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This is my dads camera, this isn't the most practical of cameras for someone like me who goes on holiday to Spain or Greece once a year but when I told my father that I was going to Australia he insisted I take this along rather than my compact digital camera. And when I look at the resulting photographs, I'm glad that I took his advice.
This is a high end professional camera, it's rather bulky and quite heavy when compared to my other little camera. The lens alone is huge. It's more like an old camcorder lens than a camera one. The dimensions of the whole unit are D 10, H 8.1, W 11.8cm and it weighs 445 g. The photos are what makes carrying around this monster worth while. It takes 14 mega pixel pictures this results in sharp, crisp, wonderfully detailed pictures. This is especially evident when talking photos of vast landscapes or wildlife, of which Australia had plenty. It's not as straight forward to use as a standard compact camera, my father gave me a few lessons to guarantee I was up to scratch. So I do recommend reading the large instruction booklet and having a few practice shots and also looking up advise online.
There are loads of photo programs such as sports mode for fast moving images, fireworks mode that I found worked best when photographing neon lights at night. And also the snow, sunset, portrait and about a million more. I was surprised that it had the same face detecting function as my more modern looking camera. This means that way taking a photo of lest say a person standing out on the beach it will detect where the person or persons face is and make sure it's in perfect focus, instead on focusing in and out on the moving background.
I also used this for recording video, it has a good resolution of 1280 x 720 although I must admit I used my iPad to record most of the video from that holiday this was used mostly for taking photographs and also if you do record video with it, the memory on your memory card eats up much quicker.
It has a optical Zoom of x 24 this is the best kind of zoom as the lens does the work and the pictures come out great. You can view these on the three inch colour LCD on the back of the camera before deciding to keep.
This was an amazing camera when it came to taking quality photos while in Australia. But I wouldn't use it for everyday use.
This can be bought at Amazon.co.uk for £133.99 + shipping
The FinePix S3200 camera boasts a high resolution 14-megapixel CCD, a bright 3.0" LCD screen (460K dot resolution) plus viewfinder and equipped with a 24x optical zoom. The FinePix S3200 is also intuitive and easy to operate and packed full of useful features and technologies. With its mega 24 mm wide-angle to 576 mm telephoto lens, the S3200 can capture a wide variety of shots. The S3200 also features a mechanically stabilized 14-megapixel CCD sensor and high ISO sensitivity settings which combine to offer Fujifilm's Dual Image Stabilization technology. This combination reduces the blurring effects in many shooting conditions. Also Panorama mode, HD movie, Face Detection and Easy Web Uploader combine with a host of other features to make the FinePix S3200 a feature-packed and versatile shooter for virtually any photographer.
|Product Description:||Fujifilm FinePix S3200 - digital camera|
|Product Type:||Digital camera - compact|
|Memory Card Slot:||SD card|
|Sensor Resolution:||14.0 Megapixel|
|Max Video Resolution:||1280 x 720|
|Lens System:||Fujinon 24 x zoom lens - 4.3 - 103.2 mm - f/3.1-5.9|
|Focus Adjustment:||Automatic, manual|
|Min Focus Range:||40 cm|
|Image Stabiliser:||Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)|
|Camera Flash:||Pop-up flash|
|Viewfinder:||LCD monitor - 0.2" - colour|
|Display:||LCD display - 3"|
|Supported Battery:||4 x AA alkaline battery ( included )
4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )
|AV Interfaces:||Composite video/audio, HDMI|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||11.8 cm x 10 cm x 8.1 cm|