Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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The Fuji S5800 - the camera you would not want to be without!
Fujifilm Finepix S5800
Member Name: MeanieBum
Fujifilm Finepix S5800
Having studied both Graphic Design and Photography and always been a keen artist with many a camera, I asked Santa to buy me this amazing camera for Christmas 2007. Well it was between this and it's predecessor the S5700. On opening this I was exstatic that this is the one I got as it more than meets even my professional expectations.
The camera is not a compact, obviously, but is not huge and chunky either. I think it is quite cute and is almost mini SLR sized. It is black and comfy to hold, yet unexpectedly light. The camera is very durable and solid and can certainly pack a fair few punches.
There are a number of settings including landscape, portrait, night, fireworks, manual, macro, super macro, forced flash, supressed flash etc etc. You can change the colour of the image from normal to "chrome" or "black and white"- my personal favourite.
I have recently enjoyed playing with the exposure and aperture settings to produce some amazing HDR imagery that is mind blowing.
Most camera uses would opt for a camera with a lithium battery as camera taking AA batteries are renowned for having a poor battery life- well mine certainly doesnt. I bought cheap re-chargeable batteries from Wilkinsons and in proof of how long it took to go through the batteries- I went on holiday for 10 days to see my best friend get married, I took nearly 1000 photos and it only just began flagging the battery light. I even took 3 videos totalling 12 minutes. I spent more time changing my memory cards than I did the batteries.
The LCD screen is perfect in size, alot larger than the compact screens.
I very easily hooked up my camera to my Dad's 50 inch LCD tv with no problems and showed the whole family my pictures of my trip. We also have a dvd player with a usb port and this was easier to connect through too.
As an 8 mega pixel camera you are hard pushed to beat this kind of quality and in all general uses have no need to either. Even as a professional camera this camera works extremely well.
I did not have to load the software onto my Dads computer - even though the cd is provided, along with carry strap and a mere 26mb internal memory- but come on we all use memory cards now as this is simply insufficient.
The quality of the photos can be changed down from 8mb if required to allow for more images to be taken on your memory card- if you are short of room.
Although fuji do not openly list any accesories to go with this amazing piece of kit I have found so many I do not know where to start.
Digitaltoy has a full range of tripods- which fix easily to the underside of the camera- and also additional slave flashes, fish eye lenses, wide angle lenses, multi image filters, polarizers, super wide angle filters, macro lenses and I am sure much much more.
All in all I would say this camera is amazing and is most definately suitable for professional, amateur and even the budding beginners of photographers
Summary: Perfect for professionals, amateurs and the budding beginner
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