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Fujifilm FinePix AV100 12 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver)
- 12 Mega-Pixel, 3x Optical Zoom (32-96mm))
- 2.7" LCD Screen; 720p HD Video Mode
- Scene Recognition (Auto-mode); Face Detection
- Auto-Red-Eye Removal; Panorama Mode; upto 1600 ISO
- SD/SDHC Card Slot; 2xAA Batteries (not included)
Amazon.ca Product Description
Fujifilm-12MP, 3x Optical Zoom (32 -96mm), 2.7" LCD, 720p HD Movie, SR Auto, Upto 1600 ISO, Panaroma Mode, SD/SDHC, 2xAA Battery, SILVER
From the Manufacturer
The FinePix AV100 offers ease of use and allows you to take great images with minimal effort. Features such as HD Movie Capture, Automatic Scene Recognition, Face Detection and high ISO sensitivity levels provide the backdrop for the FinePix AV100 to capture stunning memorable moments in either still images or video.
The FinePix AV100 utilizes a 12-megapixel CCD sensor and a 2.7-inch high-resolution LCD. The FinePix AV100 hosts a Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens and, combining the high-resolution sensors and top quality Fujinon optics with the high sensitivity settings of up to ISO 3200, it delivers sharp, clear images in all conditions, perfect for enlarging on screen or in print without compromising image quality.
FinePix AV100 Highlights
The FinePix AV100 also captures High Definition (HD) movies at 720p with sound and still shots in 16:9 that can be played back on any HD ready television (or a home PC). There is also Fujifilm's optional HD Player Kit, which includes an HD Card Reader that connects to HDTV for true digital transfer of HD quality and a wireless Remote Control for video playback from the comfort of your couch.
- Picture Search: Allows users to find images taken in a particular scene mode thereby ensuring it is much faster to navigate through the photos on your camera.
- Panoramic Shooting mode: Allows users to stitch three photos together to create a panoramic image, perfect for wide landscapes, tall buildings or large groups of people.
- Scene Recognition Auto (SR AUTO): Intelligently detects the scene type and shooting conditions to optimize the camera's focus, exposure and white balance.
- Face Detection: Ensures the settings are optimized for the people in the picture.
- Natural Light mode: Made for candid shots taken in a low-setting, this mode automatically increases the ISO to enable the flash to be forced off for discreet, non-intrusive shots.
- Picture Stabilization: Combines higher light sensitivities with faster shutter speeds to stabilize pictures and reduce blur.
- AA-Battery Power: Using AA batteries is often most convenient for on-the-go digital camera users as it eliminates the need to charge battery packs, allowing for lots of picture-taking and the ease of battery replacement.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a great "Point and click" camera. It has a number of shooting modes, including an "auto" mode that choses the best one for the situation. I've tried them all out, and I'm quite impressed with some of them. The panoramic mode works well, and another mode takes 2 pictures in a row; One with flash and one without, for situations where it's hard to decide if the flash is needed.
My only complaint is with transferring pictures to the computer. Windows doesn't recognize the camera as a storage device, and I had some trouble with the software. An SD card reader lets me transfer pictures from the SD card, but I don't consider that a solution, and wouldn't help at all if I was storing pictures on the camera itself.
If you've looked at other reviews for this camera, chances are you've seen somebody mention the HD video problem. I haven't had that trouble with the camera, and most of those complaints were made when the camera first came out.
There's not too much more I can say about this camera. If you're looking at digital cameras for under $100, there's a few to chose from, and most of them will take pictures that are good enough to print. There's not much that makes this one stand out, but I'm very happy with it.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Mine comes with firmware v1.2. When first shooting HD video I got the notorious problem, i.e. video stopped after a couple seconds. I panicked. After format the SD card with NTFS format and then using the camera to format the card again the weird problem is gone. BTW I used a class 4 SDHC 4G card.
The video capability is the main factor I am looking at. But I found the photos are decent as well. I haven't shoot much photos yet. The outdoor ones looks great. The indoor ones are average, but all point and shoot type don't do well at low light. I don't like to use flash either. If you plan to do a lot indoor or low light shooting, get a DSLR and low f-number lens. It all comes down to how many photons are collected by the CCD sensor.
I do need some time to adjust to the controls, button layout and menu. Switching between shooting modes is a little inconvenient as you need to go through a few steps in the menu.
The power button can be easily triggered. It's a little annoying and can cause potential damage. Imagine your camera is unintentionally turned on in that small camera case, the lens has no where to extend and you are screwed. Fuji should fix this problem.
Now having said that this camera takes awful pictures. I had a canon powershot that was almost 7 years old, in fact it was only a 3.5 megapixel, if that tells you how old. It was still taking wonderful pictures and me and my wife were happy at the great quality, until my toddler got a hold of it and finally sent out beloved cannon to the grave. I went to go replace it. Now we decided to buy a cheaper camera because reasoning would suggest that one of the cheaper models today would be hands over fists better than a camera that was nearly 7 years old. We were wrong. I was surprised at how bad some of the pictures came out, in lower light areas even with the digital scene sensor, the picture shows a horrible amount of "noise" and artifacts. Please note that megapixels are not quality, a camera is as only good as its lens and image processing chip, and on this one you get what you pay for.....cheap. I mention this camera is good for first time digital camera users, however it is not good for any one who likes to change the picture settings and modes or advance users. There is no picture mode wheel or buttons for settings, you must navigate several menu's in to change even simple setting which is not good for on the fly picture taking.
I would have given this camera a one star rating, however you cannot beat the price if you need a camera in a hurry AND the HD video recording works pretty well. In fact the camera should be sold as a digital camcorder because it takes better movies than it does picture ;0
So we took it to NYC and in a cafeteria on Broadway I stood up in front of everyone eating and started to photograph my wife. The slippery camera slipped from my fingers and came crashing to the floor. Amazing how the entire room went silent watching me.
I picked up the camera and sheepishly went back to our table. I powered it off and powered it on, and it still worked, thank goodness.
I've taken some of my best photos with this little camera. I like its digital photographs, the menu makes sense to me, and it takes wonderful photos in low light.
But this camera devours its batteries. I use re-chargeable batteries and even after inserting a fully charged battery its depleted in minutes. I always carry a backup battery with it, and have needed it often.
It's a great little camera, just look at my sunset photos here on Amazon. But its voracious appetite for batteries is a deal breaker for me. So this little camera sits on the shelf, way too often.
I won't detail how nice the pictures come out, how convenient it is, how 12 MegaPixels is huge if you want it to be, the fact that it works great for me on rechargeable AA batteries, the many options you can access in the menus, or the compact size. All that is moot, since you can't get these anymore unless you find a used one like I did.
I will say that the seller described it accurately and honestly, that it arrived in beautiful condition, and that it serves my purpose of taking casual snapshots perfectly. The only tiny thing that I could comment on is that it takes a strange USB cable, but I found them on e-Bay for very little money and it all works great. (Oh, and I know, it's ironic that I didn't include a photo.)