Features & Controls
- Normal: 1.6 ft. (50 cm) to infinity (wide); 2.9 feet (90 cm) to infinity (tele)
- Macro: 3.9 in. (10 cm) to 31.5 in. (80 cm) (wide); 2.6 ft. (80 cm) to 4.2 ft. (130 cm) (tele)
Outside of its confusing menu structure and the odd way that the Silent mode works, the FinePix JX580 couldn't be easier to use ... although part of the reason it's easy to use is that it just doesn't have a lot of features. The top panel contains exactly one button, the shutter button. Most camera makers place a zoom ring around the shutter button, but Fujifilm could not use that design with the JX580 because of the position of the built-in flash, which is on the front panel directly in front of the shutter button.
- EV - Between +2 and -2 in 1/3 increments (only available in advanced shooting modes)
- Flash - Auto, Forced Flash, No Flash, Slow-Synchro (Slow-Synchro is only available in advanced shooting modes)
- Self Timer - Off, 10 seconds, 2 seconds
- Macro - Off, Macro
The battery and memory card slot are protected by the hinged cover. The cover Fujifilm included with the sample JX580 unit I received to test is one of the flimsiest I've seen on a digital camera lately. It wiggled against the hinge far more than it should have, and it certainly wouldn't have taken much pressure against the open cover to break it off. I felt like I had to be very careful with it when it was open. The cover does snap into place once it's closed, and I didn't feel like it was ever going to pop loose after it was closed.
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