1,157 of 1,187 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expert or point and press, this suits all
Being an expert in photography, (University level), I differ in my outlook as regards photography. I wanted a camera that was both flexible and good quality and I have used Fujifilm cameras before without problems. I must have checked the specs of several hundreds of cameras over a month. It had to be possible to use the camera as both quick 'point and shoot' or for a...
Published 16 months ago by Livinglegend
165 of 180 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great camera, but...
Have lost previous camera (same make, older model), with which I was very happy. Decided to go for same make, newer model. First impression is that camera is less solid than older model. Batteries provided were flat (not rechargeable ones), put new ones in and took about 10 test pictures. Extremely satisfied. Did not touch camera for 10 days. Trip out to the seaside...
Published 16 months ago by Massimo MAGLIA
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just a little more than a compact point-and-shoot camera,
This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix S4500 Digital Camera (14MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD Screen (Electronics)I bought this S4500 camera as an upgrade for my wonderful but a bit aging Fuji Finepix S5500, but after a few days of use I'm very disappointed.
The shoots show an impressive blur. Some of this blur could be avoided disabling Image Stabilization (as indicated in the manual) and switching to a sharper image quality, but the image still looks very softened and out of focus especially at the edges of the picture. No way to have a crisp image, quality is closer to that of a video-screenshot.
The lens is equipped with a Neutral Density (ND) filter which even in manual mode allows the operator to set shutter aperture only to min or max values available. You can adjust ISO and shutter speed, period.
This camera supports up to ISO 3200, but anything above ISO 400 will produce a lot of noise.
RAW format is not available.
Video: I shot an HD video (1280 x 720) but quality is really poor, mostly was out-of-focus (even if recording a flat landscape).
Usability: both the LCD and EVF are excellent. There's just some info-overload, mainly in manual mode (even though info could be swept away by disabling it via menu). The shutter configuration buttons were easier to use in S5500, I find this layout a little bit more troublesome.
The few pros: panorama mode is well done and simple to use, and there are a lot of preset modes which could enable any noob to shoot decent photos.
Conclusion: this camera came at a really affordable price, but quality is way too low to be acceptable for a bridge camera. I can't believe that features that were available in my 7-years-old S5500 are not available today on this model (adjustable shutter aperture, RAW format, crisp image). I know this is an entry-level bridge camera (but the top of the S-4x00 range), but picture quality is really bad, most high-end smartphones produce better quality images. I bought this camera to shot real pictures, not cell-like casual pictures.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars camera,
This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix S4500 Digital Camera (14MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD Screen (Electronics)delighted with this camera,my wife and i are complete amateurs with photography, but we have found this camera perfect for us, easy to use, we love the panorama mode, obviouly still loads to learn, recommended plus great price.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it ten stars.,
This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix S4500 Digital Camera (14MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD Screen (Electronics)I cannot speak highly enough of this camera, give it 10 stars. I bought it to photograph wildlife etc and the results are amazing. The best £126 I have ever spent.
41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a beginner like me..,
I'm using Alkeline batteries with mine and they last for hours (I use the viewfinder more than the screen), 300+ photos on a good day and that's with the Kodak Xtralife batteries from my pound shop. I also bought rechargeable batteries which last just as long.
The video recording is good enough for sharing online and you need good lighting conditions for HD quality. I have a 16gigabyte memory card and get roughly 9 minutes of recording in HD mode, so I wouldn't recommend this as an alternative to your dedicated video camera.
The zoom is better than I expected, with crisp clear shots at full 30x zoom when using a tripod and turning off anti-shake. Using the optical zoom with Video is also pretty decent, but gets very shaky past 10x zoom, unless you use a tripod of course :)
I've not had much experience with the manual settings, but there's enough of them to keep even the more advanced photographer happy. Apart from that I'd say I'm more than happy with my purchase and would recommend this to anyone looking to get into photography without the huge price bracket of the more expensive DSLR's, remember though, this is a Bridge camera so what you see is all you get, there's no upgrading the lens or RAW format with this camera.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great zoom but not for serious photographer,
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FUJIFILM S4500,
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No battery life,
The reason I purcahsed this item was that I thought I would move on to a "better" camera having used compacts in the past (Usually Cannon). The compacts had always given decent images and are easy to carry around and you don't need to charge that often. When I put in the batteries that came with the unit they ran out after taking 2 photo's. I thought that the batteries must have just been cheap ones and that they may have drained in the package etc. so I bought some top of the range Duracell thinking that these would be much better... No, after about FIVE photgraphs (not five times using the camera and taking some photos, just five photographs) the screen was going "grainy" and the batteries died. If like me when you go away on holiday or go out for the day, you will tkae more than 5 photographs (I sometimes take the same one five times just to get a decent one with a 2 year old that won't keep still). You would have to use about 200 batteries if you took this camera on holiday with you.
I returned the item and was given a full refund and the service/delivery etc was all excellent so I can't fault that, but this is a review of the product.
I ended up going back to a "point and shoot" (I think they call it: Canon Powershot SX260 HS GPS)and straight away you realise how superior Lithium ion cells are too batteries (And cheaper!). Even though the cannon was way more expensive I will never have to buy 1000's of batteries and have a camera that will stay powered up all day plus the pictures are good too....
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great camera!,
The quality of the photos are amazing. I am especially impressed with the macro and super-macro modes. It takes professional looking photos. I have used it for medical imaging, e.g. very close up of skin and hair follicles. The images were first class.
The auto mode also takes very sharp images, but some of them less warm than other cameras I've had. However, these can easily be overcome by a photo editing software, a one click enhance will fix it. The manual mode gives the user some freedom to choose aperture and exposure, which will be handy if you want to take photos closeup of e.g the moon. (See youtube for examples)
I read from some of the reviews that this camera drains battery, but the batteries I got with the camera have got me through about 350 photos, from which around 200 with flash. I have also been using the zoom a lot, so am very happy with the battery life.
Overall, a terrific purchase. If you want an affordable camera with massive zoom and no nonsense quality and battery life, this is the camera for you. When I was doing my research, its closest competitors(including its newer model) were about 30% more expensive, but the quality and functions were definitely not 30% better. All in all, I am very glad I went with the Fujifilm S4500 and would highly recommend it.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fuji s45000,
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super camera,
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