First Week Testing: FujiFilm's XP 60
Product Tested By Ore Gorman
Although I've been skeptical with other cameras before, I was beginning to have my doubts about this new one. Lets just say I was just about ready to text my wife to ask her what Costco's return policy is. One must realize that my frustration when it come to small cameras. Having bad hands I hate little buttons and I was getting discouraged with the new camera. First thing one notices out of the box was the sleek design and the camera's color. For me it was the yellow body XP60 which reminded me of a yellow corvette I had in 2004.. But that's another story. Reading the manual.. Well sort of reading the manual, it stated that the Battery wasn't charged from the factory and one will need to charge before use.
Not having an external charger for the battery, I was forced to place the battery in the camera body and using the USB cord I went about charging the battery.. But something was odd.. The battery icon, indicated that the battery was fully charged. I continued to experiment. Diving deeper into the manual, I was getting discouraged again as the manual tended to wander.. I felt that there was more information within the manual there was really necessary. Beginning to wonder what ever happen to just point and shoot cameras, The XP60 had to much going for it. Not to say this is bad.. But in my case, After testing the first three settings/modes.. I found that they where pretty much useless in my hands.
After one week of testing the first three modes, SR Automatic, Automatic and Programable.. I've concluded that I'd do much better with an alternative mode. The SR Auto mode didn't focus on the subject I had intended it to.. Several times I've had to force the camera to focus on the subject matter. The Auto mode, cycled through all modes just to find the right setting for at that time. Often when one would move the auto mode would attempt to recognize what it is your going to photograph.. And waste valuable time. While the Program (P) mode, listed way to many options and settings and should be left to the professional. But if you're a professional, then why are you using this camera.. Again, what ever happen to point and shoot.
I was at my wits end after cycling through the three modes and taking three images within each mode, edited I posted them online. Viewing the images for the first time, I felt the images where stale, generic and non-responsive to what I was attempting to capture. This morning I tired again.. Thou the rain hindered my ability to get as close as I wanted I was able to take one last images. A small grouping of flowers, which actually turned out better than expected. I can't say that my first three images didn't turn out (beauty is in the eye of the beholder) But I did like one of the images more so than the others.. This made me think of what other options or modes does this camera have and begin another search. Selecting the "Shooting mode" option, I cycled through a very long list, Possible to long but was able to find a "flower" mode.
Later that day I started taking images most set with the natural lighting effect. The small view screens (all digital cameras are equipped with now) tend to leave out allot of detail for those with weak or poor eye sight. Forcing myself to take pictures of the flowers, I figure the flower mode would have done a better job of capturing the flowers true colors. Taking about 10 shots, I reluctantly walked back into the house and uploaded the images to my out dated computer. For some strange reason, this time when I attempted to connect the camera (while it was powered up) my computer finally recognized that there was a camera connected via the USB connection. Thus I was able to upload the images with out removing the SD card.
Feeling that I should open an alternate editing software instead of the Fujifilms version, I stuck with the Windows version instead. Again having an out dated, but gifted computer does have it's drawl backs. I wasn't able to edit what I wanted to the images once uploaded, But I was able to crop and make a few slight adjustment.. Mind you not much needed to be done to this last set of images. Seems I found the right mode for the right images. I'd have to say that this last batch of images actually turned out better then my first attempt. Crisper, cleaner and I was able to zoom in closer revealing more detail.
One week passed and I wasn't feeling very comfortable with how the camera was functioning, But my wife told me to give it some time and keep experimenting. Realizing that from now on, I'd have to set the camera up in a desired mode before actually taking images. Thou if one was to leave the camera on a particular setting, I'd have to select the SR Auto mode just in case your in a hurry. I've yet to test the video mode seeing how I'm going to clamp it to my PanaVice then attach it to the side, hood, tail gate of the Jeep. I'll have more on that test when the time warrants.
My over all rating and ease of use for this new FujiFilm XP60 camera, even after all the hardships and confusion is a strong 3 3/4 out of 5.. But I'm not done yet.
Yesterday, I realized that I might not be the camera I'm having issues with.. So I installed the FujiFilm's software just to see if I could alter the images any better than my currect software (Picture it) Upon installing, I got an error message indecating that the software may not work in this enviroment being because the computer I was on was a bit out dated by 10 years..
However the installation went very well other than restarting several times.. and showing me another error which deals with a 3D mode or function. Once everything was said and done, It asked for me to plug in the camera and upload the images.. Once there, the software took me directly to the editing software.. and Pow! I noticed what was called and "optimation" option. which automatically adjust the image/s depending on how the image looks.. I recall this same type of option on the Kodak M1093 easyshare but Kodaks mode did the optamization right after one took and image. Fujifilm's OP mode is done within the software.. Odd.
Anyway.. I took a few shots of a large crystal and hoped for the best.. I was very surprised to find out that within the upload the optimations mode took over and correcte the lights and darks etc.. I'd have to say things are gettign better and that was the best Picture I ever took of one of my crystals.
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