Review written by Noemi Ortiz
I had an old Kodak Easy Share camera and desperately needed an upgrade. I was also growing tired of constantly replacing the camera with batteries (not to mention the cost of having to buy new battery packs every month). Plus, I was going on a big trip and needed a dependable, decent camera to capture my adventures. Upon looking at various models, I went for this one due to its compact size, 10x optical zooming capabilities and rechargeable battery. It was easy enough to use and was able to fit comfortably in my purse, small backpack or even jacket or pant pocket! The gunmetal color was a nice change of pace from my usual black, but still subtle and classic enough. It proved to be a sturdy little camera, as it travel led with me everywhere. The battery life was decent and downloading photos was a breeze. I liked that although it was compact enough, the ability to zoom in (especially on a trip with many old buildings with intricate details in sight) was a huge plus. All in all, it did the work, although I would have expected better results from this camera.
- 14M Resolution
- 28mm-280mm equivalent
- 2.7″ High Resolution 230k pixel LCD
- HD Movie 720p with Sound
- Contrast Speed Auto-Focus
- Enhanced Dual Image Stabilization
- Face Detection/Face Recognition
- SR AUTO Automatic Scene Recognition
- Panorama shooting mode
- Smile/Blink Detection modes
- Super slim compact body fits in your pocket or purse effortlessly
- 10X Wide Angle Optical Zoom Lens
- Affordable, good quality camera
- Rechargeable battery
Although the camera took decent photos, the quality wasn’t as high as I had hoped. I wasn’t really able to take a sharp, distinct photo. Most of the time, the photos came out soft and average. I actually thought another FujiFil model superior to this one in terms of good, clear quality photos. This model is the FinePix F500EXR Digital Camera. Sometimes I wanted to take a quick photo of a colorful passing scene or interesting-looking person, and I was unable to do that because the camera was slow to take the picture (for some unexplained reason).
Bottom line: If you are on a tight budget and need a decent camera, you can get away with this one. But if you can afford a little more, I’d go for another model. It will be worth it. On my next trip, I’m going with the previously mentioned model or explore other types.