The Fujifilm Finepix F505 EXR was the not the camera that I was originally looking to buy. I was in the market for a nice camera with the quality of a DSLR. Something like a Canon Rebel but not as expensive or full featured. I'm a novice when it comes to photography but have been flirting with the temptation of diving in because let's admit it, we all are a little jealous of the people with the nice big cameras who take amazing pictures. Besides, I would also like to take better pictures of my growing niece and nephews who are becoming more and more active in sports. Since I'm new to it all and could end up being terrible at photography, I wasn't ready to commit to something as massive and full featured but knew it was time to upgrade from relying on my iPhone to take good pics.
I won't get into details about how I came across the the Fujifilm but I will say it has been a great find. I was looking for something with high megapixels and the ability to shoot video in HD and ended up getting more than I bargained for. The first thing that caught my eye about it is that the original price on Amazon was $400 and it was selling for $150. I didn't care why it was so much cheaper now, I was most interested in why it was originally so much. The answer is in the specs.
- Fujinon 15x wide-angle optical zoom lens; Image Stabilization
- 3.0-inch high-contrast LCD screen
- Full HD video functionality
- Includes 4 GB memory card
- 360° Motion Panorama mode
It does a bunch of other things that I don't yet know how to work but when it comes to the basics it exceeds my expectations. The zoom is incredible as well as the quality of the pictures and the High Definition Video. I'm still not sure what greater benefit a DSLR will have. (I'm a beginner remember, I'll hopefully learn one day).
The reason that the camera now sells for so much less than the original price is that there is a newer model with a few more features and a few improvements like greater zoom. The Fujifilm Finepix F770 EXR is a very nice camera as well but that upgrade will cost you $380. Unless you're interested in those extra things, you're going to get plenty of quality with the F505 for over half of the price.
The only complaint that I have about the camera and it's a minor one is the flash. It's located to the far left of the camera and it sometimes pops up unexpectedly. It can be pushed down really easily but it also seems kind of flimsy. If you decide that you would like to use the flash you can just manually pull it up with a light tug but I always fear that I'm going to snap it off. Other than that, I am very pleased with this camera.
If you're in the market for a point and shoot that isn't to big but has a lot of power then you should check out this camera.