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The Fuji Finepix Z1 Digital Camera Is Slim, Stylish and Simple to Use

The Fuji FinePix Z1 digital camera was designed with ease of use in mind. It has a simple interface that allows you to more or less charge it up and start snapping photos.

It’s ideal for users who want a simple camera with a basic range of functions, which is compact and easy to carry.

The slim design means the camera can easily fit into your pocket so you can take it out on excursions or easily carry it with you when on vacation.

Features of the FinePix Z1

The emphasis with the Z1 is on simplicity, so it doesn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles. However, the camera is more than capable of meeting the needs of the average casual user for still photos of friends, landscapes, and so on.

The camera is also capable of taking clear, colorful photos indoors, as long as there is a good light source. Here are the specifications and special features of the camera:
  • Less than an inch thick - 0.07 inches, to be exact
  • 5 Megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 5.7x digital zoom
  • 2.5 inch LCD screen
  • Pre-programmed modes designed to optimize shooting in various common situations: Sports, Night Scene, Natural Light, Landscape and Portrait
  • Voice memo feature which allows you to attach a 30-second voice recording to a photo
  • Ability to shoot video at 640x480 pixels at 30 frames per second, producing high quality footage
When you buy the camera these accessories are also included:
  • Camera cradle
  • USB cable
  • AV cable
  • 16MB xD Picture Card
  • NP-40 Lithium-ion battery (rechargeable)
The camera’s flash function is effective to a range of about 10 feet, or around 7 feet when using the zoom.

The cradle that comes with the camera is more than simply a place to rest it – it’s the port for charging the battery and jacking the camera into a computer or TV.

The camera itself lacks the ports to link up to other media directly.

Consumer Experiences and Impressions of the FinePix Z1

Overall the Z1 has been widely praised for producing excellent picture quality from a slimline design. The stylishness of the camera, and the ease of use due to the range of automated features, are also points of recommendation.

One downside of the FinePix Z1 is that the battery life is not so great. On top of that, the batteries needed for slimline cameras like this are relatively expensive.

Also, don’t even think about trying to use the camera to take photos at night or in dark rooms without the flash. It just can't handle them.

The Fuji Finepix Z1 is also a little slower than standard in terms of shutter lag. It takes about half a second between pressing the button and the photograph actually being taken.

As with other Fuji digital cameras, the menu on the Z1 has also been criticized for being too complicated and not well-suited to the casual point-and-click user.

Another big point of criticism relates to the way the camera charges and links to a USB port through the cradle, which means you have to take the cradle with you when traveling or on holiday.

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