Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital Cameras (Point and Shoot) > Fujifilm

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Aug 22, 2007, 10:35 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 617
Default

I've been looking for a new camera for a while. I want something inexpensive but with good image quality. In looking through the photos for various brands of cameras on Flickr, I've noticed that the Fuji A820 consistently has very sharp, colorful pictures. Right now I'm leaning towards it, rather than a comparably priced Canon or Panasonic.

The problem is that very few people seem to have an opinion about the A820. I realize it's not the sexiest of cameras but it seems to my admittedly unsophisticated eyes to have the best image quality of any camera under $150 that I've seen.

Does anyone have an opinion about this camera?
AndyfromVA is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Aug 22, 2007, 11:11 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
mtclimber's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Oregon, USA
Posts: 18,143
Default

Andy-

I happen to agree with you after I did a search at Pbase. Here is one more consideration, if you are interested in also shooting under low light level conditions, Amazon has the Fuji F-20 (also a very good low light level as well as outdoor camera) for $149.95. You might get a larger bang for the buck with the F-20 which also has a very sharp lens on it.

Sarah Joyce
mtclimber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 22, 2007, 11:46 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 1,063
Default

I don't have the A820. I have never even looked at one. I suspect some are criticizing it for having too many megapixels. The school of thought seems to be that packing more than 5 or 6 MP into these small sensors is simply asking for images with more noise. I have the Fuji S9000. According to the specs, the A820 has the same size sensor as my camera. My camera takes 9 MP images. And the model is highly criticized for taking noisy images. But I am extremely happy with the images I get up to ISO 400. When I take images at even higher ISO settings I use a program called Noise Ninja to help reduce the noise and sharpen them. And I am quite happy with those images as well

The A820 appears to be a very capable little camera. A lot of people seem to get overly concerned about noise. Some overzealous enthusiasts to be determined to prove that their little cameras can outperform a digital SLR. Depending on what you plan on using the camera for, I don't think you can go wrong with this camera. But if you are someone who demands perfection in lowlight photography, you might want to consider something like the f40 or one of the other "F" series cameras. If all you want to do is enjoy photography, I think this A820 model will be just fine.

Some people have commented that they are after a lowlight camera that they don't have to use with a tripod. In fact, some absolutely refuse to use any kind of support. I have taken some evening shots of lighted buildings with my 9000. I am not so proud, and use a tripod whenever I need it. I'm able to take my evening shots using ISO 80, shutter speeds sometimes longer than two seconds, but I'm very happy with the images the I get.

I think if the camera has the features you are looking for, you probably cannot go wrong. You might want to move up to something a little more sophisticated someday. But it's always nice to have a little camera for those quick snapshots. In fact, I still use a four-year-old Pentax point and shoot camera for everyday shots. And, amazingly, it still takes a respectable picture. I just leave it sitting on the desk where it can be grabbed at a moments notice.
jphess is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 22, 2007, 12:13 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 617
Default

Thanks, Sarah. I'll look into the F20.
AndyfromVA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 22, 2007, 2:17 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
mtclimber's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Oregon, USA
Posts: 18,143
Default

Andy-

I think you will really like the Fuji F-20. It is a very good camera.

Sarah Joyce
mtclimber is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 9:32 PM.