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Have been looking at the Nikon D40 that has been posted recently and came across this little beauty. TrustedReviews.com gave it 10/10 on features, image quality, value for money and overall. I was just wondering if this was anywhere close to being as good as the Nikon D40 as that is a little more expensive.

If you dont mind getting a reconditioned one, fujifilm have it on their site for £189.99, but I thought for the extra £10 or so, its probably worth getting it brand new. Feedback is very much appreciated

Dont know if any of the discount codes for cameras2u.com still work or if there are any new ones flying about. Let me know if you know of any

£6 off £200 spend voucher code: CAM2U06
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#1
Cracking camera.
Its not in SLR league but you don't have to worry about dust and it will take movies.
Its pretty good in low light conditons too.
Only thing that i don't like is that the jpeg compression is a bit aggressive, but you can write RAW if you put a nice big XD card in.
#2
You cannot compare this to the D40, as the Nikon is a proper digital SLR.
Whereas this is a bridge camera, which is a camera that is halfway between a compact and an SLR.

The Fuji is quite a good camera, but when you are talking £200 you may as well pay a bit more and get a proper DSLR.
banned#3
I'd agree with the previous comments, for me these types of camera are neither something nor nothing, they don't have the portability of a compact camera and don't have the versatility of a DSLR. Horses for courses and all that but for me a DSLR is a better option.
#4
My personal opinion is that its only worth getting a Bridge camera, as opposed to a compact, for the extra long zoom they have, and the slightly better quality photo's because of the larger lens diameter.
But a DSLR it is not, and cannot compete with one.

A bridge camera is only worth having if its a good price. For about a 100 quid you can get the Fuji S5700. 7 Meg & 10X Zoom.
But i wouldn't pay £200 for any bridge camera.
#5
I personally don't like the s5700. if you are going for a pro-sumer i'd get the 9500 or 9600 as you get proper lens control. After you've had analogue zoom and focus controls you'll hate using the digital ones found on cameras like the s5700

All depends on what you want. It doesn't have the slide in the pocket carry anywhere advantages but you can take pics and vids in low light and get a lot of the DSLR controls like manual focus, aperture, manual zoom.
As stated though DSLR's are in a different league.

I'm also much happer leaving a sub £200 camera in my boot or a backpack for occassional pictures rather than having a grands worth of DSLR gear in there.
I tend to use the DSLR when i know i'm off to take pictures........
#6
ive got one of these and can safely say it is brilliant - obviously not in the league of DSLR' or even SLR's but nevertheless it is an awesome piece of kit. If your after a DSLR then probably dont get this but if you want a good camera and are not bothered about the size then this is a good bet. I admit its a bit pricey but i hope it will last me a good long while! HTH - just my thoughts (I'm no expert in this field!)
#7
flux
I personally don't like the s5700. if you are going for a pro-sumer i'd get the 9500 or 9600 as you get proper lens control. After you've had analogue zoom and focus controls you'll hate using the digital ones found on cameras like the s5700


Or you could go for the 6500 which has the same lens, almost the same camera (lower MPX and only XD compatible though).

Good price for this though:)
#8
i totally agree. the 6500FD is almost a 9500 but only 6.3mp and no swivel screen.
#9
flux
i totally agree. the 6500FD is almost a 9500 but only 6.3mp and no swivel screen.


But as we know MP means very little compared to lens/ccd quality. I've got a vivitar 3mp camera and my ancient 2mp fuji ****es all over it for PQ. Always used to make me laugh at the 10MP cheap cameras on ebay. Bet they captured glorious images.... NOT :lol:

Re that screen thing, well useful for maxy power car pictures:-D

By the way matey, any idea where I can pick up cheap(ish) filters etc that will fit the 6/9 series?

Edit: Oh and I don't like the 5 series as they seem tiny compared to the 6/9's :lol:
#10
Spend the extra £54 (I think it was about that) and get a NIkon D40... :thumbsup:
#11
It's too easy for the SLR snobs to storm in telling people to spend more money! :)

If you're looking for a non-SLR because you want to be able to shoot video, want something less heavy etc., I think the Panasonic FZ8 is fantastic. Bear in mind that Panasonic use Leica lenses.
#12
it's also worth bearing in mind that a fantastic basic SLR like a Nikon D40 will have a less powerful zoom than one of these bridge cameras - and an extra zoom with an on board autofocus motor (because the D40 doesn't have one in the camera) will be way over £100... SLRs are fantastic if you understand that you'll end up spending a lot more than the camera costs. It's like buying a big house and needing to budget for bigger furniture.
#13
if you want a point and shoot its fine, although quite a bit of dosh, If your only going to print up to a4 you dont need all the meg pixels.

I have a samung gx10 and cant rave about it enough.
#14
>>By the way matey, any idea where I can pick up cheap(ish) filters etc that will fit the 6/9 series?


Ebay seems to sell loads but i can't comment on the quality of them.
#16
don't forget that this camera has been out for a little while... rumours on the net saying tat Fuji migh be coming out with the next one, 9700?

I was thinking of getting this myself.... But might just wait..... And about the DSLR thing, like above said, to get a DSLR with the same spec as the 9600 you are paying more than double....
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Mini pros vs con comparisson to a Nikon D70s dSLR

I got myself a Nikon D70s second hand for £250 with an 18-55mm lens and then I had to spend another £135 to get a (new) 55-200mm VR lens to have the same focal range as this camera does. This means I spent £385 on a second hand camera and have 2 lenses to carry about (more size and weight) and I have to worry about dust. I definitely wasn't going for a D40, which would have cost more at the time and is missing vital key features that my D70s has. The the D40 is a fairer comparison to this Fuji but remember you still need to spend money on that additional lens to get the same zoom.

When my sister decided she wanted a better camera than her compact I ordered her this Fuji from this very site (2 weeks ago) and got £6 off using a code on these forums plus Quidco (my finders fee :-D)

Sure my camera gives better results, is quicker to fire up, focus and take pictures and I have Vibration Reduction on the telephoto lens and have many, many lens options (at additional cost) but this is lighter, much cheaper and has all the manual controls of an entry-level DSLR. If you can't afford to spend more and want a very good zoom range out of the box then you can't do much better than this. Also, 2.8/f at the wide-end is pretty damn good considering the cost! My 18-55mm and 55-200mm are only 3.5/f and 4/f respectively. This means you can take photos in lower light conditions or get a shallower depth of field with the Fuji. Also, I lug around a big camera bag while my sister just carries about a "pouch".

I love my D70s, but the fact I can recommend this camera if you only have £200 to spend and don't want to be spending more money investing in lenses later on speaks volumes for it. Basically, if you see photography as a hobby you want to invest heavily in, don't hesitate and get a dSLR. If you want a camera that will allow you to take good shots, give you full control (a good learning point) and covers a large range at a very low cost: this is it.

EDIT: I've seen a successor to this, though it might not be a direct replacement, that had an image stabilisation feature (badly needed) but it was rumoured much more expensive than this, entering into dSLR territory, which defeats the point.
#18
Yeah, just got myself a Samsung GX10 myself and its awesome!
#19
Cameras2u voucher code: CAM2U06 - £6 off £200

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#20
To all the people good with cameras how would you rate the Canon G9?
#21
Personaly i think the nikons are on the heavy side better of with a Pentax dst. Personaly for the avarage person the camera your looking at will give a great service and cost a lot less when you start adding the extra lens and accessories. you'll need. The difference in weight would also be a big plus. The fuji is also a lot easier to use
#22
Kenliz
The fuji is also a lot easier to use


I wouldn't agree with that. The Fuji has an auto mode just like my Nikon D70s does... but, personally, I had to flick to semi-manual settings to get decent results out of this camera. The Nikon works better in auto (than the Fuji) with the camera's default settings.

The Auto mode on the Fuji probably has some customisable setting to get the best out of it but I only had it for a few hours. Even then, this means some more advanced tweaking. There's nothing basic about the way the Fuji handles, it handles just like a dSLR minus some of the benefits.
#23
I have had this camera for about six months and I highly recommend it. It is very sturdy, and feels like it will last forewver. I have a 4GB CF and 2GB XD card, and rechargeable AAs last for ages.
Zoom is superb, and it is great in low light. Great flash.
But the ability to shoot really decent video with audio swings it for me.
Great family camera.
#24


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#25
I have an s9500 which is identical to this in almost every respect. It is a top, top camera. Bought it 18 months ago when my daughter was born and haven't regreted it for a moment. Recently won a D40 and am currently debating which one should go. D40 has the extra flexibility should I want to invest in extra lenses but the sheer convenience of the S9500 is making it difficult. In terms of image quality I really cannot tell the difference in images printed at 7"x 5". Will listen to sensible offers for either if anyone is interested.

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