Yesterday I received the digital camera I ordered over the XMas/New Year holiday. It’s a $200 Fujifilm FinePix S1500. Not the highest quality camera I could have bought, but I’m trying to keep myself on a budget until I get a new job and I figured this would satisfy my needs for now. Well, the first few pictures I took (using the auto setting) just looked horrible, extremely grainy and pixelated. After looking up information online I started adjusting the ISO, shutter speed and other settings until I was finally able to get something that was presentable:
This is the newest picture I’ve added to the Photo spot. It looks really good compared to some of the other pictures I’ve taken with this camera, but it is noticeably not as good as this:
It’s one of the two last pictures I took before I left to be with my family for the holidays. I was using my roommate’s Kodak EasyShare Z710 to take it just like I did for all of my other pictures on the site, all of which I was using the auto setting to take. It has been very frustrating dealing with how different the two cameras are in quality and trying to fix the issues with my new camera. But then just to put the icing on the cake, this morning I discovered something else about the camera while I was finally starting to get the hang of using it:
Notice something wrong with this picture? See something directly below Taiga’s wrist, about an inch or so down? I believe it’s called a dead or stuck pixel? Yeah, I was pretty annoyed when I noticed this. It’s three pixels long and discolors the pixels directly surrounding it and is in every picture I’ve taken all in the same spot. So not only is this camera much more difficult to get quality, clear pictures with but it is also a little defective. This is cropped out from the original version of the same picture I submitted today. I edited the version I put on the site in Photoshop to cover up the bad pixels before I uploaded it. I really don’t want to deal with doing that every time I take a picture so I’ll most likely be returning this camera and see if I can get a refund or a replacement. I’d prefer a refund so I could try getting a different camera.
So has anyone else had issues like these with their cameras? Any suggestions for a good digital camera between $200 and $300? Any suggestions for a higher quality one I might want to check out after I’m back in a more stable financial situation?