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Fujifilm FinePix J12 - Fujifilm FinePix J12

By Cliff Smith



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The similarities between the J12 and J10 extend to the camera's overall performance. It starts up quickly in around 1.6 seconds, and shuts down again in about the same. Shot-to-shot time is a little over two seconds, which is fairly respectable for a cheap camera. The three-shot burst mode however is quite slow, at over a second per shot.

Naturally if you're only prepared to pay £70 for a camera you shouldn't expect miracles, and the J12 does have a couple of major weak spots. The first is the autofocus system, which is patchy at best. It's only the second camera I've ever seen that wouldn't immediately focus on my Cathedral-window test shot. It actually too three or four tries to lock on to this well-lit, high-contrast subject. It also doesn't work well in low light, and lacks an AF assist lamp, so it's going to have problems in a lot of social situations.

The second weakness is overall image quality. Although it seems to have lost the vignetting problem of the J10, it has a couple of new problems all of its own. First, the automatic white balance is inconsistent and unreliable, and second, every shot I took seemed to lack contrast and saturation, leaving shots looking pale and washed-out. I thought at first that I'd somehow got dirt on the lens, but I checked and cleaned it, and still got the same results.

Although the J12's 8.2MP sensor is capable of capturing a fair amount of fine detail the lens quality is quite poor. Even in the centre of the frame the images look generally soft, while the corners of the frame are badly blurred. It also produces significant barrel distortion at wide angle.

Noise control is actually not too bad, and shots taken at 400 ISO are good enough for small prints if you're not too fussy. Even shots taken at the 1600 ISO maximum setting could be used on a web page or blog without too much embarrassment.


Although it lacks just about every advanced feature from the past two years, has serious issues with its autofocus system and has less than ideal picture quality, the Fujifilm FinePix J12 is still probably the best camera you're likely to find at this price point. Build quality, design and overall performance are quite acceptable, and it does have the advantage of being very easy to use. However it would probably be a better idea to save your pocket money for another couple of weeks and get something a bit more advanced.


September 24, 2009, 9:05 pm

Don't buy a fujifilm!!! They do not honour their warranty!! I recently bought a J12 and the flash stopped working and they vioded the warranty. They said that there was a dent on the corner (that was not there when I sent it) and that the packaging was not damaged when they received it. Now it is going to cost me $25.00 to get the camera back (already paid $10 to ship it as fragile) just to see what 'damage' they are talking about. Still waiting for the pictures of the damage that hey promised. They now offer a 2 year warranty but really don't intended on honouring. I will never buy another fujifilm product!


February 19, 2010, 8:26 am

Had the exact same problem you had. When discussing this problem with collegues at work, I was shocked to learn that 2 other people had this exact experience. I guess fujifilm discovered a loophole (lies,lies,lies) to not honour their crappy products. BEWARE OF FUJIFILM. Their products are defective and they will not honour the warranty. That is their guarantee


April 7, 2010, 9:12 pm

I love this camera. I got it a year ago and it's still pretty good. The focus isn't that bad, and there are quite a lot of different modes and stuff. It's very simple. I suppose I am only 14 and I don't use it for proffesional use or anything, but its really great for just taking snaps of friends or outings or whatever. I would recommend you buy this camera if you are just going to use it for like normal but not proffesional photos, and maybe it is suited for a younger audience as it is very simple to use. I have had it for a year now and it's stioll great, i've had no problems with it apart from when it got wet in the rain and I had to soak it in rice :/ but yeh.

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