Saturday, May 8, 2010

What NOT To Buy

Back in October when my last digital camera started to malfunction after a few years of faithful service, I went to Best Buy and asked the sales associate for a digital camera under $200 for everyday picture-taking. She recommended the Fuji Finepix J38, which was on special at the time and had pretty good reviews online.

This camera has been a huge disappointment since I purchased it. It washes out colors, has an unduly bright flash, the quality of the pictures, at 12.2 megapixels, appears well below that of my old 5 megapixel camera, and now, a mere 8 months later, no longer allows pictures to be uploaded to my computer. It seems that the USB connection is broken.

I don't expect a tremendous amount from my camera--I'm no photographer and simply want decent quality pictures and an easy to use, well made product that lives longer than, say, 8 months. If you're in the market for a new digital camera, stay far away from this one. It's also the last time I'll be taking the advice of the Best Buy salesperson!

Unfortunately this means I will not have posts with pictures for a while. :( Any recommendations for a new camera?


  1. Interesting. Have to say I have good luck with that camera (bought two at Christmas for the nephs and they love them). We shall see going forward. I have a Canon PowerShot A560 (paid about $125) and I love it (a little on the chunkier side than the Fuji, though). Here's a good link to a discussion on the subject. SusanW

  2. I hightly recommend reading the consumer reports for the best camera. I believe it was a Canon, but can't remember which one. Good luck!



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