A camera in this price bracket is never going to set the world on fire with its photographic abilities, but as a basic point and shoot this is a decent enough thing.
Included in the box were:
A camera strap
2 x li-ion batteries
A USB cable
A USB to mains converter plug
Instructions and warranty documentation
The camera is reasonable to set up if you've used similar devices before or aren't intimidated by such things - though it is a little disappointing to find that there's no estimated charging time indicated in the support documentation to give you some idea of how long you need to wait for the batteries to charge. For a novice, however, set up might be a bit intimidating. The included documentation doesn't tell you how to insert the battery correctly - the only clue you have is on the battery itself... which tells you which way up, but not which way ROUND it needs to be inserted. There's also no documentation to show you how to tell when your battery is charged (a battery charging symbol appears when the camera is plugged in to the mains, and disappears at a point when I assume the battery to be fully charged). A small image moulded into the battery/data card door shows how to insert the SD card correctly.
Using this is a little trickier/more laborious than other Fuji cameras I've owned - mainly because the majority of the functions are controlled by accessing the camera's menu screens, rather than via a simple button or wheel selector e.g. if you want to switch to video recording you have to go through a multiple button press menu procedure rather simply than turning a dial to select your desired setting. Also, although there is a flash photography button on the camera, this is only useable WITHOUT going through multiple selection screens if you DON'T enable silent mode. Personally, I can't bear being beeped at by tech every time I press a button.
Little niggles aside, this is generally a pretty good 'point and shoot' device. At best quality, the 12 MP shots generate good enough images to get nice quality poster-size photos back from digital orders. The real strength of this camera is images taken in natural light - these can be surprisingly beautiful for such a small/low-cost camera.
- Budget cost
- High resolution images
- Quality of images taken in natural light
- Good size LCD screen
- Relative ease of use
- Plasticey build
- LCD is battery-hungry, but there's no viewfinder alternative
- Documentation could be more accessible esp. for novice users
- Some button-accessed facilities get blocked by 'silent mode'