Rated 4.3 out of 5★ by 3reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by TechGeekGirl Excellent Camera! I've had my old Finepix S3100 for about 11 years. It was a 4mp camera, and did its job very well, until the power switch died a few days ago. When I started the hunt for a new camera, I knew I wanted to stay with Fuji, and when I saw this, one of the more current iterations of my old camera, I decided to give it a shot and ordered it.I still have not figured out why the red and black versions, which are identical otherwise, are $50 more in price, but I really like the white, and it's definitely worth the price. With that said, let's begin!Value: This camera is definitely worth the $189 price tag! I purchased my old one for $300 11 years ago, and this one surpasses it in every way. It has a ton of options and settings, but they're organized in such a way that even a beginner can use most of them very quickly and easily out of the box. It uses standard SD cards (I currently have a class 10 32Gb card in mine!) and at the finest, highest resolution, I can get approximately 3000-3250 images on one card. Each file is between 6 and 7Mb, and for anyone who works with photos on a regular basis, you know that the higher the resolution, the easier editing is. The camera does not, unfortunately, have a RAW format however, but does an excellent job of JPEG compression. It also has the ability to shoot in both macro and super macro mode, and handles focusing with the zoom well up to 28x. At 30x however, pictures do tend to become a bit blurry, however I had a similar issue with my old camera, and this was not unexpected. I'm quite happy to just have a camera with a 28x (usable) zoom! The camera also has action modes, which will shoot up to 8 frames in the course of a second, so that you can capture the 'perfect moment' without having to worry about having clicked a split second too early or late. In addition, it does an EXCELLENT job of images stabilization when the flash is off, which my old camera had issues with. Many cameras tend to produce blurry pictures when the flash is off, however this one still gives clear, beautiful pictures, even in indoor natural lighting. If you are indecisive as to whether the flash should be used, there's a mode for that, too! It has a mode that takes two images: one immediately prior to the flash, and one with the flash, so that you essentially have the same image, one with and one without the flash. Very useful mode, and I've already used it several times. It also captures high def video with stereo sound, and has two options for how to zoom: a slider on the side of the lens, and a lever that surrounds the shutter button. Personally I find the shutter lever easier, however for those used to a camera that uses a twist-motion of the lens for zoom, the slider will likely be more intuitive. To be totally honest, the only negative I can say about this camera so far is that if you forget to take off the lens cap, the camera complains: you MUST shut it off, remove the lens cap, and turn it back on before it will shoot. For me, this is inconvenient because I tend to forget to take it off, and it's a few extra seconds before I can actually shoot with it, but for most people it is likely to not be an issue.Battery Life: This is honestly probably pretty standard for most digital cameras. For basic Alkaline batteries they estimate 300ish images. Lithium disposables were something like 750, rechargeable batteries (NiMH) were, I believe, around 450 or 500 images. I'm currently using the alkaline batteries that were included, and it's done well through the first 150 images. The larger LCD screen is the biggest culprit for battery drain, however be aware that this model does NOT have a viewfinder, therefore it is the only option when shooting your images.Picture Quality: Excellent. I can't say this enough. I am attaching a few images that I shot indoors using natural lighting with the camera so you can see, and while they've been cropped down and reduced in size (for uploading), the picture quality is still quite obvious. If you're using this, you will get beautiful images.Ease of Use: Super easy. There are descriptions of modes as you switch between them, and many of the buttons are pretty intuitive if you're at all aware of the more "standard" camera icons. If not, a quick look in the manual will have you 100% informed in no time!Overall, this is truly a beautiful camera. It uses 4 standard-sized AA batteries, and once the date/time are set, it does not "forget" them even when you open the battery compartment. The box comes with the camera, strap, lens cover and strap for it, 4 AA batteries, manual, CD with software, and a connection cable should you choose to use it (I just load the card into my card reader slot, personally.) I am above and beyond pleased with the camera, and I feel confident that if you are looking for an excellent digital camera but not willing to pay for a DSLR, this camera is the way to go!About the photos: The orchid photo was taken from across the room without flash. The photo of the sundew was taken in macro mode, no flash. 02/22/2014
Rated 5 out of 5★ by jackiegirl11 great price for excellent quality The price of this camera is great and so is the quality of the camera. It takes clear high quality pictures. I wasn't expecting it to be that good but it really is. The only thing I wish it would have had was a view finder. Still very easy to use. If you are looking for a great camera without the expensive price tag, this is the one for you. 03/07/2014
Rated 3 out of 5★ by OohlalaPretty Ok camera Too bulky and pics not the quality I need. Returned it. 05/25/2014