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Fujifilm FinePix S1800 - 12MP,18x Wide Optical Zoom - £94.99 @ Amazon
Fujifilm FinePix S1800 - 12MP,18x Wide Optical Zoom - £94.99 @ Amazon

Fujifilm FinePix S1800 - 12MP,18x Wide Optical Zoom - £94.99 @ Amazon

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Looks like a nice piece of kit for the price.

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Anyone have this camera? Is it any good? Wanting to upgrade from my point and shoot camera and wanted to practice with these. Is this one worth getting or could I get a better model off ebay second hand for cheaper?
Thanks

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TheFirstDon

Anyone have this camera? Is it any good? Wanting to upgrade from my point … Anyone have this camera? Is it any good? Wanting to upgrade from my point and shoot camera and wanted to practice with these. Is this one worth getting or could I get a better model off ebay second hand for cheaper?Thanks



Yes it seems very good going by the reviews that I've read. User and expert reviews can be found here.

These are good cameras just a shame that suffer from some horrible purple lines when taking pictures in bright daylight or near bright lights, low light conditions also play havoc with images.

simplyjimbo

These are good cameras just a shame that suffer from some horrible purple … These are good cameras just a shame that suffer from some horrible purple lines when taking pictures in bright daylight or near bright lights, low light conditions also play havoc with images.



The Photography Blog review (here) says "Commendably little sign of purple fringing"

A lot of camera for the price; although image quality isn't the best you'd probably need to spend significantly more to do much better.

The model up from this (S2500) was £85.73 (refurb) the other day; the S1800 is available refurb, but only five pounds cheaper even with a 15% discount so this is a good price.




Edited by: "wombat6025" 10th May 2011

says despatched and sold by amazon so not a marketplace deal. even better, you get amazon customer support

simplyjimbo

These are good cameras just a shame that suffer from some horrible purple … These are good cameras just a shame that suffer from some horrible purple lines when taking pictures in bright daylight or near bright lights, low light conditions also play havoc with images.


Good cameras, just a shame the photographs aren't any good. What are they good for?

Edited by: "pet2000" 10th May 2011

Got the same one, branded GE for £60 from Asda the other week, a very nice camera for that sort of money!

pet2000

Good cameras, just a shame the photographs aren't any good. What are they … Good cameras, just a shame the photographs aren't any good. What are they good for?



Paper weights, door stops, non-lethal grenades.... they have many uses

Seriously, its a sub £100 camera, it will be more than adequate for most people. IIRC purple fringing is different to purple lines as it normally occurs AROUND edges not as lines. I've only ever seen purple lines on two cameras, both were faulty. I'd suggest simplyjimbo also had a malfunctioning unit as reviews would certainly have picked it up and slated it if it was a design issue.
Edited by: "frakison" 10th May 2011

OK This is for all you guys questioning this camera. Let me its brilliant it really truly is an amazing camera for the money and just to prove it, here is my guinea pig.

http://i56.tinypic.com/a9to2d.jpg

click here for full resolution. I have no problems with this so called "purple lines" (simplyjimbo) so no worries there

The only downfall with it is this, just buy deecent lithium batteries and you will be fine. normal duracell do last a full day and a half but lithium ones last ages.

If you want a good camera go with this one perfect for the price and the best camera i have ever had.

Oh yeah the guinea pigs name is Ron and he hutt was really dark when I took the photo.

Edited by: "shakey82" 10th May 2011

TheFirstDon

Anyone have this camera? Is it any good? Wanting to upgrade from my point … Anyone have this camera? Is it any good? Wanting to upgrade from my point and shoot camera and wanted to practice with these. Is this one worth getting or could I get a better model off ebay second hand for cheaper?Thanks



You can get a better model off eBay second hand. (EDIT: but you couldn't get it cheaper.) Whilst this looks like a very good camera for what it is, crucially it is still a point and shoot, so you're stuck with the lens it's got, which is what makes all the difference. That said, if you still want the convenience of a PAS, with what looks like through-lens viewing, this looks like a banging deal. All that puts me off is you don't get the flexibility of an SLR, but you're still lugging around that big body.

DSLRs will be at least double the money before buying lenses, so it's a large step up in price.

Edited by: "gbmcginty" 10th May 2011

Says sold by Amazon on my order (Just to clarify)

frakison

Paper weights, door stops, non-lethal grenades.... they have many uses … Paper weights, door stops, non-lethal grenades.... they have many uses :DSeriously, its a sub £100 camera, it will be more than adequate for most people. IIRC purple fringing is different to purple lines as it normally occurs AROUND edges not as lines. I've only ever seen purple lines on two cameras, both were faulty. I'd suggest simplyjimbo also had a malfunctioning unit as reviews would certainly have picked it up and slated it if it was a design issue.



It's not purple fringing on my photos, I have had purple lines running through several, well many, images when the shots have been taken in areas of bright light / sunlight. Normal / average light environments are fine as I have had many great clear images. I have come across a few people in various forums that have had the same and despite having an exchange the cameras have still been the same when certain shots have been taken. I will give it a go on getting an exchange and see how I get on.

Shakey my images look great and clear as yours will do in normal light but it is in direct sunlight where the problem is. Most shots will be fine it depends on what angle the light hits the lens. I have taken pictures in the same spot of the same subject, just at different angles to the sun, and I can get two different types of picture, one clear and perfect the other well streaky with purple lines. I have had many Fuji cameras and this has been the first time I have experienced this yet have heard about it on several of the newer range of cameras.

I have trimmed down the images to save space

http://img848.imageshack.us/img848/6808/purple2.th.jpghttp://img847.imageshack.us/img847/7162/purple1a.th.jpg





Edited by: "simplyjimbo" 12th May 2011

I recently bought the S1730 which is almost identical apart from having only a 15x zoom. This also was on hot deals priced at £99.99 from Argos but you could get a £10 voucher also (by spending at least 1p more on a small low priced item) Hence total £89.99 I was pleased with this camera but my only niggle compared to the earlier model I own is that the flash doesn't pop up automatically. I now forget to press the catch sometimes to enable flash, although in some cases you do get reminded on the LCD screen. But still a worthy camera for the money.

Banned

I have been told by professional photographers that due to printer limitations,you don't need more than 5mp.
So why buy a 12mp camera?
Which I have. oO

I have this camera it takes great photos, very hot!

Pluun

I have been told by professional photographers that due to printer … I have been told by professional photographers that due to printer limitations,you don't need more than 5mp.So why buy a 12mp camera?Which I have. oO



Because it allowsyou to have a 5mp image of only a part of an image so you have greater creative control. I would also dispute the part about 5mp being the highest amount you casn print, dfepends how large you wish to print.

Pluun

I have been told by professional photographers that due to printer … I have been told by professional photographers that due to printer limitations,you don't need more than 5mp.So why buy a 12mp camera?Which I have. oO



My printer runs at 2400DPI :P

Seriously though, I have the model down from this which I bought for £79.99 and it's a seriously good camera for the money - So much so, that I think I might upgrade at this price

Pluun

I have been told by professional photographers that due to printer … I have been told by professional photographers that due to printer limitations,you don't need more than 5mp.So why buy a 12mp camera?Which I have. oO



I thought it was down to the sensor. #MPs are getting bigger, but because people like a nice compact camera (and a cheap one) sensors stay the same size. You can't really just cram twice the pixels onto the same size sensor, so cameras use algorithms to reproduce the higher quality. You're getting a 12MP pic where half the pixels are there because of the algorithm, not because of the photo.

The number I heard was 6 - anything higher on a point and shoot is supposedly irrelevant.

Edited by: "gbmcginty" 10th May 2011

Seriously tempted to take pics of my fish, my canon ixus is naff for that

Unless you are enlarging above A4 size, you are unlikely to see any difference between a 6 mp and 12 mp image. For ordinary snaps you won't see the benefit. As another poster says though, some people may want to enlarge one part of the image - one person's face for example - and make a large separate photo of that.

This sounds like a good deal for people who don't want to go up to a full dslr camera.

Original Poster

A good detailed review of the camera can be found here.

TheFirstDon

Anyone have this camera? Is it any good? Wanting to upgrade from my point … Anyone have this camera? Is it any good? Wanting to upgrade from my point and shoot camera and wanted to practice with these. Is this one worth getting or could I get a better model off ebay second hand for cheaper?Thanks



I got my sis a Fuji HS10 camera she too wanted to move from a point and shoot to the more - well difficult ones. Doing some research and advice from hotukdealers I got recommended the HS10. Its double the price but got full HD video recording, 30x optical zoom, and other stuff. So have a look at that one too and regarding batteries got the sanyo eneloops rechargeables.

Im planning on taking this camera, if i buy it, to holiday this summer (Cyprus most probably), would it take good shots in the (extremely) bright sunlight? - As some have already mentioned the purple lines..

Some quite impressive close-up pics on flckr from this model, and lowest price by a fair margin at Amazon.

The review mentioned seems to suggest it has a beach setting where it will adapt the exposure for bright sunshine to prevent overexposure.

simplyjimbo

It's not purple fringing on my photos, I have had purple lines running … It's not purple fringing on my photos, I have had purple lines running through several, well many, images when the shots have been taken in areas of bright light / sunlight. Normal / average light environments are fine as I have had many great clear images. I have come across a few people in various forums that have had the same and despite having an exchange the cameras have still been the same when certain shots have been taken. I will give it a go on getting an exchange and see how I get on.Shakey my images look great and clear as yours will do in normal light but it is in direct sunlight where the problem is. Most shots will be fine it depends on what angle the light hits the lens. I have taken pictures in the same spot of the same subject, just at different angles to the sun, and I can get two different types of picture, one clear and perfect the other well streaky with purple lines. I have had many Fuji cameras and this has been the first time I have experienced this yet have heard about it on several of the newer range of cameras.I have trimmed down the images to save space



Looks like your getting lens flare, have you tried getting a lens hood or using your hand to block the sun from hitting the lens?

Original Poster

I've used a Kodak Easyshare Z1012 IS for quite a while now and have found it to be excellent and easy to use. For those worried about how the S1800 handles bright lights then the Kodak Z1012 IS might be worth looking at, but it'll probably cost another £30 or so and has less MP's and smaller zoom.

Most of the photos here were taken with my Kodak in scenery auto mode.
Edited by: "Yorkie1962" 10th May 2011

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Yorkie1962

I've used a Kodak Easyshare Z1012 IS for quite a while now and have found … I've used a Kodak Easyshare Z1012 IS for quite a while now and have found it to be excellent and easy to use. For those worried about how the S1800 handles bright lights then the Kodak Z1012 IS might be worth looking at, but it'll probably cost another £30 or so and has less MP's and smaller zoom.Most of the photos here were taken with my Kodak in scenery auto mode.



Forgot to mention that the HD video (and sound) is pretty good on the Kodak too. This is one I took of my grandson in the snow last January using the Kodak, no comments about my accent please. lol

silps

Looks like your getting lens flare, have you tried getting a lens hood or … Looks like your getting lens flare, have you tried getting a lens hood or using your hand to block the sun from hitting the lens?



I've had a look around for a lens hood, unlike some of my previous Fujis these do not have a thread for one to fit on to.

Whitch camera is better? S1800 or something like sony cybershot dsc350? Thanks!

Thyseus

Seriously tempted to take pics of my fish, my canon ixus is naff for that



Have you considered seeking medical help!!

simplyjimbo

It's not purple fringing on my photos, I have had purple lines running … It's not purple fringing on my photos, I have had purple lines running through several, well many, images when the shots have been taken in areas of bright light / sunlight. Normal / average light environments are fine as I have had many great clear images. I have come across a few people in various forums that have had the same and despite having an exchange the cameras have still been the same when certain shots have been taken. I will give it a go on getting an exchange and see how I get on.Shakey my images look great and clear as yours will do in normal light but it is in direct sunlight where the problem is. Most shots will be fine it depends on what angle the light hits the lens. I have taken pictures in the same spot of the same subject, just at different angles to the sun, and I can get two different types of picture, one clear and perfect the other well streaky with purple lines. I have had many Fuji cameras and this has been the first time I have experienced this yet have heard about it on several of the newer range of cameras.I have trimmed down the images to save space



That looks awful - on my Panasonic FZ38 and my old fuji f8000d I've never seen lens flare like that (and I do often take shots toward the sun).

I agree wombat, I have had a fair few Fujis over time and none have given me purple lines like this including shots in direct sunlight. Still as soon as I find a store with stock I will give an exchange a go but I am not holding my breath as already stated others have done the same and had not success.

thanks for this, bought one just an hour ago But i have just looked again and the deal has expired sorry folks

Original Poster

It's gone up to £127.99 now, hope some folk got it at the earlier price.

Still get it from Amazon, check on right hand side of screen, just Usually dispatched within 3 to 4 weeks.

Original Poster

simplyjimbo

Still get it from Amazon, check on right hand side of screen, just … Still get it from Amazon, check on right hand side of screen, just Usually dispatched within 3 to 4 weeks.



Yeah just seen that myself too. I added it to my basket and it went in at £94.99

Got this for Xmas (I think the wife paid £125), and have been very impressed so far. Definitely a good buy for anyone who wants a few more options, but doesn't want to go full SLR.

shakey82

The only downfall with it is this, just buy deecent lithium batteries and … The only downfall with it is this, just buy deecent lithium batteries and you will be fine. normal duracell do last a full day and a half but lithium ones last ages.



Don't use primary cells with cameras, they simply can't deliver the high currents required which is why they give such poor performance. Lithium ones are better, but very expensive. NiMH should be used every time, better performance and massively cheaper.

This is a good camera and a bargain at £95. The S1600 is about £99 which is equivalent to the S1730 from Argos - currently at £99 also. So paying £95 for a better model is great.

It's the best camera to get for the price if you want to step up from point and shoot but not yet ready to commit to £200+ DSLR.
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