Never Assume! Check!


We’ve just bought me a new camera, a Fuji finepix s4600, an upgrade from my Fuji-finepix s5800. The 5800 was 8 mega-pixels, the 4600 is 16. There are also other new options. I loved the 5800 which has been particularly good for macro shots, and I was looking forward and really excited about the newer model. The first thing I noticed when I picked it up and tried to look through the viewfinder was that there wasn’t one! Much swearing followed. I wear glasses for reading and close-up work but not for walking through the woods. Going out for a walk with the new camera and having to look at the LCD screen will mean ‘glasses-on’ ‘glasses-off’ ‘glasses-on’ glasses-off’! Grrrrrrrrrr!

Like most cameras these days it does most conveniently give you a nice ‘beeeeeep’ to tell you when it’s focused which is great, but the trouble is with the LCD screen I can never be sure as to exactly what it’s focused on, even with glasses. With macro shots this is really important because I often want to focus on a very specific point on a very small subject, and even with my glasses on I can’t tell if I’ve got it right. With a viewfinder I can see exactly. Having said this I have to say I’m extremely happy with a couple of my first shots.Β 

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7 thoughts on “Never Assume! Check!

  1. I don’t know how much the new camera had to do with those shots, the colour and composition is brilliant. They are really nice pictures πŸ™‚ When I got my FZ200 for weeks I was carrying my old camera around as well, I just didn’t really trust the new one, after a bit I realised that the new one was far better πŸ™‚


  2. Ah thanks Colin, maybe we’re both in that age group when change isn’t adjusted to quite so easily! I was happy with the pics above, but there were half a dozen that were useless. I found some great shots of ants filing up the stems of a plant and in every case the camera had focused just wide of the stem. I had blurred stems and distant objects sharp. Immediate thought was to carry my old camera for specific shots. Trial and error!


  3. Jude, like most things in life, cameras are a compromise. If you want small and pocketable, so you’ve always got it with you, a tiny one with an LCD screen fits the bill. But because you won’t have a ‘proper’ viewfinder – optical is preferable to electronic IMO – as well as the LCD screen, you’ll miss many pix because you”ll be stuggling to focus or can’t see the screen in bright sunlight. But, add a viewfinder and the weight, bulk and cost leap up and, if it’s too bulky, you’ll be tempted to leave it at home.

    No easy answer … Jim xx


    • Agreed Jim! I don’t like pocket cameras, the finepix s5800 that I had was a bridge camera, and it’s been brilliant, and it had a viewfinder and an LCD screen. I assumed (there’s that word again!) that the s4600 – also a bridge and just a newer version of the s5800 would automatically have a viewfinder too. I was so peed off with myself for not doing a thorough check. I’ll definitely use the new camera but will pack my 5800 with me as well for shots that I want to make sure of. Thanks for your thoughts! πŸ™‚


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