Fujifilm FinePix S4500 Review

Review posted 08/08/2012

Quick Take
  • SR Auto shooting mode is accurate and easy in most situations
  • 30x optical zoom lens provides amazing versatility
  • Sensor Shift image stabilization keeps images crisp
  • Nice, Bright 3.0-inch LCD and EVF
  • Descent shooting performance
  • Excellent Battery Life
  • Versatile power options (use just about any AA type batteries)
  • Competitively priced
  • No dedicated video recording button, camera has to be put into movie mode to record
  • Too much noise in images at any setting over ISO 800
  • Missing all of the great EXR modes that Fuji can provide
  • No HDMI output for HD movies on an HDTV
  • No Diopter adjustment for the EVF
Bottom Line
Fuji's FinePix S4500 is an incredibly versatile Mega-zoom digicam featuring a 30x Fujinon optical zoom lens. The S4500 also brings easy operation, excellent image quality and a lot of creative control to the table. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
The Fuji FinePix S4500 is a simple Mega-zoom camera, with the main feature being an awesome 30x Fujinon optical zoom lens. With a 35mm equivalent of 24-720mm, you will always have the right lens for the situation at hand. The lens is assisted by a 14-Megapixel CCD sensor and sensor-shift optical image stabilization to help keep your handheld images steady.

Although the S4500 does not have the features that you will find on Fuji's EXR models, you will still find SR Auto (Scene Recognition), tracking autofocus, 720p HD video capture and full manual control for the creative types. It is one of the few cameras to still rely on AA-type batteries for power, which is great when you are traveling.

Fujifilm FinePix S4500 Features:
  • FUJINON 30x Optical Zoom (24-720mm)
  • 14 MegaPixel CCD Sensor
  • 3.0" LCD screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • Sensor shift Dual Image Stablization
  • ISO 64-6400
  • 720p HD Video Recording
  • Smile and Blink Detection
  • SR Auto Scene Recognition Technology
  • Motion Panorama
  • In-Camera Tagging (for Facebook and YouTube)
  • Tracking Auto Focus (in 0.35 seconds in low light)
  • i-Flash Intelligent Flash
  • Full Manual Control
  • Instant Zoom / Zoom Bracketing
  • 8fps Continuous Shooting
  • AA battery power
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot

Fujifilm FinePix S4500 launched with a MSRP of $259.95. See our buy box below for the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • S4500 Camera Body
  • 4 x AA type alkaline batteries
  • Shoulder strap
  • USB-A/V cable
  • Lens cap and Lens cap cord
  • CD-ROM
  • Owner's manual

You can check out the price of this camera on Adorama by clicking here.

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