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I Recently bought this camera as I was going to a resort in the South of France called the Ardeche. The Ardeche has spectacular gorges, caves and cliffs from which are only accessible by Kayak/canoe. The camera itself shoots with 10 mega pixels and has a 3x Fujinon optical zoom. The extremally attractive price drew me to this particular model. There are 10 waterproof buttons aligned vertically along the largish 2.7 inch screen.
One of the buttons is movie mode - which is handy if you want to capture something quickly without fiddling about with the menu. The image quality is good for a £150 camera and can capture some really stunning underwater shots. There are many modes including snow, sunset, underwater, portrait, landscape, night etc.
I do find however that accessing these options (and others) is very time consuming, and by the time you've got there - the moment has gone. Also, despite being a waterproof camera, i feel that the battery and SD card compartment are somewhat unprotected. I also found that the lens is covered by a single piece of glass that is prone to scratching and can get grubby sometimes. This is the same for the screen - which needs constant cleaning due to endless amounts of fingerprint marks!!! Still these are minor flaws for such a cost effective camera that does shoot some really breath-taking photos.
I bought this camera in a dashing pink colour from Dubai duty free for around £100. THe current selling price is £129.99, but thats got tax on it ;)
The main reaosn it appealed to me was because of the fact that it is waterproof. I've gotten some cheeky snaps underwater with it, which came out suprisingly well. I'm also quite unlucky, and my old camera was subjected to puddles and mud quite a bit. THe beauty of this camera is that you can simply put it under the tap to clean it.
The camera feels substantial in your hand, not flimsy at all, and another big appeal was the bright colour of it.
THe camera is 10 megapixels, not as high as some cheaper cameras, but the lens is just as important as the megapixels, and this has fujifilms 'fujinon' lens. Admitedly, I would not use it for proffesional photography, as there is no optical zoom, but the 5.7x digital zoom suits my needs.
The camera comes with the standards, flash continuous shooting and red eye reduction, but it also includes an anti-blur feature and can detect 4 faces which it focuses on.
The camera uses the standard SD memmory card, but it is also compatible with the newer SDHC type. It is also Pictbridge compatible, and so you can print directly from the camera.
I think that overall it was a good purchase, certainly I bemoan the lack of optical zoom, the low battery expctation and the slightly annoying menus, but I can't fault it for anything else. I feel the lens makes it superior to cameras with more megapixels, and that for the price I paid it was well worth it.
I'd also like to add that my old camera did not live as long as this one due to its frequent incidents with water - no such problem with the fujifilm.
I have a Sony camera which gives me brilliant quality pictures but I was going to Thailand on holiday for two weeks and I wanted a camera that I could take to the beach with me without having to worry about it getting wet or damaged. Now I didn't want to spend a fortune on a camera as I already have a good one so I did some browsing on Amazon and found the Fuji Film Z33WP for the bargain price of 88 pounds so I decided to but it for my holiday.
The camera comes in a variety of different vivid colours such as bright pink and gold but I decided on the green. When the camera arrived I was pleasantly surprised by how attractive it was, I was expecting it to be pretty big and bulky from the pictures but this was a tiny gorgeous looking camera and the green colour was beautiful and just as vivid as the picture had made it seem. I was really pleased with the look and size of it and it would fit in the pocket of my shorts with no problem and since it looked so good I would be able to take it out to restaurants and bars with me in my jeans pocket also.
It has a metal case and on the back of it the buttons are made from rubber and it has a 2.7 inch screen so is perfect for viewing the pictures you have taken.
The camera has an internal memory of 50mb so not much for storing pictures so you will need to buy a memory card separately. This is pretty normal for most cameras though so wasn't a problem for me. The camera uses SDHC cards which are available in a variety of sizes and I purchased an 8gb one which is enough to store around about 1500 photos on it so more than enough for anyone.
Now as gorgeous as the camera is the reason I bought it was to document my trip to Thailand and its waterproof capabilities and this is where the camera let me down. It is a 10 mp camera and to be honest im not really sure what all this means but when viewed side by side with pictures taken from my Sony camera the Fujifilm couldn't compete with the clarity of the Sony. The pictures were perfectly adequate and I wouldn't say they were bad by any means but they lacked crispness. I used the camera a lot in the water and this is where this camera excelled. It was so good being able to take the camera in the sea and I got so many good pictures that I wouldn't have been able to otherwise. I even took the camera snorkeling with me so it was in the water a long time and I never had any problems with it. The manufacturers say it is waterproof to a depth of ten meters and while I can't say if this is true for the normal person who will be using it at the beach it works perfectly. I also used the video mode in the water and was extremely pleased with this function of it.
I did have couple of issues with the camera other than the picture quality such as the fact the lens doesn't have a cover. Now for a camera that is going to be taken to the beach where sand may scratch it this seemed like a pretty bad design flaw in my opinion. Also the zoom buttons are in a really awkward position and my fingers kept sliding off them. These are only minor problems though and wouldn't detract me from recommending the camera. There are no doubt much better waterproof cameras available but certainly not for the price of this one and in my opinion for 88 pounds it is a complete bargain and anyone thinking of buying a waterproof camera for their holidays should definitely think about getting this one.