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I have debated for some time whether or not to review this camera. First although it is still available form a few sources, a newer more advanced model will cost you less. Second I am an imbecile where cameras are concerned. I know next to nothing. But then I decided there must be others with no technical knowledge, who want a simple camera with excellent results. I love this camera so much, should it ever break I honestly would consider paying above the odds for the exact same thing.
I bought this camera because of optical zoom. this has 10x optical zoom and what looks like a real lens. The salesman told the only factor in a camera was mega pixels. At 5.1 million mega pixels, this was not top of the line even at the time. But I still believe a good lens must make a difference so I bought it. I am also convinced optical zoom is so much better than digital.
10 x optical zoom
4 x digital zoom
5. million mega pixels
video recording 30fps
auto focus - just point and shoot
colour or monochrome
Macro zoom 10cm
16 megabyte - throw this away and buy a proper sd memory card asap at least 2 gb. It has been so long since I used this card - I am not certain the number of photos it held - but I believe it was around six. There is no internal memory.
In all honesty I use this camera for one thing only - family photos. This includes night shots ( Halloween) action shots with children and posed shots. I have tried the video, but prefer my video camera. I have only rarely tried anything but auto focus - even for night shots. All I do is point and shoot. But we have enlarged some of our photos to frame and display. I often have people ask where we had the photos taken, stating the natural background looks so real - it is real. When I reply I took them they I get surprised looks - "I never knew you were a photographer". Some of these pictures have captured every nuance, the exact shade of my children's' eyes, it even seems to have captured the twinkle. I have suppressed the flash and still have recognisable pictures of my children alongside their glowing Jack O lanterns, pictures of fireworks going off, the children in mid air jumping on trampolines (and beds). My favourites though are the up close portraits. I do believe the quality of these prints exceeds the few professional photos we have had taken. Additionally the cost of this camera - around £120 new - is very close to the cost of the portrait package I purchased when my oldest was a newborn.
Batteries : This uses 4 AA batteries. I would recommend Duracell. Cheaper batteries results in lag between photos and blurred photos. As soon as you notice a lag, replace batteries. I take a lot of photos and use 3 -4 sets per year. Using the regular viewfinder rather than the lcd screen as I do, does make them last longer. Because this requires more juice than many applications though, I have found the discarded batteries do a grand job with toys, clocks and lower drain items.
This camera sells for £75 used on Amazon. You can buy a new one online around £125, but at £119, the FinePix S2950 is likely a better buy. It looks like an upgraded version of this. Still I absolutely love this camera. It has survived drops, bangs, spills and a 2 year old photographer. It has given me years of top quality , cherished family memories and never let me down by missing that all important shot - except the time I tried pound shop batteries - my fault - or the time I left the lens cap on - oops. I have no intention of replacing this unless I absolutely must.
This camera came with an instruction book ( which i never really read) and a cardboard box. Nothing else. There was no software, no photo editing suite, no carry case, no batteries not even so much as a usb cable. You can upload your photos straight from memory card - but we do find transfer much easier via a cable.
If you have always wanted to take pictures like a pro, but do not have a professional's budget or expertise, this is the camera for you.
I got this camera when it was on offer a few years back. I saw it in the shop and looked at its stats and thought it looked pretty good. it looks robust and like it should be a D-SLR but when you use it, it is essentially just a compact in a different guise.
it offers plenty of standard options you would exect such as different presets and such, and not much else besides. it can be difficult to find manual controls that you would wish to use such as white balance and manual focus.
the zoom on it is adicuate nothing special but not too bad either.
as for the image quality it is fine for most standard applications just don't blow up your images to much.
over all it is a good enough camera just on the bulky side for what it offers, if you want a camera that looks like an SLR and has the features and controls of an SLR then get an SLR not this one. If you want the ease of use of a compact and a good point and click automatic camera there are plenty of other options and ones that are much easier to carry around. Where as if you want a camera that looks like a SLR and behaves like a compact then this is for you!
I bought this camera to use on a photography trip. I didn't want to get a "touristy" slimline camera but I couldn't afford to get a top of the range slr. This camera only cost slightly more than a basic digital one and had the look and feel of a professional piece of equipment. It is very easy to use, has a range of functions on a simple selection wheel, choice between manual focus and auto-focus, a digital view finder and lcd screen. The picture quality was very good, not professional quality but good enough for most situations. I had it for 3 years and never had a problem, durability and quality did not degrade. The downsides to the camera are there as well though. The 10x optical zoom is ok but as it is a fixed lens there is no interchangable zoom, this is the maximum you get, as well as 5x digital zoom but this degrades the quality of the picture. The battery life is pretty good but i always carried a bunch of spares, just in case. Overall a neat little budget camera that can be used for holiday snaps or for basic photography.