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I purchased the Fujifilm Finepix J28 in January 2011 and paid around £100 for it. I chose the bright pink colour, as it is easy to see and hard to misplace! The camera is a nice size, fits in my hand perfectly and it was easy to find a cheap camera case that it fits in.
This camera is easy to use, especially if you are not very technologically advanced, it can be used as a 'point and shoot' camera. There are only 7 buttons on the whole camera. There are several shooting modes available such as 'Baby mode' (no flash) and 'Night' when taking pictures, as well as a video function.
Although the camera has settings for 'sport' and 'fireworks', I have found that it isn't great at taking photos of moving objects, and I end up with blurred photos. The time taken between pressing the button and the photograph being taken, is longer than expected. I often try to take photos of my cat, and by the time the camera flashes, he has moved and I have a photo of just his tail! The setting for 'Flower' is very good, and I have taken some great close up shots of flowers with the camera. The screen where photos are viewed, takes up almost the whole of the back of the camera, which I like.
It has a 3X zoom, which is good for close up objects, but useless for taking photos of objects in the distance, even on full zoom, they are easier to see with the naked eye than on the camera screen/photo. The video function is quite good, with a clear image and decent voice recording.
The battery is recharged by plugging the camera into the mains electricity using the provided cable, and the battery lasts an amazingly long time, so it is great for taking out and about. The size of the camera means it can easily fit in your pocket or handbag. A memory card is needed as it has barely any internal memory.
Overall it is a quite a good little camera, great as a first camera, but the zoom and focus could be better. It is good value, especially if you don't need a camera to do anything fancy, and I would purchase it again.
After a couple of years of repeatedly taking other peoples cameras at events to take lots of photos with, I was bought this camera for my birthday (at the price of £70), as well as a 4 GB SD card so I would never run out of photos to take, as well as a case, both of which I would recommend getting with the camera.
The camera itself has a 10.2mp resolution and 3x zoom and an LCD screen to clearly view what you take photos of. The camera also comes with a plug-in charger for the rechargeable battery, a USB cable, warranty for a year and the instruction manual.
Straight away I found the camera very easy to use. Being small enough to fit in my pocket made it very easy to carry around. As soon as I turn the camera on, without fiddling with any of the settings, I was able to take some very handy point-and shoot photos, and It automatically utilises the face recognition ability. Furthermore the auto-focus was quite reliable, which allowed me to take some nice photos.
Delving deeper into the camera, there is a whole host of things it offers. The camera has numerous settings depending on the type of photo you want, including snow, beach, flowers and party, and will automatically recognise the setting when you take the picture. However it works a lot better if you choose the mode yourself, and that takes seconds to do. The optical zoom is perfect and sacrifices none of the quality of the photo, and perfect for the casual photographer that I am.
To test the camera out, I decided to take it to the Botanical Gardens to hopefully take some nice photos, and it didn't disappoint. If there is lots of natural light, the photos are nice and sharp and vivid in colour, and the macro mode is brilliant when it comes to taking pictures of flowers. I found that in low light the photos become a bit grainy, and the flash is only useful over a very small range. Furthermore the party mode for indoors didn't produce photos as well as I expected, but were still more than adequate! The sport mode was good for general action of a football match, but was blurry when focused on individuals. When it came to the firework mode, it produced good photos, but a bit of fiddling with the exposure time myself meant I could produce better results with my own settings. Though it would be nicer to make those settings more accessible, as they are hidden under a few menus!
As for the other facilities, I didn't find the panoramic more to work too well. It required taking a photo, and then having the edge of that photo as a reference for the next photo, and you could have a third shot as well. It might have been due to an unsteady hand, but however hard I tried, I could never quite get it to work, and it was noticeable where the photos joined when transferred to a computer. The video quality is adequate for personal use, and sounds and looks clear. Be warned that you can't zoom in whilst the video is recording, which is a minor annoyance.
For the camera itself, the screen is amazingly crisp, and an accurate representation of the photo it is going to take. It is lightweight and, as I had it in black, looked very sleek. The battery life is good enough for a couple of weeks of casual use, which is definitely a good thing. I personally never used the software to download the photos to the computer, using the SD card directly instead. I would recommend getting some extra memory in the form of an SD card, otherwise you will be limited to 5-6 photos.
Overall, for the price, it is a very good camera for the casual photographer, with the ability to take the occasional stunning photo and many very nice photos, yet very simple to use as a point and click camera.
Working in a photography department of a store allowed me to assess the reliability of many cameras and their common problems, when I saw this camera on offer I jumped at it!(£56 down from £120) it was selling out quickly and seemed like my type of camera- a few extra settings (face detection, night mode, party mode, beach mode etc) , video mode and a reasonable quality mega pixal (10.2) and thats what it is!
However, many customers who had bought this camera at the same time brought the camera back with problems; the charger didn't work, the battery life was too short, the zoom wouldn't work, the camera had frozen.
On the other hand, I haven't had a major problem with this camera apart from the odd time of not turning off properly (which may be my own fault) and the battery running out after using it only a few hours, it has done its job and for the price I paid for it, I can't complain.
The camera takes the usual SD card which means you can get a lot of memory for a cheap price! The screen size is good and the buttons are easily identified and a reasonable size. It also comes with a charger, usb cable and a software to load and edit the photos on.
If you want a reasonably priced camera and aren't taking photos too often then its brilliant and worth a buy!
When it came to choosing a new digital camera I never had much choice in the matter. My camera was a gift, the giftee drove me to Comet one day and told me to choose a camera under £70 to buy. The choice was not huge and I chose the fuji finepix J28 from the available models partly because Fuji is a brand I trust and secondly because of the rechargeable battery pack and thirdly because it was available in pink.
The J28 is a compact digital camera with a 10mp resolution and 2.7 inch screen and 3* zoom. As well as those main specs it hosts a wealth of extra features including facial recognition, the ability to shoot movies, panoramic scene shooting and the ability to both manually change the settings or allow the camera to use its brains to pick the best settings for you.
The J28 is small enough to slip into a handbag for a day out and the camera itself is solidly made. The rechargeable battery has a really impressive life easily lasting for several days of holiday snaps between charges, the camera can either be charged via a USB lead or the supplied wall charger. The camera can support a micro SD which slots in and out easily which is essential as the internal memory holds less than half a dozen pictures.
The J28 offers a wide array of shooting modes including portrait, landscape, party, baby, night, snow, beach and flower and has the ability to shoot in macro or close up mode. The menu to switch between modes is easy to master and use and it only takes a few seconds to switch between modes. I have found that I get superior results by setting the mode myself rather than allowing the camera to choose the settings automatically for me.
The LCD screen is almost the full size of the back of the camera and the screen clarity is fantastic when taking and viewing pictures. The problem with the screen is the fact that you cannot see it in bright sunlight and so I just randomly point and click. I have tried to shield the screen using my hands but as long as it has light shining in its direction it is impossible to use.
The J28 is capable of taking some amazingly good pictures, the best pictures I have taken are in natural light or both people and animals and landscapes where the colours have been clean and crisp and the amount of detail amazing. The close up mode produces amazing detail and the baby mode softens the pictures and is also very handy for tasking pictures of kittens! I have had some disappointing results in both low light outdoors and also indoors the colours don't always seem right. The party and night modes don't seem to sort those problems out and sometimes in party mode the flash can leave the subjects looking a bit washed out. The zoom works really well both on screen and in the finished picture without reducing image quality at all.
The panoramic scene shooting mode confused me at first. What it lets you do is to take three photographs of a scene in succession and then the camera joins them together to form a wide picture. In order for this to work you have to line up the three pictures as closely as possible before shooting and then the camera reorganises them. I have found this feature does not work at all, I tried several times to take panoramic shots of Alnwick castle for example and none of them worked out with the joins being obvious and the pictures not lining up properly. I have not used all of the modes, I have no idea if fireworks or snow modes are any good or if the facial recognition makes a difference but I expect that will be true of most camera users.
The digital camcorder is adequate enough, you are never going to get professional quality home movies from a compact camera but my daughter has shot a few short movies of herself and her friends and the playback has been of a good enough quality to put onto YouTube and the sound has been nice and clear too.
The manual is over 100 pages long and is downloaded onto your computer, having said that I have only needed to use it once or twice as the controls on the camera are so intuitive. I don't really like the Fuji photo software that is used to transfer photos as it is very basic with no editing software so now I insert the micro SD card into a reader and open the drive and copy the pictures directly over to my pictures folders.
I have enjoyed owning and using my Fujifilm J28 camera over the past few months, for the price you pay I doubt if you can find a better point and click camera. I do want to upgrade to a better quality camera now though because of the limitations experienced in low light conditions and because I want to take some more adventurous photos. Having said that I will be more than happy to pass my J28 on to my daughter as an easy to use and high quality compact camera.