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REALLY GREAT CAMERA - WITH ONE WARNING
on 28 November 2014
I have had this camera 3 days. It greatly exceeds expectations. It is well made, has a great lens and superb zoom capability and so far the firmware and general operation seems totally stable. The camera genuinely competes with similar bridge cameras 2 to 3 times the cost. Battery life seems very good. Uses AA batteries of various types, and the supplied alkaline batteries are still going strong after 3 days of 'playing' with the camera .I eventually will use Ni-Mh cells, the camera can be adjusted, per battery type used, to balance up the voltages. The camera fits my hands perfectly, and the controls seem perfectly placed. WARNING THOUGH I was aware of this BEFORE I bought the camera but DO NOT, repeat DO NOT, switch on the camera BEFORE you take off the clip-on lens cap, you risk instantly wrecking the lens transport/zoom drive. This is a MAJOR technical design error and I hope FUJI are fair and reasonable with the warranty claims that ensue because, in a sense, THEY are at fault- ( a small mention in the online and cd instructions is just not enough) and apart from the lack of a filter screw on the front of the lens, which is ridiculous, the camera is still basically well designed. I have sourced a 60mm PUSH ON rubber lens cap instead, which hopefully would be pushed off the outer lens grip by the moving lens without overstressing the lens drive, should I be 'silly' enough to turn the camera on without thinking 1st. It is possible to source various filter adapters for this camera, but they will cost between £12 to £30 approx., Overall I still fully recommend this camera .