At the beginning of this year I did a series of posts about my favorite things from Christmas. One of those things was an Olympus digital camera, which I thought was pretty great until I got pictures printed out. The colors were dull and fuzzy, the focus was not sharp, the prints were grainy, and indoor pictures were very dark. I did not anticipate these results from what the pictures looked like on the computer. If you’re looking for a digital camera, DO NOT get the Olympus FE-280. It’s BAD.
I took my camera back to Staples, hoping they would take it back but not fully expecting them to. They allowed me to return the camera even though it had been well over the 14 days they give you to return something. One valuable thing about this experience was that I became a much more devoted Staples customer. They have the best customer service around, and next time I need something, I’m going to Staples to get it. (They’re not paying me to say that, unfortunately, but it is true nonetheless.)
To replace our stinky Olympus I got the Fujifilm FinePix F45fd digital camera (the F40fd is basically the same camera). My sister did some research and bought this one for her family and so I took her word that it was a good camera and bought it for us. I was a bit skeptical at first because I didn’t have much faith in Fujifilm as a camera manufacturer. I was an Olympus/Canon girl, but after this experience, I’m going to be much more open to trying other brands, especially Fufilfilm digital cameras.
This camera is AWESOME, and I know that because I got pictures printed immediately. This is always a good idea – get pictures printed out as soon as possible after purchasing a new camera, because you’ll never be able to tell the true quality until you do. If you wait too long, you might not be able to return it (unless you bought it at Staples.)
So, some things I love about this camera:
- it cost $105 after a $75 rebate from Ritz Camera’s online store
- the colors are vibrant
- indoor pictures are not dark and grainy
- there is a manual mode where you can change shutter speed, exposure, light compensation, and several other things
- it’s very user friendly – the menu is intuitive and easy to use
- the macro function works beautifully – sharp focus within just inches of the subject
- it cost $105 and is worth at least $100 more than that
Before I purchased this camera I found this product review that says the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd is the number one camera for indoor and low light pictures. I use my camera mostly indoors, so this was a big selling point for me.
I love it so much that I recommended it to my grandma, who needed a new camera, and she had me buy it for her right then. I have no doubt she’ll be happy with it – this camera really is awesome. If you’re looking for a new camera, get the Fujifilm FinePix F45fd.