Fujifilm FinePix F505EXR review
I have never owned a compact camera, ever. In the film days when 120mm cameras were all the rage I lugged around my Canon AE-1 program. When I made the transition to digital I went with the larger Kodak EasyShare before upgrading to the dSLR system. A more familiar format for myself. So what made me purchase such a small camera, you ask?
Two reasons; the first one is Bill Dillane. Bill is known to be attached at the hip to his little pocket camera. He is constantly posting images taken with that camera and his ability to 'get the shot' has always impressed me. Which only confirms the saying, "the best camera to have is the one that is in your hand."
The second reason is twofold; as a photography instructor running a photo group I should be (need to be) familiar with this format as well as the dSLR cameras. After all, point-and-shoot photographers are the most common type of photographer out there. If you don't believe me check out the vast amount of images being posted to social sites like Facebook. The cell phone camera is the number one most popular type of camera. I have also been asked to run some adult education classes on digital photography so...
I had originally purchased the newer F600EXR model as an open box discounted item. Unfortunately when I received the camera I realized the flash did not work and I was forced to return it. Live and learn. The only difference was that unit had a GPS built in. A nice feature but not a deal breaker for me. I had no plans to use the GPS feature anyway.
The image at left is the waiting room of my studio. It is usually fairly dim and often lit by two overhead fluorescent recessed fixtures. Not the most ideal lighting. This shot is straight out of the camera, no post processing at all except for resizing.
Another really impressive feature is the auto-stitch panorama capabilities. It has several formats from short panos to full 360 degree panos. All done in-camera. Here is one, also shot in my studio.
The nice thing about compact cameras is the convenience of having a camera available in a small, portable package. While I may never use this for my commercial work I like the fact that it has the power to be able to handle a wide variety of 'problem' shots. So next time you see me at an event don't be surprised if I pull this little gem out.