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This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix Z70 12 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)I bought this camera because of the price and since it can take HD VIDEO in 720p. Lets get to the deal breakers that I was unable to find anywhere I looked, unlike most camera that can take video, this one records in AVI format, not the MP4 / MOV. I like AVI because I can edit it very easily. AVI files cannot exceed 2GB in size, let it be on any camera or computer. On this camera you can zoom in and out while filming. A nice feature of this camera is the battery, its rechargeable. You can't recharge the battery while its in the camera, it comes with a separate charger and you need to take the battery out of the camera, I like this idea as I can buy multiple batteries and charge one yet still use the camera...Camera takes both SD & SDHC memory cards, if you do not have a computer drive that can read the more newer SDHC cards, the camera comes with a USB cable so you can transfer the photos/videos that way with or without using the included cd-rom. This camera has a ton of setting on it, so many I had to look through the manual thats on the cd-rom as icons were popping up on the camera screen that I did not know what they meant. My favorite feature of this camera is that it can take 2 pictures at a time, one with the flash and then one without so you can pick which one is better. The camera has other features too, but I have not yet played with them enough to see what they do. In terms of weight and feel, its solid, has a good weight to it so it does not feel like cheap plasic, parts of the outside are metal. It has a port on the bottom for a standard tripod. On this camera, don't worry if you break the battery / memory card off because it does not rely on that to keep the battery or memory card in place, I know lots of people worry about that...I had other camera with the same megapixel rating and the battery life was horrible! On this camera you can take many many pictures and HD Video with power to spare. Keep in mind though, I noticed some settings this camera has does indeed use more power (the fully automatic scene recognizer, dual image taker as I mentioned earlier) and flash usage all will vary the life of the battery before you need another recharge, the battery can recharge to maximum capacity in about 2hours. The pictures and video come out really clear. This is my first FUJI camera, I usually get KODAK & CANNON and I think I will always buy FUJI from now on. I would highly recommend this camera.
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Initial post: Mar 18, 2011 6:14:38 AM PDT
Peter M. White says:
Another reviewer said you can't zoom in and out while taking video. Can you please confirm this? Did you maybe do a firmware update?
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2011 9:16:59 AM PDT
**Movie Reviewer** says:
I can CONFIRM that the camera does indeed zoom in and out while taking video. There is no firmware update available for this camera on the fuji site. After using this camera a lot since my original review on this camera I can add the following... while zooming in and out while taking a video, the camera does NOT re-focus on what your zooming in at, and in case you are wondering it is an analog zoom (meaning the lens moves unlike cheap camera where it just magnifies it). Because it does not refocus during zooming (during video), the parts you zoom in at will be blurry. One other drawback to this camera is if you take record in any setting below HD in video, the audio bitrate is too low and not worth it. I contacted fuji about that as that could have been fixed in a firmware update, but an update has yet to be made. I would rather recommend this camera for taking pictures only as it has a ton of settings, but if you would rather take short video from time to time, its still pretty good. On that note, if you can hold out on buying a camera, in a few months new 16MP cameras will be released.
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