Fujifilm FinePix S3000 Zoom Review
Movable Type Admin
Review posted 11/24/2003
Click on the FinePix S3000 to take a QuickTime VR tour
The Fujiflm FinePix S3000 is a digital camera for everyday photographers. This model replaces the existing FinePix 3800. The FinePix S3000 offers 3.2 million effective pixels to create crisp, colorful images perfect to share with family and friends through retail printing and email. The camera's compact, SLR-inspired styling and 6x optical zoom offer a familiar experience to consumers who already enjoy traditional photography.
The S3000's 3.2 megapixel resolution produces images of up to 2048 x 1536 for photo-quality prints up to 8 x 10 inches in size. The camera features a powerful 6x optical zoom lens (38-228mm equivalent in 35mm photography) with a 3.2x digital zoom, movie recording without sound and four Scene Position exposure modes.
The FinePix S3000 offers the following features:
Resolution and color - The camera produces output files of 3.15 million recorded pixels, resulting in crisp, vibrant prints up to 8 x 10 inches in size.
Long reach - The FinePix S3000 also offers a long reach wide aperture 6x optical and 3.2x digital zoom, and works with optional wide and telephoto lens adapters, allowing photo enthusiasts to capture long-range subjects.
SLR-inspired styling - The camera's compact SLR-inspired body provides a familiar feel to everyday photo hobbyists and digital photography newcomers alike. The camera measures 3.9 (W) x 3.0 (H) x 2.7 (D) inches, and weighs 10 ounces without batteries and media. In addition, a high-resolution color electronic viewfinder helps consumers take better pictures, and offers a playback mode that saves battery power.
Simple manual controls - Consumers who want to experiment with image control will be pleased with the FinePix S3000's semi-manual controls, while others will appreciate the camera's smart use of automatic features. The FinePix S3000 offers a portrait scene positioning mode, as well as continuous shooting at 2 frames per second, capturing up to 2 frames.
Lower power consumption - The FinePix S3000 offers consumers maximum power efficiency, and can take up to 350 images - using the LCD monitor, and with flash on half of the time - on a single set of four AA alkaline batteries.
Movie recording - The camera offers AVI movie recording at 10 frames per second without sound, allowing consumers to capture everyday events and special moments to play back for friends and family at a later date. The FinePix S3000 can capture 60-second 320 x 240 pixel movies, and approximately 240 seconds at 160 x 120 pixels. Movies can be burned onto CD-ROMs for storage using the ImageMixer VCD 2.0 for FinePix software included with the camera, or shown on televisions using the video out interface.
The FinePix S3000 comes bundled with a 16MB xD-Picture Card, four AA alkaline batteries, shoulder strap, USB cable, lens adapter ring, FinePix Viewer 4.1, and ImageMixer VCD for FinePix 2.0. The camera is available now with a suggested list price of $399.99.
The Fujifilm FinePix S3000 and a standard CD for size comparison.
The FinePix S3000 and the Kodak DX4530 for size comparison.
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.
FinePix S3000 Zoom Specifications
|Number of Effective Pixels
||3.2 million pixels|
||1/2.7-inch CCD (Number of Total Pixels: 3.34 million pixels)|
|Number of Recorded Pixels
||2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480 pixels|
||Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2), Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)|
||xD-Picture Card (16MB to 512MB)|
|Recording capacity with one 16MB xD-Picture Card (included)
||3.2x (640 x 480), 1.6x (1280 x 960), 1.28x (1600 x 1200)|
|Lens focal Length
||Equivalent to 38-228mm on a 35mm camera|
||Normal: 2.6 ft - inf., Macro: 0.3 ft - 2.6 ft.|
||F 2.8/F4.8/F8.2(Automatically selected)|
||0.33 inch 110,000 Pixel EVF|
||64-zone TTL metering Program AE (Exposure Comp. available in Manual Mode)|
||Auto, Manual (Aperture Priority, Exposure Compensation)|
||Equivalent to ISO 100 (with flash off)|
Equivalent to ISO 100-200 (with flash on)
||3 to 1/1500 sec.|
||Auto, 6 positions selectable in Manual Mode (Fine, Shade, Daylight|
Fluorescent, Warm White Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Cool White),
||Auto flash using flash control sensor|
5 modes (auto, red-eye reduction, forced flash, suppressed flash,
slow synchro with red-eye reduction)
Wide: 1ft - 11.5ft.
Tele: 2.6ft. - 11.5ft.
||1.8-inches amorphous silicon TFT (62,000 pixels)|
||4 AA type Alkaline batteries or AC-5V power adapter (optional)|
||3.9(W) x 3.0(H) x 2.7(D) inch|
||10 ounces (without batteries or storage media)|
||Auto, Manual, Scene position, Movie, Continuous Shooting|
||320 x 240 pixels up to 60sec. / 160 x 120 pixels up to 240sec.:|
10 fps, AVI (Motion JPEG) without sound
||Single frame (with max.13x playback zoom), 9 multi-frame|
||Self-timer: approximately 10 sec.|
||16MB xD-Picture Card|
4 AA-size Alkaline Batteries
Lens Adapter Ring
ImageMixer VCD 2 for FinePix
||AC-5V AC Adapter|
PC Card Adapter DPC-AD
Compact Flash™ Card Adapter DPC-CF
Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1
Tele Conversion Lens TL-FX9/FX 9B
Wide Conversion Lens WL-FX9/FX 9B
Soft Case SC-FX 304
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