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FujiFilm Finepix S5800
Fujifilm Finepix S5800
Member Name: natalie90
Fujifilm Finepix S5800
Date: 25/07/09, updated on 17/06/10 (78 review reads)
Advantages: Relatively cheap, takes great photos, optical zoom
Disadvantages: Pop up flash has broken on mine :(
[Can I apologize now for the lack of correct photography terminology. I am a beginner and am still trying to understand the terminology]
I picked this camera up a few years back, when I wanted something that was a step up from the simple point and shoot digital cameras I was used to. This was just under £100 in Argos so was within the price range I was looking for and providing everything I wanted.
The camera itself comes boxed with the standard accessories; lens cap, neck strap, instruction manual, USB cable, software CD and the camera itself. Although there is no carry bag or memory card included, I suppose not many cameras come with those these days. The camera isn't the tiny cameras we are all used to; it is quite chunky and easy to get a good grip on, which was something I was looking for since I have lost tiny digital cameras in the past purely because I don't realise that it is in my bag. This camera isn't particularly heavy but it is heavier than a standard camera.
As a beginner, I wanted something which gave me those professional looking photos without too much technical jargon or techniques. With 8 million megapixels and a 10x optical zoom, this camera does just that. The camera is very sleek, sturdy and feels like you are holding something in your hand (this may sound weird but I hope you get what I mean, many digital cameras weigh next to nothing and you forget that you are holding a camera).
The camera comes with many different scene settings, from portrait and beach to sunset and museum. This is great for me since I don't really understand aperture and ISO so to be able to change a setting easily and have the camera do the rest was a huge advantage.
The S5800 comes equipped with a large, clear LCD screen which you can shoot photographs through or switch to EVF (Electronic View Finder) mode and shoot through the view finder which is great for getting the professional angle on a photograph. There is a spin dial on the top of the camera which allows you to select the mode which you wish to take photographs in. With everything from movie mode and picture stabilization to aperture and shutter priority modes, where the user sets either the aperture or shutter speed. Manual mode is also available where the user can set both the shutter speed and the aperture.
The optical zoom on the camera is amazing. There is a twisting knob on the shutter button which allows you to zoom in or out. I attended two concerts this year and was sat 20 rows back on the 2nd one and could get quality photographs which didn't make the performer look like a tiny doll! However when you are fully zoomed in, the photographs do start to lose some quality and some can end up blurred, but it still isn't too shabby! The movie mode is also very useful and produces very good quality videos from a camera. With a 1GB memory card you can expect around 20-25 minutes of video footage with this camera.
The S5800 also comes with a pop up flash which is very bright and can lighten any scene; however my flash has recently broken and pops up but doesn't hold itself up any more which is quite annoying. The camera takes four AA batteries which do last with the camera. I bought some cheap rechargeable batteries from Asda and use these as standard batteries are just too expensive and don't last that long.
The software which accompanies the camera is very easy to use and makes transferring your photographs to your computer almost effortless. If your computer comes with a slot for your memory card then you can also transfer your pictures manually rather than connecting the camera to your computer.
Overall, I love this camera and makes taking professional quality photographs a breeze!
Summary: A great beginner camera which makes photography a lot more enjoyable for us beginners!
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