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Not my all the time camera, but it has some nice features.
on July 18, 2014
I Purchased this camera to replace a Panasonic Lumix DMC-Zs8. I used to work for Panasonic and I have always loved their Cameras so anyone reading may want to consider any of my biases before purchasing.
I used the Lumix for a few years to take outdoor images of my son's sporting events. It has a long zoom for a point and click camera and many features similar to a bridge camera. It takes great high speed shutter pics which look great and can make a fast pitched baseball freeze clearly in an action shot. My main complaint was that in order to achieve faster shutter speeds the camera sacrifices resolution for speed. So I got great pics that look amazing on my computer but I cant make good prints with (approx 3 megapixel)
So I purchased the Fuji because it is able to take fast shutter pics in full resolution. Well that is what I had hoped for anyway. It does in fact deliver on this promise however, taking many shots in succession is a problem. The Fuji Camera uses a CMOS instead of a CCD as its imaging device. This means it is a bit slower and because the pictures are so large it also takes longer to save them in the memory card (and I purchased the fastest Memory card on the market to go with the camera with little boost in performance). So in short it will take some amazing high speed shots (especially outdoors with good natural light), but if you need the ability to catch a moment then re-aim and catch another great moment in rapid succession you might miss your shot while you are waiting for the memory card to catch up to you.
If shutter speed and memory speed is not that big of an issue then this is not a bad little camera. The big open lens with the 30X zoom performs well and works great, particularly outdoors. Pretty nice glass for such an inexpensive camera. The LCD is huge and the menus are pretty intuitive so it's easy to operate quickly. A camera that I can operate fast without fumbling is key for me and this one is pretty good in that regard. The CMOS also makes it very energy thrifty. No special Lithium Ion Battery packs that cost an arm and a leg. I get ridiculously long operation time with this camera using regular AA batteries. My CCD camera would never make it through a whole ball game without popping in a spare battery. The Fuji normally gets at least 2 full games before the batteries are dead. Of course I take mostly outdoor pictures which means I don't use the flash often, but even using the flash I think most would be satisfies with battery life. And what's not to like about using AA's if your camera dies you can stop at any convenience store and replace the batteries, no special packs no special chargers. That's a huge plus.
Over all I think my CCD cameras perform better indoors under poor lighting conditions and it does perform faster, However this camera has some advantages too. Full resolution on my high speed shots, a utilitarian lens, and long battery life make it practical in other ways.