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Bought mine two years ago and it has proven very reliable. It takes standard batteries which makes it easy to recharge, and helpful if you happen to run out at a critical moment as you can simply purchase another four AA batteries. It does use them up fast, so you are better buying a battery charger and eight rechargable AA batteries to go with it.
It only comes with a 16MB chip as standard, so I would suggest buying a 128MB chip or two if you plan to go on holiday and cannot download them to clear the chip midway through. (we went to Peru and used three 128 chips and sorted through the images every day weeding out the best). And obviously you need to buy a picture card reader for your computer.
Obviously the extra chips, picture card reader and battery charger and rechargable batteries put the cost up a bit and these extras should be figured in when you are comparing. NB if you want to get a case that is extra too, though it is quite robust without one.
I used a point and click camera before and have found the focus and other controls simple to pick up. The instruction manual is quite clear and easy to understand. The hand grip on the right is a bonus, although it is mainly there to support the batteries, it does provide a firm grip where other digital cameras do not. Useful if you have a shaky hand.
It also has a video option, though it only records for one mintue and the image is low res and grainy when you try and look at it on the computer. With the photos themselves you have an option of 03. mega pixels, 1m, 2m, 3mn and 3mf more than enough resolution for an enlargement to A4 if wished without loosing clarity.
40x Optical Zoom(24mm-960mm)** and Powerful Optical Image Stabilization- Capable of ... more
super-macro image at ranges as close as 1cm.- Lens shift image stabilization ensures that even hand-held shots are free from blur.16M BSI-CMOS High Image Quality and Fast autofocus, Quick response.16M BSI-CMOS sensor supports for sensitivities as high as ISO 12800, the high-sensitivity sensor makes even dark scenes bright for high-quality images. With autofocus speed of 0.3 sec.***, start-up time of 1.0 sec., a 0.5 sec. interval between shots and a continuous shooting speed of 10fps at full resolution (max.10 frames).FULL HD MOVIE with Stereo sound (1080i/60fps)Movie recording is as easy as taking pictures, with a dedicated Recording button to start recording instantly. The high resolution, 1080i movie capture at 60fps and slow-motion capture at 480fps*4 is superb when played back on HD TV screens.High Performance Shooting Function- The FinePix S8200 boast electronic viewfinders, making it easier to frame subjects and check focus in bright daylight conditions.- A zoom control is placed on the side of the lens barrel, letting you adjust zoom with your left hand while the index finger of your right hand rests on the shutter button, ready to take the shot.Easy Upload and SearchingShare pictures with friends and family, tagging pictures and movies for upload to FACEBOOK and YouTube(tm) right within your camera.
This water resistant bag includes padded interior to give maximum protection to your ... more
camera & camcorder Adjustable shoulder strap with additional padding for comfort when carrying for an extended period of time Includes an internal waterproof pocket for large accessories including car chargers & SD Cards Three padded divider is included for adjusted fitting for your SLR Camera, & additional lenses. This allows for the camera to have an attached lens up to 120mm in Length as well as fit in an additional lenses up to 160mm in length.