Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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A decent compact camera
Fujifilm Finepix T200
Member Name: fallen_flame
Fujifilm Finepix T200
Advantages: Takes brilliant pictures
Disadvantages: The lens shutter/cover doesn't always open fully
What can I say about this camera?
Well...I absolutely love it! It is the best camera I have ever owned. From the clarity of the pictures, to how easy it is to use, it ticks a lot of boxes for me! We have this in gun metal not black and I've had the camera almost a year now so let's get down to the specifics shall we?
This camera takes 14 mega-pixel photos and has a 10x optical zoom, however it does let me zoom in further on the digital zoom and I've got some incredible pictures of Aeroplanes recently.
Before this camera I had a 5 mega-pixel and a 10 mega-pixel that was given to me. The difference is astonishing. The clarity of the pictures is just amazing, and it captures every tiny detail! It's great for taking pictures of things like Aeroplanes, but we've also taken pictures of things like ladybirds! My son has a thing for taking pictures of creepy crawlies. The picture quality is so good that even my 4 year old has taken pictures with it!
**Range and quality of features**
You have the option to take pictures or shoot a short video of about 10 minutes (Which does include sound!)
For videos there are minimal options, however for pictures, the sky is the limit pretty much. You can set it to natural ambience, set it to the beach to take into account all the sun, there's also night settings, movement settings (great when you have young kids!), even baby settings!
The optical zoom goes up to 10x, however the digital zoom goes up to 67x. And in the pictures below, the shot of the Aeroplane is zoomed in to 67x, making an awesome shot, unfortunately not quite enough to get the details on the plane, but for a compact digital camera, none too shabby especially considering I only paid about £99 for it (not including the SD card).
**Ease of use**
It is very easy to use, and easy to get the hang of. If I can work it out without looking at/needing the instructions anyone can as I'm not great with technology! The only problem I have had using it is that the lens shutter doesn't always close fully, and had a couple of times when a random black mark has appeared in the corner of some photos, however I didn't need to do anything and it went away by itself pretty quickly.
It has two buttons at the top, one to switch it on/off, and the other to take the picture, which also has a bit on the outside that you can turn to zoom in and out. On the back there are two circular bits, the top one is a dial for choosing the picture setting, the bottom one has 2 sets of buttons, the top set is for deleting pictures, setting a delay timer, and choosing the flash settings, the button in the middle is the menu/ok button. When you look back through your pictures you can also use them to go up, down, right, left. There are also 2 buttons in the middle, an arrow which lets you look through your pictures and display/back which lets you choose your information on/off settings and puts up a grid too.
As I said earlier, if my 3 year old can use it (obviously with supervision), then it's a good camera. It has been dropped a couple of times and is yet to break. There a couple of wear and tear scratches on the exterior and as already mentioned I've had a couple of issues with the lens shutter but other than that it's been fantastic and I have no complaints after a year. (I will update if this changes at any point).
This camera always works; the battery lasts for absolutely ages and only takes a few hours to charge up completely. I can put it on charge before I go to bed and it will be done by the time I wake up. I use my camera in bursts, for a few days in a row (I think the longest burst has been a couple of weeks) and it didn't need to be charged until the end of it.
**Size & Weight**
Well it's a compact camera so the clue is in the title. It's nice and small. 28.1mm thick and 97 mm wide. It feels very light, I've adapted it slightly so I can wear it round my neck if I need to (partly so it doesn't get stolen) and I hardly feel it. If anything I would prefer it to be a bit wider.
**Overall look & design**
It looks pretty neat, it's not gaudy, I love the gunmetal colour and you don't notice the dust on it because of this. If it has been on sale in black I would have got that but I'm actually pretty pleased with the one I got. The screen is positioned well, though having bad eyesight I would prefer for it to be a bit wider to allow a bigger screen.
Erm...honestly I didn't need it. I did have a look through it and the instructions are easy to follow, and it explains everything well, and just like the camera it's nice and small but it's pretty easy to figure out what everything does on the camera.
**Value for money**
In total I paid just under £115 for this and an SD card. I can honestly say I have no regrets as it meets everything I want in a camera for now and it works for a low budget like mine. If you want something cheap and cheerful that takes great pictures, then choose this, however if you want a camera that is all singing, all dancing, you're probably better looking into an DSLR. I was actually advised against getting a Fujifilm camera but I personally would definitely recommend this to a friend (and have done).
** Also posted on ciao under the same name **
Summary: Give it a whirl
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