Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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A decent camera available at a decent price if you shop around. Not an SLR, though, despite its size
Fujifilm Finepix S1730
Member Name: Hannard
Fujifilm Finepix S1730
Advantages: It takes some great pictures, you can customize it to your hearts content. Great zoom.
Disadvantages: It's pretty big and bulky. The viewfinder is electronic.
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.
Summary: Good if you get get it for under £100.
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