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When I was looking for a camera, I knew exactly what I wanted, I wanted a compact camera, packed with features and with the zoom capabilities of an SLR. This is exactly what I got when I bought this camera, I was so impressed I even managed to persuade my brother and dad to buy one too!
Being a Fuijfilm this camera is built to a very high quality, all the moving parts feel secure and very well built, I've even managed to drop mine from a considerable height on a number of occasions and it still works perfectly. I often take mine to party's and on nights out because of the great photo quality even when in unsteady hands, it makes ever picture you take look great even in the hands of someone who has no idea about photography.
The main feature of this camera is the lens and zoom capabilities it provides which are excellent! It gives up to 10x optical zoom which is very very far. I go travelling alot and have found that you can zoom in close of objects up to 500m away and still have clear photos which is great for sightseeing when you can't get close to what you're looking at. This is a great camera for travelling actually as it's cheap, robust and takes great photos.
It also allows for manual exposure, aperture and shutter speeds bringing it level with alot of SLR cameras except you can't swap the lens. Along with all these great features it has several 'scene' settings which adjust how the camera works to suit environments like sunsets, snow and portraits so you can always get the best photo.
The flash is great giving even lighting and removing red eye nearly every time.
The video quality is good but not amazing, you can take reasonably high quality videos but the autofocusing is slow and the resolution is also pretty low. It can deal with most things but I wouldn't imagine it's very good for videoing sport or suchlike.
Unfortunately it only take AA batteries which don't last as long as the built in lithium ion ones but with a few rechargeable sets you shouldn't have any problems.
There's also a small problem with the lens which I believe is a universal problem with the camera. It's very difficult to notice but it's slightly 'flared' at the top and bottom and the picture looks slightly curved in these areas, I believe more information can be found but I've never considered it a problem and I think only professional photographers would notice it.
The screen also holds fingerprints on it very easily, if you even brush it with your finger it leaves marks and they are difficult to remove. With a little care you can avoid getting marks on it but if this sort of thing bothers you I would avoid this camera!
Overall a great little camera that's cheap and won't disappoint!
This has just got to be one of the best purchases I've ever made. A bold statement? Not on your nelly! I have always 'dabbled' in photography and I have to admit that I'm old enough to remember using a Kodak Instamatic that used to take size 126 film. Okay, enough of my history or sordid past, and back to what I was saying. In early 2009, I was offered and accepted early retirement from my regular job. From the excess 'whip round' money generated, I was in the market for a new digital camera. I read loads of reviews and finally plumped for this Fuji camera. My mission was to buy everything required and remain in the left over money budget. To me, buying this camera was leaping into the 21st century. My first impression upon opening the box and taking the camera out was how light it was. Even when I added four AA batteries the weight increase was minimal. I've got quite chubby hands, but the ergonomics of the camera when being held literally fitted like a glove. Apologies for the cliche. I have owned smaller digital cameras before (and maybe I'll get around to reviewing them sometime), but they were really basic models to fit my budget at the time. The Fuji, however, is a masterpiece to me; I find it simple to point and click yet, at the same time, the very easy to navigate menus that I can call up in the reasonable-sized window at the back of the camera give me so much more power to use when taking the camera through its paces. When dabbling with SLR cameras in the past, I never quite got the hang of how the aperture thingy worked, so it's a real bonus that the Fuji is on my side here, meaning that when I've got it on auto all I have to do is point, compose and shoot in order to get great photos. All things being equal, I reckon that my Fuji will last me for several more years to come. Eighteen months down the line, I can't now remember how much I paid for the camera, but I purchased it as a newish buy on eBay, although it could be classed as second hand but the seller had never had it out of the box let alone ever used it. This was probably the one and only time when I've been in the right place at the right time and I wouldn't have paid more than fifty quid for it. Elsewhere, this Fuji model was being sold at that time for considerably more. My recommendation is that if you can't now find a new Fuji S5700 to buy, try and obtain a well-looked-after secondhand one. You'll be glad you did.
This camera is a couple of years old now, but is still reasonable, and can be found for a good price second hand, for those shopping with a limited budget.
For anyone familiar to the Fuji camera range, this is almost identical physically to both some of the older and newer cameras. The advantage of this means that finding a decent case for the camera is easy, and if you do decide to upgrade to a higher spec Fuji camera in future, it will almost certainly fit nicely in the same case.
The 10x optical zoom was very good for the time, and will be plenty for most people, but has these days been surpassed by 15 or 18x which now seems to be the norm. It can take either SD or XD memory cards, but I would steer clear of the XD as this seems to be disappearing from use in the UK, and will not likely be included on laptops with memory card slots (though there is of course a cable to connect via USB, which may be simpler for some).
On the topic of the memory card, it was here that I was disappointed. Within 3 weeks of use the camera developed a fault, and tended not to detect the memory card. After repeated attempts (maybe 20 plus times on a bad day) or removing and replacing the card it was eventually picked up. This point alone means I wouldn't strongly recommend the camera, but must admit I haven't heard of similar reports, so it is perhaps an isolated incident.
Within a week later the back LCD screen failed, and only showed a plain white image (probably a loose connection inside) which meant that I had to use the viewfinder. This might be the preferred choice on a particularly sunny day, but of course is not expected on a camera a month old.
My conclusion therefore is that whilst this is a good camera, and does a nice job of capturing the moment, it is best carried round on a silk pillow, rather than the top of a backpack. I have however, had no trouble with a subsequent Fuji film, so I don't believe this one model is representative of the brand as a whole, and there customer service was quite decent.
I have had lots of different cameras in the past and wanted one that could do a little more than just point and click. After trawling the internet for all I could find, this superb little camera caught my eye.
The s5700 has lots of features for anyone interested in amateur photography. The macro setting is fantastic and the picture quality never fails to impress. You can switch the camera from the automatic setting which gives you great photos everytime, or to a manual setting that allows you to adjust the exposure and quality of the photo you take. The digital screen is a nice size to view your photos. The camera will also film video which I think is a nice feature if you don't want to be taking a camcorder everywhere with you!
This camera can be used by anyone due to its easy to follow settings that allow you to set up your photograph quickly and easily. I have used all the settings on this camera for various reasons and I cannot find fault with it. In fact I often have people asking me about it because they are so impressed!
The camera is 7.1 megapixel, with a 10x optical zoom. I find that the camera has an excellent range and the quality of the picture is not compromised, you can easily switch to the macro setting for really close up pictures which come out crystal clear. It has a pop up flash and a 4.8 digital zoom. (Optical zoom brings the image closer, digital zoom takes a section of the image and enlarges it). You can also take pictures in black and white which is a nice option to have. It has a built in microphone to record sound when in video mode and the quality of this is just as good as the still images.
If you want a point and click camera, this one will do the job, but it will do so much more if you take a little time to read the manual and experiment. A camera with great capabilities, suitable for a variety of experience levels. I have had this camera for 2 years now and would not want to change!
I bought this digital Fuji camera a couple of years ago just before going on holiday to Florida. At the time i paid about £180 for it that did also include a camera case and 1 meg memory card. Although it was quite expensive at the time i am sure now its an older model it can be found for a lot less. However at the time i was happy with the price for what i have to say is a superbly built camera. Its a really stylish design that fits very comfortably in the hand and just looks good. This camera is not just about looks however if that was the case i would not have bought it. It also takes stunningly good detailed, sharp photos. The camera is very accessible and easy to use even for an entry level novice so even if you just use the basic automatic mode for taking pictures you will still get very good results. Advancing on from that though the camera comes with a whole range of different modes and options you can choose from if you wish to take just a little more time in setting up your shots.
The camera comes with built in stabilization which reduces the affect of picture shake when shooting. You can adjust the photo mode depending on the light or whatever it is you are shooting. Just a few examples of this are that it comes with a night mode for obviously shooting at night. It also as a mode specifically for taking pictures of for example sporting events where your subject or subjects may be moving fast. It as a mode for taking photos of fireworks. It also as the obligatory macro mode for shooting very detailed images up super close. It as a self timer should you want to get into the shot yourself.It also comes with a movie mode although i strongly recommend investing in a bigger memory card if you are going to do a lot of this. In all honesty it has way too many options to go into detail and list all of them but suffice it to say this camera should cover just about all your photography needs.
As far as the specs go it comes with 7 megapixels and a 10x optical zoom and a 2.5 LCD display. The display and menu on the back of the camera is easy to use and the menu is laid out and designed in a very logical fashion so all the cameras many options are no more than a couple of menu clicks away. Connection and set up with your home PC is quick and easy with the included software and USB connection.
The camera does also have the option to be used with a tripod and stand as it as the connection on the bottom of the camera, but obviously these are not included with the camera on purchase.
As you may have gathered from the review i love this camera, it does just about everything you could want except make my breakfast.
Aw! My baby!
I love this little piece of machinery. It's brilliant, and I hope my review will inspire you to share it's brilliance with me.
Camera Main Features:
**7.1 million CCD
**Real Photo Technology
**Compact lens with 10x optical zoom
**operation Mode Dial selector
**Super Macro Mode
**Enhanced 2.5" LCD display
**12 flexible Scene Modes
What Fuji say:
Fujifilm is pleased to announce the new FinePix S5700, a refinement of its predecessor, the FinePix S5600. The modifications to the FinePix S5700 mean it is easier to use than anything that has gone before.
It's a faithful companion for every event, from nights out, the kids' school play or sports day, right through to countryside walks and family holidays. It's the ultimate camera for every occasion and perfect for users who always want a camera to hand, but prefer to get creative, not technical, with their photography.
Whats in the box?
4xAA type Alkaline batteries
Lens cap cord
USB cable A / V cable
FinePixViewer Owner's Manual
When I ordered the camera, there were different options and offers avalable. I believe I paid £132.99 and got the camera (plus accessories), camera case, and rechargable batteries. (although I should have checked the batteries first, as I bought some with a plug suitable only for french plug sockets... whoops!)
The camera is a bulky but compact little gem! I like the chunky feeling, it feels more professional, and makes me feel more important, and confidenting photographs! It also prompts a lot of comments on how fancy it is... which I love, as it's simplicity is the best bit!
It isnt angular either, which is nice aesthetically, but also makes it much more pleasant to hold.
It is very very easy to get your head around, with an easy dial menu, and simple arrows to navigate and an 'enter' button (situated next to the screen).
The features are all easy to access and simple to use, making it ideal for minimal faffing around if needing to take a quick shot, and to limit added stress when arranging your photograph.
Perfect for someone wanting to up their photography from just snapshots, as there are great features such as super macro (intense close ups) which make photos look hundreds of times better :)
Having said that, it's also great for a pro photographer wanting something a little simpler to take on holiday, but that is still packed with features, but just a little less heavy duty!
The photos taken are superb quality, with different functions such as flash, stabiliser, portrait, macro etc. All these features help to make photos stand out, and this camera has served me extremely well in my photography course (of which I am predicted an A - thanks to this little gem!)
The photos are good, but they are made even better with some slight tweaking. Obviously photoshop is ideal, but expensive. I use that at college, but for some easy and quick fixes, I use Picasa - a google application. It's free and does great things for your photos, such as B+W, sepia, graduated tint, focal B+W, contrast, sharpen/blur etc. Great for simple editing!
Overall, this camera is a brilliant digital SLR which is perfect for every occasion, whether taking professional portraits, event photography etc, or just a family taking some holiday shots as it's easy enough for the kids to use too! Highly reccomended to anyone investigating purchasing a great camera.
I have been using this camera for over a year now. I initially bought it to help with my Photography A Level course, I have to say, it has been a brilliant purchase. The price I paid was just over £100, and for what is a digital SLR at this price point you can't really go wrong.
I think that this camera has a really broad appeal. As an entry level digital SLR it can appeal to casual users wanting to get really good holiday snaps, as well as being great for amateur photographer's like myself. Just because this camera is "entry-level" don't be put off, it really packs in the features.
Whilst I imagine a casual user could be greatly satisfied with this camera just through using it's 'auto' setting and the environment specific modes (portraits, night, party, firework, there's loads), I would strongly recommend if you haven't before, taking the opportunity to explore this camera's manual mode.
This camera is great for your first exploration into experimenting with shutter speed aperture settings ISO and manual focus. With easy to navigate menus, I found it really fun to show of my photographer side with this camera.
At 7 megapixels, and with a 10x Optical zoom (theres also digital zoom, but I wouldn't recommend using this at all, not just on this camera, but all. In this case the optical zoom will more than suffice for the most part), the images you will capture are stunning. I'm particularly fond of the cameras macro setting, the colours and richness of image you can achieve are great.
I have a couple of slight gripes with this camera. The first is that as this is an entry level product, you unfortunately cannot use external lenses or flashes with this camera (The pop up flash included is great, not as controllable as external flashes). Also for some reason you cannot store or import your images in RAW format on this camera, which is a shame. The JPEGs are great quality, but I don't really understand why RAW has been omitted.
However, what I will say is that if you are just looking for a great slightly upmarket digital SLR without breaking the bank, or even if you're a budding photographer, these things probably will not bother you in the slightest.
Overall, this camera has been fantastic for me and has helped immensely and made me a much better photographer.
I paid around 150 pounds for my Finepix S5700 and by all accounts this has been a bargain for such a good quality camera.
I originally bought it for photographing clothes to put on ebay, and it lived up to the task perfectly, taking clear and crisp photos and performing well in low light. I now use it casually when out and about and on social occasions and its versatility has proved great for these as well.
I am in no way a professional photographer so I would not know much about the technical specifications but I have found that the camera has many useful "modes" such as "camera shake" and zoom and there is also a video function.
I needed a memory card to use with the camera and bought a 1gb Kingston card.
The only downside is that the camera did not come with a charger, and I have not found one available to buy. Hence the most environmentally friendly option has been to use disposable batteries.
This camera is a really rather impressive camera and it provided me a lot of pleasant shocks following my purchase of it for a holiday.
First thing is first and I have to say that the camera is a well designed, well put together and a very compact piece with the camera feeling very good and well made when you hold it and upon inserting batteries and SD card I was able to simply point, click and take it all from there.
The zoom on the camera is an impressive 10x optical zoom but this is made even more impressive with how easy it has been made to use this zoom facility by where the designers have placed the controls for this function making it quick to locate without having to miss out on what you have on the screen.
The camera is excellent value for money with my paying £130 for this and finding it to be well and truly worth it from day one.
This little camera has a lot of functions and is a truly brilliant camera that is the all in one package piece...want a photo that you need to zoom then this can handle it but it can also handle close up photos, outdoors or indoors, sunny or dark, etc.
Simple to use and offering up all the features you want and need but also making it easy for those of us wanting to point and click.
This camera is a great one if you are looking for a well priced introduction into digital photography. It is simple to use and takes very good photos.
There are a large number of photo taking options, from macro for those very close in shots to reducing movement blur for shots at sporting events. The flash is good and the zoom is superb. The 10x optical zoom is very useful and makes it very easy to take shots no matter where you are. Another advantage is that the camera takes most leading types of memory card, so you are able to scour the market for the cheapest ones available and use those.
If this camera does have a disadvantage, it is in the size and shape. It is based on a retro style camera, and so you will need to think carefully about carrying it about. The neck strap does help, but it isn't a handy camera if you just want a "quick snap" type set up.
Overall the good outweighs the bad on this and I would recommend.
Compaired to all the other reviews for this it looks like my review will be in lameman terms.
This camera is the perfect step up for those budding photographers to go from a simple point and shoot to something abit more technical. And after a year of having this camera and taking pictures everyday, I'm still learning new tricks.
For me, I judge a camera not on it's megapixels but by it's macro setting this one has two. Marco and super macro. Both are fantastic on this little guy.
The only bad point with this camera is that it does not take indoor photos too well at night as they come up very grainy. It needs natural or strong light to function best.
Mine is constantly on the setting to reduce camera shake, if I'm photographing something specific I will change onto SP1 or 2 depending but I find this setting far better than Auto.
As it is a quite big camera I would keep a normal point and shoot to take out and about with you and only take this camera when you're certain you will be using it as it does take alot of room up in your bag.
It's almost and SLR, but not quite. It's a dandy camera with great value, though.
My dad takes aerial photos with one, and they always turn out spectacularly well.
From the dense, solid feel of this camera in your hands, to the beautiful, vivid and clear pictures it churns out, it's one of the best choices out there.
Theres only so much you can say to flatter a bunch of circuits and lenses encased in plastic, though.
Highs: Lots of options for what you're shooting means that pictures almost guaranteed to turn out nicely. Holds 4 double AAs, so that it goes through the same amount of batteries as a normal camera, but you only have to change them half as often. The digital viewfinder can be used for everything, including menus and reviewing the pictures.
Lows: The only low I can think of is that the many features are hard to master and use. It encourages you to stick with the few things that are really easy and obvious.
I bought this camera just over a year ago and to this date it has performed remarkably well. Supported by the quality 'Fuji' label, this is the perfect camera for those wishing to upgrade from a compact point and shoot, without spending hundreds of pounds on a DSLR. With a 10X optical zoom and at nice compact size, this is the perfect tool to take away on holiday and take good quality snaps. For the beginner, the Fuji S5700 offers a number of modes to use, including a handy 'auto' setting that produces acceptable exposures. For the budding photographer, the camera has a number of modes including an aperture priority and a shutter priority, giving more manual control for different effects. The menu screens are clearly laid out and very bright, even in direct sunlight.
There are few negative points to raise with this camera. I personally found the pop-up flash to be slightly too bright, but this can be overcome. Overall this is an excellent camera for anyone wishing to take great photos without breaking the bank.
For anyone wanting to get more out of there camera but not wanting to spend a fortune on a DSLR and all accessories then this is the camera to choose.
Light enough to carry around without a bag, do not need any accessories apart from maybe a tripod for macro work etc. But at the other end its large enough to hold steadily without camera shake affecting the shots.
Batteries last a very long time (well over a few weeks for me) when continuosly using with flash. Best bet is to buy some rechargable batteries recommended as it takes 4 AA.
Excellent video recording quality, it zooms in itself when in this mode, I can get around 30 mins recording time while set on highest quality images.
Not so great on indoor shots for me, have heard it helps sometimes to put a peice of tissue over the flash to soften it slightly.
Brilliant at wildlife and landscape shots with 10x optical zoom. Can be used on auto for those who are a bit scared of all the settings, also has different scene modes where it will change the settings for you (landscape, portrait, action shots etc).
All round its a great camera for the price, great starter if you want to get into photography more but need to learn.
Self timer is great for family shots that you want to be in too.
This is simply a brilliant digital camera. It is suitable for any ability of photographer, be they total novice or seasoned pro. For a moderately compact camera and a very compact price, the lens is huge and superb, and the features are first class.
The lens. Huge, so gathers masses of light, resulting in a crisp picture using a lower iso and wider apeture. If you don't understand that, dont worry, with this camera you dont have to to get brilliant pictures out. However, if you do, then this camera can help you tweak your technique to allow for even better photos. With 10x optical zoom, you can get in close on your subject from across a football pitch, perfect for capturing those brilliant momernts.
The sensor suffers from the usual fuji purple hazing every so often, but comes out with such precision the rest of the time that it's worth it.
The functions are superb, from full auto to full manual and almost every stop in between. The menus are easy to navigate and speedy, and the feel is top notch.
Overall a perfect camera for the enthusiast.