Perhaps many prospective buyers know that the Fujifilm FinePix JX580 is a point and shoot camera, mainly beginners. However, despite the fact that it has relatively low price, just at the sub-$100 price range , it still has a very thin design, allowing you to carry to everywhere easily.
However, there are also some down sides that customers should be aware of before buying:
There are two unfavorable things about this camera. The first one is the delays from shot to shot and the second one is the shutter lag. Sometimes, you cannot capture valuable moments because of these two drawbacks. In addition, the autofocus also does not help much because of the lag time. Therefore, sometime your images may be a little bit soft and blur. You also cannot expect its battery life to be as good as other. And, the small optical zoom lens – just limited to 5X – cause you difficulties to take photos at a bit far distances.
What a pity that the performance of the JX580 is slightly above the average level, among the low-priced cameras. In case that you only need a cheap, inexpensive camera, the JX580 is not a perfect choice, but it worth your try because of its sharp images and colors accuracy. In addition, many people also found it amazing that this camera could produce pictures of almost the same quality regardless of whether flash is on or off.
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That being said, we are not against the Fujifilm FinePix JX580, and we have read several good reviews from satisfied customers.
The Summary of Fujifilm FinePix JX580
- Resolution: 16.0 megapixels
- Optical zoom: 5X (26-130mm)
- LCD: 3.0-inch, 230,000 pixels
- Maximum image size: 4608 x 3440 pixels
- Battery: Rechargeable Li-Ion
- Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.2 x 0.8 inches
- Weight: 4.2 ounces (with battery and memory card)
- Image sensor: CCD 1/2.3 in.
- Movie mode: HD 720p
- The price of the camera is low
- The design is great. The camera is thin and light
- There are plenty of explanations on the screens
- The image quality of flash photos is good in short distances.
- It is easy to handle the camera
- The response times are low. The speed of starting-up is low and the shutter lag is similar
- The little softness of the focus happens sometimes.
- The battery life is not really good
- Despite the large screen, it is not sharp. The glare shining on the screen causes some problems
- The movie options are not good; There is no full HD mode for movies recording
Detail review of Fujifilm FinePix JX580
The resolution of this JX580 is 16 MP. It is pretty large. In contrast, the image sensor is quite small, just limited to 1/2.3 or 0.43 inches. Therefore, it cannot produce images with exceptional quality, such as to make large poster-sized prints at good quality, in comparison with cameras of higher prices, the image quality is still limited because of not have large image sensors.
On the other side, for typical clients who just want to share the captured photos on social networks, emails or websites, it is pretty okay. However, the problems with the image quality do happen in cases that large prints are required. The soft focus may encounter some problems with the JX580, which also affects the quality of large prints. But as users of this camera, large prints are often expected among photographers because of the large 16 MP resolution. It is not needed in most of the cases.
Yet, you should not focus all of your attention on the weak points. There still remain some good points of the JX580. For example, the sharp image quality or the accurate colors are in quite nice photos for many times. For photos when you use the flash, the quality is at the average level,
However, you may really get frustrated when sometimes, the “hit and miss” situations happen. This frustration is much more than the level that you try to find it regular.
Besides the images, the videos are not really good with this camera. Actually, it is under the average level among the market. Full HD mode is not supported in this camera. Moreover, the slow speed of both the autofocus and the optical zoom lens are also the other reasons that cause the video quality worse than you expect. If you want an very cheap camera that offers good specs, such as full 720p videos, fast focus and optical zoom lens, the excellent choices in this review may help you more.
The optical zoom lens of the JX580 is too small to capture images over a far distance. Limited to the 5X number, Fujifilm is more proper for taking portraits.
You also cannot take photos of fast moving subjects because of the shutter lag. Moreover, it takes some seconds with the shot to shot delays. Due to this, before saving the previous images, you cannot take the next photos, which is a little bit annoying.
However, there is a good point about the flash with this camera. The photos shot with the built-in flash unit do not differ much from those which you take without using the flash. This is an interesting aspect of this camera, compared to other low-priced digital cameras.
Another negative thing of the FinePix JX580 is that it does not have a good battery life. The battery is designed to be pretty thin, based on the overall thin appearance of this camera. But it is not a worth sacrifice when we consider the performance of this battery.
The large LCD screen is one of the strongest features of the FinePix JX580. This screen is up to 3.0-inch, which makes this camera different from other low-priced cameras in the market. However, despite this large screen, there are still some problems when you capture images in the outdoor conditions with a lot of sunlight. The glare appearing on the screen causes some trouble in viewing the images.
You can find it not difficult at all to use the FinePix JX580. There, it is suitable for beginning photographers. Many scene modes are available for you to choose. Then, it is very easy to operate this camera. Explanations for every menu are always ready on the screen, in which each command can be highlighted quickly.
The JX580 looks quite thin. The weight is just less than 5 ounces, including the battery inside and the thickness is just 0.8 inches. Thanks to this light weight and thin design, this camera become very attractive for most of beginners on photography
However beside the thin design, there is nothing special elsewhere. This camera, in overall, is not the one with many strong features in comparison with other cameras of the same price range. If your budget is limited to about $100, I think you can have better alternatives in the market.