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104 of 108 found the following review helpful:
Good starter digicamNov 28, 2003
"No Time, No Money"
This camera is great as a starter digital camera, especially for people who are usually afraid of photography. The camera body is easy to hold and the buttons are laid out user-friendlily. It's the usual snap-and-go type, and anyone who half a brain can use the basic functions after picking it up. The memory cards have come down *a lot* in price so there's no reason to whine any more. BTW, speaking of price, the A210 can be had for under one-fifty if you shop around. For that price this is simply the best 3MP camera.
Image quality is excellent outdoors when light is aplenty. Night shots do tend to be dark and noisy (noise refers to the coarse-grained color dots you see in a poorly exposed picture). But after you read the manual you can do things to improve night shots. Besides, no camera takes great picures when there's insufficient light.
42 of 46 found the following review helpful:
Excellent low end camera!Nov 08, 2003
I like this camera because:
a) Its batteries last for more than just a few pics (so far the first set has taken more than 15 pics).
b) It's comfortable to use (nice size and shape) and nice looking.
c) It takes great pics. Color is rich and image is realistic.
d) It connects easily via USB and the software is simple if a bit more than what i need.
e) You can connect it directly to your video viewer (TV, another cam, or VCR) with the included video cable.
I don't like that:
a) The power switch slides instead of clicking off and on (could leave it on by mistake since its position is always the same).
b) You have to switch it to another mode to view pics easily (you CAN see them in the main view, but it's a pain).
Excellent buy at $200!
23 of 24 found the following review helpful:
A good deal but lacks sharpnessMay 12, 2004
By Rob Banzai
I've used a pretty wide range of digital cameras so I feel comfortable grading the Finepix 210 a solid 3, possibly a 3.5. I bypassed inexpensive 2MP cameras to make the jump to this, one of the least expensive 3MP ones around that had decent reviews.
After using it I can say that it is definitely lacking the sharpness of competitors like the Nikon Coolpix 3100. I only use it at the highest quality level and even closeups for portraits are obviously not razor sharp like I've become accustomed to with the 3MP Nikon and Sony products.
On the other hand this camera is at least $50-$70 less than the competitors and when accessories are factored in I was able to get the camera, a 128MB xd card and the handy USB cradle (with rechargeable battery) for $100 less than I could've with Nikon or Sony.
The bottom line: this is a decent camera that puts 3MP in reach of the average casual user but it is not very sharp.
127 of 151 found the following review helpful:
Same old stuffAug 28, 2003
Fuji 2600 sold very good in 2001 because it was cheap & solid camera (with below average build quality). They removed some features and downgraded its screen & lens speed to make 2650 in 2002 even cheaper. Come 2003 they have added video-out/3MP and futher downgraded it, made it uglier and zero innovation.
Basically its gotten thicker (well above 2 inches), poor night capability, grainy LCD, cheapo plastic body, expensive xD cards and average build quality. The picture quality in daylight is very good though. Battery life and user interface are also good.
Meanwhile cameras from Canon, Sony, Nikon and other companies have improved a lot, added many features and have gotten cheaper. Right now Canon A60/A70 is much better option.
Ofcourse first time users (who never had a digital camera before) will give it 5 stars and will be very happy.
14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Better than spending $500 on something that does the same...Jun 02, 2004
Yeah, if you're a professional photographer, this is not the way to go. However, if you want to take beautiful, vivid, detailed pics, this camera is for you. I sell bearded dragons and chameleons on the internet, and needed something that would show the colors, markings, and detail needed to make that side business successful. I was using the Oregon Scientific camera that is the size of three credit cards stacked on top of one another, and i could not get a close up shot to catch the detail I needed (however that camera is perfect for my OTHER side job, being a spy!LOL) Anyway, don't listen to others when they say it is not user friendly, they are just seriously mentally challenged. IT IS VERY USER FRIENDLY! One drawback is indeed the battery life. DO NOT use regular AA batteries. Use the NiMH rechargeables, spend a little extra for the cradle that is like $15, and you will never need to worry about the battery life. They recharge completely from being fully dead in an hour. Great little camera.
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