Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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A nice camera that can be picked up cheaply.
Fujifilm Finepix S5700
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Fujifilm Finepix S5700
Advantages: Has a good feel to it.
Disadvantages: Some concerns about the reliability
This camera is a couple of years old now, but is still reasonable, and can be found for a good price second hand, for those shopping with a limited budget.
For anyone familiar to the Fuji camera range, this is almost identical physically to both some of the older and newer cameras. The advantage of this means that finding a decent case for the camera is easy, and if you do decide to upgrade to a higher spec Fuji camera in future, it will almost certainly fit nicely in the same case.
The 10x optical zoom was very good for the time, and will be plenty for most people, but has these days been surpassed by 15 or 18x which now seems to be the norm. It can take either SD or XD memory cards, but I would steer clear of the XD as this seems to be disappearing from use in the UK, and will not likely be included on laptops with memory card slots (though there is of course a cable to connect via USB, which may be simpler for some).
On the topic of the memory card, it was here that I was disappointed. Within 3 weeks of use the camera developed a fault, and tended not to detect the memory card. After repeated attempts (maybe 20 plus times on a bad day) or removing and replacing the card it was eventually picked up. This point alone means I wouldn't strongly recommend the camera, but must admit I haven't heard of similar reports, so it is perhaps an isolated incident.
Within a week later the back LCD screen failed, and only showed a plain white image (probably a loose connection inside) which meant that I had to use the viewfinder. This might be the preferred choice on a particularly sunny day, but of course is not expected on a camera a month old.
My conclusion therefore is that whilst this is a good camera, and does a nice job of capturing the moment, it is best carried round on a silk pillow, rather than the top of a backpack. I have however, had no trouble with a subsequent Fuji film, so I don't believe this one model is representative of the brand as a whole, and there customer service was quite decent.
Summary: A nice camera, but sadly doesn't do the brand any favours.
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