Decent camera for the price!
(Pete — 02/15/2010)
I must say that the J38 is a good camera & being 12.2 megapixels its a great buy for anyone on a budget! This is a point and shoot camera & will do a great job for most scenarios in autodetect mode! The night pictures are a little lacking, but setting your camera manually will help with that a bit! (read your manual about the shutter and night modes available) Video is very good on this camera, and will playback your videos with sound!!! The speaker is not so loud, but it was just meant for previewing than playback so I can't complain!!! The menu is fairly simple to operate much like a cellphone menu!!! I have read other people's reviews, and some of the advice given is good! I will say that you don't need a card reader to use this camera if you have... windows xp or newer! They recommend 512mb of ram on your computer to run the software smoothly, but I have been able to run it even on 128mb of ram(as a test) & it will run! (just a little sluggish, but will) Now for those of you that have a built in card reader in your computer... I have seen many of these in my time, and must say that if your computer is more than a few years old... then your card reader might not be able to handle the memory cards that this camera supports! For example 2gb, 4gb, 8gb or bigger SDHC memory cards! Most older computers have a limit & can only read 1 or 2gb sd memory cards because the older memory readers were built using the regular "SD" format & it's not backwards compatible with the newer memory cards with the "SDHC" format(just look at the logo on your memory card or card reader)... so therefore it will not work! Why? because the SD format is much older technology!!! However... the camera itself will work with your windows xp 32bit(most common) and even on 64bit computers or newer(e.g. windows 7 or vista) for those people having issues with the camera connecting via the usb cable... the screen will turn white & display "usb" when connected! if your camera does show this... then chances are that your computer might be at fault! Well viruses have been known to render the usb useless... I can recommend to use a free antivirus like avast (avast.com) & for malaware, spyware, and use ad-aware (lavasoft.com) or malawarebytes (malawarebytes.com) for example to clear your computer, and keeping your windows up to date! Now while this might not apply to all computers...or always be necessary its still good to scan for these kinds of things & update your computer every so often! (like the routine maintenance on your car)... Now about USB charging... I tried it and will not charge through the usb!! the only way is to use the AC adapter to charge, and/or buying a universal battery charger to use with the model: NP-45a battery that it comes with! I got a floor model at a discount (since they ran out) & they couldn't give me the AC adapter because they lost it!!! So they gave me a wall charger for the battery!!! that's good because it saves wear and tear on the connection of the camera itself!!! Some people said on here to use a usb memory card reader... & I agree it is recommended specially if you have more than one memory card to work with (I have like 10 of them) & price wise memory card readers are inexpensive.... you could even buy them on ebay for as cheap as $4 usd... Now if you're on a budget or fixed income & can't afford on extra... then you shouldn't have any problem with the usb cable... if you do... then look at updating your computer and scanning your computer as I mentioned earlier... always check for microsoft updates or with the manufacturer of your pc too... if you don't know about these kinds of things & somehow made it here... then ask a computer inclined friend or a teenager... most of them now days know about these kinds of things!!! Anyway I like the camera very much, and is very solid for it's price... The only things I would complain about would be the battery door!! I wish they would of put some kind of locking mechanism because it can be opened very easily when you might not want to open it!!! The other thing is that the battery will fit both ways so if you take it out, and it wont turn on when putting it back in... simply flip it around & it shall work!!! In another note (just like anything else)... if you're conscious and take care of this camera & use it properly (not abuse it)... it shall last you a long time!!! Thanks to all who read my posting & for those who own this camera... may you take some great shots with it!!! Take care everybody!!!!