Fujifilm FinePix S3100 Zoom Review

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Fujifilm FinePix S3100

Features & Controls

The FinePix S3100 Fujinon 6x optical zoom lens equivalent to a 39-234mm on a 35mm camera. The possible apertures are F 2.8, 5.0 or 8.0 and can be selected in Manual mode.

It features a TTL Contrast detection autofocus system. The focusing range is 2.6 ft - infinity in Normal mode. When in Macro mode it covers from 3.9 in. - 2.6 ft.

Fujifilm FinePix S3100

Included with the FinePix S3100 is this AR-FX3 lens adapter that allows you to attach auxiliary lenses (Wide-angle conversion lens WL-FX9/F9B, Telephoto conversion lens TL-FX9/FX9B) and 55mm filters.

Fujifilm FinePix S3100

The eyelevel finder is a 0.33-inch color LCD with 110,000 pixels of resolution. It has a field of view of approx. 88% of the captured image but lacks any kind of diopter adjustment. The EVF / LCD button lets you toggle the live view from the EVF to the LCD or vice-versa whenever desired.

You can preview, review or access the menus using either the EVF or LCD display.

Fujifilm FinePix S3100

The flash has an effective range of 2.6 ft to 11.5 ft (W), 2.6 to 11.5ft (T). Flash modes available are: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Forced flash, Suppressed flash or Slow syncro. It is a manual type popup flash that is activated by a button on the left side of the camera.

Fujifilm FinePix S3100

Controls on top are the combination Power/Record/Play switch and the shutter release. The Mode Dial has positions for Manual Record, Scene, Auto and Movie.

Fujifilm FinePix S3100

Controls on the back: The 4-way selector is the zoom control (up and down), macro mode (left) and flash mode (right) in record mode. It is also used to navigate menus and select review images. In play mode the zoom controls serve as the image enlargement controls to zoom in or out.

The MENU/OK button toggles the Menu on/off . While ON, the menu selections are navigated with the 4-way and the OK button makes selections. The BACK button is for canceling a menu procedure. The DISPlay button in Record controls the amount of information displayed on the 1.8-inch LCD or EVF or enables the framing grid lines. In Playback the DISPlay button toggles between Text display ON/OFF and Index thumbnail mode. And last is the "Low Light" viewfinder button which allows you to quickly increase or decrease the LCD'd brightness.

Fujifilm FinePix S3100

On the side is the Video Out jack, and to the right you can see the xD-Picture card door.

The 5v DC INput jack is for an optional AC power adapter.

The USB 1.1 port for downloading to the computer.

Fujifilm FinePix S3100

The FinePix S3100 is equipped with a xD-Picture card slot and is supplied with a 16MB xD card. It's compatible with Fuji or Olympus xD cards up to 512MB. Shown below is an approx. memory capacity chart.

Fujifilm FinePix S5100

Fujifilm FinePix S3100

Power is supplied by four AA batteries, alkaline, NiMH or lithium type may be used. We, of course, recommend the use of NiMH rechargeable batteries , they pack more power and they're reusable. Fuji lists the battery life at 300 frames using alkaline batteries. When using fully charged 2300mAh NiMH batteries you can raise that to 500 frames, based on CIPA standards.

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