Digital Camera Virgin..

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by mitchshrader, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

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    Jun 14, 2005
    Just bought my first digital cam, a fuji finepix E-510, 5.2 megapixels, 3.2 optical zoom. $210 delivered, Newegg.

    Did I do a bad thing?

    Anybody dealt with Fuji Cams?

    Somebody tell me I wasn't an idiot.. ;g
  2. NRA_guy

    NRA_guy Unreconstructed

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    Jun 20, 2004
    Mississippi, CSA
    Hopefully, Fuji has improved their digital cameras. I have a 3800 and know 2 others who own them. None of us is satisfied.

    They are notoriously slow (i.e., claim to be rated at ISO 100 but that seems like an exageration) even for a digital camera and won't take decent images in low light. Add movement under low lighting and it's hopeless. Blurred images.

    All digitals have a l-o-n-g delay between pressing the shutter release and taking the picture. This gives more bad shots. You will get lots of photos of kids and animals with eyes closed and heads turned---just after the ideal pose has passed.

    Mine has very inconsistent exposures. I can take 5 photos of a stationary object regardless of lighting, and get 4 different exposures. I have not seen any pattern and have tried all settings.

    The built-in flash on the 3800 is pretty weak and lack of a connection for a supplemental flash is a pain. I bought a Metz slave supplemental flash.

    Lack of a manual override of autofocus screws up some shots.

    Overall, I would never again buy any other Fuji digital camera.

    Hopefully your model is improved.

  3. RaiderRodney

    RaiderRodney Just Win Baby

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    May 22, 2003
    North Carolina can't go wrong with Newegg ;)

    The Fuji I don't know about. I bought a Sony 3.2mgpx fro Newegg last fall and I love it. Most all dig cameras have trouble with low light so be sure to use the flash. Mine has some kind of light checker that seems to work great. I can take pix in total darkness with the flash and get great results. Also, when you press on the shutter button most adjust settings for a sec then you press on down to take the pic ;) Good luck, hope you are happy with it!
  4. Zoolander

    Zoolander Castrated

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    Nov 8, 2004
    Haha. Good price.

    I kept buying and returning... 5 cameras in a row... cost me a fortune with re-stocking fee's.

    I ended up with a Sony, next time it will be a Canon.

    Never tried a Fuji but I'm sure it will be fine.

    Low light, like indoors is a real problem.

    I need a digi cam that takes great indoor shots with a good flash.

  5. Creeper1313

    Creeper1313 Aequitas

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    Feb 3, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I used my Canon S400 to take this:

    $259 at

    3x optical zoom and at the size of a pack of smokes, it can go anywhere in my pocket.

    $349 gets you the 5MP S500, but 4MP is fine for my uses. The photo above was shrunk from 2272x1704 to 1600x1200 and you can see the quality is still impressive.

    However, $344.00 gets you the new SD400 which is 5MP and is even thinner than the S400. I'll definately consider this camera if it ever comes time to replace my S400 as my pocket camera.

    I'm a definate Canon fan for life, but if your Fuji takes photos you are happy with, I'm sure you'll like it. Oh and I reccomend a 256mb to 512mb flash card as a must-have accessory to any digicam as the flash cards some cameras come with are a bit paltry (IIRC my S400 came with only 32mb).