which I was prepared to pay because I knew how good the camera was.
Another great point about this camera is it as a rechargeable battery, most cameras do these days but it's much better than constantly having to change batteries. This was my first camera with a rechargeable battery and I was amazed, it doesn't even take long to charge and can last a while. There are better cameras out there with a longer battery life but these are more expensive.
I have since been given a FujiFilm Finepix F660EXR camera (very luck me!) which is obviously much better in many ways as it is newer and a lot more expensive. I was going to sell my JX530 however I thought it would still be good to use on nights out and holidays as I really don't want to lose my new camera!
I would recommend this camera to people who want a camera for general everyday picture taking or nights out and holidays. It takes great photos and is fairly cheap for such a good quality camera, especially as it would have gone down in price even more since I bought it again.
Attractive to look at...complicated to use!
I was happy and extremely excited to receive this little ruby gem as a gift from a friend as I have never owned a digital camera of my own and was generally reliant on others to take and pass on photographs of special moments. This is an attractive camera and its compact size and sturdy construction make it easy to carry with you wherever go, particularly if you are of a 'snap happy' disposition.
This camera packaging is attractive, compact and in my opinion 'fuss free'; I strongly dislike the excessive packaging that seems to have become the 'norm' in recent years. You are supplied with a dense but dimensionally small instruction manual and as much as I love reading I found this manual not particularly user friendly. The initial assembly of this camera (battery etc) is minimal and uncomplicated. I put the camera to charge overnight for the first time and found that the battery lasted approximately 4 weeks before needing re-charged; bearing in mind that I was using it frequently as I tried to explore the various features of this camera.
I would suggest that you read the manual from beginning to end as the various functions on this camera are not simple to navigate around. I have many times huffed in frustration as a lovely 'shot' slipped through my fingers as I frantically tried to navigate the functions to try and get the correct setting. However this camera does produce pictures of a high quality when all the correct conditions are met.
As I already stated, this is an attractive and compact camera; its design sleek and contemporary and the red colour is attractive without being garish. The compact design of the camera means it fits comfortably in your hand and all buttons etc are within easy reach (my 9 year old daughter can work comfortably with this camera). It comes with a protective case that is well designed and of a sturdy enough material to offer genuine safety when transporting your camera.
This camera definitely takes quality photographs when the correct settings are selected and as it comes with a 4GB memory card it can hold a fairly large quantity of images and film footage too. So in some ways this camera does have a few positives that make it an appealing choice but I am not of the opinion that is a good choice for someone who is new to using cameras and digital technology.
I have two serious concerns with this camera namely auto focus/ over - sensitivity to unsteady hands and in my opinion over - complicated settings navigation.
I have had frequent issues with regards to my images being 'blurry' even when the correct setting is in place. I personally find that this camera is far to sensitive even in there is the slightest tremor in your hand and unless you have steady hands like 'Iron Man' or place the camera on a stand you will be dealing with images that are distorted and of an inferior quality. After 5 months of experimenting with the camera I have found that by depressing the 'take a picture button' halfway and holding it there for approximately 5 - 10 seconds and then complete depressing all the way there is some improvement of the above mentioned issue - RE: 'take a picture button' - I know there is a technical term for this but for the life of me can't remember it right now, sorry! However this does not eliminate the problem completely and therefore this makes the camera unsuitable for many people and certainly for first time users.
Although I persevered and read the instruction manual the practical navigation of settings is in my opinion over complicated; and ultimately leads to a lot of fantastic photographic opportunities being missed. It is certainly not a case of 'point and click'. I am hoping that with a bit more time and practice my ability to navigate these setting more efficiently will improve - I will keep you updated on developments.
I will treasure this generous gift and I am hopeful that because of it's sturdy structure and with the correct care/usage of this camera I will get many years of happy shots from it. With regards to cost it retails at approximately £60 - 00 and I am undecided at this point as to whether or not I would personally pay that price considering the two serious issues I have encountered with it. I would not recommend this camera to anyone who is new to digital technology nor anyone who has unsteady hands, which would make it unsuitable for the elderly and individuals with certain conditions/ailments.
After reassessing my previous review of this product and weighing up the pro's and con's I do feel I was originally too harsh and there are definitely some aspects of this little ruby gem that do shine and perhaps with time at least one of the issues I have identified can be remedied. I will update this review and rating in a few months hopefully there will be some improvements.
I hope you find this review useful and happy snapping!
I was fortunate enough to receive the Fujifilm Finepix JX30 for christmas 2010 after my old camera sadly gave up the ghost and I wanted to take clearer, more detailed and professional looking photographs. At the time of purchase I gather that the average price was around the £100.00 mark but you can now pick it up for under £55.00 in places like Argos.
I was attracted to the JX30 firstly due to its large 2.7 inch LCD screen, my old camera had a really piffling one that I had to squint at and it was really hard to see the quality of the pictures I had just taken. Gone would be the hassle of having to download every single photo to my computer before having to scroll through each one to then delete those that were blurry or just generally weren't any good!
I knew I wanted a camera that was a fairly reasonable price but could still take clear photographs and I liked the fact that the JX30 not only had 14 megapixels but also 5x optical zoom and 6.7x digital zoom; I love to take pictures of animals, from my pets to the local wildlife that visit my garden and so the zoom feature really was a must if I was to be able to take close up shots; I have found that sneaking up on a timid Robin does not work and that a zoom function is somewhat essential!
This camera is quite impressive as it has a lot of scene modes, 17 I think in total! I must confess that I have not used them all but the option is there incase I ever want to take a panoramic shot or if I want two consecutive shots with and without flash; there's even a mode that will detect when someone is smiling of if they have blinked as the photo was taken. A huge plus point of this camera is the fact that it is possible to film in HD, I have done so and was impressed with the quality of the video, the sound was also spot on.
My old camera was annoying because it was unable to be charged through the computer and I was forever going through countless batteries which soon added up in price; with the JX530 however, you simply remove the battery it comes with and place it in the adaptor you get upon purchase, this adaptor you then simply plug into your regular plug socket. A nifty addition to the adaptor is a little light that will glow yellow as the battery is charging, this then changes to green when the battery is fully charged.
The JX530 has a slot for a memory card which is what you store your photos and videos on, I just use a 4gb one and find this is more than enough; unfortunately I cannot say how many photos exactly 4gb will hold but I imagine it could be up there in the hundreds if not more. This camera is sleek in design, it is small and compact so can easily be popped into your pocket and what's more, it is lightweight too at just 120g. As far as I know this camera is available in black as well as the red that I own.
Now, I am not particularly technically minded but I find it so easy to use this camera, there really aren't that many buttons to get muddled with and I found that I did not even have to read the manual; I just switched it on and played around with it for a bit, figuring it out for myself as I went along. The buttons themselves are of a reasonable size so can easily be pressed, to switch between different scene modes there is a wheel device that you simply rotate and it will come up on the LCD screen with the mode that you have selected. The battery lasts a fair few hours and I was able to take a great many photos before I had to charge it up again and there is a useful little gauge on the screen that shows you how much power you have left and this will flash red as your battery is running out.
My overall thoughts on this camera is that I am very pleased with it as it is so easy to use and can take really clear photographs; obviously it is no where in the same league as one of those do everything £1,000 gadgets but for the price it is now you really can't complain. Even my dad who had never used it before grasped how to work it in a matter of minutes and some of the photographs he took were really top notch. If you are looking for an everyday camera that is user friendly then I would certainly recommend the JX530; I find it has more than enough modes if you simply want to capture daily memories. It also comes with all the software you need to sort, edit and organise your pictures. Couldn't really ask for more.
The Fujifilm Finepix JX530 is a marvelously simple piece of technology that for its price couldn't really be beaten.
The 14 megapixel resoulution allows you to take photos of an incredible high quality and has multiple features that allow you to capture those all important memories just the way you saw them. it is compact and incredibly lightweight which while thats a good thing i prefer to have a more weighty camera as this allows me to relax whilst using it and not feel as if its too fragile to be manhandled. but still thats not particularly a fault in my eyes.
This camera to me is ideal for someone who likes to go out clubbing and to restaurants with friends and family and would like so pictures to remember the events by, however i like doing a lot of travelling around the country and various parts of the world and where this camera is great for those up close and engaging memories it didnt quite capture landmarks and places in a way that suited me.
But then again thats what you get for a high quality but at the end of the day still a budget camera which is amazing for what it is and what you have effectively paid for.
I brought this camera for my sisters university graduation, as I didn't think my old 8mp would be up to the task and didn't want to miss the big day. It's been a while since I even looked at digital cameras, so when I saw the price tag on this 14mp I was surprised to say this least.
It's not the simplest camera to use with so many different features, but after 5 minutes or so of practice, you'll soon figure out what your doing. The image quality is brilliant, even when looking back at photos on the built in display, but when you upload them to the computer, this is when the quality really shows.
Don't get me wrong, it doss have it's faults, the battery life isn't great, after 4 hours of constant snapping I was almost empty and as is with many cameras, when zooming in it becomes hard to get a shot that's not a touch blurred due to human error, so could do with some sort of stability assist.
The 720p high definition video recording is also a great little feature but although the image is pretty much crystal clear, the sound could be better.
On the whole though, I'm very pleased with the camera, if your looking for good quality pictures at affordable prices then this will suit you down to the ground.
I bought this Fujifilm 14 megapixel camera with 5x Zoom Compact Digital Camera to replace a very old 5mp camera.
I was instantly attracted to this camera as it was a pretty colour, sleek design and had good reviews. It was the highest megapixel camera i could find for this price also.
I was dissappointed straight away with the battery life. It lasted all but a couple of hours. The settings were very good but there were a few occasions when the screen froze after taking a picture, which was quite annoying.
I don't know whether I just had a model with faults but a friend who had also bought this camera had the same problem. Maybe a common fault with this model.
I was very dissappointed as the zoom on this little camera was very good and was put to test at a few concerts and trips out. The picture quality was fantastic and I really think for the price this camera was a bit of steal initially. The camera is compant, beautiful to look at but the freezing of the screen really started to tick me off.....
I therefore returned this camera as faulty and bought a Nikon Coolpix S4000 with a touch screen which is absolutely amazing!
With 14 megapixels, you would be forgiven for expecting great things from this compact device, and it does not disappoint.
Design: The JX530 is a relatively compact model, enabling you to carry it in almost any situation. But, what it lacks in size, it definitely makes up for in the features and general action.
Ease of Use: It must be said that this camera is not perhaps the best for those new to digital cameras - the manual itself is pretty poor in explaining anything, whilst the many buttons may prove to be a large hurdle if not familiar. However, what does let it down is the Li-lon battery - it seems to have a relatively short battery life if being used alot, and the screen does not always give you sufficient warning as to when it is going to put you in the dark.
Features: This model boasts an extraordinarily wide array of different settings (up to 17), a novelty for a camera with such as modest price tag, yet it must be said that some work a lot better than others. The 'portrait' option is said to 'identify up to ten faces in the frame' - whilst this is great for the family snapshot to ensure everyone has their eyes open and that the red-eye removal prevents them from looking like monsters, it is a feature which can get irritating when it believes a button is a face. It works in principle, in action not so much.
The panoramic mode is perhaps what allows this camera to be quite advanced in the line-up of which one to purchase - allowing up to three subsequent snapshots to be lined it, without compromising on the quality of the image. The merging tool on the camera works to provide a perfect image which looks amazing when printed. However, what could be said about these features is simple - the rotating mode wheel which controls them is quite limp, it can be moved with the simplest of touches. Whilst this may be a positive in some aspects, when trying to work it in a busy setting, it can be knocked easily so your family snapshot is taken as a landscape. One MAJOR drawback to this model is the lack of image stabilisation. Many failed attempts have been made because the image has become blurry after a sheer moment of wobble. Though it may be that those needing crisp images would opt for a better camera, it is a shame as it has so much to offer with the acutely brilliant resolution.
Quality: At 14 megapixels, the JX530 is one of the best resolutions in compact digital cameras. It allows stunning images to be taken, using the range of features to give the best photograph possible for the situation. Whilst in many instances, cameras lose this during zoom, the 28mm wide angle 5x lens on this camera still enables exquisite images to be taken from a distance. Though, whilst it may not be one of the best zooms in this sector, the high quality stands miles above the rest. It also boasts a stunning 720p HD video recorder enabling the quality to surpass expectations away from stills.