Advantages Excellent picture quality
Disadvantages A bit fiddly with the multi function card
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Flushed with the success of my non-technical opinion about our new digital camera, I thought that I would update this old one about my own Fuji APS camera. Trust me the original 92-word opinion was dire!I bought the camera in September 1999 for £129 from my local branch of Dixons. I was persuaded to also have four years extra warranty for a further £65 – yes, I know – how gullible can you get? Part of the reason for buying, apart from the fact that it was recommended to me, was that Dixon’s were giving away a year’s worth of free films with their cameras at the time.
Anyway let me tell a bit about the camera. As with my recent opinion about our new digital camera I don’t intend to get too technical as it would just mean me copying the specifications form the users manual anyway. I’ll tell you how I get on with using the camera and how I feel about it.The camera itself is quite small being about 4 inches wide by 2 inches high by 1 inch deep, so it is easy to carry about with me. I can even put it in my handbag at a push.
It is an APS camera, which means that it takes three different sizes of prints, the standard 6 inches by 4 inches, a larger 7 inches by 4 inches and a panoramic 10 inches by 4 inches. This gives you the choice of size of print according to the subject of the photograph. I have taken some lovely panoramic views in Cornwall and Scotland for example.Being an APS (Advanced Photo System) camera loading and removing the film is simplicity itself. You just flick a switch on the camera to open the film housing and drop in the film. The rest is automatic so you can’t go wrong, which is the way I like it! You can even remove the film mid way through the roll and reload it again when you’re ready to continue using it.
The camera has a built in flash with red eye reduction. This means that there is a flash of light to get the subjects eyes used to the light just before the flash itself actually activates as the photograph is taken.There is also a zoom lens, which is operated by a slide switch on the back of the camera giving an infinite variation on the amount of zoom used – if you see what I mean. I did warn you this wasn’t going to be technical didn’t I?
To be honest whilst the photographs taken with this camera have always been of the highest quality I find the fiddling about with the multi purpose card irritating and I have gone back to using my Minolta Vectis 30 as I find it easier to use. Come to think of it I must write an opinion about it!All in all I am disappointed with the camera as it is not as easy to use as I first thought that it would be, but I am sure that it would be fine for all you gadget buffs out there. In fact I’m thinking of selling it if anyone’s interested…..
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