Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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Flashing an Image Before Your Very Eyes
Fujifilm Finepix S1730
Member Name: kristoph23
Fujifilm Finepix S1730
Date: 26/06/13, updated on 26/06/13 (107 review reads)
Advantages: It takes a great image in the sun
Disadvantages: Darker areas the images are not great
== 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.
Summary: A camera which offers lots but fails in many aspects
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