Fuji Finepix Digital Cameras - A Guide.
It is a truism that every product has its pros and cons, and likewise that everybody has a favourite brand. It might not be rational, but some of us just prefer shopping at Tesco, or only using Sony stereos, or what have you.
My first digital camera was a Fuji Finepix, and because I had such a good experience with it, Fujifilm have remained my digital camera brand of choice.
The Fujifilm FinePix J-Series.
The J-Series is Fujifilm’s basic entry level point and shoot camera. There are over 15 models of the J Series, with later numbers obviously becoming increasingly more sophisticated, with improved quality and functionality.
This series superseded the A-Series in 2008, leading to some confusion about where it sat in the range. There is also some confusion because some J Series cameras use XD picture card Flash Memory, while others use SD/SDHC memory cards. It’s not necessarily a given that you’ll be able to swap your old memory cards into new cameras.
All of the J-Series cameras come with more megapixels than you can shake a stick at, and most home users don’t need more than 6 megapixels. The J-Series will allow you to print out A4 sized prints with excellent quality.
They are cheap, they are compact, and they offer great quality. They may not have the widest range of features, or the best overall quality, but for a cheap and cheerful point and click camera, I personally think simplicity and ease of use is a major plus.
And again, not to labour the point, but price is the major selling point of the J Series.
The Fujifilm FinePix F-Series.
The F-Series is the flagship line of the Fujifilm camera stable, a series of mid-range compact cameras that have gained widespread acclaim primarily for their proprietary SuperCCD sensors, which give them excellent low-light performance. In other words, you can use them in pretty gloomy conditions, and there won’t be much graininess or noise in your photographs. No other camera manufacturer does low-light as well as Fujifilm.
There are well over a dozen F-Series cameras, and most of them are excellent machines, combining cutting edge technology, solid design, good build quality, and superb photographic results. The range of colours that my current F-Series camera can capture, for example, is simply breathtaking. The only downside is in some lighting conditions there is a slight purple fringe around bright objects and high-contrast areas, though to be honest I needed somebody to point it out to me before I noticed it.
I’m not sure any other manufacturer can make a claim of having had such a solid series of digital cameras.
The other thing worth mentioning about the F-Series is how sturdy they are. I don’t want to jinx it, but I have one that is at least 5 years old, has seen a lot of wear and tear, and is still going strong.
The Fujifilm FinePix S-Series.
This series is the company’s Bridge and DSLR series. Bridge cameras fill the gap between the F-Series point and shoot style cameras, and the higher range DSLR, or Digital Single-Lens Reflex cameras.
Generally built around x15 and x18 zoom high quality lenses (Fuji are known for the quality of their lens-making), there are again well over a dozen different models.
The Bridge cameras will give you an F-Series point-and-shoot with ‘extras’, while the DSLR models move into more professional photographer territory.
And I’ll be honest with you here, I don’t actually have an S-Series camera, but I’ll tell you this, I want one. It might not be the highest and most professional recommendation in the world, but as somebody who loves this brand, I wouldn’t have anything else.
Fuji Finepix J Series.
Fuji Finepix F Series.
Fuji Finepix S-Series.
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