Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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Small and Compact but Packed with Wonders
Fujifilm Finepix JX530
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Fujifilm Finepix JX530
Date: 20/06/11, updated on 21/06/11 (110 review reads)
Advantages: great value for money, small, hd quality
Disadvantages: battery, ease of use for people new to camera
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.
Summary: The JX530 is a splendid camera that does what it says on the tin - it is compact but full of gadgets
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