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The Fujifilm Z5 fd Digital Camera is a great value camera. On Amazon it can be bought new for £110.99, which is ggod value for a camera that has so much to offer especially to amateur/casual photographers - which I am. It takes great photographs which can easily be uploaded onto a computer and made into videos etc. However, this camera may well be beaten by newer rivals because I must have got this camera 2-3 years ago and the technology is rapidly improving. Nonetheless, for casual photographers it will still be a good value camera.
Ease of Use
The camera is easy to use. It comes with hand strap that can easily be attached to the camera and is comfortably big enough to fit around anybody's wrist. This offers reassurance against dropping this brilliant camera. It is small and therefore easily transportable. The menus and settings are easy to navigate as there is a simple layout to the camera. It has a menu button which is centrally placed and then up, down, left, right buttons surrounding this. The change between video and still is easy to make as there is just a simple button which can be slide to either setting on top of the camera. There is also a display which tells you how much battery is left and it is very clear and precise. Also, when being charged it tells you clearly on the display how much is needed and when it is fully charged.
I am no camera expert but I have found this camera incredibly easy to use.
Digital Camera Finepix Z5fd
Rechargeable Battery NP-40
USB cable for the Finepix Z5fd
A/V cable for the Finepix Z5fd
AC Power adaptor for the Finepix Z5fd
CDRom - Finepix Viewer
- Imagemixer VCD2 LE for Finepix
This is a 6.3 megapixel camera.
It has 18.5 x Total Zoom - 3 x Optical, 6.2 x Digital
It has a 2.5 inch LCD monitor.
It has approximately 26 MB internal memory. However, it connects so easily with computers that photos can easily be stored on these safely and then deleted from the camera. This is what I tend to do.
The camera copes very well when moving which is very useful if taking pictures whilst on a train or skiing etc... The photographs still come out very clear and there is no sign of blur, unlike on the camera on my phone or on my old camera.
The Fujifilm Z5 is one of those cameras that looks really stylish, is gorgeously thin and has a great price tag but can take really shoddy pictures.
It's evident that this is a low-end consumer point-and-shoot - there's no shutter speed control and the settings are pretty simple. It also takes a weird proprietary connector.
Most well-lit outdoor shots don't look bad, however sometimes it has trouble focusing and over-exposes bright white areas. Darker and in-door shots however can get really grainy to the point where you can still see it on a 6 x 4 photo print.
Over the time we've had this camera we've had the memory card go corrupt on us - I don't know if that's a fault of the memory card or how the camera was writing to the memory card. It seemed to be caused by one corrupt photo that Windows didn't like. In the end we lost all the pictures trying to copy photos off the card - the photos were basically an entire week's holiday. Unfortunate.
This aside the camera isn't bad if you just want a cheap slim point-and-shoot for outdoors and don't really care how good your photos look - but rather just want to capture the memories.
The Fuji Finepix Z5fd is a compact 6.3 megapixel digital camera. This baby is really compact, small enough to fit in your shirt pocket. The 2.5-inch LCD screen is pin sharp too, which is a good thing, as you use this for framing up your shots as well and viewing playback of your photos.
A quick rundown of the specification of the Z5fd will help you to see just how featured packed this camera is. As previously mentioned you get a 6.3 megapixel resolution, a 2.5-inch LCD screen, picture stabilization and natural light modes, face detection, up to ISO 1600, 3x optical and 6.2x digital zoom. The camera has 26MB of internal memory, but no xD memory card supplied. It also has 14 quick scene modes, for things like portrait, night, and sports shots.
The z5fd has a lot going for it. The size is a massive selling point of this camera, it is not the thinnest on the market, but easily fits into a shirt pocket. The design is pretty much spot on too. The front cover slides to turn the camera on, and at the same time reveals the lens and flash. The 2.5-inch LCD is gorgeous, and make framing up an viewing photos a real pleasure. The focus is very quick and the pictures right up to ISO 800 are more than usable.
There are also some nice features for getting images ready for a website built right into the camera. When viewing photos, pressing the 'F' button presents you with a menu for 'Trimming for Blog' and it does just that. You can crop your image and then transfer it to your communication device or laptop over infrared. This is a nice feature that some users may find invaluable.
Picture quality was very good, with nice colour saturation and detail. The face detection is also a nice feature which ensures that faces are correctly exposed when taking group shots. I tested this out on more than one occasion and it actually does work, it is not a gimmick.
There really wasn't anything to put in this category, other than something that effects most cameras of this type. The lack of optical viewfinder is a shame, I am sure with the technology available these days Fuji could have squeezed one in. It is not essential, but something that I personally like on ALL my cameras.
On first use, I put the battery in the camera and connected to the main power to charge. A few hours later, when I went to switch on, the unit would not turn on. After a quick bit of investigation I found that the battery was in the wrong way. Now, I should emphasise that I put it in the way the arrows printed on the battery indicated, but this battery fits and clicks into place both ways. Turning the battery round corrected the problem, so no big deal, but most manufacturers make their batteries so they are fool-proof and only fit in one way around.
Overall I was very impressed with the Z5fd. It fits into the compact sector of the market and is a very good quality digital camera that you can carry everywhere you go. You will have no excuse of missing that chance photo again.
Note: I am the original author of this review on www.geekanoids.co.uk