The Good 6X optical zoom; simple interface.
The Bad Low-res electronic viewfinder; noticeable shutter delay; hard to see the LCD in low light.
The Bottom Line Its 6X optical zoom, decent images, and aggressive price make this camera a good but not top choice for point-and-shooters.
Fujifilm FinePix 3800
While this 3-megapixel camera lets you add lenses and sports a 6X optical zoom for an aggressive price, these perks only partially compensate for its merely acceptable image quality, sluggish performance, and awkward design. Still, it packs some nice extras and should satisfy most point-and-shooters' needs. At best, the FinePix 3800's design is quirky, and at worst, it's awful. The 15.4-ounce, silver-toned plastic body resembles a 35mm SLR that shrunk a bit in the wash. It feels a little too cramped in your hand, and yet it's much too bulbous to tuck into a shirt pocket. In general, we like digital cameras that look and feel like film cameras, but the handhold on this one is simply too close to the zoom lens. We frequently had to adjust our grip to get our fingers out of the frame.
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