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Fujifilm S3300

andypandy

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Well seen as though i have used this camera for a while i thought id do a review for people thinking of buying a bridge camera rather than a full DSLR.

Spec

Fujifilm FinePix S3300 14MP Digital Bridge Camera.

Easy web upload to Facebook and YouTube and mini HDMI port for easy image display on any HDTV.

14 megapixels.
CCD sensor.
26 x optical zoom.
6.7 x digital zoom.
View finder.
36 focus points in the viewfinder.
3in screen.
LCD screen with Live View.
Minimum ISO rating 64 and maximum ISO rating 6400.
Shutter speed 1/2000 to 8sec.
Image stabilisation system.
CCD shift anti-blur.
24mm wide angle lens.
Continuous shooting 8fps.
Memory card compatibility: SD, SDHC.
27 scene modes.
Full auto and manual settings.
Built-in flash.
720 HD recording .
Video capture with sound and video playback with sound.
PictBridge compatible.
Accessories included: shoulder strap, AV cable USB cable.
Requires 4 x AA batteries (included).
Size H8.1, W11.8, D9.9cm.
Weight 445g.
EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 4547410150643.




Build Quality 9
Ease of use 8
Value for money 6
Image quality 7
Features 8

I got this fella to start me of in photography before buying a DSLR. For a starter camera i think it is pretty good as it has enough features to get people use to using manual settings and to start thinking about what they want from there pictures.

The menu on screen is easy to navigate and all features are easy to access and use.

Like most camera's it has a dial on top for choosing your mode of shooting but for me i mainly used Aperture and shutter speed priority and later on moving to Full Manual mode.

The camera itself has a nice feel and is relatively heavy for a bridge camera.

The images themselevs turned out ok but here come the problems i found with it.

Macro shots were very poor and most came out OOF or lacking real quality.

Noise is very bad so its important to shoot with a ISO lower than 200 in almost every situation.

Aperture unfortunately only had a small or large but the further you zoomed with a small aperture the smaller it got.

Shutter speed only goes down to 8 secs which is a problem if you want to get some great moving water shots or trails. I overcame this by taking a number of images and blending them in photoshop.

Overall

Overall this is a nice little starter camera but i found i needed more from it. If you are going to choose a bridge i would choose one of the sony varieties as they seem to have more features. Alternatively get yourself a Canon 450D(Rebel XSi) for the extra bit of money.
 
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