Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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Fujifilm Finepix S1600
Fujifilm Finepix S1600
Member Name: doriee
Fujifilm Finepix S1600
Date: 02/02/12, updated on 03/02/12 (108 review reads)
Advantages: brilliant clear photos, wide range of settings
The finepix S1600 is not a professional SLR digital camera but rather the next best thing for anyone who doesn't care for photography but can appreciate good quality photographs. This was given to me as a present from my father in 2011 he knew that I wanted an SLR but understood I have no real interest in photography and I love his choice of getting me this camera. Looks wise there are no faults, it looks extremely professional compared to the average digital cameras you can get. When the zoom is in and the flash is down this is a compact camera for what it is, looking at it if you've never used one of these cameras before all the settings and buttons do seem quite daunting this is how I left when I first gazed my eyes upon it. Looking at the finepix S1600 from the back the screen takes up the majority of the space which is what you want because it means you can get a good clear look at what your taking a picture of. The camera overall looks like it would cost more money that it actually does, it's made of a sturdy plastic.
Start up, Set up, Settings and Buttons.
This takes 4x AA batteries which are provided but these will only last so long as it does take a lot to power this camera especially if your taking endless pictures for a large amount of time so I would suggest getting some duracell rechargeable because trust me it pays off to have them. To begin with the battery compartment is located on the bottom of the device to undo this you just flick the switch and it will pop up, it will show on a diagram which way the batteries go in, You'll know if they're in wrong because it won't turn on. To turn this on located on the top of the camera is the on/off switch it's a slidy switch you just flick it across to turn on and again to turn it off. When turning on the zoom will come out a few millimetres. There is no set up with the camera itself however discs are provided to install on your computer to upload pictures and videos if you wish to, I have no need for this as I have a memory card reader so i haven't installed the disc's.
On of the most daunting things about using this camera is familiarising yourself with it's many settings it has to offer, these are all displayed on a dial on the top of the camera you just click which setting you would like around to the line it will come up on the screen which setting you are trying to use so if you have the wrong one just click it around again. The first setting is the average setting on any camera and this is Auto, with this the camera will automatically judge whether you need flash or not according to the lighting conditions. Then you can have different setting such as night time, there is natural light settings you can use panorama I don't use this unless I'm taking a massive group photograph also there are settings where you can change the aperture and the shutter speed.
I have to be honest I barely use the camera for everything it has to offer I usually use the natural daylight setting as it makes pictures look a lot brighter and fresher. The zoom button is located on the shutter button, you can't miss it it's big and silver it's left to zoom out and right to zoom in, behind that is a setting, this will detect where peoples faces are in the picture and another which allows you to take a series of pictures when you press the shutter rather than one frame. Behind that is the on off switch and the settings dial is located next to that. Next is an evf/lcd button this will switch the picture to from the screen to you having to look through the eye piece to aim and take a picture. You then have a playback button and an F button, this will change the picture to black and white or you can change the image size. You then have you flash button, delete button, menu, aperture setting and the macro setting, the macro is whatever you take inside the box that appears with actually be zoomed in, this is a lovely feature of the camera especially for photography students. You can also record videos on this with sound.
The flash itself is a pop up flash and the button is located on the side, you click this and the flash will fold out, you can only take a picture with the flash if this is up otherwise there is no option for it, on some of the settings the flash isn't available to use anyway, this is really bright even on auto and is enough to blind anyone, but if you go in the menu you can change things such as the brightness of the screen and the brightness of the actual flash I have both of mine in the middle as too low can make your pictures pretty gloomy and it isn't a good effect.
The settings to make a massive difference to how your photographs look, some people might be sceptical about this, but there is a big difference between taking a picture in auto on normal brightness than taking another picture in natural light setting, other settings can brighten ones face and make then illuminated as if it was in person because I've found I look a lot better in person and quite gloomy in pictures which is why I was sorting after a high quality camera like this one. The shutter button will go almost instantly when you press it, oops what's a matter wasn't you ready? well don't worry about that because the camera with automatically detect blinking and red eye, it will get rid of other of these leaving you with a great photo anyway which is why I love this so much, if there's a moment you just can't miss, chances are with this camera you won't miss a single frame.
Instructions and packaging
This comes with a disc an instruction manual, some usb wires both to the computer and to the tv which is handy, this comes in a large box and has soft sturdy spongy on both the top and bottom of the box several inches thick ensuring the camera and it's contence is safe and secure, which it is. Being and extrovert I don't look at instructions or anything that will help me I tend to figure it out myself and that's what I did, but looking through it, it only tells you the basics anyway such as where the flash is, how to but the batteries in how to put the strap on the camera but to someone who likes to read everything first they will find this to be very informative.
Taking care of your camera, price and availability.
So you want this to last along time because it isn't the cheapest you can't wash this but you can run a damp cloth over the full camera including the screen and lens just make sure you dry them straight away! This does come with a lens cap so make sure it is on whenever it isn't in use otherwise if you drop it your lens might smash, but to make sure you don't drop this it has a very long adjustable strap to make sure this is on you at all times too! This will not come with a case but if your getting this you may as well stretch a little further and get the case too, there is a specific case you can get for this which have pockets for wires and memory cards too.
The price it states is £299 and you can buy this from amazon and other various places, my dad got me a refurbished one for what he told me just over £100 from argos, this doesn't make the camera any less quality or not as good, it simply means someone has bought and returned it for no reason.
My experience with the finepix S1600.
I take my camera with me anywhere I can, the side part it about the size of an average palm so as you can guess it isn't too big, sometimes I'll take it in it's case most times I won't because I'm a rebel.. No really I just have normal sized bags and the case takes up to much room as it is large. The camera isn't very lightweight but it isn't enough to ache your hands, possibly after an hour or two but it won't constantly be in your hand will it. I love to get snippets of my life whether it be out for the day, to a gig, party, night out, friends house or even sat in my own room!
I have only used the recording once so I cannot really say too much about it but the sound quality consider is good clear with a little distortion and the picture quality of it isn't as good as actual pictures. However I have to say I look brilliant in these pictures, compared to my other average digital camera you can really tell the difference in which one is the better quality despite them both being 12MP. The settings allow me to adjust to my surroundings whether it be outside, dark, light or whatever it has something for it no matter what. Often before I'd have to take a picture in front of a window so it's light enough but you don't have to do anything like that with this. As for the pictures themselves the red eye and blink detection has proved to be very useless while it's been in my hands it helps to get good quality crisp pictures, they're not distorted in anyway and you can see the pictures as if it was you looking at them with your eyes rather than a picture and that's why this is so good.
Unfortunately I don't use this camera for all it has to offer but I am now going to start because after all this is an expensive camera and it would be pointless having it if I don't use all the settings as least once or twice. This does have an internal memory but it would help actually buying a memory card perhaps a 4 or 8gb depending how many pictures you wanted to take before having to switch everything around, it's also handy to have spare batteries in your case in case they run out without too much warning.
15X Wide optical zoom
3 Inch LCD screen
Dual Image Stabilisation with up to ISO 6400
Scene Recognition Auto
Multi modes including Target Auto Focus, Instant Zoom, Panorama Mode, continuous shooting, manual photographic controls
Intelligent Face Detection with red-eye removal, high-speed shooting, best framing and Histogram display
Weight - 336g
The box contains:
4 x AA Alkaline Batteries
Lens Cap Cord
CD Rom SoftWare
CR ROM Owners Guide
Summary: for beginners of photography
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