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      26.06.2013 16:20
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      A camera which offers lots but fails in many aspects

      When it comes to taking decent pictures I rarely produce an image which I would deem as professional quality. However, with this camera my results have begun to improve.

      == The Design ==

      This camera is designed mainly to make sure the biggest focus point is the LCD screen on the back which dominates the overall design. The back of the camera has the LCD screen and plenty of buttons which help you decide upon the type of picture you require.

      You have a dial at the top of the camera and you twist this to various settings such as Panoramic, Manual and others. You then have a display message put on the screen when you do that to indicate the setting you have selected.

      You have other buttons on the back such as a playback which enables you to view pictures or videos you have created and also buttons to delete pictures as well and that can be useful. You have the memory card slot and battery compartment on the side of the camera as well.

      On the top of the camera is when you use the lens zoom feature and this is done by gently touching this switch which zooms in and out quite quickly. The main button for taking pictures is located on the top of the camera as well.

      The front of the camera looks ugly and that is perhaps being mean but it does look horrible. The lens looks massive and if you want a camera case for this item they are hard to find and look just as nasty as the front of this camera does as well.

      All buttons are big enough to press and most have pictures or helpful guides displayed on the screen to help the photographer know what they are doing.

      == Features ==

      This camera has some features which are noteworthy and one of those is the camera has 12 mega pixels and I sometimes hear people say if you see a camera with more megapixels it is better which is not accurate. This camera has a good amount there to make you have the urge to buy it.

      The camera has a 15x optical zoom and 6.3 digital zoom which is fairly good and when you zoom you do notice the zoom is quick and very accurate which is a great feature to know about.

      This camera has face detection and red eye fix so if you take a picture and you're at a party you could identify faces and if someone has red eyes you can remove that on the camera rather than messing around on the computer.

      You can produce movies on this camera which is easy to do but this enables you to take pictures which are good quality but also produce a movie so a party again would be excellent for this feature. The movies can be high definition as well but this is not explained well.

      You can use wires supplied with this camera to view images and movies not only on your computer or direct to a printer but also a television as well which might be good viewing to show families.

      There are 16 scene modes to use on this camera and intelligent scene mode which are meant to assist you when you're unable to judge which scene setting is best for your current circumstances.

      The weight is around 330g and size measurements are 7.5cm in height, 11cm in width and 8cm in depth.

      == Taking Photos ==

      When you want to take photos this camera is very easy to use. You have to first understand the various settings you can adjust the camera to use and some are more complicated to understand then others.
      On top of the camera is a dial which has different settings and some are marked with a letter such as M for manual or A for aperture. Some have got words like Panoramic and some have pictures like a video camera

      When you use this camera the biggest problem is the amount of text and information displayed on the 3 inch LCD screen on the back. At the top you have all sorts of information displayed and I have never worked out once yet how to remove this information is annoying and gets in the way for when you are taking pictures.

      You can zoom into images really well but results do not always match the picture you see on the screen. If I sit back and across the room see my dog sitting in a lovely position when you try to focus with the zoom setting the image on the screen looks great, but when you take the picture and see the results it looks blurry.

      If you use the manual setting pictures tend to look very good indeed and the overall results look impressive. Colours look great and really solid so if the colour is an orange it produces a sharp finish and this is reflected in the cameras overall results.

      However, there is a negative with taking pictures and this is the facial recognition which for me is not the best. If you read the guide to this camera it does suggest you can find up to 10 people with the facial recognition but at best it can find five before getting confused and losing track altogether.

      I have also found if you are taking pictures in the dark results are not great with the flash. The results produce either a picture which is to dull in colour or a picture which looks rather bright and ruins the moment you try to capture.

      == Playback and Settings ==

      When you want to view a picture back you can usually see the pictures you have taken within a second after you have taken the image. If you wish to view all your photos you can do this with a play button highlighted in green.

      When you press this button you can travel forward and backward through photos and you can then remove any images which look really bad or keep the images you believe are good.

      The photos you take revolve around how good your skills are. The settings can only alter images to a degree such as the red eye problem which is very easy to do and out of thousands of images I have ever taken only one has ever had a red eye problem which never went even on my computer software it never went.

      The best part of the playback when watching movies and viewing photos is the fact you can see instantly how good the images are you have produced but the results always look different when on a computer screen or the television.

      An image I took recently looked so bad on the camera playback I was upset it came out so bad but when I viewed the image on the television the results were amazing and the print out where great and people did pass comments on how great it was but I nearly deleted the image due to the camera making it appear so bad.

      When you want to return back to taking pictures from the playback feature you have to turn the camera on and off again which is really silly in my eyes but it is the only way to returning to taking pictures again.
      The video capturing is good it offers a decent range of images for the video camera but the sound is not the best but you can hear information being told in the background. I would personally not use this item for video images if you have better alternatives.

      You can alter the amount of light you take in a picture with the various settings but this again is not explained that well anywhere.

      == My Experience ==

      In the past cameras I have used have all been Digital cameras so this was the first bridge camera I had used and it was a decent price. The features seemed to help what I needed this camera to do for me and the results were mixed.

      The first problem with the camera is the silly lens cap which is useless. The cap never stays on and does not fit and it seems most people who report a fault with this camera document this as a problem and it is annoying one as well.

      When you first use the camera you want to experiment which feature suits you best but with me I found just the manual setting was the best. I turned the camera to aperture setting and all this seem to do was offer more light for the picture and that was it.

      All other features never altered the image at all except one which was producing really nice results and this is the panoramic feature. I was at a football match at Wembley last year viewing Ukraine vs. England and I decided to use this camera before the match started and you take one picture and then move the camera slightly and then take another picture and finally a third one.

      The result is an excellent picture showing everyone in the ground and it was superb and this is a great feature and works a treat. When it came to face recognition this camera did not produce great results.

      If you have a room with 5 people in the camera tends to work out about three of them if you're lucky but never all five. The camera is meant to be able to locate 10 faces but it has never come close which annoyed me when I was at a party for blood donors and I missed some people and it was unexpected.

      I found myself looking at batteries a lot if you put in the 4 AA batteries they never last long and this includes the top class batteries as well. You need to use rechargeable as the amount of money used purely for batteries is crazy.

      The camera is heavy and although the weight is 330g it is bulky and when you're aiming to take a picture it is a complicated process. If you're trying to zoom into a special feature or target you find that the weight plays a huge part on whether the image is any good or not.

      I found colours very good but when it comes to producing images at night I have yet to find a decent result which is upsetting for a camera which does well in other areas.

      I have an 8GB SD card inside this camera and the average size of a picture is around 3.3MB a time so you need to take a fair few photos to fill this size up but most images you will delete when you first use this camera as it can be tough to adjust to.

      == Final Thoughts ==

      This camera does produce good quality images and if you have a nice summer's day the results are amazing and are excellent overall. If you wish to delete a photo hold fire until you have viewed it on the computer or television as sometimes the results are better by a long distance.

      This camera has got decent features but not all of them work accurately or produce the kind of results you may want from a camera. The video capturing is good but I admit to rarely using this feature.

      If you use this camera to view animals or flowers it would be excellent but for animals far away it is pointless as results are not great. I like how the buttons are all close together but the end results of the images you take regardless of the settings look no different and this is confusing for me.

      I paid over £100 for this item just over a year ago and for me it is one camera you would use for the easier shots as a beginner but not something to use for anything spectacular.

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        06.11.2012 11:15
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        A good camera with easy to use functions

        I bought this camera last year when I got married. We had decided to save (a lot of) money and have a friend take our photos for us so wanted a decent camera for the job. We were lucky and it was half price at the time and paid £99 and I see it currently sells on Amazon for £129.99 - which I still think is a good price for it.

        With its 15x optical and 6.3x digital zoom getting clear pictures from a distance has been very good. I can sit on my bench in the park or at the beach and get good shots as my kids run around enjoying themselves.

        With the choice of using the 3" viewing screen or turning off the display and using the view finder it is easy to capture the shot I want, even when light makes it difficult to see what's on the screen.

        The 12.2mp resolution also ensures good quality photos and i was very happy with all the photos of our special day.

        With a weight of 337g it is heavier than the compact camera I am used to but is not too heavy to use for a prolonged length of time. It did feel quite cheap and plasticy when we first got it but the more we used it the more robust it seemed. It's been all over the place with us, Spain, camping, days out, and so far shows no signs of wear and tear. The camera dimension are 3.1" x 4.37" x 2.98" for height, width, and depth and it comes with a strap for ease of carrying whilst in use.

        I am not what you would call a pro photographer - most of my photos are taken with my phone - but even I have managed to successfully use some of its special features. I managed, with a little initial guidance, to get a really good panoramic shot at Stone Henge. I also like the option for the camera to continuously take shots whilst holding down the button and have managed to capture some great action shots of my 10 year old. The auto focus with image stabilisation helps me no end and its face recognition software even tells me when someone in the photo has blinked - although it also says this about inanimate objects sometimes.

        The camera is easily connected to a pc via a usb cable although I tend to use a good quality SD card to store and use any photos I take.

        All in all we have found this camera to be excellent and I am looking forward to discovering and learning to use its other functions.

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        24.08.2011 09:33

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        Absolutely worth the money and is a brilliant little camera

        I bought this camera after my previous canon's screen was broken, and after using a canon I was a bit skeptical about getting a fujifilm, the real reason behind this purchase for me was that I needed a camera, and didn't have much money to spend, so I was astonished when I saw how cheap this was.
        I read a few reviews and almost immediately bought it. I was pleasantly surprised when it was delivered, it has a lovely feel to the camera and the slight design all over it is really cool.
        I am still to do this amazed with all the things that it can do, and the quality of the pictures and videos that it takes, I am a keen photographer and this is my little secret.
        The zoom feature is simply outstanding as the quality doesn't fade when you are really zoomed in to something. Also there is a cool panorama setting, which my father finds handy as he takes pictures of his work and doesn't usually fit into just one picture, so he is always amazed by the panoramic setting and You don't just get 1 macro setting. Oh no you get the choice of Macro or Super Macro, personally I make use of those settings the absolute most, however sometimes when taking a macro photo the colour tends to fade into the background and you get other troubles. Not with this baby, I love it and I bought it when It was on offer too, it was only £100 when I bought it and it is worth so much more.

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        17.06.2011 21:03

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        This camera is great for amateurs who are looking to get professional style photos.

        I recently bought this camera just before I was about to go on holiday and it really was worth it. The camera is obviously a digital camera, looks like a larger SLR but actually isnt. The large 12.2 Megapixels means you get a really great clear shot, no matter the weather. It also has 15x optical zoom which I found really helpful as it can capture shots far away, whilst still keeping the clearness to the shot. The camera is not easy lightweight but it is a compact (large handbag needed) style. I couldnt find a case for the camera in Tesco, where I bought it, so i made one and it works just fine, keeping it clean and scratch-free. The electronic screen is really easy to see and use as it is very big. A great thing about this camera is that it has different settings, you can adjust the camera or have it do it automatically.
        If your not after something thats quite bulky then id stick to a more compact camera, but if your after the professional look, this camera will give you great pictures at a great price.

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        08.05.2011 16:39
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        Good if you get get it for under £100.

        Despite looking a bit chunky, the Finepix S1730 isn't a digital SLR camera. It does have a 15x zoom lens, though, which is why it's so large. It's a pretty decent camera - although it's not worth the £250 or so that it was originally sold at. I managed to pick mine up for £75 at Argos. Argos are currently selling it at £99, which isn't too bad.

        The S1730 can be tweaked to your hearts content if you so desire. Or if you're an amateur you can just point and click and then look at some of the fancier features later on. I started using the special features more or less straight away - some of these are a bit fiddy to get at, but they include the ability to take several shots in one go, useful if you're trying to capture an action shot, take shots with different lighting settings automatically and more. My personal favourite is the panorama mode which is a cinch to use - you can take three pictures and have them blended together in the camera to create one long shot.

        So that's the good - what about the bad? Well, it's heavy - and it's not a camera you can just stick in your pocket. I ended up buying a case off E-Bay for a fiver. And while it does have a viewfinder you can look through, it's an electronic viewfinder. What this means is that it still uses more battery life than it would if you were just looking through a lens. Essentially, you've got a tiny hole you look into at the back of which is a tiny screen. Whereas a proper viewfinder lets you actually look through the camera at the scene itself.

        If you don't want to fork out for an SLR camera, and want a model with a few decent features, then the S1730 is well worth picking up if you can find it for under £100. If, on the other hand, you don't really need the zoom, and want something you can stick in your pocket, you're best off with a compact camera.

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        22.03.2011 15:45

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        one more product from Fujifilm of course when we hear the word Fujifilm've imagined the best products in the field of photography as currently fuji always put customer satisfaction. As for Fujifilm FinePix S1730 is equipped with 12 mega pixels. 15x.Wide angled lens.Zoom Fujinon lens 28mm lens. 15x optical zoom.6.3 x digital zoom. 23MB internal memory. 3in LCD screen. PictBridge compatible. Dual image stabilization. In-camera red eye fix.Face detection, 10 faces. Continuous shooting, up to 10 frames per second. In-camera red eye fix. wow the price of £ 97.91 you get offered is comparable sophistication. you can capture the moment with a loved one or with any person or place you are visiting beautiful places. or with you carrying the camera can show you as one who has the soul of high art because this camera has an amazing shape

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        22.02.2011 01:37

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        The camera is ok but I am glad I paid another £25 and got a better camera.

        I was looking for a camera for my daughter to use on her photo course. I read every review looked at the specs and went to the shop to buy it. When I got to the shop they had all gone. I looked around and found one but at £40 more. I took my own SD card and took the same photos with three different cameras. Took a micro shot of my keys, long shot down the shop and zoom on the sales person. When I looked at the shots at home the long shot down the shop was not sharp had a visibly distorted feel to them same with the micro shots which for some reason were a little out of focus too. It did have lots of settings for all types of shots. It is not an SLR camera so cannot change the lens. I wanted a light camera but when I held it, it felt tacky and too light. I thought it was good, but it was not actually what I was looking for, I wanted the best for the money. I wanted a camera with 4 AA batteries good rechargeable ones work a treat. But when I opened the door for the batteries it felt weak and the batteries fell out all over the counter and floor. Another problem was the flash had to be manually opened, it pops up on top and it felt like it would brake when you touch the flash as it wobbles. The picture quality is ok to good but not as good as another camera I tried in the shop those picture just blew the Fuji away, that camera was a Lumix FZ38 which is a Panasonic camera in disguise, it was a bit more money but the pictures were better and the camera felt just right in your hands. I would always recommend taking your own SD card and taking the same shots of the same object on the same settings and then you will see to difference in cameras.

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        31.12.2010 19:08
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        Recommendation for a srl camera

        For an SRL camera that was a bargain price in Argos. I was dubious first as you are not able to change the lens but the next priced srl camera was £200 more. So I bought this a a birthday present for my fiance.

        And he was very pleased. Even though you cant change the lens the zoom on this is fantastic. And you are able to zoom into a leaf on a tree in the distance with no lose of quality in the picture.

        The only downside to this is the battery usage. It seems to eat four AA batteries over a couple of days if left on for long period of times. And be aware that the camera tends to prefer to same batteries over the life of its camera. So far example if the first batteries you put in are duracel ensure that replacements are the same. I made this mistake when I had my first camera and replaced with different batteries and I couldnt get the camera to stay on for longer than 30 seconds. I took it back to the shop and they quickly gave me an exchange but said its because of the battery type not being the same. I have had no problems with my replacement and it has been on many holidays with me.

        These cameras are heavier than a standard digital camera but this is because it is very sturdy and I happen to drop by accident I dont expect it to break. Not planning on testing it out though. This camera is not ideal if you want to take it on a night out as the size and weight is not practical to put into a handbag. Doesnt come with a case, but I suggest buying one.

        I compare this to a more expensive camera and the difference is price can not be noticed dramatically. So if you are looking for a cheaper srl camera I would highly recommend this one.

        It takes pictures with ease, and uploads on to a computer within a matter of a couple of minutes. The picture quality is superb. The pictures are crisp and sharp and photos taken in the evening are not affected by quality as the light automatically comes on, but you can choose to put this on for any picture.

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