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Fujifilm introduces the FinePix S7000 Zoom, and with it the most heavyweight imaging capability ever seen in a 'prosumer' camera. Building on the success and with all the features of the FinePix S602 Zoom - including full manual control and 6x optical zoom - the FinePix S7000 Zoom's Super CCD HR sensor produces an exceptional 6 million effective pixel (12 million recorded pixel) output.
Even before Fujifilm's Super CCD signal processing technology takes control of the image, photographs taken with this camera will possess a class-leading 6 million pixels. After the Super CCD HR has processed the file, the image output is an impressive 12 million pixels - allowing the user to enlarge to 10" x 15", representing gallery-size print dimensions.
This camera offers a serious digital alternative to a film SLR. A compact and ergonomic tool for professional photographers, the FinePix S7000 Zoom also represents an irresistible package for the ambitiously minded newcomer to digital photography. If you have a talent for photography, the last thing you need is to be constrained by your camera.
The FinePix S7000 Zoom's manual modes enable you to exert creative control over aperture, focusing shutter speed and flash. This, combined with the Super EBC 6x optical Fujinon lens, means that even the most ambitious images can become a reality. If you stop at nothing in pursuit of quality, the FinePix S7000 Zoom's RAW mode stores images exactly as they were recorded, pixel by pixel, every time.
Fujifilm's Super CCD HR technology also delivers the renowned Fujifilm colour reproduction, and the sensitive octagonal diodes ensure that images are awash with accurate detail, even in low-light situations.
The FinePix S7000 Zoom offers everything the serious user wants, with a cable release socket, external flash and truly outstanding Super EBC optics. The camera also boasts VGA digital movie mode, recording at 30 frames per second (fps), with sound. An added bonus is the dual card slot, enabling the use of both xD-Picture Card and CompactFlash/IBM Microdrive cards, a combination of formats that will soon be capable of carrying several gigabytes of memory.
In summary if you are looking to get into high quality digital photography and like to experiment rather than just trust the camera this is the one for you (but you can let the camera do all the work if you want)!
To make the most of the camera I would recommend the following extras:
- a good case which allows the storing of an extra set of batteries (FujiFilm one is ideal)
- 2 sets of 4 * AA 2300mAh rechargable batteries
- a decent amount of memory e.g. 512Mb CompactFlash or above (you never know when you may need to record video)
- a card reader
- a good DIGITAL CAMERA photography book (recommended to any digital camera owner)
The camera is excellent for photographs, great for videos (with audio) and very useful as a high quality PC webcam (this function came as a pleasant surprise).
I have used several cameras and find the FinePix ones easy to use, the S7000 is no exception despite its sophistication. The menus and controls are logical and the viewfinder/LCD screen grid is great for centralising objects.
I appreciate the complaint about the camera not coming with a power lead. However, I was fortunate enough to have one provided with my old FujiFilm camera (if you have one check it out). The power lead is useful if you want to use the camera as a webcam. Its also great for recording video direct to the PC using XP's free MovieMaker.