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This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix S4000 Digital Camera - (14MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3-inch LCD (Electronics)I have been using the camera over the last few days now and getting to grips with it. So far it is really easy to use; the menus are very user friendly and straight forward. I was really surprised too at how light the camera was - I did expect it to feel really heavy but it's fairly compact for the specs that it has!!
The picture quality so far has been really crisp and the zoom is fantastic - again with very crisp, clear photos using the inbuilt image stabiliser.
I took a picture of the moon just holding the camera, at full zoom and the result was astounding - I could see all the craters of the moon really clearly - there was no fuzz (noise at all.
You have the option of using the camera's inbuilt scene selection or adjusting the settings manually - great if you have more knowledge about photography.
The flash has a manual release button - meaning that if a flash is required in low light it would not automatically pop up - so you need to use your own judgement.
The panoramic feature is fantastic - it automatically puts 3 shots together - you just follow on the on-screen instructions!!
The video quality is HD if you so require or you can adjust to a lower setting - and one con of the camera is here: the lens being used to zoom during recording is quite noisy.
One amazing feature too of the camera is the viewfinder - being able to switch to that instead of using the LED screen on the back is really handy - it's very clear to see through.
The batteries don't seem to last too long - after one day I was getting the low battery warning - however, having said that, I have turned off the camera and re-used it on subsequent days and it seems to be going still off the same batteries!! AA batteries can be bought from places like 99p shops in bulk - so are not neccessarily an expense - and it means you're not worried about a LiOn battery running out.
Overall I'm really impressed with the camera - so far my favourite feature has to be the absolutely incredible 'super macro' feature - it really is amazing! I have taken pictures of aphids on rose stems in crystal clear clarity!
If you're looking for a fair priced camera with a whopping zoom and ease of use - then this really is for you - it's no DSLR but if you can live without absolute perfection then I would highly recommend this camera.
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Initial post: 21 May 2011 18:06:45 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 May 2011 18:53:43 BDT
Gadget Man says:
I am getting a low battery warning on fully charged 2000 mAh NiMh batteries with the battery type set correctly. I have read of this problem elsewhere and it seems to be an inherent fault with this camera. I hope it can be corrected with firmware otherwise it will be a nuisance. I suggest anyone with this problem email Fuji and ask what they are going to do about it. I have found complaints in Aug 2010 forums about the low battery indicator showing early on HS10's so this seems to be a problem Fuji are having trouble correcting even in the latest release of cameras. Fuji UK seeme to be in denial on the issue and on their website blame poor capacity batteries.
Posted on 12 Jun 2011 12:53:22 BDT
B. R. Poole says:
I have read all the revues on this camera and I am thinking of buying one.
What puts me off is the fact it uses AA batteries. My experience of cameras that use these is it is like feeding kids smarties.
I would much prefer a LiOn battery, you can always carry a spare.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2011 01:11:29 BDT
Mr. Paul Edwards says:
I use Lithium batteries and they last for ages ,esp on the HS10 as it has manual zoom and you can even turn the auto-focus off if you want to!
I find I go though about 2 backs of Lithium per year of course you can get rechargeable but they can take 10 hours to charge up !
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Aug 2011 08:23:04 BDT
G. E. Hearn says:
I've had this issue on loads of things that use AA Rechargeables, such as flash units, SatNavs and even a handheld VHF transceiver.
The cure (That I've arrived at though personal experience) is to use Sanyo "Eneloop" rechargeable batteries.
Sanyo Eneloop AA 4 Pack Batteries (HR-3UTGA) - rechargeable up to 1500 times
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2011 21:08:31 BDT
Mr. K. Singh says:
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Aug 2011 00:30:56 BDT
I brought 8 AA Duracell one hour charge batteries plus the battery charger. I charge all 8 of the batteries over a 2 hour period then with 4 in the camera and 4 in the pocket you go out shooting. Soon get your money back
Posted on 30 Oct 2011 08:33:07 GMT
M. Taplin says:
I own a previous model of this camera, this newer model is phenomenal value at £159.00
Posted on 29 Jul 2012 12:52:30 BDT
Mrs. L. Low says:
Buy some eneloop batteries, they last for months. We use them for everything. When we go on a two week holiday we use the camera every day and the batteries don't need to be charges until we come home,
The batteries are hard to come by but we buy them from eBay.
Hope this helps.
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