Summary: The build quality of the camera is fairly good but not up to the standards of e.g. Lumix or Cybershot cameras. The lens is extremely sharp easily outclassing Lumix and Cybershot compacts but this may be more due to very sophisticated software rather than the lens quality itself. I tested this camera in performance against a Lumix FX60 and found it to outperform the Lumix except in start up times and focus times. Pictures were more accurate in detail and colour rendition.
Pros: Exceptional distance capabilities and good detail and colour rendition
Cons: Could improve the build quality up to Lumix standards
Summary: Great price for the power of the zoom - it is easy to use once you find the right menu item to use. I am used to Panasonics but this was a cheaper alternative. It is small so easy to carry. The pictures indoors are a bit of a let down - I am a keen photographer and used many cameras but I cant seem to get this right indoors. Getting SD card out is tricky. I take it on on bike rides and walk in the rain as at this price and size it is a good compromise.
Summary: I am a novice with digital camera's but I wanted one with a little more Zoom than my last and I am very pleased with the JZ500. It came with battery charger which is much better than my last. Would recommend to amateurs like myself.
Just bought and used my fuji film Fine pix JZ 500 digital camera
23 June 2011
Summary: Just bought this camera to go on holiday. Needed reasonably low priced small easy to use point and shoot that would fit into shorts or pants pockets. This one fitted the bill. Takes great pictures. I used the fireworks settings to take stills of firework display. I used the HD movie mode to record part of fireworks display and on a trip out to take HD video of white water waves crashing over rocks. I used the close up of flowers mode for a single flower close up.
Summary: I wanted to purchase a Fuji camera ,as I have had a few over the years .I read the reviews and they appear to be spot on .I even purchased better accessories for the camera ( memory card ) after reading what other purchasers had commented on . I am certainly pleased I did .
Summary: The camera seems fine but needs a good run out. First feeling are of a well designed and versatile product. The fact that the first order was returned to Amazon as UNDELIVERABLE just before Christmas was a severe dissapointment as it was to be present. The order was made again and this time the postman could read the label! Happy New Year! The extended warrenty and accidental damage cover offer by Fujifilm was seen as good value. A change from many such offers.