Written on: 15/08/2012
(Electronics) Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program () Fujifilm's FinePix Z90 is, obusovily, a digital camera. I won't replay the statistics for you, since they are listed in the product description. Here are the highpoints of my experience with this camera: 1. The FinePix uses a rechargeable battery which is included. The drawback here is that you must charge the battery before the first use of the camera. If it used normal batteries, you could pop them in and move on. However, rechargeable keeps the waste down, and ordering your camera to arrive a day or two before you need it will give you plenty of time. Initial charge actually took a little under 2 hours. The charger is included. You can purchase an additional battery if you like. 2. Battery life: I have taken this camera along on a couple of short family day-trips and taken somewhere between 20-30 pictures each trip. Between that and taking pictures just to take pictures, I've taken well over a hundred pictures. So far, the battery has held up just fine and not needed recharged. This includes after sitting around and not being used at all for a couple of days. Let's face it: with a camera, you want it to work when you pick it up. This one does pretty well. 3. Picture quality: I am not much of a photographer, but I can tell lousy, blurry pictures when I see them. So far, I'm not seeing any with my FinePix. The image stabilization seems to work well, the flash fills nicely, and the Auto setting has kept the quality consistent indoors and out. 4. Controlling the camera with a touchscreen: this has been difficult to adjust to doing, but I'm getting used to it. I don't know of a touchscreen control that I've ever been truly happy with, however this one is good enough. 5. Included software: I used the included software a little bit, but not a lot. I wasn't impressed and found the free software I've been using to be just fine. This is partly because I prefer to eject the card from the camera and use the card reader on the computer. I didn't bother learning the new software and just continue to use what I've been using. The other reason I chose to not bother with the included software is what I would deem my one major complaint with this camera: the USB docking cord. It's not a mini-USB or a micro-USB. It's shaped just a little different. This means using the included software for import requires keeping one more cord on my desktop or handy. Too much trouble I'm already too good at collecting clutter. I'm not sure there was a technical reason not to make the cord match existing cords, but it doesn't. 6. Time to shoot: this is my favorite thing about this camera. I pick it up, snap the cover down, and take a picture. My wife has an Olympus that takes slightly better pictures, has a better zoom, and a better video feature. But if our son is up to something cute and silly, I can get two pictures taken before she can take one, and that can be all the difference. 7. One fun feature: I thought this was fun, but you might find it stupid. The camera can be set to take two quick pictures with one push. One with flash, one without. So, in those situations where you don't know if you need the flash, you don't have to repose or re-snap. It's done. This is a definite step-up from my daughter's entry-level camera, but obusovily you can't expect it to be as amazing as cameras that run into the hundreds and thousands. For me, a dad trying to capture memories here and there, it's a good fit.