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Olympus X-42 12MP Camera - Black - £69.99 @ Argos

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7y, 4m agoFound 7 years, 4 months ago
i have seen this camera in Argos just want to know what you think of it, can't find any reviews on it. .

5x optical zoom.

4x digital zoom.

18Mb internal memory.

2.7in LCD screen.

PictBridge compatible.

Digital anti blur.

In-camera red eye fix.

Face detection, up to 16 faces.

Takes xD-Picture card and microSD via bundled adaptor.

Movie capture with sound.

Cables output to TV.

Maximum ISO 1600.

12 scene modes.

Auto focus tracking.

Self timer.

Built-in flash.

USB connection.

Includes AV cable, USB cable, microSD adaptor, instruction manual, 2 x AA batteries, hand strap.

Depth of camera 2.67cm.

Weight 112g.

Manufacturer's 2 year guarantee.
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#1
Try the FE-46 as it looks to be the same camera.
[mod]#2
Thanks for the post atlantic :)

I've added a retailer name and price to your title, we always try to include these when posting deals. Thanks
#3
looks good i'd like to know what people think of it too cheers
#4
jeff3g
Try the FE-46 as it looks to be the same camera.


I'd say so too, looks like normal price.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002HWRKSE?ie=UTF8&tag=printreset-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002HWRKSE
#5
I bought this camera on saturday 25.7.09 from Argos, I have not been able to use it properly:x can only take six pictures that the limited memory allows, the reason for this is because the micro sd adaptor was not in the box, took it back on sunday, the sales assistant opened 7 other boxes and it was missing from all boxes, still waiting to hear from Agro sorry Argos:x
#6
charine1234
I bought this camera on saturday 25.7.09 from Argos, I have not been able to use it properly:x can only take six pictures that the limited memory allows, the reason for this is because the micro sd adaptor was not in the box, took it back on sunday, the sales assistant opened 7 other boxes and it was missing from all boxes, still waiting to hear from Agro sorry Argos:x


It says clearly enough on page 1185 of the argos catalogue that the memory card is an optional extra, it has it in the "! Dont Forget Box" and has a half price offer for the card when you buy it with the camera.

So I'm not surprised it wasn't in the other 7 boxes. Hope I don't go an buy one where the box has been opened and the contents rummaged.
#7
androoski
It says clearly enough on page 1185 of the argos catalogue that the memory card is an optional extra, it has it in the "! Dont Forget Box" and has a half price offer for the card when you buy it with the camera.

So I'm not surprised it wasn't in the other 7 boxes. Hope I don't go an buy one where the box has been opened and the contents rummaged.


According to the Product Description it should include an adaptor so you can use MicroSD cards the Poster is saying that adaptor was missing.

If the adaptor was in the box they'd have been able to use a microSD card.
1 Like #8
We bought the pink version of this from Argos 2 weeks ago and are delighted with it. It's certaainly easy to use.

The card holder was in the box but had to but the micro 4gig SD card (Argos had them half price when you bought the camera).

Happy to recommend this camera to others.
#9
I'm after a new camera as well after mine packed up.
#10
Beware! However good the camera is Olympus is one of the few brands which don't use regular SD/SDHC cards, which are now pretty much the standard for digi cameras and are FAR cheaper than Olympus' Xd cards. Sony are the other notable exception with their ridiculously priced MemoryStick. This alone should be a reason to look elsewhere.

5x optical zoom is handy. 12Mp more likely to be a problem than an advantage in a camera this size. Price good but not fabulous all things considered.

I'd advise looking out for a deal on Panasonic if you really want the best in a pocket sized snapper. 7 or 8 Mp is plenty.
#11
Besford
Beware! However good the camera is Olympus is one of the few brands which don't use regular SD/SDHC cards

SPEC in OP
Takes xD-Picture card and microSD via bundled adaptor.

Whilst I agree the older Olympus' used to only take XD, it seems this one DOES offer SD as well, (micro format).
#12
Funder
Whilst I agree the older Olympus' used to only take XD, it seems this one DOES offer SD as well, (micro format).

Well said!
I have had Olympus cameras and they take SD and XD.
They are far easier to use than others I tried and pictures seem to be of better quality even in poor light condition.
I am not an expert, so please do not attack me for giving an opinion.
This is just my personal view!
Hot deal though
#13
to the OP who was looking for reviews, there are over 100 on the argos site.
#14
Funder
Whilst I agree the older Olympus' used to only take XD, it seems this one DOES offer SD as well, (micro format).

That's micro SD, not normal SD. Just read above for all the hassles this can cause and they're more difficult to handle too. Why mess with it when most cameras take 'proper' SD/SDHC these days.

Just noticed it's AA powered too, so no battery or charger supplied. Regardless of your own views on this (there are pros and cons though I think dedicated Li-ion is far superior) the fact is that any camera which doesn't supply these SHOULD be much cheaper. This really isn't a great deal.

The OP asked for opinions and that's mine.

For just £20 more you can pick up a great Panasonic (FS4) from Tesco with proper battery and charger, etc. You'll easily save the £20 in battery costs and have a better camera too.
#15
Besford

For just £20 more you can pick up a great Panasonic (FS4) from Tesco with proper battery and charger, etc. You'll easily save the £20 in battery costs and have a better camera too.


Genuine question: What makes the FS4 superior?
#16
Bought this in July as a present for my father-in-law's 82nd birthday. Came with the micro sd adaptor and works fine with the 2gb generic micro sd card l had laying about.

He's very happy with it and uses it a lot. Uses two AA batteries which is handy. Lighter in weight than it looks due to the plastic case, nevertheless it's good looking (the camera, that is), easy to use and has a good set of features for the price (anti blur comes in handy). Image quality is perfectly acceptable but not quite as sharp and colour rich as my Panasonic DMC-LZ5 that cost double that of the Olympus when purchased 12 months ago.

Ideal for a first timer as it's simple to use but has hidden depths if you want to experiment with exposure settings etc. Let's face it there's always something better at a higher price point but overall at the price being asked, i'd recommend it as decent value for money..
1 Like #17
redjay1
Genuine question: What makes the FS4 superior?

Thinner, dedicated Li-ion battery with charger (thats more than the £20 difference alone), metal body, SD/SDHC card compatible, excellent lens, superior build quality. Most reviews would tip Panasonic cameras as a cut above the average. Used to be more expensive too but these days they are being more competitive.

Not to say cameras like the one in this post are not good and the 5x optical zoom is a good feature but they are not up to Panasonic standards. 12Mp may be a good marketing feature but you really don't need more than 7 or 8 Mp and quality will suffer if you go to 12Mp with a small size sensor like this will have.
#18
Besford
12Mp may be a good marketing feature but you really don't need more than 7 or 8 Mp and quality will suffer if you go to 12Mp with a small size sensor like this will have.


Just to clarify for anyone who might be confused by this: a 12Mp sensor does not mean quality will suffer, it just means that you're getting no better quality than an 8Mp sensor, since the lens on a compact camera will not be good enough to warrant 12Mp.

Sorry if that sounds pedantic - I wouldn't want anyone to think more resolution actually makes the pictures look worse!
#19
Besford
metal body


Can't find much spec on the Lumix FS4 but most sites say it has a plastic body - like here at Argos

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5592771/c_1/1%7Ccategory_root%7CPhotography%7C14419436/Trail/searchtext%3EPANASONIC.htm
#20
Besford
That's micro SD, not normal SD. Just read above for all the hassles this can cause and they're more difficult to handle too. Why mess with it when most cameras take 'proper' SD/SDHC these days.

Just noticed it's AA powered too, so no battery or charger supplied. Regardless of your own views on this (there are pros and cons though I think dedicated Li-ion is far superior) the fact is that any camera which doesn't supply these SHOULD be much cheaper. This really isn't a great deal.

The OP asked for opinions and that's mine.

For just £20 more you can pick up a great Panasonic (FS4) from Tesco with proper battery and charger, etc. You'll easily save the £20 in battery costs and have a better camera too.


I saw the FS4 at Tesco at £69.97 sunday just gone..... I take it I should buy that then for my uncle who is looking for a cheap camera?
#21
twe
I saw the FS4 at Tesco at £69.97 sunday just gone..... I take it I should buy that then for my uncle who is looking for a cheap camera?

You've reminded me that someone posted that price a few weeks back after I had done so at £89.99. Grab it quick - fantastic price for a Panasonic if there are any left!
#22
Teh Lemur
Just to clarify for anyone who might be confused by this: a 12Mp sensor does not mean quality will suffer, it just means that you're getting no better quality than an 8Mp sensor, since the lens on a compact camera will not be good enough to warrant 12Mp.

Sorry if that sounds pedantic - I wouldn't want anyone to think more resolution actually makes the pictures look worse!

Sorry to be even more pedantic but while your advice is no doubt well intended it is not correct. Most reviews will show that trying to cram too many pixels into a very small format sensor causes excessive 'noise' (especially in lower light) - the digital equivalent of grain on film. Yes, lenses do vary (and Panasonic's are pretty good too) but that's not the issue here.

DSLR cameras and some others can offer more pixels without noise because they use a significantly larger sensor.

Regardless of the above, you simply don't need 12Mp unless you are going to blow up to enormous sizes (or print just a small part of a picture)
#23
toaster
Can't find much spec on the Lumix FS4 but most sites say it has a plastic body - like here at Argos

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5592771/c_1/1%7Ccategory_root%7CPhotography%7C14419436/Trail/searchtext%3EPANASONIC.htm

I suspect that's an error on the Argos site but stand to be corrected if it proves accurate. Doesn't look plastic in the pic (note how it's screwed together) and doesn't feel like it in the hand. That's an FS42, not FS4 by the way. I suspect the differences are small but I think the FS4 is 8Mp vs 10Mp for the Argos one.

Reviews are excellent aren't they! I noticed the following quote ref the Li-ion battery issue I raised:

"...charging took only 1 1/2 hours and lasted for over 300 photos (many with flash) whilst on holiday..."

Go for it - you won't be disappointed, especially if you can pick one up for £69.97 as posted above by twe.

By the way, the Tesco ones are black.
#24
Besford
Sorry to be even more pedantic but while your advice is no doubt well intended it is not correct


Just to up the pedanticism a step further, your understanding of this is a common misconception. On a sensor of equivalent size, noise levels will also be equivalent. If two sensors are the same size, the same amount of light will fall on them, regardless of the size of each individual pixel. While smaller pixels will cause each individual pixel to suffer from more noise, once the two images have been scaled to be the same resolution, noise levels will be identical. The links below provide some more technical detail: -

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=706255

http://community.the-digital-picture.com/forums/t/1055.aspx

http://xkcd.com/386/
#25
Besford
You've reminded me that someone posted that price a few weeks back after I had done so at £89.99. Grab it quick - fantastic price for a Panasonic if there are any left!


I will call the store and grab it, thanks.... [read your original post as well before the edit ;)]
#26
Besford
That's micro SD, not normal SD. Just read above for all the hassles this can cause and they're more difficult to handle too. Why mess with it when most cameras take 'proper' SD/SDHC these days.

Just noticed it's AA powered too, so no battery or charger supplied. Regardless of your own views on this (there are pros and cons though I think dedicated Li-ion is far superior) the fact is that any camera which doesn't supply these SHOULD be much cheaper. This really isn't a great deal.

The OP asked for opinions and that's mine.

For just £20 more you can pick up a great Panasonic (FS4) from Tesco with proper battery and charger, etc. You'll easily save the £20 in battery costs and have a better camera too.


My first reaction was 'WOW'...5x optical at £69.99...hope it's got a metal body (no!)...hope it takes normal, cheaper SD (no!)...hope it's got Li-on battery & charger (no!)...case (no!) :?
I agree...the Panasonic FS-4 is better ;-)...at SAME PRICE (almost) of £69.97 in Tesco's South Queensferry, Edinburgh (same at all Tesco's now?).
#27
twe
I will call the store and grab it, thanks.... [read your original post as well before the edit ;)]


You may nbe lucky & get it at £69.97 with it's 8.1mp / 4x optical. I photo'd it in Edinburgh South Queensferry at this price...2 boxed ones left there. :thumbsup:
#28
Teh Lemur
Just to up the pedanticism a step further, your understanding of this is a common misconception. On a sensor of equivalent size, noise levels will also be equivalent. If two sensors are the same size, the same amount of light will fall on them, regardless of the size of each individual pixel. While smaller pixels will cause each individual pixel to suffer from more noise, once the two images have been scaled to be the same resolution, noise levels will be identical. The links below provide some more technical detail: -

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=706255

http://community.the-digital-picture.com/forums/t/1055.aspx

http://xkcd.com/386/

Oh boy! I just read the first link...now my head hurts!!! In layman's terms...what does it all mean please??? :oops:
#29
toaster
Can't find much spec on the Lumix FS4 but most sites say it has a plastic body - like here at Argos

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5592771/c_1/1%7Ccategory_root%7CPhotography%7C14419436/Trail/searchtext%3EPANASONIC.htm

Doesn't mention metal body, sa 'assume plastic'...also..NO image stabiliser...still, £69.97 in Tesco's i believe! :thumbsup:
http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/2443389/art/panasonic/lumix-dmc-fs4-black.html
#30
tomba
Oh boy! I just read the first link...now my head hurts!!! In layman's terms...what does it all mean please??? :oops:


In laymans terms: -

[LIST]
[*]12 megapixels on a compact camera like this is overkill, since the small sensor only justifies 7 or 8 megapixel images.
[*]On the other hand, there's no disadvantage to having the 12 megapixels either, you just shouldn't automatically assume this camera is better than a decent 7 or 8 megapixel one.
[*]At the end of the day, this is a great camera for the price.
[/LIST]

Hope that helps! :thumbsup:
#31
tomba
Doesn't mention metal body, sa 'assume plastic'...also..NO image stabiliser...still, £69.97 in Tesco's i believe! :thumbsup:
http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/2443389/art/panasonic/lumix-dmc-fs4-black.html


Right on both counts, plastic body and no stabiliser unfortunately.

John
#32
tomba
Oh boy! I just read the first link...now my head hurts!!! In layman's terms...what does it all mean please??? :oops:

Don't worry too much about the pixels - just recognise that you don't need 12Mp - 7 or 8 are loads. For all the reasons already stated I'd say go for the Panasonic if you can find one because it'll be the better camera - and if it's £69.97 as suggested in this thread it 's a steal!

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