Fujifilm FinePix S3000 Zoom Review

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Fujifilm FinePix S3000


Review posted 11/24/2003

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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.





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Fujifilm FinePix S3000

Fujifilm FinePix S3000

Fujifilm FinePix S3000

Fujifilm FinePix S3000

Fujifilm FinePix S3000

Fujifilm FinePix S3000





Fujifilm FinePix S3000

The Fujifilm FinePix S3000 and a standard CD for size comparison.





Fujifilm FinePix S3000

The FinePix S3000 and the Kodak DX4530 for size comparison.





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FinePix S3000 Zoom Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels 3.2 million pixels
CCD Sensor 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
File formats Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2), Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)
Storage media xD-Picture Card (16MB to 512MB)
Recording capacity with one 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) Still image Movie
3MP 2MP 1MP VGA
19 25 33 122
320x240 160x120
Approx. 98sec. Approx. 5.6min.
Optical zoom 6x
Digital zoom 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
Focus Auto focus
Focus Distance Normal: 2.6 ft - inf., Macro: 0.3 ft - 2.6 ft.
Aperture F 2.8/F4.8/F8.2(Automatically selected)
Viewfinder 0.33 inch 110,000 Pixel EVF
Exposure control 64-zone TTL metering Program AE (Exposure Comp. available in Manual Mode)
Exposure modes Auto, Manual (Aperture Priority, Exposure Compensation)
Sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 100 (with flash off)
Equivalent to ISO 100-200 (with flash on)
Shutter speed 3 to 1/1500 sec.
White balance Auto, 6 positions selectable in Manual Mode (Fine, Shade, Daylight
Fluorescent, Warm White Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Cool White),
Incandescent Light)
Flash Auto flash using flash control sensor
5 modes (auto, red-eye reduction, forced flash, suppressed flash,
slow synchro with red-eye reduction)
Effective range:
Wide: 1ft - 11.5ft.
Tele: 2.6ft. - 11.5ft.
LCD monitor 1.8-inches amorphous silicon TFT (62,000 pixels)
Video output NTSC, PAL
Digital Interface USB interface
Power source 4 AA type Alkaline batteries or AC-5V power adapter (optional)
Dimensions 3.9(W) x 3.0(H) x 2.7(D) inch
Weight 10 ounces (without batteries or storage media)
Shooting modes Auto, Manual, Scene position, Movie, Continuous Shooting
Movie Recording 320 x 240 pixels up to 60sec. / 160 x 120 pixels up to 240sec.:
10 fps, AVI (Motion JPEG) without sound
Playback Single frame (with max.13x playback zoom), 9 multi-frame
Others Self-timer: approximately 10 sec.
Language: E/G/F/S/Chinese
Accessories included 16MB xD-Picture Card
4 AA-size Alkaline Batteries
Shoulder Strap
Lens Adapter Ring
Lens Cap
USB Cable
FinePixViewer 4.1
ImageMixer VCD 2 for FinePix
Optional Accessories 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
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.




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