Fujifilm FinePix E510 Zoom review

Started Nov 4, 2005 | User reviews thread
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Fujifilm FinePix E510 Zoom review
Nov 4, 2005

COMMENTS : The Fuji E-510 is a genuine bargain considering its' features .
1) Bright clear high-resolution 2-inch , 154000 pixel screen .
2) Very good handgrip permits safe one-handed shooting .
3)Excellent buttons/controls layout for fast menus access & use.
4) Simple easy-to-learn logical menus .
5) Unique P & S 28mm - 91mm wide-angle-to-portrait zoom range .
6) A well-positioned very useable VF .
7) Two macro modes , who else provides that ?
8) Separate EV button permits fast adjustments .
9) Uses AA batteries available in a pinch .
10) Adapter lenses can be attached .
11) Medium-small size is highly portable .
12) Has full range of aperture controls plus dedicated scene , sports , portrait , etc. settings .
13) Size 8x10 pix seem O.K. from the 3 megapixel setting I use .
14) The manual is detailed and thorough , despite the small print .
15) Just a truly enjoyable camera to look at , hold , and shoot with .

Problems:

PROBLEMS :
1) The LCD virtually washes out in bright sunlight and is only marginally useable in low light, but at least the E-510 has the VF to use in both situations .
2) Sadly ,there is no AF assist lamp .
3) Regrettably there are no continuous shoot , burst shoot , nor bracketing capabilities .
4) The 2-second minimum shutter speed really limits night shots : Fuji should at least provide 4 seconds .
5) No VF diopter adjustment ; yet the VF is useable even wearing my eyeglasses .
6) Getting properly exposed low light pix is a challenge - as it is with the majority of digital P & S cameras . Use P mode , change the flash strength settings and keep shooting until you find the right one .
7) The flash is a bit fragile ; treat it gently .
8) Button proximity sometimes leads to pressing the power button instead of the shutter button . Whoops !

Despite the above shortcomings , there are no major problems to report . The E-510 Finepix simply keeps right on doing a quite satisfactory job of making good pix week after week . It is a genuine complement carry everywhere companion when I decide to leave my big Panasonic DMC-FZ20K at home .

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