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Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 16.2MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Aug 2, 2015

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Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 16.2MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 192 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 6.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Macro5.0   above average
Screen5.0   exceptional
Photo4.8   above average
Speed4.7   above average
Video4.7   above average
Size4.6   average
Zoom4.5   above average
Quality4.4   average
Price4.3   average
DSLR4.2   average
Image4.2   average
Setting4.0   average
Lens3.9   above average
Light3.9   average
Battery3.7   above average
Manual3.4   below average
Focus3.3   above average


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Battery

Battery:
"good camera, but some problems with batteries holding up"
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"At first I was disappointed to see that it didn't use AA batteries, but I bought an extra Li-on battery and that way I always have a spare."
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"What I don't like about it is that the battery compartment cover feels flimsy and I need to be very careful when opening it to extract the battery or SD memory card."
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"First returned due to faulty battery or charger."
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"After a few days I went to grab the camera and the battery was totally dead, and when trying to recharge it, it remained that way."
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"good camera, but some problems with batteries holding up"
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"it is easy to operate and comes with a recharge battery."
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"amazing, just keep battery out when noit in use"
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"Fits my medium sized hands pretty goodGood low-light performance for most situationsGood battery life."
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"Battery life is great but I bought a spare anyway because I'm used to having one in case I'm out and about when it decides to die."
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DSLR

DSLR:
"Downsides - it is big - DSLR big, the lens at full length feels wobbly and there is no remote mic input."
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"The Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 is not a DSLR, and it isn't perfect."
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"really it looks like a DSLR camera, but it's much easy to take good phtographs in any situations, the size is ideal, i'm ver happy with my purchas"
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"You name it and this little honey packs a wallop and has the right equipment to meet the many needs that are, and are not, found in the larger, bulky expensive, harder to manage well known DSLR Camera's that we know about and are used today!"
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"I have an older professional level DSLR with changeable lenses, which is a very good camera, but also very heavy."
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"This camera has many of the features of a DSLR, and for the price it is an excellent choice."
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"However, I have 2 other DSLRs and if I am in a situation where I really need that perfect shot with all the right settings, I will go with a DSLR."
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Focus

Focus:
"ConsIt sometimes has a problem focusing in a very dimly lit area."
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"It has a hot shoe for external flash, which you will need if you use the zoom in low light (on any super zoom).My only problem is that it has no manual focus."
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"When you are trying to shoot distant objects against a flat background (like the full moon or (believe it or not, I got a picture of this) the crescent of Venus, getting the camera to focus isn't easy."
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"One big problem with the Fuji was at full zoom length, the focus (set to center)is almost impossible to lock..it constantly moves in out of focus..very frustrating."
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"I bought before this one Nikon COOLPIX S9200 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 18x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Black) and had to return it since it was making blurry pictures and could not lock focus, also: when zoom used , the focus was missing at all."
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"If Fuji can come up with (much) better noise processing at least matching sony, canon nikon, and keep the hi-res evf and screen, add manual focus and speed up zoom, they will have a winner."
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"The camera was able to automatically focus, even at such a close distance, and gave me incredibly sharp photos of the coins."
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"If you could set the focus to infinity manually, it would be a perfect 5 star."
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"This is not possible with the Fuji, and could be problematic for anyone who spends time at the zoo photographing through glass, chain link, bars, etc., or who just prefers to be in total control by being able to focus on their own."
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"This was easily corrected by switching to manual focus mode."
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Image

Image:
"I had high hopes for Fujifilm but they do not compare to the clear and sharp images of Panasonic - even if you go back a few model years."
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"Several were printed up on 8x10 and 11x14 photo paper without beautiful results."
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"My biggest problem with the camera is the inconsistency of photo quality under the same lighting conditions."
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"What I like:Great zoom lensGreat for shooting in low lightManual, Aperture, shutter priority modesHas a nice viewfinderWhat I don't like:Too heavyNot many F stops-not able to get a blurred background or nice bokeh image with this lensNo manual focusContinuous shooting is horrible in this cameraHad it since august of 2013."
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"I've been disappointed with some of the pics but thatcould be my inexperience in using it."
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"Reviewing the options, several popular cameras which shared most of the features were in my range,but I really wasn't satisfied with image quality."
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"While reviews on professions photo sites are good, and the price is very reasonable, there were a few small things that turned me off."
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"It takes crystal clear pics in HD."
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"DOES take nice pics when i finally figure out the setting"
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"quickly takes 2 shots, one with and one without flash (you know how great some digital pics come out if you don't use flash?"
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"I prefer that to a photo where everything is clear."
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Lens

Lens:
"-I wish I could get a haze filter that would somehow fit the lens, I hate to touch a camera lens, even with microfiber, and a haze filter offers good protection from inadvertent finger smudges, splashes, etc."
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"An unthinkable oversite by Fuji is not being able to attach filters for protection of the lens and other uses."
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"The drawback to the pocket cameras is that there is no hotshoe, the lenses dont zoom enough, or they just dont have the features I like about the SLR's."
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"- As much as bulky as an SLR - but atleast you do not have to carry that many lenses - I really really miss my canon 50mm fixed focal length lens for portrait images : nothing in this camera matches that lens :) - Ultrazoom without a tripod is pretty usesless since even a small shake will distort the image - that is with any other cameraOverall - it is a better alternative to SLR - not only does it work out better in terms of price, but also more convenient to carry and play around with.~Update : After using it for the last couple of months - I tend to go back to my DSLR or my point and shoot primarily because of indoor picture quality - which are not really up to the mark."
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"Downsides - it is big - DSLR big, the lens at full length feels wobbly and there is no remote mic input."
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"I have it attached to the end of the lens and it works great."
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"Pluses:Long, Long Zoom lens with stability control and good zoom speed."
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"If your expecting pro shots like some reviews its never going to happen- my other camera and lens cost 5000 and they are excellent but still not full frame professional!"
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"I can't see why haul different lenses around tho-this starts with a great wide angle and shoots 1 cm macro!"
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"For me, the 50x zoom lens is it's best feature."
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Light

Light:
"Picture quality is not that great, also not a very good option for low light picturesSince it gives you the better zoom, you cant except the same better in its qualityover all a descent product"
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"It has a hot shoe for external flash, which you will need if you use the zoom in low light (on any super zoom).My only problem is that it has no manual focus."
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"This Fuji camera is big (but light) and not so easy to carry everywhere or put it in your purse, but it is definitely worth carrying it."
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"Even in low light and setting sun, the pics were very clear."
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"Performs great under low light(find out best setting for best results! )"
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"Have not had the chance to use it on manual, but it does a decent job in full auto - if you have a ton of light."
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"Give it plenty of light, try to shoot at lower ISOs, you'll be more than happy."
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"I shot in good morning and evening light, a few in bright mid-day sun, and only a few true low light shot indoors with low lighting."
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Macro

Macro:
"I can't see why haul different lenses around tho-this starts with a great wide angle and shoots 1 cm macro!"
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"The MACRO setting is phenomenal."
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"Macro, super macro, excellent photographs."
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"I photograph snakes and other reptiles, and the SL1000's macro ability is phenomenal."
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Manual

Manual:
"It has a hot shoe for external flash, which you will need if you use the zoom in low light (on any super zoom).My only problem is that it has no manual focus."
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"After going through the Owner's manual I've gotten a better handle on what I was doing wrong."
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"I was a little disappointed an owner's manual didn't come with the camera, but that was easily fixed by going to their sight and downloading a pdf version."
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"I was disappointed that the SL1000 (and most of the new Fuji lineup) doesn't have a manual focus option."
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"Biggest complaint is the operator's manual because it's very confusing."
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"What I like:Great zoom lensGreat for shooting in low lightManual, Aperture, shutter priority modesHas a nice viewfinderWhat I don't like:Too heavyNot many F stops-not able to get a blurred background or nice bokeh image with this lensNo manual focusContinuous shooting is horrible in this cameraHad it since august of 2013."
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"If Fuji can come up with (much) better noise processing at least matching sony, canon nikon, and keep the hi-res evf and screen, add manual focus and speed up zoom, they will have a winner."
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"The 50x zoom allows me to get up close and personal with wildlife, and as I've experimented with the manual settings, I've been able to take some truly outstanding pictures of the moon."
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"This camera is not just a point and shoot so I was a little frustrated at first but put the camera on Auto mode and was able to get good pictures until I could read the manual and play around with it a bit."
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"The menu is easy to navigate but I do suggest thoroughly reading the manual."
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"I was a little disappointed an owner's manual didn't come with the camera, but that was easily fixed by going to their sight and downloading a pdf version."
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Photo

Photo:
"No clue what the problem is but all indoor photos are horrible, regardless of ASA setting, shutter speed or aperture setting."
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"I hate paying ridiculous prices for school photos and to have our pictures taken in a studio."
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"I did used to do sports photography and could take photos at a basketball game using 400 ASA film and get great stop action photos."
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"It takes great up close photos plus great action shoots."
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"I took this camera to AK and got some pretty good wildlife photos at maximum zoom."
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"I bought this camera for my mother-in-law who love's taken photo's and her old camera the shutter would not work correctly."
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"Photos are clear and sharp."
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Price

Price:
"Bottom line (from someone who's not a professional): Fun, easy to operate camera for a great price."
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"Folks you really cant go wrong here even the price is amazing for the huge amount of Equipment you get in this packed little and amazing set of photo taking device equipment."
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"very easy to use not complicated at all and great price is also a plus!"
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"Consider the Sony DSC-HX300 B 20 MP Digital Camera with 50x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Black) (about $400 at the time of this writing) that lacks RAW, and in general isn't as competent a camera, despite its comparatively high price."
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"I hate paying ridiculous prices for school photos and to have our pictures taken in a studio."
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"I wanted a camera that takes good quality pictures with out having to pay a ridiculous price for a professional camera."
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"This camera is great for the price."
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"Great camera,especially for the price."
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"For the money the camera is amazing, the picture won't have the clarity of high cost dslr but you can't beat the price and what you get."
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"This is a good company and I did a lot of research comparing many different cameras that are withing the price range of 200-350, this is value and zoom is amazing."
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"Great camera and a great price"
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Quality

Quality:
"Video quality is not that good like from real video camcorder just ok, but that is of course expected."
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"Picture quality is not that great, also not a very good option for low light picturesSince it gives you the better zoom, you cant except the same better in its qualityover all a descent product"
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"I wanted a camera that takes good quality pictures with out having to pay a ridiculous price for a professional camera."
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"Cost wise, it is good 'value of money'.The negative elements:You see some noise in the picture quality (whether it was clicked using zoom or not)."
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"My biggest problem with the camera is the inconsistency of photo quality under the same lighting conditions."
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"After reading dozens, maybe even hundreds of reviews, I decided that a bridge camera would be a good choice but found it a challenge to balance quality, features and my price point."
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"Great quality pictures at distance and up close."
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"It has work really good and the quality of the pictures is the best"
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"Hi-res EVF and Screen, dual zoom levers, good build quality and grip on zoom barrel, high speed video etc."
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"I also used the video option to record a guitar cover and i was very pleased with the quality."
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"I was really surprised, too, at the quality of the video--absolutely amazing!"
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Range

Range:
"Great camera, certainly recommend to anyone looking for a bridge camera, and I highly recommend learning about using the functions of the aperture, and shutter speed, as using the auto settings will not make you improve your skill (if you are looking to improve anyway).Ridiculous zoom range, anything over 100 meters is easily focused in on by this camera."
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"This is a good company and I did a lot of research comparing many different cameras that are withing the price range of 200-350, this is value and zoom is amazing."
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"Excellent shot to shot speed for this price range."
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"This range can be effectively doubled through the use of Intelligent Digital Zoom, and an optical image stabilization system benefits shooting at such magnifications by reducing the appearance of camera shake."
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"Great shooting range, from close up distance(macro) to out of sight distances(over a mile!"
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"Good focus throughout range."
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Screen

Screen:
"Hi-res EVF and Screen, dual zoom levers, good build quality and grip on zoom barrel, high speed video etc."
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"The LCD screen is pretty cool, being, one of the best features on the camera."
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"I adjusted the screen so that I could still see the shot and was able to get some good photos."
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"I can use an HDMI cable to connect the camera to my HDTV to see the photos: they really look great on the large screen."
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"Beyond the presets, other features of the camera that help with ease of use are the big tilting screen to help get those difficult angled shots, the automatic eye sight conversion from the screen sight."
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Setting

Setting:
"No clue what the problem is but all indoor photos are horrible, regardless of ASA setting, shutter speed or aperture setting."
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"I was disappointed there were no settings to adjust the camera's Noise Reduction like there is on the HS Series."
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"Photo quality is quite good, although noise does make its way into certain iso settings, but it's not that obvious and you can easily correct this by playing with the settings(or lighting, if possible) ."
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"DOES take nice pics when i finally figure out the setting"
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"I take a LOT of photographs and I love being able to instantly switch from the zoom setting to super macro to capture whatever catches my interest."
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"The 50x zoom allows me to get up close and personal with wildlife, and as I've experimented with the manual settings, I've been able to take some truly outstanding pictures of the moon."
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"It does a wonderful job, in AUTO mode, of setting depth of field."
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"The MACRO setting is phenomenal."
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Size

Size:
"- As much as bulky as an SLR - but atleast you do not have to carry that many lenses - I really really miss my canon 50mm fixed focal length lens for portrait images : nothing in this camera matches that lens :) - Ultrazoom without a tripod is pretty usesless since even a small shake will distort the image - that is with any other cameraOverall - it is a better alternative to SLR - not only does it work out better in terms of price, but also more convenient to carry and play around with.~Update : After using it for the last couple of months - I tend to go back to my DSLR or my point and shoot primarily because of indoor picture quality - which are not really up to the mark."
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"Again, a small thing, and not indicative of a problem, just an annoying little rattle that first led me to think that something was broken."
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"While reviews on professions photo sites are good, and the price is very reasonable, there were a few small things that turned me off."
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"She was at first intimidated by it due to its size but it was very easy to use and she took some great pictures."
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"For it's price and chip size, it's more than adequate."
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"I think checking the actual dimensions against a camera you already own would be a good idea-I might have wished I had a oh 30 x zoom size of a baseball instead-smaller is sexier, but larger can also be sexier!"
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Speed

Speed:
"No clue what the problem is but all indoor photos are horrible, regardless of ASA setting, shutter speed or aperture setting."
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"Excellent shot to shot speed for this price range."
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"I tried three other medium-range zoom cameras and none of them could compete with the Fuji's speed, auto-focus, exposure accuracy and that monster zoom! "
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"Pluses:Long, Long Zoom lens with stability control and good zoom speed."
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"I do like the video options the slow motion is fun."
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"If Fuji can come up with (much) better noise processing at least matching sony, canon nikon, and keep the hi-res evf and screen, add manual focus and speed up zoom, they will have a winner."
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Video

Video:
"Video quality is not that good like from real video camcorder just ok, but that is of course expected."
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"I do like the video options the slow motion is fun."
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"You can shoot still shots while you're shooting video so that was a great feature that I was used to having with my Canon."
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"I also used the video option to record a guitar cover and i was very pleased with the quality."
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"I was able to watch the video back in 1080p on youtube, so good stuff! "
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"I was really surprised, too, at the quality of the video--absolutely amazing!"
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Zoom

Zoom:
"It has a hot shoe for external flash, which you will need if you use the zoom in low light (on any super zoom).My only problem is that it has no manual focus."
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"I compromised with this camera because I wanted the zoom, and I wish the technicians at Fuji would try to be more consistent in making all of their cameras AA compatible."
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"One big problem with the Fuji was at full zoom length, the focus (set to center)is almost impossible to lock..it constantly moves in out of focus..very frustrating."
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"Pros:-Amazing zoom in a reasonably small package-Has many DSLR features without being a DSLR camera-Excellent grip, which is much better than many camaras I have tried in the past, including several DSLRs-Easy to use, if you are looking for a camera that can do some nifty things without having to take a photography course to get it done, this camera might be what you wantCons:-Even though the zoom is truly amazing, it is extremely hard to get crisp pictures inside when using the zoom setting near its max."
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"Since I did not get this with sports photography in mind, and my kids are at an age where I can get them to stay still, it was not a high priority, BUT combined with image stabilization makes for some nice sharp pictures, compensating nicely for shake, wind or movement which can blur pictures, problems often accentuated in a large zoom."
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"This is a great all around super zoom camera with a impressive 24-1200 mm zoom."
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"Nice camera, love the zoom"
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"This is a good company and I did a lot of research comparing many different cameras that are withing the price range of 200-350, this is value and zoom is amazing."
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"Very nice camera and the zoom is fabulous!"
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