Fuji Finepix JV200 Review
The Fuji Finepix JV200 is one of the cheapest pocket cameras around. It has 14 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom lens. There is a 2.7 inch LCD screen and it is capable of shooting High Definition movies. Picture quality is surprisingly good for a camera at this price point and you should find this camera very easy to use.
Why Buy The Fuji Finepix JV200
If you are looking for a budget pocket camera the Finepix JV200 is hard to beat. Picture quality is impressive. This camera is also very easy to use.
94 x 56 x 21mm
Megapixels and Zoom
The Finepix JV200 has 14 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom lens.
The Finepix JV200 is compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards. Fuji have chosen not to build in any memory so you will need to buy a memory card before you can start using the camera.
Power is supplied by a lithium ion battery. A battery and charger is supplied with the camera.
You can shoot High Definition movies. The maximum resolution is 1280 x 720 pixels. A couple of points worth knowing when it comes to shooting movies are that you need a memory card of class 4 or above to be able to record and that the maximum time for individual movies is 9 minutes.
The LCD screen is 2.7 inches in size. That is a standard size at this price point.
Fuji have built in a small number of pre programmed scene modes. These are natural light, portrait, babies, landscape, sports, night, fireworks, sunset, snow, beach, party, flower and text. These shooting modes should give you better picture quality as when you select one the camera knows the ideal settings to use for your photo.
For close up shots the Finepix JV200 is capable of focusing from 5cm away from your subject.
Although this is primarily a simple point and shoot digital camera there are a small number of more advanced features you have access to. These include exposure compensation (to lighten or darken a photo), white balance (to control colours) and ISO (freeze motion, increase brightness).
This is certainly a very small camera. You can find yourself a bit cramped for room if you have larger hands, but this is unlikely to be much of a problem.
The flash unit is positioned very near the top of the camera and fairly centrally. This position takes the flash as far away from stray fingers as possible. Even so owing to the camera's small size a little care is required to keep your fingers completely clear from blocking light from the flash.
LCD Screen Quality
LCD screen quality is not one of the strengths of the Finepix JV200. You should find it easy enough to view in most circumstances, but the going gets tough in sunny conditions.
Turn on Time and Shutter Delay
All the test times this camera managed are within reasonable bounds. It may not be the most fastest camera available, but again it compares well against most of its direct competitors.
Design, Build Quality and Finish
The design is quite simple with the rounded corners making the camera look a little different. Build quality is very good too. The camera I have for testing is the black version. This has a matt finish. There are four other colour versions available. These are red, silver, pink and blue.
On the top of the camera are a button to turn the camera on and off and the shutter button. At the top on the back is a semi circular rocker. You press one side to zoom in and the other to zoom out. Further down are buttons to review your photos and to change the information displayed on the LCD screen. Towards the bottom sits the main control area. This section gives you access to the menu, to delete unwanted photos, select the flash mode, set the self timer, place the camera in macro mode and use exposure compensation.
Image Quality - See Sample Images Below
Picture Quality Summary
The Finepix JV200 works very well as a basic snapshot camera. Picture quality beat my expectations. It can handle most outdoor photo opportunities in good light. You will find limitations from time to time, but if you need much better picture quality be prepared to pay much more too.
Outdoor Scenic Shot 1
For a small, relatively inexpensive digital camera the sharpness of this shot is impressive. The colours are also well balanced. The Finepix JV200 does find it difficult to show detail in the lightest areas of the shot. This is most noticeable on the lightest areas of the boats and the wooden slats under the roof of the building. A small amount of noise creeps into shady parts of the shot reducing quality in those areas.
Outdoor Scenic Shot 2
Fuji have not been over adventurous when it comes to the focal length of the lens. With many digital cameras manufactures give cameras lenses that allow you to squeeze extra width into your shots. Particularly at the lower end of the market this leads to a loss of picture quality. With the Finepix JV200, Fuji have opted for better picture quality instead of offering a wide angle lens. This shot compares well against more expensive models.
Outdoor Scenic Shot 3
Levels of sharpness and definition are impressive again. As with the first shot the only place the camera struggles is with the lightest areas of the shot. For example the swan in the bottom right hand corner lacks detail.
The quality of this shot compares very well against similar digital cameras. The sharpness and overall clarity of the shot is much better than many more expensive models manage. There is also very little sign of purple fringing.
As with the other outdoor shots focusing is fine. This test shot is a little over exposed in places leaving parts of the face short of colour and detail.
Indoor Portrait With Flash
The light given off by the flash unit is quite powerful. The picture is well lit with no darker areas. This much power from fairly close in does lead to a hard, harsh light. More expensive cameras are often able to temper the amount of light giving a softer look to the photo.
Indoor Portrait Without Flash
Using natural light produces a more flattering portrait shot. The colours are a lot warmer than when using flash. If you are looking to take indoor portraits without flash you will need a well lit room for the camera to be able to focus sharply and keep noise levels to a minimum.
It shows how far digital cameras have moved on when you can take a good quality close up image with a camera in this price bracket. The Finepix JV200 is capable of focusing from 5cm away from your subject. That should be close enough for most macro shots. The Finepix JV200 compares well against its competitors in terms of both focusing distance and picture quality.
This is another area that highlights improvements in digital cameras over time. The colours produced have a subtler look with a lot of the harshness you used to see gone. The difference in colour quality between the cheaper cameras and the most expensive models has also been reduced.
The amount of noise showing in your shots will depend as much as anything on the print size you choose. Smaller print size should show very little noise unless you are taking photographs in lowlight.
Shutter Lag Times
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time
Ease of Use
You should find this camera very straightforward to operate. Unless you want to take advantage of the few more advanced features it has you can use this camera as a simple point and shoot model.
Points I Like
Value for money, ease of use, handy size
Where it Could Improve
Pictures can lack a little detail in light areas of scene
There is a lot to like about the Fuji Finepix JV200. It is a simple little camera with a low price tag. Considering the price, picture quality is very good indeed. If size, ease of use and the ability to take good snapshots are all important to you then the Finepix JV200 is a good choice.
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