Fujifilm FinePix S3100 Zoom Review

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Fujifilm FinePix S3100


Review posted 9/23/2004

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The FinePix S3100 offers beginner digital photographers 4.0 million pixels of resolution with a 6x optical zoom lens, which enables users to capture crisp, clear images of distant subjects. It can also record QVGA (320x240) video clips at a rate of 10 frames/second without sound. This model updates the popular FinePix S3000.

The S3100's 4.0 megapixel resolution produces images of up to 2272 x 1704 for photo-quality prints up to 8 x 10 inches in size. Its 6x optical zoom will bring distance subjects closer with a 39-234mm (35mm equivalent) focal range. This is a stylish point-n-shoot that offers fully automatic operation with creative scene modes. It also features Manual mode, which allows you to select aperture settings (F2.8, F5, F8), sharpness control (Soft, Normal, Hard) and white balance (Auto, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light, Fluorescent light, Fluorescent light, Incandescent light.)


FinePix S3100 Major Features

  • 4.0 Megapixel CCD imager for up to 2272x1704 pixel images
  • 6x optical zoom covers 39-234mm (35mm equivalent), 3.4x digital zoom
  • 1.5-inch TFT color LCD (62,000 pixels) with approx. 87% coverage
  • TTL contrast detection autofocus system
  • Auto, Scene, Movie and Manual exposure modes
  • Record Movies at 320x240 or 160x120 without sound, length limited only by memory
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets
  • Powered by four standard AA-type batteries
  • Direct print to PictBridge compatible printers
  • USB connectivity for PC and Mac


The FinePix S3100 is available now for approximately $299.99.





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Fujifilm FinePix S3100

Fujifilm FinePix S3100

Fujifilm FinePix S3100

Fujifilm FinePix S3100

Fujifilm FinePix S3100

Fujifilm FinePix S3100





Fujifilm FinePix S3100

The Fujifilm FinePix S3100 and a standard CD for size comparison.





Fujifilm FinePix S3100

The FinePix S3100 and the Konica Minolta Z2 for size comparison.





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FinePix S3100 Zoom Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels 4.0 million pixels
CCD Sensor 1/2.7" Conventional CCD System (Number of Total Pixels: 4.23 million pixels) RGB Filters
Number of Recorded Pixels 2,272 x 1,704 pixels (3.87 Million), 1,600 x 1,200, 1,280 x 960, 640 x 480 pixels
File formats Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2), WAV, Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)
*Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible
Storage media xD-Picture Card (16MB to 512MB)
Recording capacity with one 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) Still images Movie
4MP(F)  4MP(N)  
2MP  1MP  0.3MP
320x240 160x120
8        16    
25    33    122
Approx. 98 sec.
Approx. 5.6 min.
Lens focal Length Equivalent to 39-234mm on a 35mm camera
Optical zoom 6x
Digital zoom 3.4x (at 640 x 480 pixel mode), 1.7x (1280 x 960 pixels), 1.4x (1600 x 1200 pixels)
Focus Auto focus (TTL center point fixed) - contrast type
Focus Range Normal: 2.6 ft - infinity., Macro: 3.9 in. - 2.6 ft.
Aperture F 2.8/F4.8/F8.2(Wide-Angle), F3/F5.2/F8.7 (Telephoto)
Viewfinder 0.33 inch 110,000 Pixel Electronic Viewfinder (approx. 88% coverage)
Exposure control 64-zone TTL metering-multi
Exposure modes Programmed AE
Color control modes Normal, vivid (chrome), black and white
Sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 100 (automatically set between ISO 64-250 depending on the shooting mode and subject)
Shutter speed Auto/SP: 1/4 sec. - 1/1500 sec.
SP (night scene mode only): 2 sec. - 1/250 sec.
Manual (A. priority): ½ sec. - 1/1500 sec.
White balance Automatic, Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light)
Flash Auto flash uses flash control sensor
Effective range: 2.6ft - 11.5ft (W)/2.6ft. - 11.5 ft (T)
Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
LCD monitor 1.5-inches amorphous silicon TFT (approx. 62,000 pixels, approx. 87% coverage)
Digital interface USB interface, power-input socket
Power source 4 AA alkaline batteries (included)
4 AA NiMH batteries (sold separately)
AC power adapter AC-5VH/AC-5VHS
Dimensions 3.9(W) x 3.0(H) x 2.7(D) inch
Weight 10.1 oz. (excluding battery and media)
Shooting modes Auto, manual, scene position (portrait, landscape, sports, night scene), movie
Movie recording 320 x 240 pixels up to 60sec. / 160 x 120 pixels up to 240sec.
10 fps, AVI (Motion JPEG) without sound
Video out NTSC and PAL Selectable
Playback Single frame (with 14x playback zoom), 9 multi-frame
Others Self-timer: approximately 10 sec., world time, 6 language menu interface, tripod socket, lens cap, adapter ring, low-light viewfinder function available, PictBridge compatible
Optional accessories xD-Picture card (16MB-512MB)
PCMCIA PC Card Adapter DPC-AD
Compact Flash™ Card Adapter DPC-CF
Image memory card reader DPC-R1
AC power adapter AC-5VH/AC-5VHS
Battery charger with battery BK-NH/BK-NH2
Wide-angle conversion lens WL-FX9/F9B
Telephoto conversion lens TL-FX9/FX9B
Soft case SC-FX 304
Travel kit (A3): large case, AA NiMH travel charger with auto adapter
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.




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