Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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Great Bridge Camera
Fujifilm Finepix S5600 Zoom
Member Name: LindsayO
Fujifilm Finepix S5600 Zoom
Advantages: substantial camera at a great price
Disadvantages: none so far
Great Bridge Camera
The Fuji S5700 is what's known as a "bridge camera" because it bridges the gap between compact digital cameras and proper grown-up digital cameras with detachable lens, otherwise known as SLRs. Most people choose a bridge camera because they want something a bit more sophisticated and a bit more flexible than a compact, but they don't want the hassle of lugging around all the extra kit a real SLR entails. The Fuji S5700 is a great bridge camera. It's easy to use as a compact point and shoot camera. Leave it on the Auto setting and it takes great pictures for you, without you having to worry about aperture setting or shutter speed. But if you want to start learning a bit more about photography the Fuji S5700 is a great place to start. It has a completely manual mode that allows you to set the basics like aperture and shutter speed. Plus it has some really interesting modes that fall between the two extremes of fully Automatic or Manual.
Why I Bought the Fuji S5700
The current thinking amongst makers of high tech gadgets like digital cameras, mobile phones and mp3 players seems to be that smaller is better. But for a sizable portion of the population this isn't the case. And in my case this has all come to a head since I developed MS. My illness means that I walk with a cane and that at times my hands shake. I tend to drop things and I'm clumsier than I used to be. The older I get the less I'm impressed by tiny teeny gadgets. There is nothing to get a hold off, the buttons are just too tiny to be practical and the whole thing just doesn't feel substantial enough. Not with the Fuji S5700. It fits nicely into my hand. I can easily hold it in my right hand and support myself with my cane in my left. The hand grip is good sized, with a non-slip rubber like coating, with plenty of room on the back for my thumb and it houses the 4 AA batteries so the weight of the lens is well balanced. Since the Fuji S5700 comes with a good solid neck strap, even if I do drop it I know it will be okay. The buttons and controls are all conveniently located, feel solid and substantial, and are at just the right level of responsiveness, not to stiff to use, but not so easy to push that they get set off by mistake. The card is housed with the batteries, which put me off a little at first, as this arrangement can be fiddly to deal with, but so far it's caused no real problems.
Aside from the usual family snap shots of days out I was also looking for a camera to take photos of my craft work to post on my blog. The Fuji S5700 has a macro mode that allows you to focus in on objects at a very close range. I've been experimenting and I'm very impressed with the quality of photos I've been able to take, without any specialised equipment like a tripod or a lightbox.
General Photo Quality
The Fuji S5700 takes great photos in Auto Mode. Inside or out the colours are crisp and strong without being either washed out or too punched up looking. The zoom lens means you can take close ups and focus in on details. The manual does a good job of explaining all the functions and setting, and has allowed me to start experimenting with some of the more advanced features on the camera as soon as I took it out of the box.
So why choose the Fuji S5700 over its competitors
The Fuji S5700 isn't the only camera with many of the features and attributes I've just described. But before choosing it, I looked at several very similar cameras. So why did I choose this specific one? First of all, it felt best in my hand. It had the right weight balance and the best hand grip. Second, it was just marginally smaller than the others I looked at meaning that it fit comfortably into my inside jean-jacket pocket. Third, was the price. The Fuji S5700 provided the best value for money deal. It had all the features I was looking for at the best price.
I would highly recommend the Fuji S5700 to anyone looking for a camera that is more substantial than a compact, either in terms of its physical size or in terms of what the camera can actually do.
Summary: If you want a camera that is a step up from a compact, choose this one
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