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This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix S4000 Digital Camera - (14MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3-inch LCD (Electronics)If you are looking for a camera to slip in your pocket the S4000 is not for you. The S4000 is the size of a small SLR. For the price its amazing value. There are a huge number of facilities. To start with it has a view finder as well as an LCD screen, this is invaluable in bright conditions. Also using the view finder when shooting HD video helps to stabilise the camera. Wide angle through to 30x magnification means all situations are covered without the need for a change of lenses. The panoramic feature is impressive as is the facility to set the camera to detect if someone is not smiling or has blinked. You might argue they are gimmicks but they produce the results. The camera can be used fully automatically or there are options to set aperture, shutter speed or both. The camera menus are straight forward and easy to follow. Before purchasing it is worth downloading the camera manual from the Fuji site it free, the 125 pages cover the whole range and show what the camera is capable of doing.
Finally in video mode if the optical zoom is used the motor noise is picked up on the sound track. Fuji recognise this so what they advise is to set the video zoom to digital. Before pressing the shutter, zoom in with the optical zoom. Now press the shutter to start videoing if the zoom is used it is in digital mode and does not generate any background noise.
I hope this review helps I certainly have no regrets about buying the S4000.