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Fujifilm FinePix SL300 14 MP Digital Camera with 30x Optical Zoom (White) by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Fujifilm FinePix SL300 14 MP Digital Camera with 30x Optical Zoom (White)
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 205 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 3.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.7   above average
Setting4.7   exceptional
Image4.6   above average
Price4.5   average
Photo4.3   average
Zoom4.2   average
Lens3.5   above average
Light3.5   below average
Video3.5   below average
Battery3.3   average
Manual3.3   average
Focus2.2   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"We love it...just wish I'd checked that the battery size isdifferent than aaa batteries...we took it to Europe with us...wrong batteries(my fault) and no charger...ooops!"
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"The one big downside of this camera is that it does not have an onscreen battery indicator and sometimes the camera just died on me when I thought the battery was fully charged."
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"The most significant drawback I've noticed is that the battery doesn't hold the charge very long."
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"+ Lithium battery charges quickly; about 1-1.5 hours from dead to full charge.+ Wonderful 'macro'; down to 2cm!"
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"- Battery and memory housing door seems flimsy by comparison to the rest of the camera."
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"This camera is amazing, the zoom is AWESOME, and the quality of the pictures is really great, the battery life is really long"
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"Battery life has been pretty good as well."
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"We love it...just wish I'd checked that the battery size isdifferent than aaa batteries...we took it to Europe with us...wrong batteries(my fault) and no charger...ooops!"
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"I do recommend buying at least one additional battery, though."
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"The price of replacement batteries for this camera are $$$$$$.It's just like printers that you can get for good price, but when you find out how much the replacement ink is you realize you made a bad decision."
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Color

Color:
"With some tweaking I think I can get over the color problem but I strongly doubt if I would be able to turn posters in to pictures."
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"The camera aesthetically is beautiful: red color is much better than the dull and typical black."
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"it easy to use and really good pictures and very clear and colors are great easy to carry with the strip"
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"The color wasn't as vivid in the photos, but that is an easy editing fix."
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"The pics that I have taken have been very clear and the colors are great!"
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"With some tweaking I think I can get over the color problem but I strongly doubt if I would be able to turn posters in to pictures."
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Control

Control:
"It has clear crips shots, and great Optical Zoom, easy to understand control panel, and a comfortable design."
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"Having owned another Fuiji digital camera I was pleased that the controls were very similar."
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"The controls are easy to use, basically consistent with both of my previous digital cameras, so the learning curve is not too steep."
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"Obviously, the FinePix SL300 wouldn't be able to compete with the much more expensive T2i, but it also falls a bit short in image quality, controls, and ease of use when compared to the less expensive Powershot SX230 HS."
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"Manual control, a necessity for creative photography is very limited."
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Flash

Flash:
"The price-point, ease of use, accessibility of function buttons and LCD screen as well as viewfinder were what sold me on Fujifilm compared to other cameras (I am a Nikon user myself).The optical zoom is great but the flash is rather confusing (manual button on the side)."
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"I really enjoy the mode where you take one picture, but it takes it with and without flash, so you are able to choose the one you like best."
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"In low lighting, it was not able to compensate (without using the flash) for the light levels, and most low light shots ended up being blurry."
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"Some great points (lens, zoom, image quality, hot-shoe, pop-up flash, high speed and burst modes) and some misses (focus issues, all plastic body, long processing time between images.)"
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"The price-point, ease of use, accessibility of function buttons and LCD screen as well as viewfinder were what sold me on Fujifilm compared to other cameras (I am a Nikon user myself).The optical zoom is great but the flash is rather confusing (manual button on the side)."
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"Best features are the flash shoe and rechargeable battery."
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"The high resolution and flash makes great photos that are ready for photo shop....or not."
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"Nevertheless I recommend it, it allows for great flexibility and the panorama mode is very good, and it works great w o flash on semi-dark environments."
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"The camera does have an intelligent mode which allows you to take the same picture in natural lighting and then fires the flash for the same picture, so if you're not sure you'll get the best image with natural lighting you can use that mode."
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Focus

Focus:
"But it isn't the best auto focus or stop shaking type of camera."
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"It is light weight but not insubstantial, is easy to operate with many choices for bracketing and focusing while still delivering a great photo in automatic mode."
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"Sometimes doesnt focus at all(auto) which is a little disappointing."
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"A wall about 10 feet away was not only not evenly illuminated, but the pre-flash focus didn't work well and the things hanging on the wall were not in focus."
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"After being disappointed in the Olympus' fuzzy pictures, slow focus, and poor shot quality in low light conditions, the FinePix restored my faith in sub-$300 DSLR-like cameras with its responsiveness, clear shots, and multiple mode options."
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"However the autofocus is off by enough so that all my photos are a very soft focus to put it nicely."
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"The only way I have been able to get fairly clear images is to autofocus lock then move the camera about 1 2 backward and shoot."
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"Excellent focus and zoom or talk, take sharp pictures at 30x good choices and easy to usei love it <3"
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"I thought when I purchased it, I would be able to MANUALLY adjust the focus on the lense."
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"Somehow, the cameras is able to sense from this action the area to focus on."
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Image

Image:
"The images are slightly fragmented, you can see some weird fragments."
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"We were not able to make the camera switch on , when the temp falls below 35F, it switches back when the temperature is up .Due to this I actually missed some beautiful pics that could be well shot in snow with my family."
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"There is no way to make a mistake on the panoramic photo."
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"The only way I have been able to get fairly clear images is to autofocus lock then move the camera about 1 2 backward and shoot."
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"What good are macro settings if they produce blurry images?"
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"I keep it in my camera bag just in case I need to look up which setting would be best for whatever type of photo I am taking."
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"even i can take nice pics."
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"These settings work well and the pics come out very nice."
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Lens

Lens:
"The lens cap is a bit annoying since you have to press the grip levers...I'd rather have one that snaps on."
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"CON-I HATE that the lens cap MUST be removed to do ANYTHING or the camera doesn't turn on, even just review the pics you have already taken."
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"SUMMARY:It's a good camera, if you don't mind the size & the annoying lens cap that must always be removed."
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"Note and Beware: the lens cap fits on the camera, not on the front of the lens."
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"Its lenses are so inconsistent that I thought it was defected."
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"Big problem for me though (I got this for my daughter who wanted better than point shoot pocket camera is that you cannot put a clear lens (such as skylight filter) cover filter to protect lens."
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"I didn't want to have to mess around with different lenses so needed something with a permanent lens that still had a really good zoom."
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"This thing is basically a point and shoot with a very nice lens and serious telephoto zoom attached."
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"it is a little slow on the zoom and u have to remember to remove the lens cap or it will jam the lens but over all is a pretty good starter camera! "
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"The lens cap is very good, but all my other cameras have a clear filter to protect it from inevitable finger prints dust bubble gum."
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Light

Light:
"It is light weight but not insubstantial, is easy to operate with many choices for bracketing and focusing while still delivering a great photo in automatic mode."
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"In low lighting, it was not able to compensate (without using the flash) for the light levels, and most low light shots ended up being blurry."
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"- supplied with a lithium-ion battery and wall chargerLimitations:- The video is mediocre on low light foggy situation."
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"First impression - this camera seems light and flimsy."
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"But if your ambient light source is strong or daylight, you can get great sports stop-action shots."
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"It takes very good shots in bright day light and good ones too at night at close range."
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"it's good for parties (not in dark light), picnic etc."
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"30x optical zoom- works great so long as the light is good."
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"Other minor nits: this camera is pretty large and light."
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Macro

Macro:
"+ Lithium battery charges quickly; about 1-1.5 hours from dead to full charge.+ Wonderful 'macro'; down to 2cm!"
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"They replied that it was my macro settings that were causing the blur and not a problem with the camera."
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"What good are macro settings if they produce blurry images?"
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"It is also capable of great macro shots on wild flowers or anything else close-up."
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"Takes great macros!"
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"I wanted a camera with a really good, sharp optical zoom and a great macro too."
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Manual

Manual:
"The price-point, ease of use, accessibility of function buttons and LCD screen as well as viewfinder were what sold me on Fujifilm compared to other cameras (I am a Nikon user myself).The optical zoom is great but the flash is rather confusing (manual button on the side)."
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"My only complaint is that there was not an operators manual included except online."
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"The automatic modes on the camera are mediocre, but when set to manual, it takes great pictures!"
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"There is no printed owner's manual - it is all on a CD - which is a disappointment."
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"There are many manual settings and the 30 optical zoom is good."
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"For someone like me who isnt used to a camera with so many features, it'd be nice if the manual explained more."
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"The price-point, ease of use, accessibility of function buttons and LCD screen as well as viewfinder were what sold me on Fujifilm compared to other cameras (I am a Nikon user myself).The optical zoom is great but the flash is rather confusing (manual button on the side)."
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"It is attractive and has a few manual features, as well as automatic features, that should keep the new photographer happy."
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"As for other functions, I have to read the user's manual to test them out and they are easy to use in the end."
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Photo

Photo:
"It was frustrating and ruined some possibly great family vacation photos."
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"Because the video format may degrade the quality of the photos, I've also added photos to the customer photo gallery."
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"As I do not do photo-realism, great photos with perfect detail retention are not necessary for this purpose."
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"I've even taken pictures through the car window as the car was moving and I was amazed to find that the photos weren't blurry and were clear & sharp."
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"this camera is very good to start in photography, easy to use and takes excellent photos and the zoom up function, it has power, but is a bit slow processor, looks great"
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"However the autofocus is off by enough so that all my photos are a very soft focus to put it nicely."
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"Crystal clear photos."
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"I LOVE that you can add notes to your photos..."
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"I was wanting a better camera than the one I previously had, for more professional-type photos and this was an excellent choice."
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Price

Price:
"The cheap lever to turn on and off the camera broke, obviously making it useless."
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"This is the best money can buy if your price range is $150-200.The only thing I dislike about this camera is that it is a tad too automatic."
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"i am convinced the price is a mistake ."
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"For the price this is hard to beat! "
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"Similar contrasts could be illustrated, but my point is that this Fuji may be a decent all-around budget superzoom, but it has problems and trade offs, and it probably isn't the best choice if you can save enough money to afford buying the next level up."
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"Good camera for the price."
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"This camera is a great value for the money."
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"I was really happy to purchase this camera after researching cameras in my price range way too long... or perhaps not long enough as it turned out."
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"For the price I paid for this camera I was extremely satisfied."
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"The price of replacement batteries for this camera are $$$$$$.It's just like printers that you can get for good price, but when you find out how much the replacement ink is you realize you made a bad decision."
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Quality

Quality:
"It has great qualities but is very slow and has some frustrating parts to it that make me not a happy photogher"
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"Because the video format may degrade the quality of the photos, I've also added photos to the customer photo gallery."
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"Like I said, they only are required to be used as a reference, so the quality doesn't need to be great."
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"This camera is amazing, the zoom is AWESOME, and the quality of the pictures is really great, the battery life is really long"
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"It is quite easy to use and the picture quality is very good."
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"Here are a few pros and cons:Pros:Great outdoor indoor picture quality (better outdoors though)Lightweight but sturdyEasy to useUnder pricedCons:Inconsistent picture resultsHard to photograph a moving target"
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"Best quality pictures I have ever owned."
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"this quality is very very good, the material and the style is excelent, is THE BEST, is nice, is beautiful, and the description is correct, i recomend it."
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Range

Range:
"This is the best money can buy if your price range is $150-200.The only thing I dislike about this camera is that it is a tad too automatic."
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"Zooms, especially those with a big range will not have the best performance."
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"Love the long range for nature pics."
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"The wide range of settings makes playing with this camera fun."
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"This is the best money can buy if your price range is $150-200.The only thing I dislike about this camera is that it is a tad too automatic."
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"It takes great indoor pictures and with the wide range of the lens, you can frame the picture as you want."
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"It takes very good shots in bright day light and good ones too at night at close range."
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Setting

Setting:
"Like other SLR cameras you can adjust aperture and shutter speed settings to get creative with your picture taking, although the availability of only two aperture settings (F3.1 and F8) is very disappointing."
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"They replied that it was my macro settings that were causing the blur and not a problem with the camera."
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"What good are macro settings if they produce blurry images?"
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"There are many manual settings and the 30 optical zoom is good."
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"I keep it in my camera bag just in case I need to look up which setting would be best for whatever type of photo I am taking."
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"Takes universal SD cards, but battery life was not as long as I suspected (could lengthen life if camera settings are manipulated).Overall, a good purchase for beginners or individuals looking for a bridge camera but not willing to invest in research cost of a DSLR."
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Speed

Speed:
"It has great qualities but is very slow and has some frustrating parts to it that make me not a happy photogher"
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"My one complaint is that once you take your picture the camera is a little slow to allow you to take your next one."
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"After being disappointed in the Olympus' fuzzy pictures, slow focus, and poor shot quality in low light conditions, the FinePix restored my faith in sub-$300 DSLR-like cameras with its responsiveness, clear shots, and multiple mode options."
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"Some great points (lens, zoom, image quality, hot-shoe, pop-up flash, high speed and burst modes) and some misses (focus issues, all plastic body, long processing time between images.)"
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"When you are shooting videos, the digital zoom stutters and uncontrollably fast, which is almost useless."
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"this camera is very good to start in photography, easy to use and takes excellent photos and the zoom up function, it has power, but is a bit slow processor, looks great"
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"VERY HAPPY with this purchase at a great price and fast shipping."
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"it is really easy to use, speed shutter, great quality pictures."
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"The Sony has a MUCH better and more useful zoom all the way out to that camera's 20x maximum, mainly because of better stabilization and easier controls to ensure a fast shutter."
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"Like other SLR cameras you can adjust aperture and shutter speed settings to get creative with your picture taking, although the availability of only two aperture settings (F3.1 and F8) is very disappointing."
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Video

Video:
"One of reason I got this camera is because it has a viewfinder and LCD .Some times when shooting video it is hard to hold the camera steady while viewing the scene on the LCD plus it is hard viewing the LCD in bright daylight."
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"The video function is a plus as my wife's point-and-shoot cameras video function is crappy."
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"Because the video format may degrade the quality of the photos, I've also added photos to the customer photo gallery."
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"- It's movie output is good, but not great."
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"My main complaint with the zoom is using it with video - the zoom is not smooth, and stutters."
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"When you are shooting videos, the digital zoom stutters and uncontrollably fast, which is almost useless."
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"Takes beautiful pictures and videos."
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"..... leave it on auto..does great every time ......great hd videos too...nice to have a shot and click camera that will take super fast pics"
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"Very easy to take high quality photos and videos."
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"It takes great pictures and video - even from a distance using the zoom lens."
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"I only need to take some clear pictures and video."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The price-point, ease of use, accessibility of function buttons and LCD screen as well as viewfinder were what sold me on Fujifilm compared to other cameras (I am a Nikon user myself).The optical zoom is great but the flash is rather confusing (manual button on the side)."
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"This camera is very versatile due to higher zoom but it's also pretty bulky, so the one disadvantage is that you may not want to carry it at all times."
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"Zooms, especially those with a big range will not have the best performance."
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"I really wanted to like this camera; and though it has some nice specs (30x zoom, for instance), I really can't recommend this unit with the panoply of other choices out there."
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"My main complaint with the zoom is using it with video - the zoom is not smooth, and stutters."
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"I didn't want to have to mess around with different lenses so needed something with a permanent lens that still had a really good zoom."
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"I wanted a nice digital camera with a zoom so I could take pictures of birds."
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"this camera is very good to start in photography, easy to use and takes excellent photos and the zoom up function, it has power, but is a bit slow processor, looks great"
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"Zoom is great."
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"This camera is amazing, the zoom is AWESOME, and the quality of the pictures is really great, the battery life is really long"
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