One of the biggest features on the S4500 is its huge 30x Fujinon optical zoom lens. With a 35mm equivalent of 24-720mm, you have a great wide end as well as an exceptionally long telephoto end, all wrapped up into one. Made up of 15 lenses in 11 groups and a max aperture range of f/3.1 (Wide) - f/5.9 (Telephoto), you should have no problems capturing sharp images in low-light situations. Helping to keep your images sharp, Fuji has added its CCD shift image stabilization to allow for better handheld performance. Allowing the 14-Megapixel sensor to shift helps keep the bulk down, while keeping your images steady. When you half-press the shutter release, the camera is using its quick TTL AF system to focus, detect faces and even track them to a point until you are ready to shoot.
Wide : Approx. 40 cm to infinity / 1.3 ft. to infinity
Telephoto : Approx. 2.8 m to infinity / 9.1 ft. to infinity
Wide : Approx. 7 cm - 3.0 m / 2.7 in. - 9.8 ft.
Telephoto : Approx. 2.0 m - 3.0 m / 6.5 ft. - 9.8 ft.
Wide : Approx. 2 cm - 1.0 m / 0.8 in. - 3.3 ft.
Fuji's S4500 uses their Super Intelligent Flash so you always get the best flash settings for the situation. Auto, on, off and slow sync all work with or without the red-eye reduction feature.
Wide : Approx. 40cm - 7.0m / 1.3ft. - 22.9ft.
Telephoto : Approx. 2.5m - 3.6m / 8.2ft. - 11.8ft.
Wide : Approx. 30cm - 3.0m / 1.0ft. - 9.8ft.
Telephoto : Approx. 2.0m - 3.0m / 6.5ft. - 9.8ft.
One option for framing and composing your images is the camera's EVF (electronic view finder). At only approx. 0.2-inch, it is not very big but the 200,000 dot resolution provides an excellent option in any lighting condition. Shooting this way also creates a dSLR-like experience. Unfortunately, it has no diopter adjustment.
Your other option for framing and viewing your images is the 3.0-inch, 230,000 dot LCD screen on the back. While this is not as high quality as we are used to seeing lately, it is easy to see in all lighting conditions and can be easier, in some situations, than the EVF.
On the back of the camera you will find a small set of controls, as there is also a set on top. First you will see the exposure compensation button. Under that is the 4-way controller and menu buttons. The 4-way controller allows you to navigate and select from the camera menus as well as providing shortcuts for Flash, Self-Timer, Macro shooting and Instant Zoom features. Then at the bottom you have the DISP/Back button that allows you to change the amount of information on the LCD screen or move back through the menus. Finally, you have the playback mode button.
On top of the camera you will find the mode dial, with the camera's various shooting modes including SR Auto, Program, Manual and Special shooting modes. Next to it is the Function button, which brings up a shortcut menu to commonly used shooting settings. Above these you have the power switch, shutter release and zoom control, face detection button and the burst shooting button.
On the right side of the S4500 you will find its two IO ports. On top is the HDMI output for watching your home movies and viewing your images on any HDTV. Under that is a USB 2.0 port that allows you to connect to a printer, computer or a standard TV with an A/V cable. No AV or HDMI cables are included.
Your captured images will be stored on a SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. Here you can see the PNY Pro, Class 10 card that we used while completing the tests for this camera. We recommend a card of at least Class 4 if you plan on recording HD videos or using the burst features.
Fuji counts on the power of 4 AA type batteries to run the S4500. This means that power is almost always available as these batteries can be found almost anywhere in the world. Our tests were completed using a set of Powerex NiMH Rechargeable batteries. We find that the number of images that can be captured over the life of a set of NiMH batteries more than makes up for the initial cost of the batteries with a charger.