Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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Perfect for someone who doesn't know all that much about photography, but wants to!
Fujifilm FinePix S4200
Member Name: peggyandella
Fujifilm FinePix S4200
Advantages: Fantastic quality, brilliant optical zoom and has a wide range of settings
Disadvantages: The AA batteries can be a small nuisance
After years of begging my parents for a new camera every Christmas, birthday or any other event I thought would be a reasonable time to ask, they eventually bought me this. The Fujifilm Finepix S4200 is a great camera and I loved it. I felt like a real photographer with it round my neck, and took pictures like one too!
The quality is superb and it lacks in nothing for a beginner. The easy to use dial at the top allows you to switch into several different modes for when you're feeling adventurous and want to experiment with the settings, but there's always the trusty auto setting to fall back on when you just want a good old hassle-free picture.
The camera boasts a terrific 24 x optical zoom which is just fantastic. The range means that it is easier to use than the more complex DSLR cameras and requires no lens change, which is ideal for all the situations life throws at you.
When I started I knew nothing about photography other than the basic point and shoot. However through this camera I was able to learn about the different relationships between ISO, shutter speed and aperture and have learned to love my manual setting. It was the perfect building block to buying my DSLR camera and well worth it.
The only thing I would say is that it is powered by four AA batteries, which I found annoying at times. However, had I actually thought about it and had gone and bought rechargeable batteries it would have been no problem whatsoever. Plus, the fact that it takes AAs means that if you're ever on holiday or on day trips away from a plug socket and it happens to run out (which rarely happens, the amount of shots you can take with one set of batteries is great!), spare AA batteries are cheaper and easier to find than than the awkward and expensive camera batteries.
A few months ago I decided (although somewhat reluctantly) to give this camera to my six year old niece in order for her to pursue her love of photography, and she loves it. This easy to use and perfect to learn from camera is brilliant and I would recommend to anyone wishing to find their love of photography. The pictures are fab and it is such good value for money. Buy it and enjoy your time with it!
Summary: Excellent in almost every way!
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