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I bought this camera a few years ago with the underwater housing that is available for it from a dive shop, with the intention of using it for underwater photography. I then took it on a big trip to Australia and got some truly amazing shots of coral reefs, swimming with dolphins and even whale sharks. Like all underwater cameras it took a big of practise to get the underwater shots right, but once I did they came out really well for a beginner like me.
The only problem with this camera and the underwater housing is that once you have put it into the housing there is no way of turning it off, because to do this you have to slide the lens cover over the lens (impossible when it's sealed into the housing). Because of this the battery wears out really quickly, which was very frustrating.
When not using it as an underwater camera it still took great shots and was pretty robust in terms of me dropping it. As the previous reviewer mentions I too didn't need a case for this camera and it has hardly any scratches on it.
The various different settings it has include: taking photos in the snow, on the beach, at a party, with pets and even close ups of flowers. All of which were really useful. The pre-programmed auto setting was also good at taking general pictures. If you are taking lots of photos in a day this camera needs charging every night, but if not the battery will last a few days.
All in all I would say this was a good value little camera, whether you are using it for underwater photography or not. If you are an experienced underwater photographer then I this camera probably isn't the one for you as it's pretty basic. But if you are looking for a way to begin learning underwater photography then I would recommend it.
Finally just two negatives about the camera, firstly the sneaky slide lens cover does have a tendency to open itself in your bag or pocket, meaning that when you come to take a picture you have no battery left. A case would probably have remedied this. Secondly if you get any grit or sand in the slide mechanism of the lens cover, expect scratches and difficulty opening and closing, so just be careful when you're on the beach.
As someone who is rather clumsy, when it came to buying a camera I wanted one that was not going to break easily and that was relatively easy to use. I got exactly what I asked for when I bought the Fujifilm Finpix Z200fd digital camera. Not only is this camera very easy to use but its also indistructable (trust me, I've dropped this camera more then enough times). This is why I'd call this the perfect clubbing/drunken camera, your photos dont easily blur and as I've already mentioned, you can drop your camera without much damage.
What is also great about this camera is the price, its not terribly expensive compaired to others of a similar quality. The biggest downside of this camera is the fact that the lens is at the very top of the camera and above it is the button to press when taking a photo. This then sometimes results in the fact that people have their fingers in your photos. The video button is also very close to the camera button and I have found several of my friends filming us rather then taking a snap shot.
As this camera has a scratch proof surface I do not have a camera case and its scratch-free. The battery life of this camera is quite reasonable but the slide lens cover sometimes opens on its own accord which runs down the battery. It uses a Lithium battery which usually lasts a whole day if not more depending on how many photos/videos I take. The camera has 10 mega pixels but has not got he best photo resolution as its not a camera designed for people who want great shots.
I have had this camera for about two years now and still love it. This is defenitly a product I would recommend to anyone who wanted an every day camera that wasn't easily broken, yet if you want high quality photos then this may not be the camera for you.
The 10-megapixel FinePix Z200fd touts cutting-edge technology and advanced features including a Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens, a high-resolution, scratch-resistant 2.7" LCD and sensitivity settings that enable partygoers to take beautiful, natural-looking images without flash, retaining the atmosphere of twilight and late-night events.
Featuring Fujifilm's Face Detection technology, now working in tandem with automatic red-eye removal, the FinePix Z200fd makes it easy to capture your friends' good sides. At the press of a button, this mode identifies up to 10 human faces in a scene, and sets the correct focus and exposure, regardless of where subjects are located within the frame. The FinePix Z200fd then instantly checks each detected face for red eye, and if found, corrects it automatically in the camera, avoiding the process of editing later.