Fujifilm FinePix S7000 Zoom Review

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Fujifilm FinePix S7000 Zoom

Features & Controls

The FinePix S7000 Zoom features a bright, large-diameter, precision, 6X Super EBC Fujinon aspherical zoom lens (f/2.8 - f/8) with a focal length equivalent to 35-210mm on a 35mm camera.

The S7000 Zoom features a passive AF sensor (see window above the lens) to quickly range the subject and then a TTL contrast-detect system critically focuses off of the CCD. There is no focus-assist illuminator.

The working range of the auto focus is 1.6 ft - Infinity (Normal Wide) and 3.0 ft - Infinity (Normal Tele). The Macro range is 0.3 ft - 2.6 ft. and Super Macro range is 0.4 - 7.9 inches. The lens may be manually focused by using the ring at the end of the lens barrel, this is an electronic focusing ring, it is not mechanical. The One-Touch AF button can be used in conjunction with manual focusing.

The optional AR-FX9 lens adapter allows the use of 55mm filters or add-on lenses. Fuji has two auxiliary lenses available: the WL-FX9 is a x0.79 adapter that makes the lens equivalent to 28mm at wide angle. The TL-FX9 is a x1.5 adapter that extends the telephoto range out to 315mm.

Fuji FinePix S7000 Zoom.  Photo (c) 2002 Steve's Digicams

On the side of the lens is the Macro/Super Macro focus button. The SHIFT button is used in conjunction with other buttons to quickly change settings without accessing the full menu. The INFO button in record displays the current exposure comp., white balance, metering, ISO and sharpening settings. In playback it toggles the extended information and histogram. The Focus switch toggles Single AF, Continuous AF or Manual focus modes, the button in the center is the One-Touch AF, it's used to momentarily enable auto focus.

Fuji FinePix S7000 Zoom.  Photo (c) 2002 Steve's Digicams

The eyelevel viewfinder is a tiny, high resolution (230,000 pixel) 0.44-inch color LCD. It gives you true TTL (through the lens) viewing with exposure info and camera data overlayed on top of the live view.

You can use either the EVF or color LCD by pressing the EVF/LCD button to toggle between the screens. Playback review and menus can be accessed by either display. The EVF shows approx. 92% of the captured image and has a dioptric adjustment. The LCD offers a 100% view during image review.

Fuji FinePix S7000 Zoom.  Photo (c) 2002 Steve's Digicams

Controls on the back: The zoom lens is controlled by the "W" and "T" buttons which also control the magnified image function in playback mode. The AE-L button is used to lock the exposure so you can recompose the shot if desired. The EVF/LCD button toggles the display (see above). The DISP button controls the amount of information overlayed on the displays and in playback it calls up the image review modes. The Focus Check button to the right magnifies the center portion of the screen during manual or auto focusing. The BACK button cancels menu operations. The MENU/OK button calls up the menus and accepts selections. The 4-way jog switch lets you navigate menus, select images and operate the image magnify function during playback. The "F" button lets you change image size, quality or color mode.

Fuji FinePix S7000 Zoom.  Photo (c) 2002 Steve's Digicams

Controls on the top: The shutter release also has the Power / Record / Playback switch mounted around it. The buttons for flash mode, exposure compensation and drive mode, work with on-screen icons that you choose the desired option by rotating the Command Dial.

Fuji FinePix S7000 Zoom

Drive modes: Off=Single, Top 5-frame continuous (shoot up to 5 frames at up to 3.3fps), Auto Bracketing, Final 5-frame continuous (shoot up to 25 frames but only the last 5 frames are stored), Long-period continuous shooting (1/2/3MP mode in AUTO only, up to 40 frames).

Fuji FinePix S7000 Zoom.

Flash modes: Auto (only available in AUTO mode), Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Off, Slow Sync and Slow Sync + Red-Eye Reduction

Fuji FinePix S7000 Zoom.  Photo (c) 2002 Steve's Digicams

The Mode Dial has positions for Movie Record, SP (Scene Position - Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Scene or B&W), AUTO (point-n-shoot), Program AE (with Program Shift - rotate command wheel to select other combinations of shutter speed and aperture), Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority, full Manual and the SETup menu.

Next to the Mode Dial is the Command Wheel, it is actuated by your thumb and is used in Program Shift, Shutter priority, Aperture priority and Manual to change the settings. It's also used in conjunction with other functions too.

Fuji FinePix S7000 Zoom.  Photo (c) 2002 Steve's Digicams

The built in flash must be manually "popped up" by pressing the release button when required. The working range is 1 ft - 27.9 ft in wide angle and from 3 ft - 25.9 ft in the Telephoto position. This is an intelligent flash with modes for Auto (only available in the AUTO mode), Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Off, Slow Sync and Slow Sync + Red-Eye Reduction.

On top of the EVF is a standard flash hot shoe that accepts most automatic flash units. The camera must be set to "external flash" when the hot shoe is used. The external flash must be the automatic type where you can dial in the ISO speed and aperture setting. The S7000 Zoom also has a user-settable external flash white balance feature.

Fuji FinePix S7000 Zoom.  Photo (c) 2002 Steve's Digicams

A built-in speaker for audio playback and camera sounds.

The I/O ports are tucked away behind a door on the left side and include a USB 2.0 port for image downloading, the Audio/Video Out port is for connecting to a television (video signal is user-selectable for NTSC or PAL).

Below is a 5V DC INput jack for the optional AC power supply or an external battery pack.

Fuji FinePix S7000 Zoom.  Photo (c) 2002 Steve's Digicams

The xD-Picture Card and CompactFlash Type II card slots are accessed by a opening a door on the backside of the handgrip. Fujifilm supplies a 16MB xD card, any size up to 512MB can be used. The S7000 functions well with IBM/Hitachi 1GB Microdrives and -some- fast (30x and up) CompactFlash cards, shown here is the spacious and speedy RiDATA 40x write/52X read 512MB card.

Fuji specifically states that the S7000 is to be used with xD-Picture Cards or IBM/Hitachi Microdrives. We have documented problems with some SanDisk and SimpleTech CF cards where the batteries in the S7000 have been rapidly drained while the camera was turned off. We have personally tested the Ridata 512MB card shown above, the Transcend 45x 1GB and the Lexar Pro Series 32x 1GB WA CF cards - all of these cards work fine in the S7000 and do not exhibit the power off battery drain problem.

Fuji FinePix S7000 Zoom.  Photo (c) 2002 Steve's Digicams

Fuji FinePix S7000 Zoom.  Photo (c) 2002 Steve's Digicams

The S7000 Zoom is powered by four standard AA type batteries. Fuji supplies alkaline type but we strongly recommend the use of high-capacity NiMH rechargeable batteries. In a pinch you can use "off the shelf" alkalines but don't expect them to go as far.

Fuji claims a battery life of 210 frames with LCD, 220 frames with EVF when using alkaline batteries and 340 frames with LCD, 350 frames with EVF when using 2100mAh NiMH batteries. These times are approximate and calculated for xD-Picture Card media, when using a Microdrive the times will be slightly shorter.

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