Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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Overall ok, but a little bit disappointing at times
Fujifilm Finepix Z70
Member Name: steve_gb
Fujifilm Finepix Z70
Date: 08/04/12, updated on 08/04/12 (10 review reads)
Advantages: Small, looks good, handbag-friendly
Disadvantages: Auto white balance seems a bit unreliable indoors
I bought this camera for my wife after her old Canon broke. Her criteria were pretty simple - good zoom, looks good, small enough to fit in a handbag, does video as well...
Well, it looks good. I got her a pink one. It turns on/off by sliding down a front cover which exposes the lens. The camera is pretty slim too - definitely very handbag friendly in size, though without a case we found it turning itself on just with general handbag movement (part of that "little bit disappointing"). The 5x zoom is decent enough and the settings and menus easy enough to navigate through. Setting it up is very easy.
The camera produces 12MP photos that are good, and at higher ISOs do well, particularly for this size of camera. My wife finds the auto white balance a bit inconsistent though. Two photos taken in a couple of seconds of the same scene can show variable colours, this is especially true indoors - it doesn't show up often (maybe 1 in every 50 photos) but I think it's worth mentioning. Outside though the colours and tones are all very good.
The HD videos are fine for what this camera is - as you'd expect, you're not going to make a Hollywood blockbuster but for recording those family moments it's perfect. The camera boasts a mode to make it easy to upload to various social networking sites like YouTube and Facebook but we've not used these.
The rear screen developed a big chunk of dead pixels after a few weeks so we sent it back to Fuji for repair (free of charge) and found that a totally hassle-free experience so worth reporting on that here too. Very quick turnaround and just generally a good experience of their customer service.
Summary: Mostly good enough
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