Is the Fuji A203 a good buy at £89.99?

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by newman, Jan 19, 2004.

  1. newman

    newman Guest

    I notice that The Computer Shop have this offer and I wonder if it is a
    good buy, as I cannot find a web price under £120.

    newman, Jan 19, 2004
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  2. newman

    Ranger Guest

    That's a great price, I looked at it as a camera for work when it was about
    £150, Jessops then had it at £99.99 and I bought it, so £89.99 is great.
    It's a really good camera so go for it.
    Ranger, Jan 19, 2004
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  3. Without having had a look myself...what's the difference between the 203
    and 205? Boots have the 205 model for £10 more and if you find something
    else to add to your basket (to push yourself over £100) you can get
    £20 worth of Advantage Card points for free as well - the code for
    claiming the Advantage Card points is on my web page.

    Reestit Mutton, Jan 19, 2004
  4. newman

    Pete Guest
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    Pete, Jan 20, 2004
  5. Okay - so it's just Video-Out that it has in addition to the 203.

    Still, if you collect Advantage Card points in Boots, you may be
    better-off with the Boots deal, otherwise The Compter Store has a good
    price for their camera.

    Infact...I remember that it wasn't so long ago (early December) when the
    Premier DC2302 was the cheapest 2MP 3x optical zoom camera at £89.99
    (now reduced to £49.99 on Amazon). So I certainly wouldn't sniff at a
    Fuji for that price.

    Reestit Mutton, Jan 20, 2004
  6. newman

    John Guest

    Are we being conned with digital cameras? there are no precision parts -
    other than the lens. If we look at the way mobile phones have improved in
    functionality and reduced in price, why aren't we seeing it to the same
    extent in cameras. Is it because the punter is prepared to pay more for a
    techy looking package - even through there is little in it (Okay I accept
    that the chips are wonderful but the development costs have been paid for by
    now surely.)

    (Likewise LCD TV - if the production process is reliable then it should cost
    less than a CRT)



    John, Jan 21, 2004
  7. What about the CCD/CMOS sensor? 3 million seperate pixels, all being read
    out in a matter of a few seconds. Getting better all the time, in terms of
    sensitivity etc. There`s still a hell of a lot of research being done on
    digital camera technology, which has got to be paid for somehow. Or would
    you prefer they`d stuck back at the 640x480 level that is only standard in a
    £20 camera and mobile phone these days?
    Simon Finnigan, Jan 21, 2004
  8. newman

    antonye Guest

    A mobile phone is subsidised by the network that you
    subscribe to. Look at the price difference in the same
    phone on a cheap (eg £15pm) contract and an expensive
    (£30pm) contract - usually it's £70 and free. Then
    compare these to PAYG prices (around £150) and then
    then just the phone itself (SIM free = £350).

    Basically you're getting ripped off by the phone
    company but you just don't realise it.
    antonye, Jan 21, 2004
  9. newman

    John Guest

    I am also in awe at the complexity of the sensor - but other chips are
    equally amazing (like the one in my PC). I feel we are being made to pay for
    some sort of equivalence to a 35 mm camera - but in the case of 35 mm there
    are many expensive mechanical components (unavoidably).
    Look at a modern TV - it is cheaper to provide remote control than to fit
    conventional controls - but the technology is quite amazing - but mass
    production has made it cheap.

    I predict the £50 3mega pixel camera by 2006.

    (Ideally I would like a digital back for my 35mm SLRs)



    John, Jan 21, 2004
  10. And how much does a CPU cost? A good few hundred quid for a cutting edge
    one. How long have TV`s been made - many years. Digital cameras are only
    JUST coming into the mainstream now, don`t forget that!
    Simon Finnigan, Jan 21, 2004
  11. can get 2MP for £50 (have a look at the Premier DC2302 at
    Amazon) and 4MP for £130 (Premier DC4311 at Dixons/Currys) so it'll
    happen before 2006 in my view.

    FWIW, for £200 nowadays, you can get a specification that would have
    cost more than twice this 18-24 months ago. So I don't see what you're
    moaning about - it's getting cheaper all the time.

    Reestit Mutton, Jan 22, 2004
  12. newman

    Ben Measures Guest

    Unfortunately all too true. Until people realise it they'll forever be
    ripped off. You need to consider the TCO for the year/length of contract.

    In that respect, digital cameras are a veritable bargain.

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