The A850 and A860 are two of Fuji’s budget cameras, however upon testing we could not determine what makes them different.
Both cameras are 8.1 MegaPixels and both have an optical zoom of 3x, they also have a selectable sensitivity, record video (and sound) and have 14 selectable scene modes, the only noticeable differences are the colours that they are available in.
When buying a budget camera you don’t expect it to produce the best results however the images that this camera produces are excellent, on paper the spec is great and when testing the video I was quite surprised with the quality.
I like the fact that Fuji are now moving away from the XD pictures cards and moving onto the more popular and more commonly used SD memory card, it’s an even bigger plus that this sort of camera would support the SDHC (High Capacity) card.
This camera is very light, easy to use and so is the perfect candidate for beginners, it also easily falls into the budget of a camera for youngsters.
The battery life can be a concern and it would be recommended that a decent set of rechargeable AA batteries were used as standard AA’s run down too quickly.
To summarise; this budget camera will fulfil your requirements of a basic point & shoot, its simple to use and the images are on par with many higher priced cameras.
Super Power Photography 2010
Fuji Finepix A860 & A850 Digital Camera Review
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8 May 2010
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