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ls17blade Nov 28, 2006 4:18 AM


I'm looking for some advice on buying a point and click automatic camera for my partner. Typically we use the camera to capture photos of the kids and we've currently got a Nikon 4600 which she absolutely hates as the camera is really slow to power on and react shot-to-shot, especially in low light situations or even just indoors (I cant fault it outside)

To make things worse, we had a Fuji A403 that performed really well for what it was, butunfortunately my partner now believes Fuji is the brand to buy after my poor Nikon selection.

So, the criteria for selection is as follows;
  • Has a view finder = Dont care[/*]
  • Is a Fuji = High[/*]
  • Zoom = 3x/dont care
  • Power on speed = above average[/*]
  • Shot to shot indoor = above average[/*]
  • Flash charging = above average[/*]
  • Megapixel count = Dont care/above 5MP[/*]
  • Ease of use = High[/*]
  • Lots of manual adjustment = Low[/*]
  • Price = upto £200
From that lot I've narrowed my selection down to 3 Fuji models in order of availability;
  1. Finepix V10 * she'd probably like the big screen[/*]
  2. Finepix F20[/*]
  3. Finepix F11 * cant seem to get now
From my choices, are there any other cameras out there Fuji or non-Fuji that I should be considering ?


rinniethehun Nov 28, 2006 4:51 AM

Of the 3 you listed, the F20 is the best. Also consider the F30 and/or F31, which adds Face Detection. Don't know what the prices are like in your area.

the Hun

ls17blade Nov 28, 2006 8:13 AM

Thanks for that.

Im assuming you've singled out the F20, F30/31 due to its low light capability.

Price-wise, I can get an F30 under budget, although I was concerned it was too techie for my partner

rinniethehun Nov 28, 2006 8:44 PM

Not only do they blow away the competition in the available light arena, you'll find they are also a bit faster than the 4600. Startup times on the F30 are about half, and pre-focused shutter lag about 1/4 that of the 4600. Flash recycle times are about 1/3. Shot to shot times won't be all that different, hoswever.

the Hun

mtclimber Nov 28, 2006 9:22 PM

The Fuji cameras are rather amazing. Take a look at the Fuji Cameras Folder.


jellero Nov 28, 2006 11:22 PM

i've been helping a neighbor find a camera for his wife today. the kodak z710 is pretty impressive for around $249 imo. check it out. j

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